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Materials Failure Analysis

Failure Analysis Services

Our materials engineers and failure analysts provide independent expert opinions regarding materials failure analysis.  Our analyst approach is to examine or test materials to evaluate the cause of your product failure.  Our engineers can identify the root cause of your component failure.  Features of Metallurgical Consultants root cause failure analysis capabilities include:

  •  Analysis conducted by registered professional engineers

  •  Root cause failure analysis determination

  •  Photographic documentation

  •  Broad failure analysis experience

  •  Failure mode identification

  •  Fracture evaluations

  •  Identification of product defects

Failure Analysis Investigation

Failure of a component indicates it has become completely or partially unusable or has deteriorated to the point that it is undependable or unsafe for normal sustained service.

Typical Root Cause Failure Mechanisms

It is possible for fracture to be a result of multiple failure mechanisms or root causes.  A failure analysis can provide the information to identify the appropriate root cause of the failure.  

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Common Causes of Failure

  •  Misuse or Abuse

  •  Assembly errors

  •  Manufacturing defects

  •  Improper maintenance

  •  Fastener failure

  •  Design errors

  •  Improper material

  •  Improper heat treatments

  •  Unforeseen operating conditions

  •  Inadequate quality assurance

  •  Inadequate environmental protection/control

  •  Casting discontinuities

 Failure Analysis Experience

Our staff has had broad industrial experience.  Examples of industries in which our staff has had manufacturing or metallurgical failure analysis experience:

  •   ASME boiler and pressure vessels

  •   Aircraft /Aerospace 

  •   Gas turbine engine components

  •   Oil and gas transmission pipelines

  •   Food processing equipment

  •   Heat exchangers

  •   Medical supplies

  •   Automotive components

  •   Refineries

  •   Petrochemical plants

  •   Offshore structures

  •   Industrial machinery

  •   Weldments

  •   Ships

Failure Investigation and Expert Witness Services

Our services can assist defendant/plaintiff from the initial legal proceedings through trial.  We provide support in the following areas:

  •   Industrial and consumer product failure analysis

  •   Evaluations conducted by registered professional engineers

  •   On site accident investigation

  •   Forensic investigation

  •   Product liability

  •   Technical advisors to counsel

  •   Expert witness testimony 

  •   Conformance to industry specifications

  •   Forensic macro/microphotographic documentation

Whether your product defect is due to a forging, casting, or welding defect our failure investigator can identify the root cause of the failure and determine the pertinent structural defect that caused the failure.  Let AMC investigate your bearing, bridge, valve, bolt, boiler, gear, shaft, fastener, tank, medical devices, or other industrial or consumer product failure.


Contact Information

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407-880-4945 ----------- Consulting assistance is only available for customers
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380 S. State Road 434
Suite 1004 - #166
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
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