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Failure analysis and testing

Failure analysis and testing

Failure analyse laboratory serves the Building and Infrastructure industry with a wide range of services. 

Testing areas

We offer support in defining and solving problems for a wide range of materials like:

  • Polymers
  • Raw materials (powder)
  • Catalysts
  • Metals
  • Composites
  • Corrosion in metals
  • Plastics wood composites

We investigate

  • Issues regarding moulding parameters
  • Recommended service conditions
  • Misuse and traces of wrong handling and intended damage
  • Complex customer problems by identification of root causes with a variety of suitable laboratory techniques. This is useful for claim investigation, failure analysis and documentation.

We have the insight to make microscopy investigation provide documentation of the following materials and products.

  • Metals and inorganic materials
  • Catalysts, polymer powders, morphology and homogeneity.
  • Plastics parts and packaging
  • Injection, blow and rotational moulding, extruded pipe, cable insulation, films, laminates, compounds and alloys.

Failure categories in plastics

  • Mechanical strain, pressure burst, stress introduced by processing or mould/product design, chemical stress cracking.
  • Gels and inhomogeneity, contaminations, inclusions 

Failure categories in metals

  • Carburization / decarburization 
  • Stress relaxation cracking and stress corrosion cracking 
  • Fatigue, corrosion fatigue, overload and creep damage
  • Hydrogen and Sigma phase embrittlement
  • Dealloying and Liquid metal embrittlement

Varieties of microscopy techniques

LM - Light Microscope or Optical microscope (OM)

Reveals not seen by the naked eye. Transmitted or incident light manipulated by lenses and a variety of contrast techniques is used as an analytical tool to differ between structures in materials.

SEM-EDS - Scanning Electron Microscope - Energy Dispersive Spectrometer

Element mapping and visualization, surface finish, contaminations, failure and fracture investigation in all kind of solid materials.

  • Consultations and problem solving
  • Product and material imperfections
  • Weakness in product design
  • Material and surface structures
  • Flow patterns build in stresses in plastic parts
  • Crystal structures
  • Powder morphology
  • Phase distribution of inhomogeneous materials


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