Cause of Failure Investigation

Metallurgical cause of failure analysis is performed using the practice described in the American Society for Metals Handbook, 9th edition, volume 11. A battery of tests are performed in stages while accumulating evidence that is reviewed and assessed by our engineers and technical specialists. An engineering report is prepared and submitted, including photographic evidence, which reports observations, findings and conclusions. A more detailed description of the analytical process is available from our metallurgical department.


  • Professional engineering
  • Forensic metallurgy
  • Welding engineering
  • Metallurgical engineering
  • Metallurgical quality assessment
  • Scanning electron microscopy

Rear axle fracture by overload

Recent Projects 

  • Pool heater heat exchanger failures
  • Overloaded cracked sewer pipe
  • New York City steam pipe explosion
  • Sea wall tie bar failure
  • Mechanical integrity of portable navy jet
  • Fighter landing mats
  • Socket wrench brittle fracture

Chloride stress corrosion cracking in a T304 
stainless steel tank shell

Fatigue failure

Molten salt corrosion on
T409 bioler tube

Large gas holes in a
broken cast iron storm
sewer grate