As an AS9100 and ISO 9001 certified facility, VPE’s in-house materials testing lab performs an array of advanced testing and analysis services. As a result, we are able to support our customers’ R&D needs as well as production quality-assurance requirements.
Materials Testing & Analysis Capabilities
We provide testing and analysis services not available from conventional testing laboratories, e.g:
- Metallography laboratory analysis e.g.: evaluates welding, brazing, soldering, other materials joining techniques, as well as products.
- Helium leak testing: we employ highly sensitive mass spectrometer-type leak detectors in our materials testing lab to locate and quantify leaks in materials. In addition, by using helium tracer gas, sensitivities to 6E-11 atm cc/sec are possible.
- Electrical testing and qualification: these tests normally involve determining the electrical integrity of assemblies under hostile and unusual environments including high vacuum as well as high temperature.
- Vacuum integrity: tests the suitability of a particular material or product for use in a vacuum environment. Furthermore, it performs the analysis of constituents outgassing from novel materials, assemblies, as well as space hardware.
- Residual gas analysis: tests the quality of the vacuum as well as detects contaminants.
- Pressure testing: tests the integrity and strength of tubing, pressure vessels (heat exchangers), and other components.
- Strength of materials
- Failure analysis
- Last, R&D or production contracts often require VPE to develop and set up specific tests.