Systematic failure investigation is often a key factor in the overall assessment of root cause analysis on any material or plant equipment. Our extensive knowledge and experience of deterioration mechanisms includes both metallic and non-metallic materials as well as surface engineered items and other coatings.

Axiom’s Materials Engineers have at their disposal an extensive range of techniques to deliver an effective failure analysis for a range of sectors including oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, bulk storage and power.

We conduct most of our work within our own specialist laboratory and, when required, will visit your premises to collect data, evidence and samples for our detailed assessment.

Our laboratory is well equipped to conduct effective testing including:

  • Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Element mapping
  • Elemental analysis
  • Metallography
  • Mechanical testing
  • Chemical analysis
  • Replication assessment
  • Austenite spacing measurement in duplex stainless steels
  • ASTM E562 Standard test method for determining volume fraction systematic manual point count
  • ASTM E45 Standard test methods for determining the inclusion content of steel
  • ASTM E112 Standard test methods for determining average grain size.

Once we have concluded all testing, this is communicated with our clients in a very succinct way. We can then make recommendations on the most effective materials and preventative measures suitable for the industrial environment in question.