Bearing Failure Analysis

bearing failure analysis
At Applied Technical Services we perform numerous bearing failure analyses for a variety of industries and companies.

Typical causes of bearing failures are due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to contamination, misalignment, fatigue, insufficient lubrication, overloading, overheating and corrosion. Our thorough testing evaluates degradation, design, manufacturing and environmental conditions to find the root cause.

At ATS we examine damaged bearings, form opinions on the cause of failure and determine measures to prevent reoccurrences. Our testing services include visual examination, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), metallography, hardness testing, and chemical analysis. Along with our distinguished testing services, ATS applies a disciplined quality assurance program for assured results and reporting.

To reach reliable conclusions ATS follows procedural measures in securing and inspecting failed components. Our process includes meeting the benchmark for conducting bearing failure analysis through the utilization of ASTM E2332, Standard Practice for Investigation and Analysis of Physical Component Failures, and other applicable specialized procedures. ATS’ systematic approach to testing and inspections combined with our ISO certified quality program places us above the leaders in the failure analysis industry.

Common Bearing Failure Analysis Findings:
  • Contamination
  • Misalignment
  • Contact Fatigue
  • Insufficient Lubrication
  • Overloading
  • Overheating
  • Corrosion
  • Manufacturing Defects

Bearing Failure Analysis Testing:
  • Visual Inspection
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Metallography
  • Hardness Testing
  • Chemical Analysis