Failure Analysis

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

Metallic Coatings

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

Non-Metallic Coatings

  • paints
  • primers
  • epoxies
  • organic coatings

Above: Cross Section showing separation at fusion line.