Failure Analysis


Failures in industry lead to equipment damage, safety risks and business interruption.  When a failure occurs, Acuren’s engineers perform thorough analysis to offer insight into mechanisms and causes which, in turn, are used to determine preventive solutions for the future.

Our staff undertakes meticulous root cause failure analysis to give clients clear guidance on how to move forward through materials, manufacturing, process and practice recommendations.

Materials and mechanical specialists determine why components fail using a combination of techniques including:

  • Metallographic examination
  • Micro and macrophotography
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Fractography
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Mechanical testing including hardness, tensile and impact
  • Fracture toughness testing
  • Chemical analysis
  • Elevated temperature stress rupture analysis
  • Energy dispersive X-ray analysis
  • Corrosion scale analysis

These techniques are used for both metallic and non-metallic components used in industry, public works and consumer goods.

Our projects range in size from refinery and pipeline explosions, industrial machinery and process equipment failures, gearing and power-train failures, to wire rope, small equipment, tools, and plumbing component failures.

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