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Failure Analysis

Root Cause Failure Analysis Tells You What Went Wrong

Failure analysis with SEM/EDSA failure analysis investigation 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. Our metallurgical failure analysis engineers offer the following expertise:

  • Root cause failure analysis for Metal products
    • Helps you understand the reason behind material failure or product failure
    • Provides insight into preventing a similar failure in the future
  • Support when an expert witness is needed

Failure Analysis Process

LTI’s failure analysis lab near Philadelphia, PA (USA) begins each investigation with a background review of the material or part that failed. Whenever possible, customers provide us with all pertinent information, including:

  • Composition and fabrication of the failed item
  • Circumstances leading to the failure
  • Details of the failure event by completing our Failure Analysis Questionnaire

Based on the type of product and its history, LTI engineers will perform a root cause failure analysis using the necessary testing and inspections to identify the cause of failure. Metal failure analysis, or a metallurgical failure analysis, 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.

Testing and inspection 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 the failure, including:

  • Material composition
  • Mechanical properties
  • The existence of flaws or inconsistencies

When the 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.

Failure Analysis Capabilities

  • Failure Investigation: thorough review of background events leading to failure.
  • Testing & Inspection: appropriate materials testing, nondestructive testing or dimensional inspection performed on the failed part.
  • Analysis of Test Results: materials engineers analyze all testing and inspection results to identify the root cause of the failure.
  • Failure Analysis Report: all findings and recommendations are documented in a comprehensive report. The report will provide 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
    • Recommendations for prevention of future failures or for action to be taken with similar parts
  • Assistance with Expert Witness needs

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“I wanted to say thank you to the LTI Team for all the support they have provided in our source inspections, as well as on expedited projects. It is nice to work with a group that not only has technical knowledge, but cares about getting the job done right the first time. I know I can count on the LTI team to help me in many situations. N.G.K. Metals looks forward to many more years of working with you.”

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