Material Analysis & Testing
What is Material Analysis & Testing?
Material analysis is necessary to improve performance of materials and resolve failure or contamination issues that occur during operational use. Testing typically involves macroscopic and microscopic methods to evaluate, identify, or verify materials. It’s an integral process to innovation in manufacturing and engineering.
Why is Material Analysis & Testing important?
Material analysis is useful in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of materials to optimize performance and prevent damages. Also, compositional analysis and identification methods are used to identify trace contaminants or determine differences and similarities between materials.
In failure analysis, identifying the presence of unexpected materials is important in determining the root cause of the failure. It’s also critical to ensure proper corrective actions are taken to avoid future failures due to contamination. Materials can also indicate whether a failure was a unique occurrence or result of an ongoing issue.