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What is Charpy impact test, and how Qualitest Canada performs it with fully automatic equipment in Nisku / Edmonton, Alberta?

Charpy Impact test

The Charpy Impact Test is commonly used on metals, but is also applied to composites, ceramics and polymers. With the impact test one most commonly evaluates the relative toughness of a material, and as such, it is used as a quick and economical quality control device.

This impact test shows the relationship of ductile to brittle transition in absorbed energy at a series of temperatures. Since iron and all other body-centered cubic metals undergo a transition from ductile behavior at higher temperatures to brittle behavior at lower temperatures, this test is required today for a number of important steel products including steel plates, pipes, vessels, weld metals, machineries and heavy equipment etc.

Charpy impact testing involves striking a standard notched specimen with a controlled weight pendulum swung from a set height. The standard Charpy-V notch specimen is 55mm long, 10mm square and has a 2mm deep notch with a tip radius of 0.25mm machined on one face. In some circumstances, sub-size Charpy specimens can be tested with thickness less than 10mm.

Factors that affect the Charpy impact energy of a specimen will include:

• Yield strength and ductility
• Notches
• Temperature and strain rate
• Fracture mechanism

How Qualitest Canada performs the Charpy Impact Test?

Qualitest Canada can perform charpy impact test on various metals and temperature upto -80C. Qualitest Canada has latest and high tech equipment which is fully automatic with digital reading. Because of the top notch equipment, the test accuracy is very high and the human error is ‘ZERO’. The productivity is also very high comparing to any other manual equipment which does the similar test. So, Qualitest Canada can expedite the tests and send the results to clients as earliest as possible. Clients are most welcome to witness the test as we would like to them to see our other testing equipment as well.


If you need assistance for Charpy Impact test, please feel free to contact us at 780-851-2020 or email at admin@qualitests.com

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Qualitest Canada Material Testing Facility in BC and Albert (Sooner in Ontario)

Qualitest Canada Material Testing Labs

Qualitest Canada Material testing Labs in BC and Alberta are providing top notch services to Canadian industries.  Qualitest is recognized as a world leader in Welding Engineering, Metallurgical Verification, Geotechnical Testing, NDE/NDT Services, Welding Inspection, Structural Steel Inspection, Welder Qualification Testing, Welding Procedure Development Services, HDPE Pipe Testing and QA/QC Inspection Services for various industries including Oil & Gas, Marine, Mining, Manufacturing, Utilities and Infrastructures. Qualitest has provided our technical expertise to many companies in various locations within the Western Canada region, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Peace River, Cold Lake, Grande Prairie, Conklin, Surrey, Langley, Richmond, Delta, Burnaby, Victoria, Kitimat, Terrace, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Kelowna, Kamloops, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon and Lloydminster.

Our company has a reputation among our industry partners for providing high volume, quick turnaround testing with fully integrated, state-of-the-art facilities in Western Canada (Nisku, AB and Surrey, BC). Qualitest’s laboratory in Nisku is the largest testing facility for Material Testing in Canada and is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Welding Engineering & Welding Procedure Development

Qualitest provides top notch welding engineering services to the entire Western Canada region. Our Welding Engineers are specialists in welding procedure (WPS) design and development. Depending on your needs, we will design your welding procedure specification to various codes & standards including (but not limited to) ASME, API, CSA, AWS and various Project Specifications.

Qualitest also delivers convenient, hassle-free Welder Qualification Testing services in accordance with ASME, CSA and API Codes. Our advanced Welder Qualification Testing program will comply with various client and third party requirements. We will strive to fulfill your project needs promptly and efficiently.

Mechanical Testing & Failure Analysis:

Qualitest’s never ending commitment to our customers is strongly supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic staff. We have highly qualified professionals who have vast experience and in depth knowledge to work on your mechanical testing and failure analysis projects.

The staff at Qualitest is enthusiastic and fully dedicated to providing you with top notch technical solutions for your testing needs. Our quality program, quick turnaround and reliable results will provide a substantial competitive advantage to your company.

We have the new and updated testing equipment for Tensile Test, Charpy Impact Test, ASTM G65 Abrasion Test, Guided Bend Test, Hardness Test (Vickers, Rockwell and Brinell), Macro /Micro Verification, Heat Treatment (Computerized Heat Treatment Oven for PWHT), Chemical Analysis (OES and X-RF Analyzers), Ferrite Test and many more day to day activities.

