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Fatigue and Fracture Group

We provide metrology, standard reference materials, documentary standards support, property data, and predictive models to ensure materials reliability against fatigue and fracture. We specialize in structural applications (e.g., buildings, bridges, pipelines, and some medical devices).

The Structural Materials Group will become the Fatigue and Fracture Group in the spring of 2017. The Fatigue and Fracture group assists industry, government agencies, and universities in assessing material durability under extreme operational and environmental conditions and conducting failure analyses post-mortem. The effect of material processing on fatigue and fracture is also considered. Where test techniques do not already exist, new methods for performance characterization are developed to ensure that materials can be adequately tested under conditions as close to real-world as possible.

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Projects and Programs

NIST Proficiency Testing

Proficiency Test (PT) results are available at no cost to customers who have tested SRMs 2092, 2096, and 2098. A PT result serves as a means to verify the

Materials Testing in Hydrogen Gas

This project develops measurements, modeling, and science relevant to the effect of hydrogen on materials. Mechanical measurements focus on the fatigue and

Cardiac Device Reliability

The growing sophistication of electronic medical devices results in two broad benefits for both individuals and society: improved survivability in the face of



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