SOURCE: Material Technologies

February 13, 2006 05:00 ET

MATECH'S Innovative Bridge Crack Detection Technology Meets Strict Government Requirements

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2006 -- Material Technologies, Inc.'s (OTC BB: MTNA) ("MATECH") patented Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS™) system meets requirements for bridge crack detection testing as stated in the U.S. Transportation Bill, SAFETEA-LU, signed into law last fall by President Bush.

SAFETEA-LU includes a $5 million allocation over four years for a program to test steel bridges using a nondestructive technology that is able to detect growing cracks, including subsurface flaws as small as 0.010 inches in length or depth. Matech believes only its EFS technology can meet these requirements.

Over the last year, bridge engineers have performed demonstration tests of EFS on six bridges in locations across the country. The tests proved that EFS detects cracks often undetected by other testing methods. It was also shown that Bridge engineers can also use EFS to validate the effectiveness of structural repairs. In this, EFS can verify, with near 100% accuracy, that a crack -- that was once growing -- is no longer growing following its remediation.

Lab tests demonstrate the EFS technique is capable of detecting growing cracks, that lead to fatigue failures, as small as 10 microns (0.0004 inches); on actual bridges under typical bridge loads. fatigue cracks of 0.006 inches are detectable.

To date, MATECH has worked with transportation agencies to apply EFS technique on six steel bridges in New York, Ohio, California, and Pennsylvania. MATECH bridge inspectors have successfully used EFS to check for cracks in welded joints, weld toes and surface cracks.

MATECH is currently working with departments of transportation in several states developing plans to apply for the designated SAFETEA-LU crack detection funds to study steel bridges.

Over the last decade, the Federal Government has awarded MATECH $8.3 million in contracts for research, testing and validating of EFS technology.

About Material Technologies, Inc.

Matech is an engineering, research and development company specializing in technologies to measure microscopic fractures and flaws in metal structures and monitor metal fatigue in real time. We have exclusive rights to seven patents along with 8.3 million in already awarded contracts from the US Government for research, testing and validating of our technology.

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