Metal Fracture Analysis

Applied Technical Services’ metallurgical lab offers metal fracture analysis.

What is a Metal Fracture, and Why is Metal Fracture Analysis Important?

A metal fracture occurs when an applied force separates a metal into two or more pieces. Ductile metals undergo plastic deformation where they resist the fracture before eventually succumbing to the stress. Ductile fractures display several symptoms of plastic deformation before fracture. The fracture often breaks into two pieces and occurs slowly over time. Brittle fractures are sudden and often occur without symptoms. These fractures are predominant in large structures such as tanks, pipes, bridges, and box beams. 

Metal materials often endure stressful environments and applications, causing them to break and bend. Metal fracture analysis determines the potential causes of fractures, allowing manufacturers to improve upon preexisting materials. Our experts investigate the following factors when determining the causes of damage and any contributing factors.

What Causes Metal Fracture?

The Causes of Brittle Fracture

The Causes of Ductile Fracture

Applied Technical Services Metallurgy Lab

Our metallurgy lab employs a multi-disciplinary team of chemists, metallurgists, and other lab professionals with decades of experience. We provide litigation support, failure analysis, material identification, and other metallurgical services to clients in several industries, including:

We use the following American Society for Testing and Materials standards for our metal fracture analysis services.

Applied Technical Services Analysis Services

ATS has provided quality engineering consulting, training, inspection, and testing services since our founding in 1967. As an ISO 9001 certified management system, we strive for continuous improvement and provide clients with prompt and professional services. Contact our metallurgy lab today and ask about our metal fracture analysis services. 

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