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Metallurgical Analysis

Our services include photo documentation, stereomicroscopy, metallography and sample preparation, optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. We conduct microstructural characterization, including grain size measurement, inclusion rating, and heat treatment analysis.

Our metallurgical lab also performs micro and macrohardness testing, as well as a wide variety of ASTM and Mil-Spec chemical, mechanical, and nondestructive standards.

Our services are performed in accordance with procedures detailed in Government, Professional Associations, and Company Specifications. Our inspectors are certified per AWS, MIL-STD-410 and SNT-TC-1A. The in-house Quality Assurance Program complies with the provisions of ISO 10012-1, ASME Section III, NCA 3800, 10 CFR 50 Appendix B, ISO 9002, and ASME Y 14.5M.

Bess MTI also provides compliance studies, quality assurance, and corrosion analysis. Our metallographic laboratory provides the following services:

Metallographic Evaluations

  • Optical microscopy

  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

  • Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS)

  • Microhardness testing

  • Micro and macrostructure

  • Digital metallographic imaging

Microstructure Analysis

  • Case depth and plating depth

  • Heat treatment evaluation

  • Intergranular attack

  • Carbide formation

  • Retained austenite measurement

  • Sensitization

  • Formation of ferrite and sigma phases in stainless steels

  • Grain boundary precipitation

  • Eutectic melting

  • Structural identification

  • Grain size measurement

  • Welded joint evaluation

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