The Test House provides a confidential failure analysis service that uses rigorous methods to determine the root cause of a failure and recommends steps to prevent a recurrence.
Whether the failure occurred in a material, a component or a piece of machinery, our metallurgists will conduct a thorough investigation to establish the cause of the problem. Failure analysis at The Test House incorporates forensic analysis, report authoring and consultancy.
In conducting an investigation, our scientists will leverage whichever non-destructive, mechanical, metallurgical and environmental testing methods are appropriate.
Our service comprises:
- Corrosion testing – intergranular and pitting corrosion testing to ASTM 262/BS EN ISO 3651 and ASTM G48
- Surface analysis including scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis
- Sample preparation
- Micro and macro specimen examination
We carry out failure investigations on behalf of international clients from industries including marine, petrochemical, construction, automotive and power generation.
Case study: wire rope failure analysis