Metallurgical Failure Analysis
Available from Metallurgical Technologies, Inc.
We are experts in metallurgical forensic failure analysis and engineering. Our metallurgical engineers analyze and determine the root cause of failure and make recommendations to prevent future recurrence. Failure analysis is performed by systematically examining, testing and analyzing the failure, starting with a non-destructive assessment (visual exam, low and high magnification SEM/EDS, Penetrant testing, etc.) leading into destructive analysis (such as: sectioning the sample for Metallographic micro analysis, Hardness testing, Chemical Analysis, Mechanical testing, etc.).
Materials typically fail by: fatigue, corrosion, overload, embrittlement, wear, creep, fretting, environmental assisted degradation or cracking, deformation, erosion, hydrogen damage and cracking, or stress corrosion cracking. A complete forensic failure investigation can identify which of these mechanisms or what combination of mechanisms contributed to the component failure. MTi can then determine why the mechanism occurred and help to eliminate the problem. We can also determine whether manufacturing, processing or design issues contributed to or caused the failure.
The following are a few of the wide variety of industries from which we serve. Click on the picture or the link below each photo to see several examples of forensic engineering investigations and metallurgical failure analysis that we have provided.