Advanced Materials

The Advanced Materials Division (AMD) is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary division that addresses the need for specific research into the end-use of metals in the manufacturing, fabrication and mining industries.

Metals Technology Centre

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The Advanced Materials Division at Mintek undertakes development work on alloys, provides critical assistance with the selection and testing of materials, and solves difficult problems associated with their use in the most demanding applications. The Division is fully equipped to carry out a wide range of conventional and unconventional tests on the mechanical and corrosion properties to gauge and improve product performance.

Extensive work has been done to reduce the high cost of wear and corrosion in the mining and industrial environments, by means of on-site monitoring and testing as well as by the latest laboratory techniques. A variety of clients use the Division’s consulting services to improve their processes and product performance. The Division’s comprehensive resources can be brought to bear on any investigation, large or small, unique or typical. This cost-effective route is particularly valuable for smaller enterprises that lack the facilities to undertake such work themselves.

Mintek can help you solve your materials-related problems by:

  • Cost-effective research Material selection and evaluation
  • Material testing to standards
  • Simulated material testing
  • Material monitoring in plants
  • Accelerated material testing
  • Failure analysis
  • Corrosion surveys

The facilities available include:

  • Electrochemical corrosion laboratory and portable equipment for on-site corrosion monitoring
  • Laboratory coupon testing over a wide range of temperature and pressure
  • Full pilot plant and foundry for melting, casting, forging, and rolling, as well as specialised heat-treatment facilities
  • Vacuum melting facility with vacuum induction, graphite resistance, and tungsten arc furnaces, and vacuum sintering
  • Advanced laboratories for metallographic investigations, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (crystallographic texture) and image analysis
  • Sophisticated computerised equipment for measuring mechanical properties such as fatigue-crack propagation, fracture toughness, and tensile properties
  • Wear testing including Pin-on-Belt (for high stress abrasion) and an experimental ball mill (for testing grinding media)