Automotive Materials Testing

Our first class laboratory provides automotive materials testing and failure analysis. MES works alongside our clients in the automotive industry to provide the most reliable and best performing vehicles and automotive parts. MES provides a wide range of A2LA accredited testing services to manufacturers and sub-tier suppliers to guarantee that their products meet the strict quality requirements. Our salt fog chambers offer low cost corrosion studies, while our mechanical test lab provides stress and product conformance testing. Our extensive failure analysis expertise allows us to quickly identify the source of warranty returns and to make recommendations for improvements to prevent their recurrence. Previous project include many major automakers and suppliers such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and Honda.


Metallurgical Engineering Services works with our clients to meet all their consulting and laboratory testing needs. Below is a partial list of the services offered by MES.


  • Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES)
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDS)
  • FTIR (Verification / Contaminant ID)
  • Micro FTIR (Particle Analysis)
  • Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray (WDS)
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Electron Dot Mapping
  • Carbon by Combustion
  • Salt Fog (Salt Spray ASTM B117)
  • CASS Testing
  • Density
  • Sieve Analysis
  • Temperature / Humidity
  • UV Exposure
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)
  • Passivation / Thickness Verification



  • Tensile Strength (Yield / Elongation)
  • Hardness (Rockwell, Brinell)
  • Micro Hardness (Knoop & Vickers)
  • Bend / Flattening Testing
  • Proof Load
  • Taber Abrasion
  • Charpy Impact
  • Izod Impact
  • Compression / Flexure
  • Elevated Tensile Testing
  • Drop Weight Tear
  • Crack Tip Opening Displacement
  • Surface Roughness
  • Drum Peel Testing
  • Adhesion Pull Testing
  • Block on Ring Friction & Wear
  • Single / Double Shear
  • Welder / Procedure Qualification
  • (ASTM, ASME, MIL, AWS Specs)


  • Grain Size & Grain Flow
  • Carburization / Decarburization
  • Case Depth
  • Plating & Coating Thickness
  • Eutectic Melting
  • Macro Etch (ASTM E 381)
  • Delta Ferrite
  • Inclusion Rating (ASTM E 45)
  • Banding of Microstructure
  • Microstructure Interpretation
  • High Temperature Oxidation
  • Precision Mounting & Polishing
  • Casting & Forging Defects
  • Precision Sectioning




  • Root Cause and Origin
  • Design / Material Analyses
  • Materials Selection
  • On-Site Investigation
  • Photography 
  • Product Liability Analysis
  • Accident Investigation
  • Expert Testimony 


  • Guided Wave Ultrasound
  • Ultrasonic Flaw & Thickness
  • Visual Examination
  • Liquid Penetrant
  • X-Ray / Radiography