Services

 At Simon Forensic we offer exceptional analysis with quick turn-around time
and detailed reports delivered via PDF.
 
Analytical Chemistry
  • ferrous and non-ferrous alloy identification
  • metallic and non-metallic coating thickness and weight
  • failure and performance testing
  • product verification: thickness measurements, porosity, PMI
  • trace metals in various substrates
  • aggregate conformance testing
  • polymer identification
  • fluid susceptibility (DO160, ABD0100)
  • tensile testing
  • various other wet and dry chemical analyses.
 
Aggregate Testing
This department is growing in capabilities every year! We have received AASHTO R18 accreditation. A complete list of the test methods we perform can be found on the Aggregate Testing page. 

Corrosion Analysis
Many forms of corrosion can be found:
  • pitting
  • galvanic
  • inter-granular
  • exfoliation
  • erosion, cavitation
  • MIC (microbial influence corrosion)
  • MIC test kit
  • selective leaching
  • filiform, crevice
  • Stress-Corrosion-Cracking (SCC)
  • Environmental Assisted Cracking (EAC)
  • corrosion product identification.
Forensic Chemistry
can include but is not limited to:
  • Foreign material identification 
  • Identification of trace particulate contamination
  • Analysis of paint, coatings, and adhesion failures
  • Product defects
  • Construction defects
 

Sample Preparation
 
Most samples that come into our lab are unique and as such,
receive special treatment depending on what it is and how it will be analyzed. 

For samples to be examined in the SEM-EDS, it is common for the sample to be sectioned, mounted in epoxy and polished. Some samples can go in as is. For chemical analysis in the ICP, a metal sample needs to be digested in acid before processing.
 
Not all samples need to be treated. If the sample is clean and small enough to fit in the chamber of the SEM-EDS or the Spark Spectrometer, in they go! Often a sample will need to be sectioned to fit into the instrument. In order to section your metal sample to the appropriate size for analysis, we may use a 6" Precision Metallurgical Cut-off saw or the 7x12" Bandsaw.
 
When a sample requires mounting in epoxy and very fine polishing, we accomplish that with our polishing table, a Struers LaboPol-21.
 
Some samples need to be cleaned with the appropriate solvent,
of which we have a multitude. 

If you are unsure how much of your sample to send, or any other questions as to how to prepare your sample before submitting it to the lab, please contact Omar directly.