Material Characterization

Northrop Grumman’s research services laboratories can provide a broad variety of tests for material characterization, failure investigations, etc. The company has experience in testing advanced composites, energetic materials, elastomers and metals. Testing can be performed to ASTM, ISO, JANNAF and other standards. Capabilities include:

  • Tensile, shear and compression tests up to 300,000 lb
  • Fracture Testing
  • Non-contact extensometers
  • Strain gaging and traditional contact extensometers
  • Temperature conditioning from -120° F to +600° F
  • Custom testing and in-house fixture design
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis
  • Coefficient of thermal expansion testing
  • Broad range of loading rates for characterization of rate sensitivity
  • Fatigue testing
  • Creep testing
  • Hardness testing
  • Humidity and other types of pre-conditioning


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