Testing and Characterisation

CIDETEC offers a wide range of testing and characterisation services in the areas of coatings, surfaces and materials.

For this purpose, we have state-of-the-art equipment and twenty-five years of proven experience in research.


Because in addition to having the most advanced technical means for characterisation and testing, we have a highly qualified multidisciplinary team capable of searching for, finding and interpreting the data required to identify the problem, advising the client and offering the solution that best suits their needs.

What do we offer?

Physical-chemical analysis

Quality control of raw materials, electrolytes and products:

  • Chemical analysis of solutions and electrolytes.
  • Chemical composition of materials and coatings.
  • Chemical composition of coatings.
  • Glass transition temperature.
Surface Evaluation

Measurement of surface properties of any type of materials and coatings.

  • Topography
  • Roughness
  • Adherence
  • Conductivity
  • Conductivity
  • Gloss and colour
  • Wetting
Metallographic Evaluation

Studies of the microstructure of materials to evaluate the quality of the material, the heat or surface treatment applied, as well as the morphology of cracks, fractures and corrosions, among other phenomena.

  • Layer thickness.
  • In-service fault analysis.
  • Macro- and micro-structural characterisation of materials and coatings.
Corrosion and Tribological Testing

Evaluation of the tribological and corrosion behaviour of metals and alloys as well as verification of corrosion and wear protection measures:

  • Corrosion mechanisms (Rp, EIS, LEIS, SKP).
  • Accelerated corrosion tests (neutral salt spray, acetic acid salt spray, copper accelerated acetic acid salt spray and filiform corrosion).
  • Immersion corrosion and ageing tests.
  • Tribological tests: wear, friction, lubrication.
  • Abrasion tests.
  • Tribocorrosion tests.
Mechanical Testing

Characterisation of the mechanical behaviour of materials subjected to various mechanical, thermal and environmental actions (strength, ductility, toughness, etc.).

  • Hardness
  • Tensile tests.
  • Impact bending tests.
Non-Destructive Testing

We have NADCAP-accredited facilities and inspectors. These tests are applicable at any stage of the production process:

  • Liquid penetrant testing.
  • Magnetic particle testing.
  • Impact bending tests. Nital attack.
  • Barkhausen noise analysis.


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