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Aerospace & Defense Component Inspection, Testing, Machining, and Finishing Services

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MISTRAS provides component protection throughout our aerospace partners’ supply chains. We can perform inspections and testing on individual components, or centralize multiple milestones throughout the production cycles of commercial & defense aircraft in a purpose-built facility.

As the aerospace & defense industries increasingly make use of advanced materials in their processes, the need for sophisticated inspection, testing, machining, and maintenance solutions grows with them.

As a complete, OneSource asset protection solution provider, MISTRAS performs services and manufactures equipment for aerospace components, composite materials, and fabricated structures.

We work with a variety of clients in the aviation, aerospace, and defense industry, including:

  • Commercial and Military Aeronautics Manufacturers
  • National Air & Space Facilities
  • Aircraft Engine & Helicopter Manufacturers
  • R&D and Non-Disclosure Programs
  • Sub-Tier Manufacturers

MISTRAS operates throughout our customer’s production cycles and the operational lifetimes of their aircraft. With state-of-the-art facilities located throughout the world, MISTRAS can perform individual component inspections or centralize multiple services throughout the production cycle, including:

We offer a comprehensive suite of advanced non-destructive inspection (NDI), destructive testing (DT), and materials testing services to evaluate the structural and mechanical integrity of forged components.

Our labs maintain approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Nadcap, and some of the largest aerospace prime manufacturers in the world.

Through a combination of inspection, machining, finishing, and system solutions, MISTRAS helps keep your assets flying high.

Lab Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) Services for Aerospace Components and Materials

MISTRAS offers advanced inspection and testing solutions for aerospace composite materials and fabricated structures at our in-house laboratories. Some of the common components and materials we inspect include:

  • Composite Materials
  • Round and Flat Bars
  • Round and Flat Billets
  • Plates
  • Extrusions
  • Rough Machined Forgings
  • Rotating Engine Fans
  • Turbine Disks

Completing inspections and testing on both pre- and post-forged components, MISTRAS seeks to identify multiple kinds of flaws and discontinuities that were introduced in the manufacturing process and that can later lead to disastrous component failure.

We utilize traditional and advanced NDI techniques to inspect aerospace components and materials, including:

  • Acoustic Emission (AE)
  • Digital Radiography (DR)
  • Eddy Current (EC)
  • Magnetic Particle (MT)
  • Penetrant Inspection (PT)
  • Radiography (RT)
  • Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
    • Immersion UT
    • Phased Array (PAUT)

Destructive Testing (DT) & Metallography Services for Aerospace Components and Materials

Our global network of in-house testing laboratories applies destructive (DT), mechanical, and metallographic testing to characterize and validate aerospace component and material strength, durability, and composition.

Our tests mirror the extreme conditions in which these components operate to evaluate the structural and mechanical integrity of forged components.

Destructive Testing Services
  • Applied force
  • Bending
  • Hardness
  • Impact
  • Nick break
  • Shear
  • Tensile
  • Wire
Metallography and Materials Testing Services
  • Carbon Fiber Porosity Analysis
  • Deposit Weight Density Determination
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • Duplex Ferrite Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Grain Size Determinations
  • Macrography
  • Micrography
  • Microstructural Evaluation
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy

Pre-Machining Services

In addition to inspection and testing services, MISTRAS has expanded the boundaries of a typical aerospace inspection provider to offer drilling and CNC turning pre-machining services to forge parts into their final shape. This saves our customers time and resources by eliminating the need to send parts out for machining in between inspections.

Our pre-machining services include:

  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • Conventional Sample Creation – Milling and Turning
  • Drilling
  • Grinding
  • Polishing
  • Sawing
  • Welding

Special Process Services

After certain inspection, testing, and maintenance services have been performed on aerospace components, it can be impossible to tell if the completed work conforms to prime standards or industry codes and regulations. In the cases of these Special Processes, the process itself is validated.

MISTRAS offers a range of Nadcap-certified special processes that ensure your components operate safely.

We are approved to offer multiple special process services, including:

  • Abrasive Blasting
  • Assembly and Bonding Application
  • Borescope Inspection
  • Descaling & Derusting
  • Film Duplication
  • Filtered Pressure Flushing
  • Millipore Clean & Inspection
  • Pressure Testing
  • Solid Particle Cleanliness Testing
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning

We also offer verification testing services, including:

  • Copper Sulfate Test
  • Dry and Wet Tape Adhesion Test
  • High Humidity Test
  • Salt Spray Test
  • Taber Abrasion

Finishing Services

As aerospace components must contend with intense stress and weather conditions during operation, high-quality finishing services are an essential corrosion-inhibiting process prior to assembly. These services help avoid corrosion and wear related to extreme temperatures, high speeds, exposure to salt while flying over the ocean, and many other factors.

MISTRAS offers a range of coating and painting finishing services for titanium and aluminum components, all designed to offer the appropriate layer of protection for each part to ensure safe operations.

We are certified by many prime manufacturers to provide these services according to strict quality standards.

Our finishing services include:

  • Anodize Type I, II, III
  • Chemfilm Type II
  • Chemical Cleaning
  • Chemical Conversion Coating
  • Coating Application
  • Dry Film Lubrication
  • Macro Etch
  • Nital Etch
  • Painting
  • Passivation
  • Pre-Penetrant Etching
  • Teflon Rubberized Coating

Airport Field Inspection Services

MISTRAS completes field inspection services at airports and airport hangars to ensure aircraft remain safe well into their operational phases. We offer a wide range of NDT inspection and monitoring equipment and services for runways, storage tanks, piping, substations, and more. We also offer multiple FAA-approved repair stations.

Aerospace Inspection Equipment

MISTRAS enables our aerospace partners to keep tabs on their assets’ structural integrity without reaching out to an inspection service provider. Our solutions range from individual inspection components to integrated inspection system and data acquisition software solutions.

Our aerospace equipment includes:

  • Boards
  • Data Acquisition & Analysis Software
  • Fully-Integrated Inspection Systems
  • Gantries
  • Industrial Immersion Systems
  • Non-Contact Scanners
  • Portable Scanners
  • Transducers & Sensors

Learn more about MISTRAS’ inspection equipment here.

Aerospace Partnership

Some of MISTRAS’ aerospace clients require additional services beyond traditional laboratory inspection & testing. In these cases, MISTRAS seeks to partner with our aerospace clients by integrating into their supply chains.

MISTRAS can simplify production cycle logistics by centralizing multiple production milestones in purpose-built facilities. We work with our clients to fill these plants with whatever testing and machining equipment they need, and we invest in talented engineers and technicians to perform any service necessary.

Rather than shipping parts to be inspected, shipping them out to be machined, polished, or finished, and then sending them back to the inspection provider, MISTRAS can complete all of these services under one roof, using automated equipment focused on optimizing precision and speed. We can help reduce logistics cycles from months to weeks.

By centralizing milestones throughout the production cycle, MISTRAS enables our partners to save on time and logistical resources, while never sacrificing quality.

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