Investigate the root cause of your equipment failure
Failure analysis is a comprehensive investigation to determine failure mechanisms and root causes in the event of a breakdown. The root cause analysis procedure involves collecting and analysing data, developing appropriate corrective and/or preventive action, presenting the data clearly and generating a practical recommendation.
Failure analysis detects the root cause of the failure mechanism and recommends preventive measures to avoid repeat occurrences. Regardless of whether you are a manufacturer or an operator, failures that contribute to downtime can affect your business operations and profitability. In worst-case scenarios, failures may even pose a risk to employees, the public and the environment, possibly resulting in reputational damage and lawsuits.
TÜV SÜD’s leverages on its expertise in materials science and engineering, mechanical calculation, construction, process and system engineering, metallographic and chemical investigations, and electronics / biochemical / electrical / acoustic / surface analyses in providing failure analysis services. We offer statements on the root cause of failure for rehabilitation, repair, prevention of future failure.
In addition to determining the mechanism(s) and root cause(s) of the failure, we also recommend preventive measures to prevent recurrence of the failure and provide technical support in dispute cases, including expert testimony in court.
TÜV SÜD offers materials expertise covering materials selection, evaluation on conditions of important devices, comparison of different processes, corrosion evaluation and protection, and weld quality evaluation. Our experts also provide risk assessment for special failure mechanisms such as hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, pitting corrosion and degradation of polymeric materials.
We provide troubleshooting services for industrial processes such as:
Our evaluation services include metallurgical tests such as PCB cross-sectional examination, SEM/ EDX examination on coatings, metallographic examination, particle size distribution testing, X-ray radiography, X-ray CT, airworthiness welding qualification testing (AWQT) and over-temperature testing for aerospace (HPT, HPC blades). We also provide mechanical-technological tests such as tensile tests, bending tests, impact tests and hardness tests.
TÜV SÜD offers training courses for failure analysis as well as corrosion engineering. Our experts also provide guest lectures on failure analysis at universities.