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
- Boiler tubes
- Boilers and related equipment
- Brazed joints
- Bridge components
- Cold formed parts
- Ferrous and non ferrous castings
- Fiber reinforced composites
- 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
- Sliding bearings
- Rolling element bearings
- Mechanical fasteners
- Oil & gas production and processing equipment
- Pressure vessels
- Train rails and axels
- Tools and dies
- Wear failures
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