Special Metals


Confidential Contract Test and Analysis

IncoTest®, a division of Special Metals, offers independent and confidential contract analysis and metals testing programs.

Delivering Confidence

We offer a comprehensive range of analytical, mechanical, physical, corrosion, NDT and metallographic testing and sample preparation services. Laboratory test programs, management systems and equipment all operate within a strictly controlled and audited environment, accredited by UKAS in the United Kingdom and NADCAP in the USA.

The IncoTest® service includes the provision and preparation of test pieces. Our facilities in Hereford, England, and West Virginia, USA. offer state-of-the-art testing and laboratory facilities. Staff at both locations are highly trained and experienced in the use of this equipment, as well as all classical laboratory and chemical methodology.

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IncoTest® Hereford, England
Holmer Road
Hereford HR4 9SL, UK
Phone: +44 1432 382200
Fax: +44 1432 353545

IncoTest® Huntington, WV
3200 Riverside Drive
Huntington, WV 25705-1771
Phone: +1.304.526.5447
Fax: +1.304.526.5973


Chemical Analysis

  • X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
  • Optical emission spectrometry (OES)
  • Inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES)
  • Atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS)
  • Gas analysis
  • Carbon and sulfur analysis
  • Wet chemistry

Physical Testing

  • Thermal expansion up to 1000°C
  • Dynamic Young's and shear modulus
  • Magnetic Permeability
  • Foil emission and absorptivity
  • Bash and Harsch accelerated life testing
  • Thermoelectric EMF
  • Electrical resistivity and resistance

Mechanical Testing

  • Creep and stress rupture
  • Fatigue and fracture toughness
  • Tensile and compression testing up to 1200°C

Corrosion Testing

  • Timely turnaround
  • Flexible reporting and data sharing
  • Custom testing methodologies on request


  • State-of-the-art microscopy equipment
  • Electrochemical etching
  • Comprehensive examination of metallic microstructures