Forensic materials engineering and metal analysis
For centuries, metallurgy and materials have been a fundamental part of human discovery and innovation. In our daily lives, we are surrounded by metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. When these materials fail, the results can be disastrous.
CEP offers specialized and unparalleled failure analysis services in the field of materials and metallurgy. This broad field ranges from issues relating to mechanical properties such as fracture strength, fracture toughness, and hardness, to issues of corrosion, materials applications, manufacturing, and design.
The systematic approach of our Metallurgical and Materials Engineering team enables us to identify the relevant evidence and determine the cause(s) of materials failures in any type of accident or disaster.
Our approach may determine:
- The failure mechanism of a product or component
- A design, materials selection, or processing issue
- The effect of material's failure on structural collapses and fires
CEP's experts commonly utilize metallography, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) to characterize materials and to determine the cause of a failure or malfunction.
Our experts and engineers have the knowledge and experience required to provide our clients with expert opinions regarding failures in any application or environment. They have additional experience in damage remediation, product and process consultation, and equipment re-commissioning.
Our Metallurgical and Materials Engineering team has expertise in fields including:
- Glasses & Ceramics
- Plastics, Polymers, and Elastomers
- Composite Materials
Our experts handle all aspects of an investigation, from site inspection to expert witness testimony in court.