The AFRC becomes one of only a few organisations in the UK to gain ISO 17025:2005 for measuring the geometry and dimensions of parts with a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Similarly, it is one of only a small number of places in the UK to be accredited to ISO17025 standard for measuring residual stress in engineering materials and components using both X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and incremental central hole-drilling (ICHD) methods.

ISO 17025:2005 is the AFRC’s third accreditation, adding to its ISO 9001 and BS18001 certificates.

Explains AFRC principal materials fellow Dr Salah Rahimi: “By achieving this international standard, our expertise in materials research has been recognised at the highest level. It underlines our commitment to advancing our research in this area and further develops the trust our customers put in us to work on their projects.

“For a number of years now we have been investing heavily in our materials research capabilities – particularly in the area of residual stress. These capabilities are the back-bone of many of the centre’s research projects. This standard acknowledges all of this hard work and gives further credit to our research findings.”