Failure analysis is an engineering approach aimed at determining how and why a component or system failed. Typically, some of the causes leading to progressive damage and subsequent failures include: structural loads, wear, corrosion, latent and built-in flaws. The objective of a failure analysis is to understand the primary causes of the failure in order to prevent similar events in the future.
In addition, investigating the “failure mode” is key in determining the factors explaining “how and why” the catastrophic event occurred. Common causes may include:
Inadequate characteristics of the material
Inadequate thermal treatment
Unexpected operational conditions
Discontinuity in castings or forgings
Whether the cause is a flaw in a forging, a casting or a welded joint, the inspections carried out by Bytest laboratories can identify the “root cause” of the failure and determine the relevant structural flaw that ultimately caused it.
Your benefits at a glance
Help clients understand the primary causes of the failure and choose the most appropriate corrective actions
Combine traditional and cutting-edge inspection methods in the application of materials science