Material Analysis

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Material analysis applications range from research and development of new materials for new products and applications to continuous improvement and corrective action through forensic engineering and failure analysis.

The Rexnord Innovation Center has a long history of providing metallurgical services for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, alloy steels, polymers, and composites. Additionally, our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) allows analyze problem areas by examining the fracture surface and examine the local composition through Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS).

Industries Served:

  • Aerospace
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Mining
  • Construction & Machinery
  • Transportation & Shipping
  • Energy
  • Water Management

Metallurgical Analysis

The Rexnord Innovation Center has a long history of providing metallurgical services for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, alloy steels, polymers and composites. We can characterize material composition, macro and microstructure, hardness distribution, mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, environmental exposure resistance, thermal cycling performance and abrasive wear resistance. Additionally, our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) allows our analysts to perform in-depth analysis of failures and also determine chemical composition through Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS).

Testing Services

  • Hardness (brinell, Barcol, shore durometer, Rockwell) (ASTM E10, D2583, D2240, E18)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) (ASTM E1252)
  • Microhardness (Knoop & Vickers) (ASTM E384)
  • Salt spray exposure (ASTM B117, D1654)
  • Tensile and flexural properties (non-standard)
  • Glass content (ASTM D2584, D5630)
  • Melt flow (ASTM D1238)
  • Specific gravity (ASTM D792)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) (ASTM D3418)
  • Temperature and humidity exposure
  • Resistance to chemicals (ASTM D543)



Hardness Testers

  • Brinell Hardness Tester
  • Superficial Scale Rockwell Testers
  • Standard Rockwell Testers
  • Microhardness Testers

Optical Equipment

  • Zeiss EVO 50 Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Zeiss Jenaphot-Inverted Stage Metallograph
  • Binocular Microscopes (75x)
  • Optical Comparator

Metallurgical Equipment

  • Optical Emission Spectrometer
  • Automatic polisher for metallurgical specimens
  • Metallurgical wet abrasive sectioning saws
  • Band saws
  • Alternate immersion tester
  • Hot Mounting Press
  • Replication and on-site metallurgical equipment

Polymer Chemistry Lab Equipment

  • TA Q10 Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • Thermolyne Muffle Furnaces
  • Shore A & D Durometer hardness tester
  • Barcol Hardness tester
  • Kayeness melt flow plastometer
  • Mettler AT261 DeltaRange Balance
  • Accumet AB-15 pH meter
  • Nikon transmission microscope
  • Nicolet Impact 420 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
  • Autocut Mod 1140 microtome


The Rexnord Innovation Center specializes in Industrial Metrology, the application of measurement science to manufacturing or other processes. Our experience has been used both in the lab and field environments insuring the measurements made are compliant to the relevant standard. Precision instruments, combined with our experienced and expert engineering judgements, ensure accurate and reliable evaluation.

Testing Services

  • Surface Profilometry and Geometry
  • Roundness and Surface Roughness to 1 x 10 -6 µ in



  • Taylor Hobson profilometer
  • Sheffield indicorder
  • Krautkramer Branson ultrasonic thickness device
  • Cordax RS-25 Coordinate measuring machine
  • NIST traceable gage blocks, force/load cells, micrometers and deflectometers

Accelerated Aging

We have a wide range of testing equipment to evaluate products under simulated service conditions. Our capabilities include programmable temperature, temperature-humidity, fluid immersion and spray testing.

Testing Services

  • ASTM B-117 Salt-Fog and Salt Spray Environmental/Accelerated Aging
  • Environmental engineering considerations and laboratory tests (MIL 810)
  • Sand and Dust
  • Temperature and Humidity
  • Immersion


  • Environmental chambers from -150° to 1100°F
  • CSZ-Temperature/Humidity Chamber
  • Blue M constant temperature forced draft oven
  • Tenney TJR Temperature Chamber
  • Ascott S1000XP salt spray chamber
  • MTS environmental chamber
  • Water, oil, sludge capable 4-square testers
  • Thermolyne 48000 High Temperature Furnace
  • Vacuum chamber
  • Vacuum furnace
  • 1.2 million gallon test tank ~ (80ft x 80ft x 20ft) for underwater product testing, generation of hydrostatic pressure conditions
  • Dust box, falling sand, abrasion, specialized wear testers