We perform failure analysis, resolving materials, vibration and other operational issues to prevent recurrence and ensure structural integrity – maximizing equipment reliability & controlling costs for owners/ users.
Failure analysis covers an incredibly broad range of industries, materials, and equipment.
Our investigations often involve industrial & process equipment, commercial equipment, and consumer products.
Root Cause Failure Analysis
Components not meeting their intended design life, or accidents and failures often result from factors including:
- Design errors
- Material imperfections
- Manufacturing issues
- Welding issues
- Improper heat treatments
- Misuse or abuse
- Improper maintenance
- Unforeseen operating conditions
- Inadequate quality assurance
- Inadequate environmental controls (Vibration, Corrosion, etc)
We assess component remaining life, recommend inspection methods/ intervals, develop repairs to components and modify equipment designs to reduce the likelihood for future failures.
In elevated temperature applications, complicated failure modes may occur, such as creep ratcheting, rupture, and creep fatigue. We have the expertise, technology, and experience to identify and quantify these failure modes – helping you understand the root cause and developing solutions to prevent costly recurrences, thus improving safety and lowering operating costs
- Heat Exchangers
- Oil/ Gas
- Power Generation
- Welded Assemblies
We offer a full spectrum of metallurgical testing to evaluate the root cause of component failure, performing corrosion investigations, surface condition studies, mechanical testing, and evaluations of weldments. This includes standards such as ISO, ASME and ASTM.
This testing includes:
- Chemical and mechanical analyses
- Metallographic examination
- Fractography (SEM and TEM)
- Accelerated testing of failure modes
- Material testing
- Corrosion testing
If and when it becomes necessary to present the facts in court, we supply 3-D animations, cutting-edge computer graphics, and multimedia presentations to accompany our expert testimony, clearly demonstrating the issues for Judges and Juries to easily understand. To read more, see Expert Witness Services.
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