Mechanical Testing

Mechanical Testing

Mechanical testing reveals the properties of a material under dynamic or static force. To ensure that materials are suitable for their intended applications, mechanical testing includes methods such as compression strength, tensile strength impact resistance, fracture toughness and fatigue. 

MechTest offers a full suite of mechanical testing services for metallic and non-metallic materials, as well as components and specialty products. Whether testing to An Australian or international standard or developing a custom program, our experts can provide you with accurate, reliable results for projects large and small.

Tensile Testing

During tensile testing, a sample is subjected to a uniaxial tensile load until failure. Tensile load is generally applied at a specified rate to determine material properties including yield strength, maximum elongation, reduction in area, ultimate tensile strength. Often used for quality control and material selection.

Axial; Longitudinal; Transverse – AS 1391; ASTM A370; ASTM E8M; F606M; ISO 6892-1


Includes nuts, bolts, studs and assemblies. Used for quality control, product verification, pre-use proof loading and to validate batches to be supplied for Queensland and NSW government projects.

Hardness – AS 1252.1; AS 4291.1; AS/NZS 4291.2
Tensile including Wedge Test – AS 1252.1; AS 4291.1; AS/NZS 4291.2; MRTS 78; RMS B240
Proof load – AS 1252.1; AS 4291.1; AS/NZS 4291.2; MRTS 78; RMS B240
Assembly Tests – Queensland Transport and Main Roads – MRTS78
Assembly Tests – NSW Roads and Maritime Services – RMS B240

Charpy Impact Testing

A charpy impact test measures the energy absorbed during the breaking of a notched sample under an impact load.

Charpy V-notch impact test (-196°C and -20 to 174) – AS 1544.2; AS 1544-5; ISO 148-1; ASTM E23; ASTM A370

Hardness Testing

Indentation hardness tests are used to determine the resistance of a material to deformation.

The sampled material is indented under a specified load and an impression is formed, measured and hardness calculated.

Vickers and Rockwell – AS 1817.1; AS 1815.1; ASTM E384; ISO 6507-1; ISO 6508-1

Cold Flattening

Testing to the requirements for cold-formed steel hollow sections for structural purposes, for the six grades of steel that are suitable for welding.

Tubing/Piping (Flattening) – AS 1163

Pressure Testing

Hydrostatic pressure is used to confirm that a tested specimen conforms to its design criteria. Involves placing a liquid medium (often water) into the pipe, pipeline, cylinder, vessel, valve assembly or other article. The pressure is increased to the requisite level to check for leaks and defects. Testing is usually done to a proof level but can be taken to destruction if necessary. (MechTest have capability to 25000psi).

AS 1210; AS 3788; AS 4037; AS 4041


It is difficult to list all the possibilities that arise in the field of mechanical testing. We are a NATA accredited laboratory with extensive experience. We also partner with experts in a multitude of environments. If we can not offer a service directly we can control and manage the processes required to access the right people to generate the best outcome.

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