Failure Analysis Services

Having skilled analysts allows us to recognize chemical reasons or indicators for specific failures allowing us to fully understand failures and determine the “true” source of product failures. SSH will assist you in defining the problem and provide recommended solutions.

Typical materials tested in failure projects have included:

  • Plastics

  • Adhesives

  • Packaging

  • Metals

  • Coatings

  • Composites

  • Laminates

Our in-house laboratory includes up-to-date equipment and a variety of instrumentation for failure analysis such as optical microscopy, FT-IR and GC/MS.

*If necessary we have the ability to include additional off site laboratories whose focus is on specific chemicals. As experts in their field we not only rely on their outcome but with multiple facilities involved in analyzing a problem, a more thorough investigation is conducted.

Environmental chambers are also available for failure analysis and to test the effects of heat and humidity on materials and products. Our chambers have the ability to cool materials to -68C and heat up to 200C.

Both customized analyses and application of established standards such as ASTM and GMW methods are employed.

Flammability testing is available. Standards available include FMVSS302, GMW3232, SAE J369, ASTM D5132 and TSM0500G.

SSH’s final report includes conclusions, results and all the original technical data acquired during the analysis including photographs as needed, chromatograms and spectra.

Finally, recommendations for prevention of future failures are presented and, if necessary an on-site visit to explain the findings can be arranged..