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Materials and NDE services

Helping to ensure quality

You need to be confident that the materials you use in your ship will perform satisfactorily throughout its life. Lloyd's Register’s materials and non-destructive examination (NDE) services can help you meet this goal.

You need to be confident that the materials you use in your ship will perform satisfactorily throughout its life. Lloyd's Register’s materials and non-destructive examination (NDE) services can help you meet this goal.

What are materials and NDE services?

We offer a wide range of services relating to materials procurement and manufacture, their use in construction and repair, and their in-service performance. These include:

  • advice on manufacturing procedures, methods and controls

  • consultancy/advice in corrosion, metallurgy, non-destructive examination, welding and composite (FRP) materials

  • mechanical testing to determine properties of metals, plastics and composite (FRP) materials
    laboratory and on-site investigations of metallurgical failures

  • material approval schemes, covering items such as plates, forgings, castings, welding consumables, paints, resins, etc.

  • service supplier approval schemes

  • training in materials, welding, NDE and fibre reinforced plastics.

What are the benefits?

Laboratory investigations enhance safety by identifying causes of failures and providing recommendations to prevent re-occurrence.

Approval schemes give confidence that the selected vendors and suppliers are capable of providing the quality of product required.

Using our services can help prevent problems before they occur eliminating the need for costly rectification work.

How does Lloyds Register help?

Consultancy services
We have specialists with knowledge covering many aspects of materials technology. They benefit from engineering back-up from throughout Lloyds Register and support from our in-house materials laboratory, ensuring that we can provide you with the most useful advice whenever you need it.

Approval schemes
Our material approval schemes lay down defined procedures that help ensure that the materials procured for your ship are delivered to pre-agreed and verified quality standards. They help prevent production delays and losses caused by rework or replacement of inferior materials used during construction, and improve confidence in the through-life performance of your ship.

The schemes are based on a combination of clearly defined requirements, direct and indirect inspection, and periodic re-approval. They cover all key components, including steel and aluminium plates, sections, bars, pipes and tubes, castings, forgings, propellers, anchors, chain cable, welding consumables, paints and plastic materials. Approved suppliers can easily be found by logging on to ClassDirect Live and searching the approvals database.

Training
We run comprehensive training programmes relating to materials and NDE which can be tailored to your specific needs.

Next steps...

To find out how we can help your business please contact your nearest office or complete our enquiry form: