Materials Design

The science of materials evolves continuously. SGH develops and conducts tests to evaluate new materials and new or unusual applications of traditional materials. SGH analyzes materials to determine how production and service environments affect material properties to improve safety, reliability, and performance of components and systems.

Our expertise encompasses a wide range of materials including:

  • Adhesives and coatings. Identification, adhesion
  • Composites. Manufacturing, mechanics, compatibility
  • Metals. Metallurgy, cracking, welding, bolt joints, corrosion
  • Plastics. Joining, environmental compatibility, long-term strength
  • Concrete, dimensional stone, and masonry. Petrography, mix design, durability
  • Glass. Residual stress, fracture mechanics, coatings, efficiency
  • Roofing and waterproofing. Compatibility, durability, permeability
  • Wood. Species identification, biological deterioration, preservatives, composite behavior, adhesives, coatings

Our strengths include:

  • Laboratory analysis. Chemical, thermal, mechanical, metallography, petrography, and microscopy including optical and scanning electron microscopy
  • Developing test procedures. Standards and test methods for AWWA, ASTM, AASHTO, ACI, ICRI, and ASCE; special testing for new materials, new applications, and specific conditions
  • Failure analysis. Fracture origin, mechanism, and cause
  • Analysis of service demand. Environmental and load conditions using engineering data, calculations, and finite element analysis
  • Materials scientists. Metallurgists, chemists, petrographers, and wood technologists