Material Testing

The Kiefner laboratory located in Worthington, Ohio is fully equipped to carry out failure investigations, instrumented burst tests, corrosion tests, and standard mechanical properties tests.

Failure Investigations:

  • Full metallurgical investigations of pipeline related failures including:
  • Fractography
  • Metallography
  • Non-destructive examination
  • Material characterization
  • Deposit and material chemistry
  • Microbiological related activity
  • Fatigue crack propagation
  • Weld evaluation
  • Linear polarization resistance

Instrumented Burst Tests:

  • Standard endcap testing
  • Variable axial loading testing

Instrumentation:

  • Strain Gauges
  • Displacement, pressure, temperature and acceleration
  • Multi channel data acquisition
  • Labview programming

Existing Kiefner clients, you may complete the inbound shipping form and send your samples directly to the laboratory. Please be sure to complete the Pipeline incident background data form.

PROCEDURE FOR HANDLING PIPELINE FAILURES PRIOR TO INVESTIGATION