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Applied metallurgy and Laboratory

Applied metallurgy

Contribution to problem solving

Material characterization and selection

Customer / supplier team solution


Applied metallurgy consists of a detailed study of a piece of equipment and its immediate environment in order to fully understand the acting mechanical forces and the chemical products involved in the failure or deterioration of an alloy. Such a study allows our customers not only to solve their problems, but also to eliminate any risk of reoffending. Applied metallurgy also aims to assist our customer in choosing the best alloy for their intended application.

Mandate exemples

  1. Professional consultation for the choice of alternative alloys for hammerhead tips and electrolysis vessel deflector panels in an aluminum plant.
  2. Characterization of ground attack components for ore loaders in the mining industry.
  3. Study of the deterioration phenomenon of the piping of a fire sprinkler system in a manufacturing plant.


For more information, contact Luc Lafrenière, ing.



In support of research and development projects or an innovation approach within a company, these laboratory professionals investigate materials using a variety of testing methodologies and advanced technology. Here, in compliance with established standards, quality control analyses are conducted on both the chemical and mechanical aspects. CMQ facilities provide extensive services in metallurgical analysis on a wide range of metals, alloys and related products. Each inspection follows strict industry guidelines, such as ASTM, ASME, AWS, etc. and many of our tests are certified ISO 9001:2015 et ISO 17025:2017.   


Metallographical evaluations
  • ASTM E112 average grain size
  • ASTM E1077 decarburization depth
  • ASTM E247 graphite microstructural
  • ASTM B487 coating thickness
  • Weld macrography
  • Structural observations: welds, coating thickness (chrome, galvanized)
Mechanical testing
  • ASTM E8 traction
  • ASTM E48 grey iron traction
  • ASTM B557 aluminium traction
  • ASTM A536 ductile iron traction
  • ASTM E9 compression
  • ASTM E290 bending
  • ASTM E23 Charpy impact test
  • ASTM E10 Brinell hardness test
  • ASTM E18 Rockwell hardness/superficial tests
  • ASTM E384 Vickers microhardness and profiles
  • Rotating fatigue test
Chemical Analyses

Emission spectrometry:

  • ASTM E1251 aluminium, ASTM E415 steel, ASTM E1999 casts, as well as nickel, magnesium, coppers, titanium, and zirconium
  • Semi quantitative MEB EDX microscopy
  • Semi quantitative portable XRF analysis
Corrosion testing
  • ASTM B117 salt spray test
  • ASTM A262 intergranular corrosion, processes B, C, and E
Other evaluations
  • ASME section IX BPVC welding and brazing qualification
  • ASTM E255 steel Jominy end-quenching test
  • ASTM G65 method A abrasive wear wheel test