Burst testing involves the use of high internal pressures, to test materials and components in order to determine at what point they will fail or to confirm that they will not fail under design or potential off-design circumstances. Tests may involve high temperatures, high pressures, externally imposed forces, movements, and vibrations.

Our burst test containment facility has a maximum internal pressure of 245 kpa (35.5 psi) and a maximum temperature of 100 °C and can accommodate a range of other service conditions. It can be used to validate models and to demonstrate actual structural limits. For instance, the facility is often used to demonstrate structural integrity and design margins of steam generator and feeder pipes through burst testing of these components containing engineered flaws.

Why Us?

  • Failure Investigations

    Failed burst test specimens can be inspected in our full-service metallurgical laboratory and a full failure analysis can be completed by our metallurgical team.

  • Code and Regulatory Requirements Advice

    Our experts are routinely consulted about code and regulatory requirements and they can use their knowledge to advise you on the type of tests to conduct.

  • In-House Testing and Fabrication

    We can help you design your testing program, specify engineered flaws, wall thinning or de-alloying as necessary, and your samples can be prepared in our high-quality machine shop.

  • Extensive Burst Test Capability

    With a full range of burst test capabilities, we can cover all the tests required by power station operators.