Our portfolio ranges from materials characterization to safety evaluation and lifetime assessment of components with defects.
Experimental determination of fracture mechanics parameters:
Fracture toughness, crack resistance curves, fatigue crack growth curves
Crack resistance tests in a temperature range of about -196 °C to 600 °C in compliance with test standards such as ASTM E399, E1820, E1921, E647
Non-standardized tests under custom specified conditions or with non-standard specimen geometries
Of specimens and components with cracks or other defects
Under complex thermo-mechanical constraints
Using state-of-the-art and advanced material models
With consideration of elastic-plastic deformation, creep and progressing damage
Under static and cyclic loading
Considering welding stresses
Fracture mechanics assessment:
In accordance with specific standards such as R6, SINTAP, FITNET, BS 7910, API 579 or FKM guideline
Using special software, for example, IWM VERB or ERWIN
Including custom-specific software implementation (component and crack geometry, stress conditions, material properties)
Using deterministic and probabilistic methods
Furthermore, we develop advanced solutions and evaluation concepts and consistently implement them into our calculation programs and the FKM guideline "Fracture mechanics strength assessment" co-developed by us (FKM = Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau). Companies all over the world use the failure assessment software IWM VERB to solve fracture-mechanical problems. The optimization and the development of the software is performed in a close cooperation with our customers. Additionally, we provide training courses in fracture mechanics methods.
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