Youngstown, PA USA, May 19, 2015 –Westmoreland Mechanical Testing &
Research, Inc. (WMT&R) recently opened its new Composites Center of
Excellence. The state-of-the-art facility significantly enhances WMT&R’s existing
composites testing services. The Composites Center is Nadcap certified and fully staffed with experienced, dedicated composites testing personnel.
As composites have become prevalent in manufacturing applications and more complex in structure,
WMT&R’s creation of a Composites Center represents its dedication to staying at the forefront of
composites testing technology. As WMT&R Vice President Mike Rossi points out, “Because composite
materials require so many types of testing, it is our great advantage to have our composites
testing operations in one area.”
The new facility is equipped with an array of hydraulic, electro-mechanical, drop tower/pendulum
impact test frames. It contains a full chemistry lab for conducting tests such as density and
fiber content tests using resin burn-off and acid digestion methods. The lab’s fume hood enables
etching capabilities for pre-adhesive specimen preparation work. Since there are often humidity
requirements with composites testing, the facility’s testing areas are climate controlled.
The Composites Center also features a dedicated machine shop staffed by experienced machinists.
This enables WMT&R to accommodate unique customer testing requirements, including unusual
dimensions and geometries.
To strengthen the depth and quality of its testing results, WMT&R added thermal analysis
instruments at the Composites Center. The equipment, includes Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA),
Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and Thermogravimetric
In addition to new testing equipment, WMT&R recently acquired a 3D optical deformation analysis
system for the Composites Center. Its no-touch optical measuring capability shortens specimen
gaging preparation times for certain test types while still acquiring specific data, and
pinpointing precise locations of stresses and strains as it determines intricate 3D deformation.
The department also acquired a weather tester which will test results of timed specimen exposure
to UV rays.
Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research, Inc. (WMT&R) is a world leader
in materials testing. Founded in 1967, WMT&R serves a broad range of industries including
aerospace, automotive, medical, and nuclear. WMT&R’s testing expertise includes: Mechanical
Testing, Composites, Fatigue, Stress/Creep Rupture, Fracture Mechanics, Metallography, Chemical
Analysis, Heat Treatment, Thermal Analysis, and Physical Properties Testing.WMT&R is headquartered
40 miles east of Pittsburgh in Youngstown, PA USA. Our UK subsidiary, WMT&R Ltd., operates a full-service materials testing facility in Banbury, UK.