Primary Disciplines of Technical Expertise
- Frequently our senior staff are asked to conduct a failure analysis
investigation, in which we work backward from a problem, such as a broken
part, to the root cause of the problem. Both
Dr. Garber and Dr. Blackwood
have conducted numerous failure analysis investigations, involving virtually
all materials which have practical application. The results of their
analyses are typically presented in a bound analytical report, including all
original results and describing our methods, our findings and our
conclusions. They have worked for both plaintiffs and defendants, and they
have appeared for many depositions as well as testifying in state and federal
courts in both civil and criminal cases. It is our intention that our
reports be complete and free-standing documents, suitable for use and acceptance
Our approach to failure analysis is to take the broad approach, asking all of
the questions that might be asked and winding up with the solution, whether
the cause of failure is the selection of the material, the processing of that
material, the design of the component or use of the component beyond its
inherent capabilities. They take the position that analysis of conformity to
manufacturing specifications may be useful in the design of corrective
action, but lack of conformity does not necessarily explain the failure, and
the fact that the component conforms to the drawings does not mean that it is
of proper design and construction for the application.
- Over the years, most of our failure analysis reports, supported by electron
microscope data and proper documentation, have presented a clear relationship
between a specific problem in materials selection, materials processing,
design and/or service conditions and the reason for failure.
Each failure analysis job is done under the direct supervision of either Dr.
Blackwood or Dr. Garber, depending on whether the system it metallic
(or glass or ceramic) or polymeric.
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