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Preventing Material Failures Through Forensic Engineering

Forensic engineering analysis of ruptured tank cars after a derailment
Forensic engineering of a ruptured pressurized rail tank car.
Fishmouth fracture of boiler tube
“Fishmouth” Rupture of a Boiler Feed Water Tube

Testlabs International applies both the art and science of forensic engineering to investigate and analyze material failures and any subsequent mishaps. To prevent future breakdowns from happening, Testlabs offers solutions in the form of recommendations based on industry standards and sound engineering practices.

Testlabs International’s engineers routinely perform forensic engineering in the areas of:

  • Metallurgical Failure Analysis
  • Polymeric Failure Analysis
  • Protective Coating Failure
  • Corrosion Engineering

Our experience in analyzing failures includes those occurring from:

  • fatigue
  • stress overload
  • creep and stress rupture
  • corrosion related failure (see corrosion engineering)
  • wear failures
  • fretting
  • spalling
  • galling
  • cavitation
  • rolling contact fatigue
  • brittle fracture
  • poor design
  • poor heat treatment
  • poor mechanical properties
  • poor material selection
  • combination of mismatched dissimilar materials

Contact Testlabs today for more information about forensic engineering.