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Our state-of-the-art metallurgical laboratory provides the setting to advance both laser cladding research and development and manufacturing engineering support. This modern high-tech facility is outfitted with a wide range of destructive testing equipment to evaluate the quality of our products and performance for service work. Our expertise in material analysis extends beyond just the equipment present to include two PhD metallurgists and a full-time lab technician to provide expert analysis of the testing results. From the moment you contact us, we’re here to help you every step of the way.  At every stage in the process, you can expect consistent high quality and access to resident experts.

Driving Innovation

In our labs, imagination and craftsmanship go hand-in-hand. Here, our team is focuses on delivering the best solution at the best price for customers, applying lean principles to minimize waste while maximizing wear of critical components. This requires deep expertise in alloys and processes, including the application of lasers, powder formulations, and understanding field applications.


Our Metallurgical Lab Capabilities include:


Tensile/Compression Testing – We routinely perform tensile or compression testing to directly evaluate material strength and ductility. Primarily used for tension testing, Apollo’s universal testing machine (UTM) has the ability to apply 60,000 lbf (~267,000 N) loads to evaluate cylindrical or rectangular cross section samples with a typical 0.5-inch diameter reduced section. We also use tensile testing to demonstrate the high quality, full metallurgical bonding of our coatings.

Charpy Impact Testing – We own and operate a Charpy Impact (or Charpy V-Notch) testing machine to evaluate the impact performance of a material through the high-impact strain rate loading conditions of a Charpy test. The machine can generate 300 ft•lbs (407J) of force, and with a sample cooling bath, tests can be performed at temperatures down to liquid nitrogen temperatures (-196°C/321F).


Fatigue Testing – To provide full scale testing of the fatigue performance of our products, Apollo designed, built and commissioned the world’s first large scale rotating bending fatigue tester.

Residual Stress Testing – We have the ability to measure near surface residual stresses using the Hole-Drilling Strain Gauge Method.


Sample Imaging

Stereomicroscopy – Stereomicroscopy is a variation of optical microscopy specific for low level magnification in the range of 5X. At Apollo, stereomicroscopy is routinely used to evaluate the quality of the surfaces of our coatings.

Optical Microscopy – For high magnification imaging, Apollo is equipped with an optical microscope capable of 1000X magnification.

Hardness Testing

We offer two types of hardness testing: macro indentation with Rockwell hardness testing and Vickers microhardness testing. Rockwell hardness testing is the industry standard for measuring representative bulk hardness. Microhardness testing is an essential tool for measuring hardness of individual, microscopic aspects of a material microstructure such as individual grains or reinforcing particles.

Delivering Value

As our customer, you can be confident knowing that as a company long known for taking on the more difficult projects, we will apply deep metallurgical and process expertise to your project. Whether it’s repairing worn parts or fabricating brand new ones, Apollo Labs can explain your best options based on leading metallurgical and process science. As a result, you benefit from maximum and efficient use of fabricated or repaired parts.

Apollo Lab Staff

Doug J. Hamre, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Research and Development Manager

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Doug attended the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He received a B.Sc. in 2001 and a Ph.D. in 2005 both in the field of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Doug returned to the Edmonton area in 2011 to join Apollo-Clad after working in the investment casting industry making Titanium and Superalloy investment castings for the aerospace and power generation industries. Doug is a Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta and currently the Research and Development Manager at Apollo-Clad Laser Cladding.

Gentry Wood, Ph. D.
Research and Development Engineer

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Gentry Wood is a graduate from the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining (CCWJ) at University of Alberta (2017) where he completed his PhD in modelling of the geometry of laser clad beads under Dr. Patricio Mendez: a project sponsored by Apollo-Clad. He has been associated with Apollo since the summer of 2011 where he worked as a metallurgical intern. He has 4 first author peer reviewed publications, 2 co-authored publications, and 10 conference presentations including international speaking engagements.

Gentry is actively involved in the welding community and technical societies. He is an expert delegate of the Canadian Commission of the International Institute of Welding (CCIIW) in Commission IV on Power Beam Processes, a member of the American Welding Society (AWS) Technical Papers Committee, Vice Chair for the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) National Advisory Council, and he is the Publicity Chair for the local Edmonton CWA Chapter.

Dakota Jones, E.I.T
Research and Development Engineer

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Dakota Jones is a graduate from the University of Alberta having completed a B.Sc. in Materials Engineering in 2017 with a focus on nano and functional materials. He received his M.Eng from the University of Alberta in 2018 where he completed a project at the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining on modelling of deposition rates for arc welding processes. Dakota has significant experience in the Oil and Gas sector having spent several undergraduate work terms at a local Edmonton refinery. He joined the Apollo-Clad team in August 2018.

Lenny Mann
Metallurgical Lab Technician

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Lenny joined the Apollo team in 2016. Formerly a pressman by trade, Lenny has become extremely skilled in the art of preparing metallurgical samples from sectioning to final polish. He runs the day-to-day lab operations for microscopy and mechanical testing under the supervision of Doug Hamre. Lenny’s attention to detail, great work ethic, and ability to master a wide variety of tasks makes him a valued member of the Apollo Lab team.