Metals and metal alloys compose the majority of products, components, and structural materials used in our everyday lives. When a failure occurs, a metallurgist is commonly engaged to understand a component’s failure mode and whether it caused an accident or was the result of it. Specialized equipment is typically used, including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and materials testing. The process can include understanding a product’s design specification and whether it comported to it and was manufactured properly.
Metallurgists often work closely with other engineering disciplines to understand how a product was used and the environment in which it was used - both of which can importantly impact an understanding of a failure. A common example would be engaging mechanical engineering expertise to perform stress analysis on a component using finite element analysis (FEA).
ESI has extensive lab and inspection facilities in all of our larger offices across the country. Our six laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes (SEM's), and additional enhanced technical and testing capabilities.
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United Air Lines Flight 232 crashed and broke apart during the landing attempt.
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