Centre for Material Testing

Head of the Centre: Ewa Rostek, MSc.

Centre for Material Testing and Mechatronics
Motor Transport Institute

80 Jagiellońska Str.
03-301 Warsaw
tel. (+48 22) 43 85 471




The Materials Testing Centre (CBM) is an accredited testing laboratory with PCA certificate No. AB 089 confirming compliance with the requirements of the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard. The detailed current scope of accreditation is available on the website of the Polish Centre for Accreditations.

The Materials Testing Centre’s employees main areas of activity are:

  • physicochemical properties of service fluids,
  • corrosion (NSS, AASS, CASS, SCAB, SWAAT etc.),
  • environmental exposures,
  • hardness, microhardness and nanohardness,
  • qualitative and quantitative materialography (light microscopy, SEM - EDS),
  • thermochemistry

The Material Testing Centre deals with, among the others, type-approval/certification tests of the following products:

  • service fluids (antifreeze fluids for cooling internal combustion engines, windshield washer fluids for car windows and headlights, brake fluids for motor vehicles),
  • reflective devices and warning triangles,
  • registration plates according to the Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure and standards: ISO 7591, DIN 74069
  • distinguishing plates: heavy and long vehicles and slow-moving vehicles as well as warning plates,
  • special warning lights,
  • high visibility clothing,
  • warning and safety light devices, 


  • tests for corrosion resistance of materials
  • aging tests,
  • details testing according to the standards of carmakers, such as Volvo (STD and VSC), PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Mercedes-Benz (DBL, MBN, VDA), Ford, Fiat-Chrysler (FCA), Jaguar Cars & Land Rover (STTJLR and TPJLR ), Volkswagen (PV, TL and VW), BMW (AA, GS, TP and QV), MAN Truck & Bus AG, DAF (Keur), F+General Motors (GMW) as well as industry standards ASTM, SAE, ISO, DIN etc,
  • testing the resistance of devices to the industrial atmosphere, i.e.  SO2,
  • metallographic tests of macro and microstructure (qualitative and quantitative evaluation),
  • studies of the relationship: manufacturing technology – microstructure - utility properties,
  • measurements of micro and nanohardness of rubber
  • metrological measurements (length and angle measurements as well as profilographometric measurements),
  • metal hardness measurements.
The main testing equipment of the Materials Testing Centre allows to conduct various works related to broadly understood road transport:
  • Thermal analyser TGA-DSC Netzch for simultaneous analysis, model STA 449 F3 Jupiter coupled with Aeolos QMS 403C quadrupole mass spectrometer and Bruker Optic FT-IR Tensor 27 infrared spectrometer.
  • STA 449 F3 Netzsch thermal analyser equipped with a steam oven for measurements in a water vapour atmosphere.
  • Automatic kinematic viscosity measuring HVU482 apparatus with a TLC80 cryostat by Tamson.
  • Automatic OptiDist Herzog apparatus for determining fractional composition using normal distillation method.
  • Automatic HFP 339 Herzog apparatus for determining the flash point in a closed cup using Pensky Martens method.
  • JEOL JSM-6360LA scanning electron microscope with EDS X-ray microanalyser.
  • Head for laser elemental analysis - EA-300.
  • IKA C 500 calorimeter.
  • BINDER environmental chambers.
  • Corrosion chambers (tests in salt fog and SOatmosphere).
  • Q-SUN xenotests.
  • Keyence VHX-7000 digital microscope.
  • Olympus metallographic microscope model PMG3.
  • Magnetic Force Microscope/Atomic Force Microscope (MFM/AFM).
  • Nanoindenter CSM Instruments (including universal hardness (Hit), Vickers hardness (HV), reduced Young's modulus (Eit) in microareas).
  • Optical emission spectrometer with spark excitation - qualitative and quantitative analysis of the elements contained in, among the others, Fe, Al, Mg, Co, Ni, Pb, Sn, Ti, Zn, Cu alloys.
  • INSTRON Dynatup Vertical Impact Hammer Model 9250HV.
  • Bruker Contour GT-K1 Optical Profilographometer.
  • Phantom v1210/24GB high-speed camera with motion analysis software -TEMA Motion.
  • Kruss K100C tensiometer.
  • IRHD Micro Zwick 3103 hardness tester.
  • Universal hardness tester (Rockwell-Vickers-Brinell) Struers Duramin 500.
  • Shimadzu High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) set.


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