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





Center for Material Testing (CBM) is an accredited testing laboratory with a PCA certificate No. AB 089 confirming compliance with the requirements of the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 standard. Detailed current scope of accreditation is placed on the Polish Centre for Accreditation.

The main areas of activity of the Center for Material Testing are:

  • Physicochemical properties of service fluids,
  • corrosion (NSS AASS, CASS),
  • electrochemistry,
  • thermochemistry,
  • mechanical properties:
    • hardness, microhardness and nanohardness,
    • impact strength,
    • static tensile test,
    • shear strength,
    • fracture mechanics,
    • tribological properties under dry friction and lubrication conditions,
  • fatigue LCF and HCF tests, also in corrosive environments,
  • qualitative and quantitative materialography (light microscopy, SEM - EDS),
  • environmental exposure,

CBM employees perform scientific, research and development work and draw up expert opinions and evaluations regarding, among the others:
  • materials engineering,
  • mechanics,
  • vehicle design and road infrastructure,
  • type-approval and certification,
  • electric cars,
  • road safety,
  • sustainable development,
CBM consists of the following research laboratories:

Technology and Material Analysis Laboratory
Head: Ewa Rostek, MSc. e-mail: ewa.rostek@its.waw.pl, tel.: +48 22 43 85 471

deals with, among the others, type-approval/certification testing of the following products:
  • service fluids (antifreezes for cooling internal combustion engines, windscreen and headlights washer fluids, automotive brake fluids),
  • retro-reflecting devices and warning triangles,
  • license plates acc. to the regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure and the ISO 7591, DIN 74069-07standards,
  • marking plate distinguishing: heavy and long vehicles and slow-moving vehicles and the warning signs,
  • special warning lamps,
  • high visibility garments,
  • warning and safety light devices,
As well as:
  • corrosion resistance testing of materials, including, among the others, defining characteristics of the corrosive properties based on electrochemical methods,
  • "in situ" studies of the electrochemical processes occurring on areas of the micrometric dimentions,
  • studies on the processes of converting the plant and waste energy carriers into the liquid fuels,
  • thermogravimetric research,
  • rubber micro and nanohardness measurements,
  • studies of components according to the standards: VW 80200-2, BMW GS 90011: 2010-05, PV 1303, MBN 10494-5, GMW 14872, GMW 14671VCS 1027, etc.,
  • testing resistance of the devices to the industrial atmosphere, i.e. SO2,
  • metallographic studies of macro and microstructure (qualitative and quantitative evaluation),
  • studying relationship between production technology - microstructure- and functional properties,
  • creating databases of legal regulations, information on entities involved in environmental protection and recycling,
  • developing test methods and evaluation criteria for assemblies, parts and materials recovered in the process of dismantling devices,
  • consulting projects for the vehicles’ collection and dismantling plants,
  • preparing eco-balance analyses.
Mechanical Testing Laboratory
Acting Head: Wojciech Moćko, Assoc. Prof. PhD, Eng., e-mail: wojciech.mocko@its.waw.pl, tel.: +48 22 43 85 482

deals, among other things, with:
  • metrological measurements (measurement of length and angle and profilographometer ones),
  • metals hardness measurements,
  • determining the impact resistance and energy of the impact / absorption as a function of time,
  • identification of mechanical properties of materials in the temperature and corrosion environment, based on: tensile and compression test,
  • determining fatigue strength - high and low cycle fatigue tests,
  • determining mechanical properties in a complex state of stress in the combination of axial and torsional load,
  • designating the KIC stress intensity coefficient,
  • determining the materials’ mechanical properties under high-speed deformation conditions on the Hopkinson bar,
  • carrying out creep tests at the temperatures up to 1000 ° C.
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