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Microstructural Analysis

Microstructural Analysis Services

At Lucideon, we have a highly experienced and sophisticated microstructural facility. Most of the work is accredited under UKAS ISO 17025:2017 (UKAS-accredited testing laboratory No. 0013). Microstructural analysis is used widely in industry to evaluate products and materials.

Performance, response to environment, and failure mechanisms are just some of the areas in which microstructural analysis can be utilised to assess and develop products.

Microstructural Analysis


Microstructural analysis is the process of analysing products or materials at a sub-micron scale to determine factors ranging from simple determination of grain size to full characterisation of multi-component systems.

Within this range of activity, we frequently investigate coating thickness parameters, porosity, and pore structure, as well as evaluation of degradation or failure mechanisms.

A combination of techniques is used to provide both physical and chemical information, with sub-micron resolution.


Our wealth of expertise in materials can be accessed to solve problems with typical applications including:

  • grain size measurement
  • identification of inclusions and specks
  • porosity and bonding evaluation
  • refractory attack mechanisms
  • surface deposits and coatings
  • development of interfaces on reaction
  • unknown particles or materials identification
  • evaluation of material processing
  • performance evaluation and variability
  • failure mechanisms and crack development
  • evaluation of loci of failure

Analyses are often complementary to other methods such as physical, mineralogical, and chemical techniques.

Case Studies

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Lucideon Expertise Helps with Additive Manufacturing HIP Issues

We helped our client with discolouration issues after hot isostatic pressing

Additive Manufacturing
Lucideon Assists in Identifying Root Cause of Cracking in Additive Manufactured Components

Lucideon's additive manufacturing expertise helped identify root cause of product failure

Lucideon Helps Greatbatch Medical to Gain FDA Acceptance

Lucideon has worked with Greatbatch Medical to help them gain FDA approval