Material behaviors and properties depend on a material’s stress state, temperature, and loading rate, among other physical and environmental factors. K&C conducts a thorough suite of dynamic characterization experiments to measure the mechanical response of materials through non-destructive evaluation/testing (NDE/NDT), quasi-static testing, and dynamic testing across a broad range of conditions.


Experimental data generated by K&C can be used for a variety of applications including validating material performance, quantifying design-basis material properties, including the failure properties, up to developing accurate physics-based constitutive or engineering-level models.

K&C’s experiments and testing include:


  • Mechanical testing in various stress states including tension, compression, shear, and confined states.
  • High-rate strain testing via K&C’s custom dynamic testing apparatuses including Split-Hopkinson Pressure Bars
  • Custom shock and impact testing via K&C’s THMPR Device
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation and Testing (NDE/NDT)
  • Low and high temperature testing
  • Advanced instrumentation and diagnostics
  • High-speed imaging
  • Digital Image Correlation (DIC) and Optical Tracking


K&C has worked with and tested a wide variety of materials for the aerospace, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, manufacturing, and medical/biomedical industries. Click below to learn more about some of the materials K&C has characterized.