Authors: Richard H. McSwain, McSwain Engineering, Inc.
FAILURE ANALYSIS is an investigative process in which visual observations are made and conclusions are drawn based on physical evidence and features present on a failed component.
Published: October 01, 2005
With the evolution of the methodology of failure analysis, and keeping pace with the complexities of failures in modern intricate machines and structures, newer techniques have been established for carrying out the various stages of failure analysis. Some of these techniques are described in this chapter.
Published: October 01, 2011
Authors: M. Steven Ferrier , Metatech Corporation
How does an experienced Failure Analysis engineer crack a tough analysis? What makes the difference between a new engineer's Failure Analysis approach and the seasoned, effective analysis method of a veteran? Can our industry capture a formulation of correct Failure Analysis methodology to accelerate the development of new
Published: December 01, 2003
The ultimate objective of a failure analysis is to ascertain the mode and the cause of the failure, regardless of the material from which the part was fabricated. The investigation is performed in generally the same manner, whether the failed component was produced from metal or plastic or a combination of these materials.
Authors: James J. Scutti, Massachusetts Materials Research, Inc.; William J. McBrine, ALTRAN Corporation
ANALYZING FAILURES is a critical process in determining the physical root causes of problems. The process is complex, draws upon many different technical disciplines, and uses a variety of observation, inspection, and laboratory techniques.
Authors: George F. Vander Voort, Buehler Ltd.
METALLOGRAPHIC EXAMINATION is one of the most important procedures used by metallurgists in failure analysis. Development of powerful electron metallographic instruments, such as the scanning electron microscope, has not diminished the importance of light microscopy.