Laboratory testing and failure investigation

Setting industry standards for more than 50 years

DNV is a world-class provider of laboratory services, with a global network of advanced testing instruments, standards, best practice, and experts. Our independent service, advisory and scientific knowledge hubs offer laboratory testing as a key element of our quality assurance, verification and technology qualification services, and as part of our contribution to joint industry projects and to improving standards and recommended practices. 

With laboratories and dedicated specialists across three continents, we combine global industry experience with local expertise to help you meet safety, performance and financial goals. Through knowledge-sharing, collaboration and partnerships, we help address short-term challenges and provide foresight into future trends. 

To help you understand the structural performance of your systems throughout the life cycle, our structural and corrosion laboratories carry out tests applying loads ranging from a few kg to 2500 tons in a number of environments (H2S, CO2, seawater etc.). These tests range from material testing according to industry standards, to highly-customised component testing. 

Understanding internal flow and how to accurately measure what flows through the system is essential to the production and distribution of hydrocarbons. Internal fluid flow can also damage systems through erosion and corrosion. DNV has a number of advanced flow loops for actual flow tests and we can calibrate flow meters from 1” to 32” in diameter.   

To help our customers understand the marine environment in which they operate, our biology laboratories have investigated more than 100,000 species taken from drilling and production sites. 

The reliability of electric power distribution systems is critical to energy supply. DNV has several laboratories available to carry out performance tests on power distribution system components, using power sources up to 2400kV. 

Safe operations also involve understanding the consequences if something should fail. DNV carries out large-scale fire and explosion tests in our world-leading facility.

Failure analysis is also a major part of our work. 

What we offer:

A global network of experts and facilities

DNV operates some of the most important and progressive laboratories and test sites in the industry.


Spadeadam Research and Testing, UK

Spadeadam is a world-leading research and testing site


Bishop Auckland Research and Testing, UK

One of the world's largest high-pressure natural gas flow facilities


Technology Centre Groningen, the Netherlands

Allows equipment manufacturers and oil and gas companies to test, validate and calibrate multiphase technologies


Technology Centre Tuas, Singapore

One of the most advanced materials and structural laboratories in the APAC region, serving natural gas, offshore wind, CCS, hydrogen, and other energy industry sectors


Technology Centre Bergen, Norway

Along with key services in material technology support, these laboratories have a prominent role in developing new practices and standards


Technology Centre Oslo, Norway

The on-site availability of specialist staff at DNV's Høvik headquarters enables easy integration of testing into multidisciplinary projects


Loughborough Materials and failure analysis laboratories, UK

From point of production to point of use, our services encompass all assets, from subsea transmission to local distribution, and all materials, from metallics and polymers to modern composites


Columbus Ohio materials and failure analyisis laboratory, US

One of North America’s leading materials and corrosion testing laboratories

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Laboratory services and solutions offered globally


Corrosion testing


Failure analysis and failure investigation


Flow testing and flow calibration


Full-scale testing


Materials testing and qualification