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Failure Analysis

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Quest Integrity’s team of experts is skilled at investigating the proximate cause of failure in static and rotating plant equipment. Our staff employ a multidisciplinary approach to examining full spectrum failure causes including design issues, materials of construction and manufacture, lubrication and operational regimes.

For failures with potential safety or regulatory consequence, our engineers conduct comprehensive forensic root cause failure analyses.

In addition to developing detailed technical explanations and supporting evidence for failures, Quest Integrity applies its expertise in determining and eliminating defects in design and operational protocols to prevent the occurrence of similar future failures. Extensive experience in providing expert testimony and support in mediation, arbitration and litigation environment provides continuous integrity management support.


Service Highlights

Explore the features of Failure Analysis

  • Failure Analysis Applications
    • Aircraft engines and other aviation-related component (e.g., frame) failures
    • Land-based industrial turbines for power generation, compressor duty and pumping
    • Gas and steam turbines
  • Failure Analysis Components

    Our focused competencies in root cause failure analysis of rotating equipment include:

    • Detailed condition assessment of components
    • Detailed metallurgical failure assessment to identify damage mechanisms
    • Local and general oxidation and hot corrosion rates
    • Extensive database of alloy material properties
    • Inspection and operation history, including data trending
    • High resolution electron microscopy and chemical analysis
    • High temperature mechanical testing in our laboratory including determination of remaining creep life.
  • Litigation Support Provision of expert testimony in support of litigation or insured loss recovery and expert advice to investigations.
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SOLUTIONS RELATED TO FAILURE ANALYSIS

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MATERIALS CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT

Expertise in-ferrous and non-ferrous metals, nonmetallic materials, coatings and surface treatments.

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ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

Effectively manage facility assets, including pressure vessels, piping, storage tanks, fired heaters, and rotating equipment to gain maximum value from the asset over its lifetime.

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FITNESS-FOR-SERVICE AND REMAINING LIFE

A multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate structural components to determine if they are fit for continued service.

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