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Citadel Engineering Company

Citadel Engineering Services was originally incorporated in the USA in 2015 as Engineering, Calibration & Inspection Body


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Citadel Engineering Services was originally incorporated in the USA in 2015 as Engineering, Calibration & Inspection Body. After initial involvement in several development projects inside the USA and Europe, CEC started business in the early days of oil exploration in the Kurdistan Region, CEC was contracted as one of the 1st Calibration and Inspection Bodies in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Established in 2015, CITADEL transformed grain trading in the United States, by offering innovative Engineering and inspection services. The Company was registered in the United States as a United Citadel Engineering Company but the name changed to Citadel Engineering Company (CEC) in 2019 and registered as TradeMark in several companies around the world. 

CITADEL Engineering Company (CEC) has more than 5 offices inside the USA and more than 10 officers internationally and more than 250 employees.

The current structure of our company consists of 5 business segments operating across 4 Geographical Regions and more than 5M USD in Revenue.

We have done this through continual improvement and innovation and through supporting our customers’ operations by reducing risk and improving productivity. Citadel Engineering has a history of providing leadership and innovation in performance improvement.

Products & Services

Whether you are developing products, projects, or processes, you need to be a trusted independent inspection company to ensure that both your legal obligations and the high standards you expect are met at every stage. Our comprehensive range of inspection services helps

you to reduce risk, control quality and quantity, and meet all relevant regulatory requirements across different regions and markets. 


Non-Destructive testing from CITADEL – ensures the safe and efficient operation of your equipment and assets by detecting defects before they result in severe damage, and assures compliance with international standards.

From construction sites, pipelines and refineries to shipyards and power plants, you need to monitor and improve the reliability of your processes and equipment. Our Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services offer you complete or sample examination of your assets, using well-designed procedures and highly trained and certified NDT inspectors. As a result, we can provide you with complete and valuable data, enabling you to make informed asset management decisions.

We offer you the most effective NDT methods to investigate the integrity of your equipment and assets. Our comprehensive range of NDT methods can help you


Industrial radiography is used for a variety of applications but is commonly performed using two different sources of radiation, X-Ray and Gamma-ray sources.

The choice of radiation sources and their strength depends on a variety of factors including the size of the component and the material thickness. Within the broad group of X-Ray and Gamma-ray sources are a variety of camera choices with varying radiation strengths.

CITADEL Engineering Services X-Ray capabilities run the gamut from 4 MEV units utilized to radiograph extremely large and thick castings and forgings, to portable X-Ray cameras used for field weld applications and thin-wall material inspection. Gamma sources vary from very low-level fluoroscopic units to perform real-time corrosion under insulation surveys, to Iridium (Ir192) and Selenium (Se 75) sources used for a variety of weld inspections, to Cobalt (Co 60) inspections for thick component testing.

There are many advantages to radiography including:

inspection of a wide variety of material types with varying density, ability to inspect assembled components, minimum surface preparation required, sensitivity to changes in thickness corrosion, voids, cracks and material density changes, the ability to detect both surface and subsurface defects and the ability to provide a permanent record of the inspection. The disadvantages of radiography are: safety precautions are required for the safe use of radiation, access to both sides of the specimen is required, the orientation of the sample is critical, and determining flaw depth is impossible without additional angled exposures.

CITADEL NDT Services supplies a complete line of radiographic services for both shop and field applications. Our staff of qualified, certified, professional radiographers operates within strict safety parameters and produces high-quality radiographs that allow us to utilize our interpretation skills honed through many years of experience to determine if an anomaly is actually a defect or can be accepted per code requirements.

Allow the experts at CITADEL Company to prescribe the proper radiographic technique for your needs.


Traditional Ultrasonic inspection uses high-frequency sound energy to conduct examinations and perform measurements. Considerable information may be gathered during ultrasonic testing such as the presence of discontinuities, material or coating thickness. The detection and location of discontinuities are enabled by the interpretation of ultrasonic wave reflections generated by a transducer. These waves are introduced into a material and travel in a straight line and at a constant speed until they encounter a surface. The surface interface causes some of the wave energy to be reflected and the rest of it to be transmitted. The amount of reflected vs. transmitted energy is detected and provides information on the size of the reflector, & therefore the discontinuity encountered. Three basic ultrasonic techniques are commonly used:

  • Pulse-echo and through transmission
  • Normal/Angle Beam
  • Contact and Immersion


