Simon Forensic can provide failure analysis for metals, polymers & coatings. This analysis may be able to determine the root cause of a parts 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
- zinc plated
- thermal spray
- weld overlays
- hard facing
- organic coatings
Above: Cross Section showing separation at fusion line.