Failure Analysis

We apply our unique industrial forensics approach to your project, assuring that each step of the process is being investigated from material selection to the final product. Once we discover the root cause of product failure, we relay the results so that you thoroughly understand how and why your component or product failed. Our scientists will also recommend both corrective and preventive actions to reduce future risk of failure and optimize performance.
RJ Lee Group’s experts undertake industrial forensic inquiry into failed components, products, or systems. Our failure analysis specialties include metallurgical, electronic device, concrete, and specialty chemicals and coatings.

Failure Analysis Lab

Our experts begin by closely inspect the product to determine how to proceed, then interview the client to understand the circumstances of failure, the operating conditions, and the maintenance provided. Our experts reconstruct the mode of failure and identify materials characteristics that may have contributed to failure. Armed with these results, we assist our client in minimizing or eliminating their effects. We provide expert analytical support from the micro-level of a failed semiconductor to identifying flaws in hot worked mill rolls 10 feet in diameter. Our failure analysis lab includes a suite of electron microscopy and spectroscopy methods that are critical in failure investigations.
Our capabilities include:

  • Filler metal selection
    • Microstructural development
    • Alloy development
    • Failure analysis

  • Welding Analysis
  • Surface Analysis
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Microscopy
    • Stereo-microscope for fractography and surface assessment
    • Optical microscopy for microstructural analysis
    • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for phase identification, local chemistry and fracture surface assessment

  • Full-Service Metallography Laboratory
    • Sample cross sectioning, drilling and cutting
    • Mounting, grinding and polishing
    • Etching and hardness testing
    • Metallurgical Failure analysis

  • Non-Destructive Evaluations
    • Dye penetration
    • Magnetic particle inspection
    • Impact echo
    • Radiography
    • Material Failure Analysis

  • Corrosion
    • Assessment and testing
    • Materials selection for a corrosive environment
    • Engineering failure analysis

To learn more about our failure analysis services, contact our experts at 1.800.860.1775, then option 1.

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