semwireThe use of a Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineer for testing and proper interpretation of results can be critical when it comes to failure analysis.  Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), optical emission spectroscopy (OES), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), hardness, tensile, bending, fatigue, torsion, fracture toughness, and impact testing are just some of the tools that can be employed in determining the root cause of a failure.

A few ofthese can be required for a simple consumer product failure, or many for a complicated industrial or manufacturing piece of equipment.  Our unbiased opinions based on years of failure analysis in a wide variety of industries can get you the correct answer.

Whether it’s an oilfield rig, a manufacturing machine tool, a commercial fire protection system, or just a leaky pipe in a home, we can determine both the mode and cause of failure.  We are well versed in fatigue, creep, corrosion and overload types of failures in both metallic and polymer materials.  We are able to provide the engineering load calculations necessary to support our findings with respect to design safety factors.  We can also provide answers for materials selection and thermal processing for manufacturing.

When required, we can develop protocols for testing and inspection of failed components for multi-party exams in both the lab and on-site.  We have provided engineering expert trial and deposition testimony in both state and federal courts.  You will find that we are responsive to customer needs and can be on-scene quickly when accidents happen, as well as provide timely turn-around on reports.

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