Gear Failure Analysis

gear failure analysis
ATS is a nationally known testing and inspection company that offers gear failure analysis. We provide service to a wide variety of clients which include many industries, companies, and individuals.

Our services consist of consulting engineering for product design and production processes; quality assurance inspections for product reliability and consistency; and product testing and analysis for gears that have failed while in service. Typically, our experts will perform inspections in our technically advanced labs or, if required, they will travel to the location where the gear failure occurred to gather the background information that may be necessary to evaluate the root cause of the failure. We provide detailed reports that reflect accurate inspection results.

Our gear failure analysis will take into consideration manufacturing processes, environmental influence, and proper installation, service and maintenance practices. Depending on initial visual observations which may reveal certain indicators, we provide a series of tests that will help us determine the root cause of the failure. These tests may include metallurgical analysis confirming proper manufacturing materials or field vibrations analysis measuring environmental impacts.

Common Causes Of Failure:
  • Bending Fatigue
  • Corrosion
  • Overload
  • WearDuctility

Common Test Techniques and Capabilities:
  • Visual Examination
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Metallographic Examination
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

Common Causes of Gear Failure:
  • Contact Fatigue
  • Corrosion
  • Wear
  • Overload
  • Improper Case Handening