Materials characterisation refers to the broad and general process by which a material’s structure and properties are probed, measured and tested.
The HVM Catapult has extensive experience, skills and equipment for the characterisation, testing, analysis and verification of materials to support industry in developing innovative products and applications, and to improve performance, comply with regulations, gain a competitive advantage or increase profitability. The understanding of material behaviour involves testing, material modelling and validating material behaviour under different conditions of temperature, loading and deformation rate. It can involve metallic and non-metallic components or structures fabricated with novel alloys and composites. The HVM Catapult can apply well-established techniques and investigate the development of new processes that keep up with advancement in materials. Most centres house state-of-the-art metrology and visualisation laboratories for the analysis of materials and structures.