Metal components are designed to withstand the environment and stresses that they will be subjected to. A metallurgist takes into account as much of this information as possible during analysis. The end goal of failure analysis is to provide a determination of the root cause and a solution to any underlying problems to prevent future failures. Failure and damage analysis services include for example: material assessment, metals investigation, fracture study, electronics evaluation, fire damage investigation, design review and many more.
Analysis of a failed part can be done using destructive metallurgical testing. Destructive testing involves removing a metal component from service and sectioning the component for analysis. Destructive testing gives our failure analyst the ability to conduct the analysis in the lab and perform tests on the material that will ultimately destroy the component. Non destructive testing is a test method that allows certain physical properties of metal to be examined without taking the samples completely out of service. NDT is generally used to detect failures in components before the component fails catastrophically.