Testing & Validation

Material Testing

Optimal Inc. Material Testing Services utilize some of the industry’s most recognized equipment and software tools to provide our customers with high quality analysis that they need to evaluate competitive products or optimized their own product designs.

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Aside from a complete suite of CAE evaluation analysis, Optimal offers the following physical material testing services:

 

Positive Material Identification (PMI)
  • Identification & analysis of various metal alloys
  • Chemical composition analysis
  • Searching 4 million records for over 200,000 metal grades
  • Covered Metal Alloys include:
    • Fe alloys, cast-iron alloys
    • Al: alloys, cast alloys, etc.
    • Cu: bronze, brass, Cu-Ni, etc.
    • Ni: hastelloy, inconel, monel, etc.
    • Ti: pure Ti, Ti.6-4 ~ Ti.8-Mn, etc.
    • Mg-, Zn- alloys
Micro-Structure Analysis
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, TA-Q200)
  • Microscope (Nikon Digital Insight DS-L2, up to x100 objective lens)
  • Scanning electron microscope with focused ion beam & (SEM, Quanta 200, NOVA)
  • Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy attached to SEM (EDAX)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD, Rigaku)
  • Other software: MTEX for inverse pole figures & orientation density function

Microstructure Analysis

Material Hardness Evaluation
  • Testing ability of superficial Rockwell scales
  • 15N, 30N, 45N, 15T, 30T, & 45T scales

 

Tensile & Stress Strain Curve
  • Tensile/compressive test for both metal and polymers
  • Force: 50 kN (11,250 lbf) for metal; 89 kN (200 lbf) for polymers
  • Load accuracy: +/- 0.5 % for metals; +/- 0.001 % for polymers
  • 1 kHz data acquisition rate
  • Sensors include:
    • Instron wired extensometer
    • Laser extensometer
    • 3 dimensional digital image correlation (DIC, Correlated Solutions Inc.)
    • High speed cameras (Photron Fastcam SA2)
    • Infrared camera (FLIR SC5000)

 

Component Testing

Optimal Inc. Component Testing Services utilize some of the industry’s most recognized equipment and software tools to provide our customers with high quality analysis that they need to evaluate competitive products or optimized their own product designs.

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Aside from a complete suite of CAE evaluation analysis, Optimal offers the following physical component testing services:

Mount

Testing includes:

  • Radial
  • Axial
  • Torsional
  • Conical
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Suspension Components
  • Shock Absorber
  • Bushing
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Powertrain
  • Powertrain dyno testing
  • Engine swing test
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Seats
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Closure Components
  • Check
  • Latch
  • Weather Strip
  • Latch Bumper
  • Sill Seal
  • Wheel House
  • Bump Stop
  • Hood Seal
  • Gas Strut
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Tire
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Welding & Joints
  • Tensile tear testing
  • Destructive testing
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Electrical Vehicle Powertrain Testing

Optimal EV Powertrain Testing Services utilize some of the industry’s most recognized equipment and software tools to provide our customers with high quality analysis that they need to evaluate competitive products or optimized their own product designs.

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Optimal offers the following EV powertrain testing services:

  • EV powertrain performance benchmarking
  • EV drive performance testing (battery, motor, inverter)
  • EV battery pack CAE validation of performance, crash, NVH, safety, thermal management
  • EV powertrain CAE structural and CFD thermal management validation
  • EV powertrain performance simulation and physical testing

Full Vehicle Testing and Validation

Optimal Full Vehicle Testing Services utilize some of the industry’s most recognized equipment and software tools to provide our customers with high quality analysis that they need to evaluate competitive products or optimized their own product designs.

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Optimal offers the following full vehicle testing services:

  • Full vehicle simulation models
  • CAE validation including aerodynamics, durability, crash, safety, NVH, CFD
  • On-Dyno or On-Road performance testing
Optimal is MMBDC Certified Minority Supplier Optimal is ISO 9001:2008 Certified Optimal is ISO 14001:2004 Certified Optimal is Ford Q1 Certified

Award Winning Quality Service & Value

Through the application of the latest technology coupled with a highly experienced, trained and efficient staff, Optimal is the Engineering Services provider of choice for many companies. Optimal is the recipient of the Ford Motor Company Technical Silver Partner Award for their CAE Services.

Optimal maintains its ISO-9001:2008, ISO-14001:2004, Ford Q1 certifications, is a certified Minority Supplier, and is a member of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC). Optimal was the recipient of the Ford Motor Company Technical Silver Partner Award for their CAE Services.

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