Defense Materials Testing

For over 50 years, EAG has characterized the high-performance materials and electronics used in combat and defense. EAG offers more specialized imaging and analytical expertise than any commercial contract laboratory in the world. Our scientists and engineers are experts at translating complex design and manufacturing questions into design and test solutions.We understand that stringent requirements for military electronics and materials can differ from commercial applications, ranging from operating temperatures to the full lifecycle of components. Our scientists and engineers have contributed to the development of some innovative armor, missiles and munitions.

Defense material testing

EAG has a broad set of expertise and equipment to test, qualify, and analyze electronics. We are approved by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to perform testing according to MIL-STD-750 and MIL-STD-883 and our certifications also include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 17025, DSCC. Our US facilities are ITAR compliant for defense related articles and services.

How do you design for the world’s least-hospitable environments, and at the same time ensure safety, speed and precision?  Turn to EAG. WE KNOW HOW.


EAG offers a comprehensive suite of services to evaluate high-performance materials and electronics, meeting the industry’s exacting standards for tight controls of material properties, composition and chemistry. Here are just a few ways we can help:

  • Multi-instrument materials characterization and failure analysis: a vast array of materials testing services and analytical techniques to evaluate suitability, resistance and performance of materials—from R&D activities to problem-solving and QC evaluations.. By combining spectroscopy, imaging, physical characterization and other techniques, EAG scientists provide deep insight into advanced materials including metal matrix, ceramic matrix composite, coatings, composites and porous materials
  • Purity certification and QA/QC monitoring: Production support for QC/QA of critical trace and ultra-trace levels of elemental impurities in ingots and manufactured parts, and in the raw metal powders that go into nickel base superalloys, titanium alloys, cobalt alloys, and other alloys.
  • Coatings analysis: Years of experience providing depth-specific distribution measurements and full chemical survey characterizations of engineering coatings, including contaminant identification. For example, optical or reflective coatings can typically require SIMS, XPS, Auger, RBS, light microscopy, SEM, and TEM. Polymer or organic coatings typically require TOF-SIMS, FTIR, RGA, TGA, DMA, DSC. Engineering coatings, such environmental barrier coatings, conversion coatings, corrosion resistive coatings typically use LIBS, LA-ICPMS, and GDMS.
  • Ceramic matrix composites testing (CMCs): Full structural characterization of CMC materials, including chemical composition, impurities, microstructure, and interface chemistry of reinforcement fibers (SiC, SiCN and carbon fibers.) High temperature outgassing assessments further assures material integrity.
  • Long-term QC/QA monitoring: for trace and ultra-trace level concentrations in raw materials (sulfur, phosphorus) with great consistency and sensitivity. This typically uses techniques such as GDMS, IGA, ICP-OES and ICP-MS.
  • Component and IC testing, analysis and engineering: Leveraging a large, in-house install base of tools, EAG scientists and engineers support have deep domain expertise in electrical test, reliability, and failure analysis, we offer full system evaluations as well as component/IC-level analysis, including test and debug services.
  • Destructive Physical Analysis (DPA Testing): Our facilities are DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) certified for various MIL-STD testing requirements. Testing capabilities include fine leak, gross leak, die shear, bond strength, P.I.N.D. Testing, Radiography, SEM inspection, Microsectioning
  • Residual Gas Analysis (RGA): MIL-STD-883, Method 1018 defines procedures for RGA equipment calibration and device testing, as well as the maximum acceptable limits for water vapor content. Used for more than moisture content analysis, EAG can detect all masses up to 140 AMU, allowing common gasses to be identified and quantified. Samples of process atmospheres and unusual sealing environments can be analyzed to detect the evolution or resorption of gasses. The system software can determine moisture content as well as an entire spectrum of gasses in the component.
  • Metallurgical failure analysis:  Our engineers have been involved in many failure analysis investigations, including fractures, fatigue,  slow crack growth mechanisms, brittle and ductile overload, stress corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion/oxidation, contamination, wear, heat treatment, stress-related failures and plating problems.
  • EMC & Environmental our sister company, Eurofins E&E, can evaluate components for use in extreme electromagnetic & environmental conditions to identify design flaws and bring equipment from development to end users faster and more cost-effectively.
    We are approved by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to perform testing according to many MIL standards. Please add the MIL-STD in your request that you are interested in as we have experience with most including MIL-STD-167-1, MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD- 276, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, MIL-STD-704, MIL-STD-750, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-883, MIL-STD-1275, MIL-STD-1344, MIL-STD-1399, MIL-STD-1580, MIL-STD-1678-3 (3308), MIL-S-901, MIL-C-83522, MIL-DTL-83526, MIL-E-5400, MIL-PRF-24623, MIL-PRF-28800, MIL-PRF-28876, MIL-PRF-29504, MIL-PRF-49291, MIL-PRF-85045, Mil-HDBK-217, and MIL-I-24728. We have also tested to Special NASA DoD standards, and SSQ-25000.

Typical techniques used for the defense testing

AFM GDMS Physical Testing
ATE Test GPC Profilometry
ATG (RBS) HPLC Project
Atom Probe ICP-MS Raman
Cathodoluminescence IGA RGA
Circuit Edit Ion Chromatography SEM
DSC LIBS Thermal Analysis
Dual Beam Litigation Support TOF-SIMS
EBSD Metallurgy TXRF
EMC Nanoindentation Warpage Analysis
Environmental NMR XPS/ESCA
ESD Optical Microscopy XRD
Failure Analysis Optical Profilometry XRF

Would you like to learn more about our services for defense materials testing?

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