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Metallurgical Failure Investigation Services


At Zurich Laboratory Services, we understand that sometimes manufactured products fail in service for a wide variety of different reasons. In these scenarios, we are able to offer a failure analysis investigation service to help to determine the root cause(s) of the failure.

  • We have a highly experienced team of metallurgists that will produce a detailed report, including; details of any supporting tests and analysis conducted
  • Failure analysis reports
  • Conclusions and recommendation to prevent future failure


Our scanning electron microscope and x-ray microanalysis system is used to obtain information on the microscopic features of fracture surfaces and samples for a wide range of investigations

  • Metallurgical fractures / failure investigations
  • Identification of corrosion products
  • Fragments, dust particles and inclusions (size and chemistry)
  • Phase and foreign body analysis

Please note that our failure investigation analysis services fall outside of the scope of our ISO 17025 accreditation, but if you would like to discuss your requirements in more details, please call us on 0800 026 1504, and we’ll be able to guide you through the process.