The materials engineering workshop and laboratories owned and operated by Axiom are ideally suited to carry out failure analysis and associated activities
The materials engineering workshop and laboratories owned and operated by Axiom are ideally suited to carry out failure analysis and associated activities on a wide range of materials, from carbon steels to exotic super alloys such as Inconels and Hastelloys and from Titaniums to GRP’s.
The main areas of activity include failure analysis, corrosion testing and assessment, materials compatibility testing and selection, and replica assessments, with other activities undertaken as required.
The well-equipped laboratory facilities and highly skilled and qualified staff are available to clients wishing to understand one of two things:
- What DID go wrong – using detailed analysis to understand why asset failure occurred, and to use this root cause analysis to prevent future incidents or disasters.
- What MIGHT go wrong – using our facilities to test the performance of different materials and coatings under different conditions – how do they react to a change of use or change of substance being processed? How do they react under different temperatures and pressures? Is there a risk of corrosion? Do the additives (e.g. corrosion inhibitors) really work?
The equipment and processes we utilise includes optical stereoscopic, inverted and conventional metallurgical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, exposure corrosion test rigs, electrochemical corrosion test rigs and autoclave (pressure and temperature) corrosion test rigs. Materials analysis by Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), Metascop portable spectroscopy and carbon spark testing.
By not having to engage external laboratories, we are able to ensure quick and effective turnaround on testing for clients, and also combine with the technical experts in the fields of materials and mechanical engineering in order to provide a full understanding and interpretation of test data.