The failure of a material, part or structure can lead to many economic consequences for an industrialist. When a failure occurs, it is important to identify its nature and origin in order to set up corrective actions.
The laboratory’s skills in failure analysis allow us to carry out a full investigation using our high-performance test facilities. Our long-standing experience allows us to highlight indications as to the origin of a failure.
Failure analysis enables us to:
• Check the compliance of the material with the requisite specifications and in-situ constraints by carrying out chemical analyses, mechanical tests and characterization tests of the microstructure;
• Observe the fracture surface under microscope to determine the type of failure (ductile, brittle, following a shock, fatigue, material non-compliance, intergranular, intergranular, due to the presence of inclusions, hydrogen embrittlement, etc.);
• Diagnose the cause of the failure and propose solutions.
Our experts can also carry out fractographic analyses on-site.
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