Failure Analysis

Root Cause Failure Analysis Tells You What Went Wrong

Failure analysis with SEM/EDSMetallurgical Root Cause Failure Analysis performed at Laboratory Testing Inc. helps explain the reason a metal product fails to perform as expected or deteriorates to a point where it is no longer safe to use. The staff in our metallography and failure analysis lab near Philadelphia, PA (USA) has the expertise in metals science required for the job.

These engineers will help you understand the reason behind a metallic material failure. They can also provide insight into preventing a similar failure in the future. The services of our metallurgical failure analysis team can be requested when an expert witness is needed.

What is the Failure Analysis Process?

Each failure analysis investigation begins with a background review of the material or part that failed. We ask customers to provide us with as much pertinent information as possible, including the composition and fabrication of the failed item, circumstances leading to the material failure and details of the failure event. The information is provided most efficiently by completing our Failure Analysis Questionnaire.

Based on the type of product and its history, a root cause failure analysis will be performed using the necessary testing and inspection services to identify the cause of failure. Metallurgical failure analysis services may include any of the wide-range of mechanical testing, metallurgical evaluation, chemical analysis, nondestructive testing or dimensional inspection services performed at our “one-stop” laboratory. LTI has been known as a leader in metal testing since 1984.

Testing and inspection services are performed using top-of-the-line equipment throughout the Lab, including our Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS capabilities. We can get the structural and behavioral results necessary for a thorough investigation and to uncover the probable root cause of failure, including material composition, mechanical properties and the presence of flaws or inconsistencies.

Your Detailed Failure Analysis Report

When the metal failure analysis is completed, customers receive a comprehensive Failure Analysis Report with all findings from the investigation. This Report may include recommended actions to be taken with similar parts or materials to prevent a recurrence in the future, as well as the following:

  • Description of the failed component
  • Conditions at the time of failure
  • Background service history
  • Mechanical and metallurgical data about the failed part
  • Evaluation of the material quality
  • Discussion of mechanisms that explain the root cause of the failure

LTI Supports You Each Step of the Way

  • Failure investigation with a thorough review of background events leading to failure
  • Testing & Inspection, including appropriate materials testing, nondestructive testing or dimensional inspection performed on the failed metal material
  • Analysis of Test Results by materials engineers
  • Failure Analysis Report complete with all findings and any recommendations for prevention of future failures or action to be taken with similar parts
  • Assistance with Expert Witness needs

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