Phased array technology generates an ultrasonic beam with the capability of setting beam parameters such as angle, focal distance and focal point size through computer-controlled excitation. Furthermore, this beam can be multiplexed over a large array. These capabilities offer a series of possibilities. For instance, we can now quickly vary the angle of the beam to scan a part without moving the probe and replace multiple transducers with a single element that produces various angle beams electronically. Inspecting a part with a variable angle beam also maximizes detection regardless of the defect orientation, while optimizing the signal-to-noise ratio. Phased Array applications include Angle beam inspection primarily used for weld inspection, Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) for detection and sizing of defects and the ability to more readily inspect complex geometries. For weld inspection Phased Array increases the probability of detection by offering the inspector additional tools to visualize the reflectors and their position within the weld. The ability to record the weld scans also allows us to utilize a phased array for many projects that are constructed to ASME Code requirements


TOFD is utilized for the rapid scanning of welds and the heat-affected zones of in-service components to detect their integrity. However, due to the software image utilized in TOFD, we normally recommend using Phased Array technology to image the defects once they have been detected using TOFD.



Mechanical Testing reveals the properties of a material under dynamic or static force. Designed to ensure that materials are suitable for their intended applications, mechanical testing includes methods such as tensile strength and elongation, compression strength, impact resistance, fracture toughness, stress rupture, fatigue limits, hardness, and more. 

Element has a full range of mechanical testing services, for both metals and non-metals. We have extensive experience testing materials and components for aerospace, biomedical, commercial, construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, medical device, and other industries. Our state-of-the-art mechanical testing labs are located across the US and Europe, so we are ready to assist with projects around the globe.


Abrasion Testing is performed to determine how materials will perform under sustained friction. Solid materials like metals, composites, ceramics and thick coatings are ranked based on their resistance to scratching under a specific set of conditions. Abrasion testing is generally performed to assist in material selection, ensure that materials are fit for purpose, or qualify parts to specific standards.


  • Taber Abrasion
  • RCA Abrasion
  • Solder Abrasion (Pencil Method)
  • Rubber Wheel Abrasion
  • Wyzenbeek Abrasion
  • Martindale Abrasion
  • Falling Sand Abrasion

Wear Testing is performed when real-life conditions, such as temperature, fluids and direction of wear, must be replicated as closely as possible. Element can assist in setting up custom wear projects that can provide accurate predictions about how materials will react in use. In addition to testing metals, plastics and ceramics, Element also performs wear testing on medical devices and small components. 


  • Pin-on-disc wear testing
  • Block-on-ring wear testing
  • Blade-on-block wear testing


Bend Testing is used to determine the ductility or strength of a material by flexing it over a given radius. It is particularly useful for components and materials that will are subject to folding or flexing, such as fasteners and welds. Element uses bend testing to ensure that metals, plastics, ceramics and more are fit for purpose in their intended applications. 


  • API 1104
  • ASME Section IX
  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM E190
  • ASTM E290
  • AWS D1.1
  • BS 4449
  • ISO 5173
  • ISO 7438


Due to its versatility and fast turn-around times, hardness testing is one of the most popular mechanical test methods we perform. Used in materials selection, lot verification testing, material processing, and more, hardness testing can be performed on multiple material types.

Element performs hardness testing to a wide range of scales, and is one of the only commercial labs in the world to offer hot hardness testing. Our hardness methods include:

  • Barcol hardness
  • Brinell hardness
  • Durometer (shore) hardness
  • Film hardness (pencil method)
  • Hot hardness
  • Knoop hardness
  • Leeb hardness
  • Mohs hardness
  • Rockwell hardness
  • Vickers hardness
  • Ultrasonic contact impedance hardness


One of the most popular methods for almost every material testing program, tensile testing is a method that applies tension on a material until failure. A single tensile test can provide a variety of material properties, including yield, elongation, ultimate tensile strength (UTS), Poisson’s ratio, and more.

Element can perform tensile testing at ambient, elevated and sub-ambient temperatures on metals, plastics, rubbers and more. Some of the many methods we offer include:

  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM A615
  • ASTM C297
  • ASTM D3039
  • ASTM E21
  • ASTM E345
  • ASTM E517
  • ASTM E646
  • ASTM E8
  • ASTM F606
  • ISO 6892
  • ISO 898
  • NASM 1312
  • SAE J1216
  • SAE J429
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