Failure analysis or investigation is the process of collecting and analysing facts or data to determine the root cause of a failure. This involves collecting data about operating conditions, visual examination of the failed product or component, fractography, non-destructive testing, evaluation of mechanical and chemical properties, metallography-microscopy, spectroscopy, analysis of the facts and findings, root cause conclusion and recommendations to prevent the failure from recurring. This process is very vital for heavy industries to prevent failure of affordable and unaffordable components which can cost loss of production in thousands and millions of dollars or injuring person or community. The process of identifying the root cause and implementing preventive actions reduces the risk of injuries, reduces the downtime and increases productivity in the mining industries, offshore and shipping industry and heavy engineering industries. Most of the quality endorsed organisations and insurance companies ensure that failure investigations are performed to reduce the risk of failure in future.

LMATS comprises a team of Metallurgist, Engineers, Scientist, Engineering Technologist and Non-destructive Testing Technologist. The combination of these professionals from different speciality ensures that the most probable root cause is concluded and the best preventive measures are recommended.

LMATS offers Failure investigation services from our Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth laboratories. These laboratories also provide services to the clients in Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and New Zealand. Contact your nearest branch to obtain specialist advice on your failed components.  

The following is an example of one of LMATS many investigated failures. This photograph indicates a classic fatigue failure.

 Overload fractured shaft