Material Science

Testing gives a complete picture of how a machine or part will perform. At Rock Island Arsenal, engineers, chemists, metallurgists, and physical scientists are on staff to assist in this process.

Their focus is primarily on production assistance, configuration control, and materials review. However, other services include component and assembly design, fabrication assistance, materials testing, failure analysis, and environmental programs.

Chemical Analysis

  • Alloy Identification
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Organic Materials
  • Product Check Analysis
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Plating Baths
  • Oil Analysis
  • RCRA Metals- TCLP, Total
  • Contaminants
  • Coating Identification

Oil & Lubrication Testing

  • Particulate Contamination
  • Corrosion Studies
  • Wear Tests

Mechanical Testing

  • Case Depth
  • Tensile/Compression
  • Impact/Toughness
  • Hardness
  • Fatigue

Metallurgical Services

  • Structural Analysis
  • Custom Alloy Development and Application
  • Process Development and Support
  • Prototype Initiatives Support
  • Low/High Temperature Properties
  • Failure Analysis/Origin of Defects Studies

Rubber, Plastic & Fibrous Materials

  • Custom Material Development and Application
  • Hardness
  • Accelerated Aging
  • Ozone Resistance
  • Low/High Temperature Properties
  • Specific Gravity
  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Tensile/Compression
  • Chemical Compatibility/Resistance
  • Adhesion Properties
  • Corrosion
  • Elongation
  • Volume Swell

Radiological Testing

  • Swipe Testing- alpha, beta, isotopes
  • Sealed Source Leak Testing
  • Liquid Scintillation Counting
  • Flow Proportional Counting
  • Health Physics Surveys

Major Instrumentation Capabilities

  • Optical Emission Spectrometer
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Inductively coupled Plasma Spectrometer
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • Carbon/Sulfur Analyzers
  • Gas Analyzers
  • Un-Visible Spectrometer
  • X-Ray Analyzer
  • Metallographs
  • Wear Testers
  • Salt Spray Cabinet
  • Ozone Chamber
  • Humidity Chambers
  • Liquid Scintillation Counters
  • Tensile/Compression Testers
  • Impact and Toughness Testers
  • Hardness Testers
  • Weld Bend Tester

Laboratory Facilities

  • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Spectroscope Laboratory
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory
  • Rubber Laboratory
  • Oil/Lubrication Laboratory
  • Mechanical Testing Laboratory
  • Metallurgical Laboratory
  • Radiological Laboratory
  • Weld/Certification Laboratory