Failure Investigation

Components can fail in service due to a wide variety of reasons, ranging from their original design and manufactured to the environment they were operating in and the way they were used.

Castings are rarely completely free from defects, which is why procurement specifications will identify the size and type of defects that are acceptable, however, this means that failures are often incorrectly blamed on these defects.

Our specialists have a vast knowledge of casting processes and alloys, including an understanding of the typical properties and typical microstructures.

Combining that expertise with our state of the art facilities enables them to differentiate correctly between acceptable features, typical of the process that has been used, and the defects that are the true root cause of the failure.

Their understanding of the difficulties that can be experienced during manufacturing also helps to identify the root cause, including failures in process controls, more efficiently than might otherwise be possible.