R-Tech Materials will be exhibiting on the UK Pavilion (stand C65 in Hall 5A) at JEC World 2016 from 8th-10th March. R-TECH will be using the opportunity to introduce its testing and consultancy services to the composites industry. Building on its proven track record as a UKAS accredited laboratory in the metals sector, the company says they have now developed its capabilities into the testing of polymer and composite materials.
R-TECH states it already has experience in the accredited third party testing of resin and reinforcement materials for use in the marine industry, and is the laboratory partner for Lloyd’s Register EMEA, providing testing services in the field of non-metallic materials, and collaborating on common research themes. In this sector, the company says it has some unique capability, and is able to offer the full range of testing required for EU Mutual Recognition for chocking resins.
Building on its experience in the marine industry, R-TECH has increased its range of testing to include mechanical testing (static, impact, fatigue and creep), microscopy (optical, digital and SEM), chemical analysis and thermal characterisation. Testing can be performed on GFRP, CFRP, core materials, sandwich panels, adhesives and structural elements. All tests can be done under controlled temperature and humidity. Using our own in-house workshop facilities, we are able to design and build bespoke test rigs to meet customer requirements.
Supporting its testing services, R-TECH is also able to offer laboratory-based materials investigation services, including reverse engineering, failure analysis, product characterisation and problem solving.
R-TECH has experience of collaborative research projects, and is currently working with partners on a £450k project funded by Innovate UK on the development of a continuous monitoring system to provide an early warning of any incipient damage in hydrogen storage tanks used in private and commercial vehicles using hydrogen fuel cell technology. R-TECH is also working with Swansea University and North Thin Ply Technology on the characterisation and modelling of novel thin-ply composite materials.
R-TECH Materials Director Dr Tony Franks recognises the opportunity which JEC 2016 gives; “This is a great opportunity for R-TECH Materials to showcase the wide range of testing and consultancy services our team of engineers, materials scientists and chemists can employ for our clients. We would be delighted to meet potential new clients on Stand C65 in Hall 5A at JEC 2016.”
R-TECH Materials is a group of materials testing, analysis and consultancy businesses based in Port Talbot, South Wales, consisting of R-TECH Services Ltd, a UKAS accredited materials testing and analysis business, and Metamet Consultants Ltd, specialists in laboratory-based materials investigations.