Forensic and Metallurgy Services

Fractures – Failures – Damage – Corrosion – Fires – Explosions

Your Comprehensive Metallurgy Analysis

Forensic Engineering International provides end-to-end metallurgy analysis. Our comprehensive approach includes both failure analysis and identification of contributory cause(s).

Failure Analysis

Products, components, and systems can fail for a variety of reasons, and failure is not always accompanied by a broken metal, plastic, wood, or other fractured surfaces.

The inability of a system, product, or component to reliably perform the function for which it was designed constitutes failure.

An accurate and thorough failure analysis to determine the origin and root cause frequently reveals more than one contributory cause played a role in the failure.

It is prudent to establish the proximate cause of failure and all contributory causes in order of importance or severity so that corrective action can prevent similar failures in the future.

Contributory Causes

Contributory causes include design deficiency, material selection, metallurgical fabrication, metallurgical processing, improper service usage, human performance, material defect, and damage from service or storage environment such as UV, ozone degradation, and corrosion damage.

Our metallurgists, materials scientists, mechanical engineers, statisticians, and accident investigators are among the most credible in the nation.

FEI expert witnesses have presented their conclusions at hundreds of trials, accident investigation boards, and U.S. Senate subcommittee hearings.

A metallurgist or metallurgical engineering team is available to conduct a failure analysis investigation worldwide for a variety of matters, including:

Example Metallurgy Services

  • Litigation Consulting
  • Food and Product Contamination
  • Fabrication Manufacturing
  • Foundry and Casting Processes
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Railroad Accidents and Disasters
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Boating and Maritime Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Mining Accidents
  • Construction Collapse
  • Standardsand Specifications
  • Bullets, Firearms,Toolmarks
  • FalseClaimsAct
  • Bullet Lead
  • Fracture, Failure, Damage
  • Forensics
  • Fires, Explosions
  • Welding
  • Wire Rope
  • Field Support
  • Fraud
  • Consumer Product Liability
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Product Specifications
  • Corrosion
  • Restoration of Obliterated Serial Numbers and Identification Markings
  • Lifetime Predictions, Transportation Systems, Hypothesis Testing,
    and Experimental Design
  • Intellectual Property (Patent Infringement)
  • Timing Mechanisms (Clocks and Watches)
  • Lamp Bulbs, Headlights, and Taillights
  • Statistical Modeling, Error Rate Modeling for Complex Systems
  • Obliterated Serial Number & Identification Marking Restorations
  • Fire Sprinkler System Corrosion
  • Oil Drilling Equipment
  • Aircraft, Boat and Ship Corrosion
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) for Chemical Compounds and Residual Stress