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Materials Selection & Analysis

Performance of an engineering component is attributable to the combination of properties of the material, processing characteristics and shape of the structure formed, as well as the specific environment and service application.  ATTAR’s engineers are adept in the selection of the right material for specific applications requiring multiple criteria, minimizing cost while meeting both performance expectations and regulatory compliance requirements.  Our experts possess  the knowledge required for specifying the most suitable testing criteria for a given situation, and employ high-end analytical methods such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and others.

We are also able to advise you on coating systems such as painting, anodising and electroplating for a specific environment and service application, in order to minimise premature corrosion and erosion damage.

  • Material Specification
    • Desired  performance achieved through the selection of materials best suited to particular applications
    • Selection based on cost, availability, and properties
    • Steels, aluminium alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites
    • E.g. high strength, corrosion and impact resistance


  • Manufacturing Process Parameters
    • E.g. heat treatment recommendations to optimise mechanical & physical properties


  • Fitness for Purpose Assessments
    • Condition and rectification advice


  • Material Analysis & Characterisation
    • Advanced analytical techniques to determine fundamental properties, characteristics and behaviour
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy
    • Stereographic Microscopy
    • Microstructural Analysis


  • Surface Finishes and Coatings Specification & Inspection
    • For corrosion, wear, high temp, etc.
    • Painting, anodising and electroplating for a specific environment and service application
    • Adhesion testing
    • Evaluation of integrity using destructive and non-destructive test methods


  • Comprehensive Metallurgical Services


  • Corrosion and Erosion Assessment
    • Determination of mode of corrosion/erosion, and provision of recommendations on remediation and the suitability of materials for the service application

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