Vicat Testing

Metallurgy Services

ATS offers Vicat Testing in our metallurgy labs to determine at what temperature a specimen softens.

ATS' Vicat Testing

This test is used on materials that do not have a definite melting point, such as polymers and plastics. During this procedure, the specimen is immersed in a heat transfer oil bath and the temperature is raised at a specified rate until the time the specimen is penetrated by a flat-ended needle to the depth of 1 mm. The temperature discovered is referred to as the Vicat Softening Temperature. The Vicat Softening Temperature is an important piece of information to know when it comes to material selection specifically for product design and manufacturing for an elevated temperature application. Applied Technical Services will perform this test in compliance with ISO 306 and ASTM D1525.

Our Metallurgy Lab

Within our Metallurgy Lab, experts from our chemistry and engineering departments come together to utilize their combination of skills to uncover specialized solutions to a wide range of requests from our clients. Our engineers analyze a variety of materials including composites, ceramics, plastics and metals each day and execute many metallurgical evaluations for failure analysis, quality assurance, reverse engineering and litigation support purposes. We operate in compliance with several internationally recognized accreditations and follow industry standards for each service provided. ATS is committed to providing services of exceptional value to our clients.

About Applied Technical Services

Since being founded in 1967, Applied Technical Services has developed into a premier supplier of engineering consulting, testing, and inspection services. ATS is known for uncovering facts in material testing, metallurgy, non-destructive testing, chemical analysis, calibrations, and forensic investigations. We will take a closer look to help you find the answers and solutions you need.

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