Evaluation of materials is essential during the development of manufacturing processes to determine the effect of process parameters on the performance of the finished component.

Our Microscopy Laboratory is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory. We can support your research with the following techniques:

  • Optical microscopy – including analysis of surface and sub-surface integrity, surface contamination, metallurgy and defects to characterise your material
  • Scanning electron microscopy – highly detailed examination of materials at low and very high magnifications, elemental and qualitative topographic analysis, chemical analysis by EDX and fractography 
  • Surface topography – quantitative analysis of surface finish by contact and non-contact methods
  • Hardness testing – hardness profiling and bulk hardness testing using Knoop, Vickers and Rockwell indenters to ascertain material properties


  • Leica DM IRM inverted optical microscope
  • Zeiss Axio Imager M2z automated image analysis microscope
  • Zeiss LS25 scanning electron microscope 
  • Zeiss Stemi 508 stereoscope
  • PhaseShift ADE MicroXAM white light interferometer
  • Mahr MarSurf XCR20 perthometer
  • Mitutoyo HM-122 Microhardness tester
  • Struers materialographic sample preparation suite

For more information, please contact:

Dr James Hughes, Director AMRC-NAMTEC