Determination of the root cause of failure can be very complex.  Our specialists in materials failure analysis and corrosion investigations can conduct an on-site assessment of failed systems or components, in addition to laboratory failure analysis. The team has many years of experience and is comprised of PhD-level materials and corrosion engineers certified by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), electrochemists, chemists and paint and coating specialists.

A full range of failure analysis capabilities

Our testing facilities include light and electron microscopy (SEM/EDS), Auger (AES), corrosion and electrochemical testing, environmental testing, chemical analysis, FTIR, X-ray diffraction, and FEA analysis capabilities. These capabilities enable our experts to determine if a failure is caused by inappropriate material selection, design, fabrication or environmental operating conditions.


Routine failure analysis projects include failures of:  shafts, bolts, clamps, super-heater and waterfall boiler tubes, plumbing systems, pipes, gears, poles, chains, motors, pumps, jet engine, wire cables, pipelines, tanks, pressure vessels, forgings, castings, welds, fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), pipe, concrete, galvanized steel, coating failures, weathering steel and rebar.  

  • Corrosion failures
  • Corrosion fatigue failures
  • Design failures
  • Distortion failures
  • Ductile and brittle fractures
  • Elevated temperature failures
  • Fatigue failures
  • Hydrogen damage failures
  • Stress corrosion cracking
  • Mechanical fatigue
  • Bearings
  • Boiler tubes
  • Boilers and related equipment
  • Brazed joints
  • Bridge components
  • Cold formed parts
  • Ferrous and non ferrous castings
  • Fiber reinforced composites
  • Forgings
  • Gears
  • Heat exchangers
  • Heat treating related failures
  • Jet engines and landing gear
  • Iron casting
  • Lifting equipment, chains, wire ropes, hooks
  • Liquid metal embrittlement
  • Liquid erosion failures
  • Metallic orthopedic implants
  • Shafts
  • Sliding bearings
  • Rolling element bearings
  • Mechanical fasteners
  • Oil & gas production and processing equipment  
  • Pressure vessels
  • Pipelines
  • Pumps
  • Springs
  • Train rails and axels
  • Tools and dies
  • Wear failures
  • Weldments

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We will consider all aspects of your problem and will respond promptly with a proposal for your work, including methods, costs and technical solutions.

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