Materials Laboratory

The VGB Materials Laboratory now has over 30 years’ experience in the field of

of power plant components, and in practically oriented research and development in the field of materials technology. We perform the associated work both on site with our customers and in our state of the art in-house laboratory.

The findings obtained in the course of this work are passed on to our member companies through the exchange of experience in the VGB committees and in regular workshops and seminars. This makes a significant contribution to increasing the safety and availability of the plants.

The following examination methods are available in our work:

  • Technical metallography
  • Classical metallography
  • Component metallography
  • Endoscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Microanalysis (EDX)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Microhardness and small load hardness testing
  • Ultrasonic testing (UT)
  • Surface crack detection testing (PT and MT)
  • Corrosion tests
  • Spectrographic analysis
  • Wall thickness measurement
  • Surface roughness measurement
  • Calculation of component fatigue to TRD 508




X-ray diffraction (XRD)

X-ray diffraction (XRD)

Scanning electron microscopy

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