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Root Cause Failure Analysis

Failure analysis involving the investigation of mechanical, structural, electrical, and electronic component failures has been an area of research at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) for more than 50 years. Because SwRI is an independent, nonprofit research and development organization that neither manufactures nor endorses industrial products, its investigations are impartial and unbiased, and client confidentiality is maintained.

Purpose of Failure Analysis

A multidisciplinary approach to failure analysis helps isolate the causes of catastrophic failures and identify a root to cause or causes; as a result, recommendations to prevent future problems can be made. This multidisciplinary approach can include:

Using a scanning electron microscope equipped with a servo-hydraulic loading stage, SwRI can perform controlled crack growth studies at high magnifications, as well as determine fracture morphologies and microstructural anomalies of failed components.

  • Traditional forensic methods
  • Vibrational analysis
  • Dynamic analysis
  • Finite element modeling
  • Corrosion testing
  • Other techniques as required

The SwRI Materials Engineering Department specializes in failure analysis for several industries, including:

  • Power generation
  • Aerospace
  • Oil, gas, and petrochemical
  • Manufacturing and transportation
  • Medical devices

To contract with SwRI, please contact the Machinery Services Hotline at +1 210 522 3000.

For more information, contact Justin Hollingsworth or call +1 210 522 2537.