Failure Analysis – Developing Engineering Solutions
Failure analysis investigations and developing engineering solutions on equipment & structures to prevent recurrence. Our team of experts in engineering, metallurgy & welding investigate the root cause of structural failures due to thermal / transients, vibrations, thermal fatigue, etc., to ensure structural integrity, and maximize equipment reliability – ultimately controlling costs for owners/ users.
Applications include aluminum, stainless & alloy steels, titanium, and other materials used in industries including Aerospace, Petrochemical, Automotive, Medical, and Energy.
Although Many Components Break due to Fatigue Failure – Quite Often there are Additional Factors Involved – Including Coatings, Corrosion, Damage, Abuse, and Improper Manufacture. Contact Us to Learn More.
Root Cause Failure Analysis
Interdisciplinary teams are essential for performing most failure analyses, since the root cause is rarely the result of a single variable. In performing metallurgical failure analysis, we investigate operational issues, environmental factors, load paths and stresses to a system or component.
Once we identify potential component failure modes, we design solutions & recommend inspection methods/ intervals to reduce the likelihood of future failures.
In elevated temperature applications, complicated failure modes may occur, such as creep ratcheting, rupture, and creep fatigue. Our engineers 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
Failure analysis consulting requires metallurgical testing to evaluate the root cause of component failure, including corrosion investigations, surface condition studies, mechanical testing, and weld evaluations. This testing includes Chemical, Mechanical, Corrosion, Metallographic and Fractography (SEM & TEM).
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If and when it becomes necessary to present the facts in court, we supply 3-D animations and multimedia presentations to accompany our expert testimony, clearly demonstrating the technical issues for Judges and Juries to easily understand.
To read more, see Expert Witness Services.
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