Failure Analysis

Critical information needed to prevent another failure

Understanding why something failed is needed to make effective decisions and prevent more failures. Failure analysis analyzes broken parts, providing details about how and why they failed. The use of laboratory equipment provides information not otherwise available.

Information is only helpful if provided before decisions are made.  We understand that.  Ask about our 24 hour service (RUSH) or 3-4 day service (expedited) when our standard two week turn-around time just isn’t fast enough.

Our philosophy towards failure analysis differs from most laboratories. We call it “chasing leads” and each step of our investigation changes based upon the findings from previous stages. Our objective is to provide as much information possible towards understanding and preventing future failures, not follow a prescribed formula.

Equally important is that our reports are clear, to the point and in no uncertain terms. Below are three case study reports providing examples of what you can expect.

Metallurgical failure analysis

Metallurgical failure analysis incorporates lab-based equipment to analyze and explain why a component failed. Our analysis services provide evidence that can reveal the cause of failure, including:

Service factors
Problems with manufacture
Material issues
Design weaknesses

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Failure Analysis

Case Studies

Fatigue Failure of a Train Motor Gear

A locomotive train gear broke, leaving the train stranded. Failure analysis was used to explain why the gear had broken and whether other trains were also at risk.

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Stress Corrosion Cracking of Deaerator Piping

A refinery had suffered leaking of a deaerator at its stainless steel vent piping, forcing it to shut down. This work was completed within 24 hours.

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Hydrogen Embrittlement of Grade 12.9 Bolts

A lathe designed for the US Navy experienced bolt failure shortly after assembly and before significant use. The mystery of the broken bolts was solved by failure analysis.

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