Blade Failure Analysis

Blade Failure Analysis
Blade Failure Analysis

Applied Technical Services provides Blade Failure Analysis for many companies and industries.

Our processes include identifying cracks, fracture modes, and determining the contributions of manufacturing practices and material properties to the failures. Our inspections and testing involve visual inspections, metallography, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Additionally, to maintain high standards and integrity of our findings, ATS follows an ISO 9001 certified quality assurance program providing our customers an overall high level of satisfaction.

Most blades are utilized in cyclical loading applications, which make them susceptible to developing fatigue cracks. Therefore, the type and heat treat condition are very important in selecting the proper material for the demanding service environments. Design, manufacturing practices, and the mounting methods of the blade also play a major role since they can contribute to undesirable stress concentrations leading to fatigue crack initiation.

At ATS we apply the latest state-of-the-art technologies in analyzing blade failure analysis. We rely on collecting accurate and appropriate data; therefore we approach every test using our systematic procedures for obtaining decisive outcomes. By utilizing our complete approach to failure analysis, we are able to produce recommendations in an efficient and cost effective manner for our clients.

Common Blade Failure Analysis Findings:

  • Manufacturing Defects
  • Fatigue
  • Product Design Issues
  • Maintenance Issues
  • Inadequate Materials
  • Improper Heat Treats
  • Environmental Effects
  • Material Defects

Blade Failure Analysis Types:

  • Fatigue
  • Creep
  • Corrosion
  • Impact
  • Erosion
  • Sulfidation

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