Defining Forensic Engineering And Failure Analysis

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Failure analysis on a metal is performed by systematic examining, analyzing and testing the failure or flaw, gathering information about the application, component and history, which is further followed by a detailed visual examination. Failure analysis is a part of nondestructive testing which is scientifically known as magnetic particle testing, dye penetrant testing, low magnification, etc. High magnification examination and destructive testing is also sometimes applied like, sectioning the sample for Metallographic micro analysis, Chemical Analysis, Hardness testing, Mechanical testing.

These tests can only performed by a certified welding inspection team in Melbourne.

Macro Examination

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Macroetching is the procedure of etching a sample and evaluating it macro structurally at low magnifications. It is a very frequent technique used for evaluating steel products. There are many different procedures for rating a steel sample by graded series of photographs. The images shows the incidence of certain conditions and is applicable to carbon and low alloy steels.

A number of different etching reagents may also be used depending on the type and process of examination to be applied. You should know that steels react differently to etching reagents because of variations and difference in chemical composition, heat treatment, method of manufacturing and many other factors.

Macro examinations are also performed on a polished and etched cross-section of a welded material. During the testing process, a number of features can be determined including the sequence of weld, weld procedure and qualifications tests. Any defect on the sample can be assessed for compliance with relevant specifications. It can be a slag, lack of weld penetration, porosity, lack of sidewall fusion and poor profile of a weld.

Micro Examination

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Micro examination is performed on specimen either cut to size or mounted in a resin mold. At first they are polished to a fine finish and then etched in an appropriate chemical solution prior to examination on a metallurgical microscope. Micro examination is performed to assess the structure of the material. It is also very common to examine for metallurgical anomalies such as third phase precipitates, excessive grain growth, and various other reasoMicro Examinationns. Many routine tests such as phase counting or grain size determinations are performed in conjunction with micro-examinations.

Forensic engineering and failure analysis of a metal are all high profile examinations, which are conducted to find out even the simplest flaw in a material component.

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