Accredited NDT test lab

Non-destructive test methods for quality assurance – test lab flexibly accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025

The Accredited test lab of Fraunhofer IKTS offers test services for all relevant issues of classical routine NDT, standardized as well as modified. Services for customers from various branches can be carried out on-site as well as in the test laboratory, depending on the test task.

In the field of non-destructive materials testing (NDT, NDI, NDE), the test center was approved to meet highest quality requirements. DAkkS Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH granted the IKTS test lab the flexible accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 for five methods (ultrasonic, eddy current, penetration, magnetic powder and visual testing). This status enables the test center to validate in-house developed ultrasonic and eddy current test methods and to apply them like standardized methods at customer premises. Hence, new test technologies can be applied much earlier than standardization processes will allow under normal conditions. Concerning the methods of penetration, magnetic powder and visual testing, the test center is allowed to freely choose between all available methods within a defined test range. This presents the advantage of using equivalent standards for testing without asking for permission at the DAkkS in advance.

NDT full service covers all working stages from consultation to auditing, e.g. in the form of feasibility studies for individual process solutions, modifications, extensions, adaptations and new developments of test methods including their validation, conception and development of testing concepts as well as customer-specific services. Furthermore, test services of destructive materials testing are offered for determining materials properties for lifetime prognoses, simulation-based determination of materials properties of structure-mechanical assemblies and simulation-based optimization of destructive test methods and their individual components.

The Fraunhofer IKTS test lab attaches utmost importance to confidentiality and data protection of customers and their test tasks.

What, whereon and with what can be tested?

  • Materials (steel, austenite, titan alloys, non-ferrous metals, ceramic composites, polymers, polymer composites, stones, concrete, natural fibers)
  • Material joints (semi-finished parts, sandwich/layers, welding, rivet, bolt, adhesive and soldering joints)
  • Geometry (flat plates, cylinders, voluminous bodies, complex geometries, installed condition)
  • Component size (according to issue from few millimeters to several meters)
  • Defects (cracks, pores, inclusions, joint defects, delaminations, geometric defects)
  • Test methods (ultrasonic, eddy current, magnetic powder, penetration, visual, hardness, thermography, x-ray CT, x-ray laminography, tensile, pressure, bending, microshear and microtensile testing, dynamic mechanical analysis, modular thermomechanical analysis, permanent shaker testing combined with thermal loads, measurement of optical deformation fields

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Certified non-destructive testing

Accredited test laboratories are subject to governmental supervision. Thereby, they verify that their tests meet highest quality requirements. The test center of Fraunhofer IKTS is flexibly accredited by DAkkS for five NDT methods.

 

Non-destructive testing

In non-destructive materials testing (short NDT, resp. non-destructive inspection: NDI, non-destructive evaluation of materials: NDE), the quality of a workpiece is tested with classical routine tests without damaging the material itself.

 

Destructive test methods for determining materials parameters

For particular lifetime prognoses of components and materials, test services of destructive materials testing are used. Materials are tested for physical and structure-mechanical properties and the identified materials characteristics are used for structural simulation.

 

Simulation-based determination of materials parameters of structure-mechanical assemblies

Finite element (FEM-) simulations are applied to recursively determine materials parameters (mechanical, thermal) from experimental measurements. Thereby, anisotropic properties can be determined or properties can be derived from multiaxial tests.

 

Simulation-based optimization of destructive test methods and their individual components

 

Simulation and modeling of relevant physical-technical problems, basic research, feasibility studies, test planning and supervision, system optimization, visualization and imaging, demonstration, training and teaching.

 

Consultation

Feasibility studies for individual process solutions, modifications, extensions, adaptations and new developments of test methods including their validation, conception and development of test concepts as well as customer-specific services.

Glossary

 

Non-destructive materials testing

In non-destructive materials testing (short NDT, resp. non-destructive inspection: NDI, non-destructive evaluation of materials: NDE), the quality of a workpiece is tested with classical routine tests without damaging the material itself.

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Destructive materials testing

Regarding destructive materials testing, selected materials are tested for chemical and physical properties and are thereby destroyed or (superficially) damaged. The component to be tested cannot be used afterwards.

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Data protection (confidentiality und data protection)

Fraunhofer IKTS attaches utmost importance to confidentiality and data protection. Samples and data are stored in specially safeguarded rooms with strongly restricted access permissions. All employees of the test center are aware of the special non-disclosure obligations and are instructed regularly.

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Flexible accreditation

 


The Fraunhofer IKTS test lab is flexible certified in five methods of non-destructive testing (NDT).

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 Flexible accreditation