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Metallurgical Failure Analysis

Since 1957, Anderson & Associates has been the recognized authority in metallurgical failure analyses. Our engineering and technical support staff are recognized experts with over 100 years of combined experience, operating in a laboratory specifically designed for failure analysis. With each analysis comes thorough supporting documentation complete with high-quality images.

Metallurgical Consulting Services

Anderson & Associates is one of the most respected names in metallurgical consulting services. Our decades of experience and diverse expertise make us a trusted resource for advice, guidance and analytical services across a broad spectrum of industries and issues. Whatever challenge you face, a call to Anderson & Associates is your first step toward resolution.

Scanning Electron Microscopy

The scanning electron microscope is an advanced tool critical to understanding the fracture mechanism(s) involved with the failure of engineered materials. Our JEOL SEM is equipped with a large sample chamber suitable for the examination of large sections.  Our SEM is equipped with secondary electron and backscatter electron detectors.  Our SEM is also equipped with an Oxford Instruments Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer (EDS) system, useful for the qualitative chemical analysis of corrosion products.

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Keyence Digital Microscope

Optical microscope that allows for direct observation, digital image capture and measurements. Supports real-time 2D & 3D measurements, imaging and analysis. Microscope is self-contained to allow for mobile transport to remote locations.


At the heart of a metallurgical investigation is the metallographic examination. Our laboratory includes advanced imaging equipment and experienced technicians capable of producing textbook-quality photomicrographs. Our laboratory has substantial experience in the metallographic characterization of both ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Our microhardness testers measure the hardness of specific metallurgical features as shown in a polished cross section.

Metallograph magnifications from 50x to 2000x

ASTM E112 Microstructure Evaluation:

  • Grain size determination

  • McQuaid-Ehn method

  • Cleanliness rating

Microhardness testers: Vickers up to 10Kg, Knoop up to 500g

ASTM E562 Microstructure Evaluation:

  • Volume percentage Ferrite determination

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