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Electron Microscopy

Chloride Analysis using a Spectrophotometer

Electro-chemical Testing for Cathodic Protection in Concrete


Laboratory Services

Well equipped laboratory facilities are available for testing a wide range of materials including;

  • Concrete
  • Aggregates
  • Bituminous Materials
  • Metals
  • Cements
  • Polymers
  • Ceramics
  • Soils

Additionally, Aston Services has access to advanced techniques for analysis and microstructural investigations. These include mercury intrusion porosimetry, differential thermal and thermogravimetric analyses, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, x-ray diffractometry and spectroscopy, solid state NMR spectroscopy, psychical testing including compressive, tensive and flextural strength testing, chloride Analysis, Auger electron spectroscopy and x-photo electron spectrscopy.

Expertise exist within the organisation for a wide range of investigations and tests including;

  • Chemical analysis of concreting materials
  • Corrosion monitoring and testing
  • Evaluation of mechanical properties
  • Metallography and petrography
  • Permeability and diffusion measurements


Metal Testing Services

Aston Services utilises specialised metal testing laboratories to analyse characteristics of materials according to the relevant accreditations. Aston Services can provide testing of ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, mechanical parts and apparatuses. Our experienced metallurgists, chemists and technicians cover mechanical properties, macro/micro-structure analysis, dimensional measurements, non-destructive testing, chemical composition analysis, corrosion testing and weather resistance, non-destructive testing and can provide expert witness services. For more info on our metal specific services and specialities, please click here.

Abrasion Testing

Slip Resistance Testing

Flextural and Tensile Strength Testing


Site Services

Aston Services offer a range of on-site testing and inspection services for both UK and International Clients. Site services include the following;

  • Coring and sampling of concrete
  • Durability assessment
  • Failure investigation
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Survey's of concrete structures for chlorides, carbonation, etc.
  • Corrosion potential mapping
  • Quality assurance and quality control
  • Testing abrasion resisitance of industrial floors

Specialist expertise include:

  • Abrasion resistance test to BS 8204
  • Slip resistance test to BS 8204
  • BRE Screed test to BS 8204
  • Anti-static test to BS 2050 and BS 5958

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