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Failure & Forensics

Accurate Failure Analysis & Forensic Engineering

When failures occur, you can count on MMR to get to the root cause with our forensic engineering and investigative expertise. Our experts have extensive experience with many aspects of materials engineering, failure analysis, and professional materials consulting. Our knowledge of many aspects of manufacturing processes, product performance, and design criteria allows us to deliver professional services that are second to none. If you're not sure what level of service you need, feel free to call or email MMR for more information.

Investigating the Evidence

We combine materials engineering, failure analysis, and forensic engineering expertise to determine why a product, device, component, or structure has failed and what to do about it. A key part of the process typically involves investigation of the physical evidence, as well as investigation of other pertinent information surrounding a particular incident. From a simple loss of functionality to complete and catastrophic failure, we can help you find the answers.

Why Is It Broken?

Failure analysis can sometimes be a basic exercise in determining why something has broken, or it can be a complex process that crosses many different technical disciplines. It often relies on the collaborative efforts of many individuals, and can involve engineering, microscopy, materials science, chemical analysis, and other techniques. When failures occur, they can lead to personal injury, property damage, loss of productivity, loss of reputation, or, worse yet, the loss of life. Failures — and, most importantly, the lack of failures — play an important role in product quality, performance, reliability, design, and overall economics.

Experience You Can Trust

Whatever level of failure you may encounter, our engineers and scientists have the experience and knowledge to perform root cause analysis (RCA) of the problem. They also have the expertise, competence, and understanding necessary to identify and recommend the appropriate corrective actions as well. You can count on us to:

Analyze Failures for Prevention
Determine Root Causes of Failures
Recommend & Select Materials & Processes
Recommend Product Improvements
Analyze & Characterize New Products
Provide Metallurgical Consulting
Identify Fatigue, Corrosion, Wear, Brittle, & Ductile Failures
Identify Material Defects

Identify Deposits, Contaminants, Corrosion Products
Provide Detailed Microscope Analysis of Products
Analyze Products Made From Metals, Plastics, &/or Ceramics
Provide Forensic Engineering Analysis & Expert Witness Testimony
Provide Stereo Microscopy
Provide Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Provide Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS)