Materials and product testing

With many years’ experience of product and materials testing and HV power cable engineering, our world-renowned engineers provide unbiased consultancy and testing services that you can trust.


Electrical Testing

Edif ERA offers a comprehensive and independent medium power testing service that provides confidence that electrical protection devices conform to appropriate standards. In addition, where problems in conformance are identified, expert advice is available with any necessary design modifications.

Services include:

  • Temperature tests
  • Electrical short circuit testing
  • Electrical impulse testing
  • Protection devices testing
  • Lamp testing for end of life with laser or electrical impulse
  • Electricity meter testing

Materials Testing

Our laboratories offer an extensive range of in-house materials testing techniques to determine mechanical, electrical, thermal, analytical and environmental properties.  Our in-house testing capability includes:

  • Tensile testing
  • Compressive/peel/flexural strength
  • Hardness testing
  • Creep testing
  • Impact testing
  • Dielectric strength
  • Volume and surface resistivity
  • Dielectric loss (tan delta)
  • CTI (Comparative Tracking Index)
  • Heat ageing using laboratory ovens
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX)
  • Light microscopy
  • Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Environmental stress cracking (ESC)
  • Oil/chemical resistance

Fuel Pipe Testing

Plastic pipe systems used for conveying fuel and fuel vapours have to maintain integrity and low permeation rates to prevent loss of fuel and contamination of the environment.  For over 20 years Edif ERA has been the worldwide testing and approval body for plastic petrol pipes used in a range of different fuel applications to BS EN 14125 and Institute of Petroleum (IP2) specifications.  To achieve approval to these standards mechanical, low and high temperature, fuel contact, weathering, electrical and pressure tests are carried on a manufacturer’s range of pipe and fittings.  Our in-house test laboratory is accredited to UKAS (here) which further assures the end user that the products tested meet the required standards. 

In addition to standards testing Edif ERA can offer bespoke plastic pipe test programmes to the client’s specific requirements.

A list of approved petrol pipe suppliers is downloadable below.

Water Pipe Testing

Increasingly worldwide plastic water pipes and fittings are installed in contaminated land.  The products used in such applications must act as a barrier to prevent contamination permeating through the pipe wall, or via fittings and into the water supply.   To meet this requirement Edif ERA carries out permeation testing on water pipes and fittings to WIS 4-32-19 at our in-house intrinsically safe fuel test facility in the UK.  At the end of a soak period in the fuel environment water is extracted from the pipes using specially developed non-tainting sampling techniques to prevent false contamination.  The extracted water then goes through odour, flavour and analytical testing to determine contamination levels, if any.  Edif ERA’s rigorous methodology gives the manufacturer and user full confidence in the test results.

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