Research and Development Labs

Research Lab

Northrop Grumman's research and development laboratories are fully equipped chemical and mechanical testing facilities with capacity to provide technical support and conduct leading edge research projects in a variety of technical arenas.

Northrop Grumman provides an extensive range of customized laboratory services including chemical, thermal, physical, mechanical and nondestructive evaluation for metals, refractory materials, composites, polymers, insulators, explosives and propellants.

The company's experienced research laboratory personnel are skilled at testing in accordance with a wide variety of standards, codes and specifications required for transportation, military, aerospace, environmental and manufacturing industries. Northrop Grumman is committed to serving our internal and external customers with in-depth technical expertise and timely response.

Northrop Grumman's knowledge-based problem solving expertise enables identification of variations in raw material or final product properties due to obsolescence, unknown vendor process changes, contamination, changes at subtier suppliers, storage, aging, etc.

The company can perform advanced nondestructive evaluation to assess in-situ the stabilizer or antioxidant content in solid rocket motors for safety and service life predictions of the system. Northrop Grumman's chemical fingerprinting capability enables detailed chemical characterization of energetics, composites, insulators, solvents, polymers, propellant formulations or unknown materials to verify or characterize their composition and possible interaction compatibility with other materials.

Northrop Grumman's range of research and development services include:

Chemical, Spectroscopy, and Chromatography Analysis
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) optical emissions spectrometry (OES) and MS
  • Pyrolysis gas chromatography/MS
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
  • Ion chromatography (IC)
  • Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)
Mechanical Analysis
  • Adhesion cup, adhesive fracture and biaxial rail
  • Bulk modulus, stress relaxation and strain
  • Tensile dogbone and analog flap termination
  • Coefficient of friction and cohesive fracture
Thermal Analysis
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/MS)
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)
  • Accelerating rate calorimetry (ARC)
  • Thermal conductivity (TC)
  • Laser flash analysis (LFA)
  • Reaction calorimetry
Microscopy and Surface Analysis
  • Atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Optical microscopy to 5000X
  • Metallurgical lab (hardness, etc.)
  • Corrosion testing (salt spray, etc.)
  • Stereo and polarized light microscope
  • Surface chemical analysis (ESCA)
  • Electrochemical evaluation (synthesis, corrosion, plating and milling)
Nondestructive Evaluation Analysis (Aging and Surveillance)
  • UV-Vis and FTIR probes, piezoelectric sensors and combined ultrasonic and mechanical testing

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