Failure Analysis

Simon Forensic can provide failure analysis for metals, polymers & coatings. This analysis may be able to determine the root cause of your components failure.

These materials may be parts of equipment, a device, or a defective piece in a manufacturing process. Our testing can identify foreign material and determine the source of failure.

The analysis process starts when a sample is delivered to the lab. We register the sample and begin detailed documentation which includes digital photos and fine measurements. Following documentation, a methodical investigation occurs until the culprit is identified. This data is then incorporated into a report and emailed to you via PDF.

Foreign Object Identification
Simon Forensic has the ability to identify and characterize foreign/unknown material. Foreign material may have collected on screens or filters, it could be process deposits, engine oil debris, machining artifacts (imbedded material) or soot/particulate matter. 
Coating Analysis / Failures

The coating investigation can:
  • Identify each layer of the coating
  • Identify the composition
  • Measure the thickness of the coating
  • Measure the depth of wear 
  • Test the performance of applied coatings
Non-Metallic Coatings
  • paints
  • primers
  • epoxies
  • organic coatings

Metallic Coatings
  • galvanized
  • zinc plated
  • nickel
  • chrome
  • thermal spray
  • weld overlays
  • hard facing
  • nitride
  • gold

Cross Section showing separation at fusion line.

Foreign Object Identification