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Our field of activity

Over the past decade, the mechanical engineering department at VA-tgm has specialized in testing cable cars with regard to dynamic loads occurring during operation (measurement using strain gauges) throughout Central Europe.  


In addition to this demanding test field, our department has developed into a "Special Case Taylor Shop" with regard to the planning and implementation of special tests as well as the implementation of test procedures according to the requirements of our customers or applicable standards.


Another point of interest could be standardized non-destructive and destructive testing - even if the samples to be tested are large. In addition to many other testing facilities, our institute has one of the most powerful universal testing machines in Europe of the Baldwin Lima Hamilton type, which can alternatively apply tensile or compressive loads of up to 300 tons with a maximum sample length of 3.5 meters. 

DMS and / or acceleration sensors

Destructive and non-destructive material tests

Non-destructive material testing

Metallography and damage analysis

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Measurement of statistical and dynamic mechanical loads using strain measurement rosettes (DMS) and / or acceleration sensors

Metrological analysis of mechanical loads on components and assemblies both in the house and on site in (almost) any weather and also in high alpine locations.

How does it work?

On the basis of one of the most modern commercially available measuring systems, we offer the metrological recording of static and dynamic mechanical stress states of components and assemblies

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Destructive and non-destructive material tests

Components or material samples are tested with regard to their mechanical properties by means of tensile tests, notched bar impact tests (Charpy and ASTM), hardness tests according to Vickers, fatigue tests and related creep tests. In addition, NSS corrosion tests can be offered on components and groups that may deviate significantly from the usual dimensions.

What we can do

Semi-finished products, components and assemblies must meet specified load criteria based on their subsequent intended use, which on the one hand can correspond to normative requirements or are regulated by in-house regulations. The satisfaction of the end customer is also essential.

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nondestructive material test

With the non-destructive testing of materials (NDT), components are checked for inhomogeneities that can impair their usability by means of different test methods without damaging them.

Non-destructive material testing is part of quality assurance, product development, process optimization and damage analyzes.


Our experienced team of inspectors, certified according to ÖNORM EN ISO 9712, offers the implementation of:  


  • Visual examination (VT)

  • Dye penetrant test (PT)

  • Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

  • Radiographic Examination (RT)


in-house or on-site.


Metallography and damage analysis

In the event of damage to metallic components, the primary cause of the damage that triggered the damage is usually analyzed by means of a visual preliminary examination and metallographic processes.


In addition, different methods are available in order to be able to analyze the specification conformity of the component with regard to hardness, strength and chemical composition (alloy content of a metallic material).

Getting to the bottom of the origin ...

The implementation of damage analyzes in the field of mechanical engineering is based on many years of historical experience. Initial findings on site and detailed examinations are carried out in the institute, adapted to the respective situation.


Depending on the type of damage, the corresponding, tried-and-tested methods are used to describe the particular primary damage in more detail, followed by finding the cause, whereby all facilities of the research institute are available in addition to the metallography, which is usually unavoidable. 



Robert Timmelmayer

Department manager mechanical engineering

Phone: 01 33 126 422


Head of Department

Peter Herzog

Deputy Head of Department

Mechanical engineering

Phone: 01 33 126 621

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State Research Institute - TGM

Tel: 01 33 126 410

Write to us today! We will contact you immediately to clarify any details and to advise and support you as best as possible.

We are at your disposal for your individual concerns! 

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