Materials/ Metallurgical Consulting

We perform materials/ metallurgical consulting – including testing and analysis to ensure integrity, and compliance to codes including ASME, NACE, AWS, API and ASTM.

Materials and metallurgical testing quantifies the properties of metals in conjunction with mechanical, corrosion and chemical testing – and is used to determine whether it conforms to a required specification. The primary benefits are (1) ensuring the right materials/ properties for your application, or (2) determining the cause of equipment failure – and developing solutions to ensure structural integrity.

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  • Often, design life is often compromised through inadequate manufacturing processes such as welding, thermal/ transient conditions, and high temperature conditions. At elevated temperatures, creep and component strains occur, especially in welded and bolted joint connections. Defects often occur in welded, cast and forged parts. Parts with complex geometries often include crack starters, such as metallurgical notch effects – and thus metallurgical testing is required. Read about the various types of Nondestructive Testing (NDT).

    When we perform metallurgical failure analysis – we investigate manufacturing processes, design configuration, corrosion, vibration, thermal fatigue, thermal ratcheting, creep, fatigue, and fracture analysis. We have 30+ years experience in design, analysis, and materials science – determining modes of failure, crack initiation sites, probable rates of propagation, and fatigue life due to complex sources of dynamic loading.

    • Stainless Steels
    • Carbon Steels
    • Alloy Steels
    • Tool Steels
    • Titanium
    • Aluminum Alloys
    • Copper Alloys

    Examples Include:

    • Welded Assemblies
    • Pumps & Valves
    • Nozzles
    • Supports
    • Lifting Devices
    • Manufacturing
    • Petrochemical
    • Mining
    • Oil/ Gas
    • Power Generation
    • Pressure Vessels
    • Heat Exchangers
    • Piping
    • Condensors
    • Compressors

    Our experts come from diverse backgrounds, including power generation, materials & fabrication, fatigue/ failure analysis, and finite element analysis (FEA). Often, FEA is used in conjunction with materials/metallurgical testing and analysis to resolve technical issues.

    Our licensed Professional Engineers and certified welding inspectors provide clients with support across the spectrum of welding and joining challenges – including code compliance, weld and joint inspection, and mechanical testing.

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    Give us a call – Let’s talk about your materials/ metallurgical needs.

    Related Links:

    >> Introduction to Metallurgy
    >> Engineering Troubleshooting
    >> Vibration Analysis
    >> Introduction to Fatigue
    >> Our Engineering Team
    >> Publications – Heat Exchangers, Pressure Vessels, Fatigue, Weld Applications

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