Failure Analysis and Consultancy

Large Failed Items

We are able to handle jobs of all sizes from micro assessments to large items.

Failures From Various Industries

We provide failure analysis for a wide range of materials and for a variety of industries.

Fractography Service

Examination of fracture faces available to assist in root cause analysis.

Fracture Features

Features of the fracture surface are examined.

Weld Related Failures

We have experience in examining a wide range of failures associated with welds.

Weld Defect

Macrographic examination can be used to identify larger defect in a material.

Micrographic Examination

Micrographic examination of materials is used for failure analysis and material characterisation.

Scanning Electron Microscopy

The use of a scanning electron microscope is available to assist with failure analysis.

High Magnification Examination

The scanning electron microscope allows detailed examination of the materials surface.

ASAMS is an independent ISO 17025 UKAS accredited metals testing laboratory


ASAMS can offer a range of material and welding consultancy either in house or suggest an appropriate third party.

Please get in contact and we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.


Failure Analysis

Understanding the root cause of failure is vital in enabling the appropriate corrective actions to be put into place to prevent recurrence. ASAMS offers a completely bespoke failure analysis service to meet each individual client’s requirements and allow the relevant root cause to be identified. Our metallurgists have experience carrying out failure analysis on a variety of items, from small, simple components to large, complex failures whose analysis can span several months.

The process starts by discussing the issue with our metallurgists who will use their experience and ask the relevant questions to understand the issue and advise the next steps. This may include a site visit to better understand the issue and advise on sampling of the relevant material to allow for further analysis. We will then use our knowledge and experience to devise a test plan in collaboration with the client which selects the relevant tests to understand the root cause of the failure. The range of testing commonly used includes;

  • Fractography
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Macro and micrographic examination
  • Mechanical testing
  • Chemical analysis
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Analysis of deposits using techniques such as EDX and XRD analysis

The full scope of testing is defined and a quotation raised based on this before starting any work to allow the client to remain in control of the scope and cost of the analysis. All results will be collated, analysed and the implications explained within the final report or at interim intervals if required. Once complete, a bespoke report will be produced which will identify the root cause of failure and suggest any applicable improvements which may prevent further failures.

If you have a failure you would like to discuss, please call our metallurgists, we will be happy to help you through the initial stages and advise on the next steps in the process.

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