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Microscopy and failure analysis

Microscopy and failure analysis

The microscopy laboratory provide customers with a wide range of services. 


Testing areas - Microscopy and failure analysis 

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

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

We investigate

  • Issues regarding moulding parameters.
  • Recommended service conditions.
  • Misuse and traces of wrong handling and intended damage.
  • Corrosion in metals.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical strain, pressure burst, stress introduced by processing or mould/product design, chemical stress cracking.
  • Gels and inhomogeneity, contaminations, inclusions.  

Varieties of microscopy techniques

LM - Light Microscope or Optical microscope (OM).

Transmitted or incident light manipulated by lenses and a variety of contrast techniques is used as analytical tools.

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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