Metal Testing and ID


The Metal Testing department can identify ANY metal. 


With a spectrum of instruments, years of experience, and a technical library of information, we can match unknown metal compositions
with common domestic grades found in the market. 


It is possible to analyze solid samples, drill shavings and irregular shaped pieces. Contact Omar to discuss your specific sample. Omar@simonforensic.com / (206) 713-3539.

Metal ID can be useful in reverse engineering: when you need to recreate something you already have, but don't know what it's made of.

Hardness testing can identify HAZ (Heat Affected Zone) in weld areas, as well as to verify the qualities of your metal. Hardness can also test polymers and coatings! 

See Tensile testing to learn more about how your metal performs under pounds per square inch (PSI). Our tensile machine can test up to 120,000 lbs!

In welding, metal ID is a particularly useful resource. Welders need to know what metal they have so as to choose the correct welding rod to create the perfect weld repair. Please see Weld Testing for more information.

SEM-EDS is an invaluable tool for identifying metal composition.


EDS graph indicating metal composition.

Click on these links to learn more about the tools of the metal testing department:

ICP-AES (Plasma Spectrometer)
Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometer
For iron based alloy identification.


Spark Spectrometer (OES)
Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) For iron based alloy identification.


Carbon & Sulfur Combustion Analyzer
A machine dedicated to determine the carbon and sulfur content in metal. It is used in conjunction with the ICP, or to confirm the results of the Spark Spectrometer.


Subpages (2): Carbon-Sulfur ICP