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 develop innovative products and applications; 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 and can involve metallic and non-metallic components or structures fabricated with novel alloys and composites exists. The HVM Catapult can carry out well established techniques as well as investigate the development of new processes that keep up with advancement in materials. Most centres are home to state-of-the-art metrology and visualisation laboratories for the analysis of materials and structures.