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Metallurgical Evaluation

Metallurgical Evaluation

Manufactured goods made from alloys are under constant scrutiny to be stronger, lighter, and to perform better, particularly when exposed to harsh environments - so whether your component has failed, or you need to optimise your product, our experienced metallurgists can help you on the route to market.

Through expert investigative skills, a thorough knowledge of materials and processes, and decades of industry experience, our metallurgical engineers are able provide critical insight into your materials problems.

Our experts have thorough knowledge of casting, welding, brazing, thermal spray, and heat-treatment processes, as well as special expertise with superalloys, electrical conductors, and composites.

Metallurgical Evaluation


Metallurgical evaluations include:

  • Braze analysis
  • Case depth
  • Casting evaluations
  • Coating characterisation
  • Corrosion susceptibility
  • Failure analysis
  • Fractography
  • Grain size and distribution
  • High-quality photo documentation (micro / macro)
  • Image analysis
  • Inclusion content
  • Macro etching
  • Metallographic evaluation
  • Micro-indentation hardness testing
  • Operator qualifications (weld / braze)
  • Phase segregation and identification
  • Porosity measurements
  • Weld evaluations


Specimens are extracted and prepared for testing and analysis in our in-house machine shop, reducing turnaround times and increasing specimen traceability. 

Our skilled metallurgists utilise techniques ranging from optical microscopy and SEM-EDS (Scanning Electron Microscope-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy) analysis to our state-of-the-art electron microprobe and advanced surface analysis techniques, to obtain qualitative and quantitative information about the characteristics of a material or a failure.

White Papers

Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing - A Metallurgical Perspective

In this white paper, we will take a look at additive manufacturing from the metallurgical perspective. As with any other manufacturing process, different materials provide different benefits for particular applications

Orthopaedic Implant
Your Metal Component has Failed in Fatigue: What do you do next?

This white paper provides an introduction to the theory behind fatigue in general, and the factors that affect how materials perform in fatigue