Testing & Validation

Ensuring the most effective quality for your application

Testing and validation are integral for success

Validated test results are necessary to quantify benefits and measure success. At Conflux, testing of our AM solutions is critical to ensure the quality and repeatability of the parts produced in addition to the functional performance outcomes.

We apply a variety of testing methods at key stages in our development process. Validation testing is carried out in order to take a concept through to functional prototype level. For independent validation we use certified, external test laboratories.

Benefits of testing & validation:
  • Provide statistical confidence
  • Assist in certification of parts
  • Aid performance analysis
  • Highlight areas for improvement
  • Correlate against simulation (CFD, FEA)
  • Ensure parts are free of metal powder
  • Ensure parts are free of critical defects
  • Aid characterisation of critical features
  • Enable analysis of porosity and wall thickness
  • Enable analysis of surface roughness

Programs customised for your project

The standards and certification requirements of every industry we work in are unique. For us, this can mean that acceptance criteria differ from project to project. We tackle this by developing testing and validation programs tailored to your particular problem space that ensure overall aims and requirements are addressed.

A staged approach to Testing and Validation

At Conflux, the validity of our work is always at the forefront of our minds. We address this right at the conceptualisation stage of projects, taking care to consider factors such as powder removal and end use performance right from the outset.

This mentality follows all the way through to final performance testing. We often perform pressure/leak testing and CT scanning during the intermediate stages of projects to inform and direct the development.

By carefully considering testing and validation at each stage of the project, we’re able to avoid compromise to project deliverables and ensure that we are always delivering on time and to brief.

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Testing & Validation Capabilities

Our testing and validation capabilities fall into different categories and are performed internally and externally.

Verification testing:
  • In-house pressure and leak testing
  • Burst pressure testing
  • Best practice in powder removal.
Non Destructive Examination
  • Lab based CT (Computed Tomography) scanning
  • Advanced high resolution CT scanning with the Australian Synchrotron
  • Quantitative analysis of CT scan data
  • Microscopy, optical and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy).
Performance testing
  • Calorimetric (heat rejection and pressure drop)
  • Shock and vibration
  • Thermal cycling
  • Pressure pulsation
  • Differing environmental conditions.

ABOVE: The videos above show (left) scanning by Australian Synchotron and and a pressure test sample being leak tested.

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