Non-Destructive Examination:

The NDE department at Qualitest provides a wide range of Non-Destructive Testing services required by various industries. Qualitest NDE technicians will always evaluate material and equipment integrity without impairing their future usefulness. Our services include Magnetic Particle Examination, Liquid Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Visual Inspection, Ferrite Testing, Hardness Testing, Boroscope Inspection and XRF Alloy Analysis.

Our NDE personnel are trained and certified in accordance with the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), and per the Qualitest NDE SNT-TC-1A Written Practice in various NDE disciplines. Qualitest visual inspectors are certified per CSA W178.2 by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) and international specifications like AWS QC-1.

Geotechnical Testing

Qualitest’s Geotechnical testing lab is certified to CCIL Category II. Our Geotechnical testing department offers the full suite of Geotechnical services at field sites and in our laboratory. The service we provide ranges from basic classification & index testing to advanced destructive testing. We have highly skilled professionals consisting of Civil and Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists, laboratory technicians and field technicians. We also have Inspectors, design drafting personnel, drilling technicians and support personnel specialized in their respective fields.

Qualitest provides exceptionally innovative and dependable Geotechnical consulting, environmental consulting and construction management testing services for public & private sector clients throughout Canada.

HDPE Pipe Testing

Qualitest Canada performs various destructive and non-destructive tests on HDPE pipes. Our highly experienced professionals have extensive knowledge about HDPE pipe fusion welds and their testing requirements. HDPE pipe fusion welds (bonding) are normally tested with TOFD (time-of-flight diffraction) and Phased Array UT examination, which are readily available at Qualitest.

In many cases, the HDPE pipe fusion welds (bonding) from your qualification coupons require destructive testing including Tensile Test, Tensile Impact, Drop Impact, Three Point Bend Test, Torque Test and Burst Test which Qualitest performs at our laboratories in Nisku, AB and Surrey, BC.

Mobile Lifting Equipment Inspection

Qualitest Canada has a strong reputation for mobile lifting equipment inspection, certification, Non-Destructive Testing, as well as supporting engineering services. Our inspectors are certified to CWB/CGSB and have vast knowledge in lifting equipment inspection. In addition, we can provide certified technicians for special crane inspections which require LEEA certification. After a thorough inspection our inspectors will place a marked and identifiable inspection label on the inspected equipment.

Welding Inspection & QA/QC Services

As Qualitest Canada is a CSA W178.1 Certified Inspection Organization, maintaining the quality of the service we provide is our top priority. Qualitest Canada’s inspectors have completed numerous welding inspection and QA/QC projects with many clients in the industrial, institutional and commercial sectors. We provide QA/QC, NDE, Welding Inspection and In-Service Inspection to various industries located in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Our Certified Welding Inspectors are available to fulfill all your welding inspection needs within budget and on schedule.

We will take care of your commercial and industrial welding inspection project at any stage you require our services. Our inspectors will visit your project site and perform the welding inspection as per the project requirements. Qualitest Canada is capable of providing a full range of welding inspection services at your fabrication shops or field sites, regardless of the location.

We have performed full Quality Control inspection programs on large scale projects, such as the new construction & expansion of refineries, gas manufacturing plants, export & import terminals, pipelines, storage tanks, dams and bridge construction. We have acquired industry leading expertise through many years of experience in the welding inspection and testing profession, and we guarantee to provide you with the experience and knowledge you are looking for.

Quality Manual Preparation and Audit Assistance

Qualitest Canada is your one-stop engineering solution for all quality related documents. We develop various different types of Quality manuals, procedures, plans, specifications, forms and checklists for our clients based on their project requirements. Some of the documents we develop for our clients are listed below:

  • Quality Manual (ABSA / Technical Safety BC / TSASK)
  • Quality Procedures
  • Manuals for ISO Audits
  • Inspection Test Plans (ITP)
  • Quality Control Plans (QCP)
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Quality Control Forms and Exhibits

We assist our clients during their internal audits, provide ABSA or TSASK or Technical Safety audit preparation, as well as contribute support for ISO Initial Certification or renewal processes. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals will assist you throughout your audit processes. We will make the process easy, cost effective and a success for your organization.

Other Inspection and Testing Services

In addition to the above stated services, Qualitest has committed to providing many additional services, including MFL Tank Floor Inspection, Equipment Preservation and Maintenance, Marine Structures Inspection, Pipeline Inspection, Pile Monitoring, Corrosion Survey, Design & Drafting Services. Please contact us if you require assistance with any related services to those listed above.


Qualitest Canada has the following credentials.

  • Registered with APEGA
  • Certified to CSA W178.1
  • Registered with ABSA (AQP & AOQP)
  • Registered with Technical Safety BC
  • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 (Nisku, AB)
  • Registered with ISNET World