Advantec Engineering can provide metallurgical and engineering support to consumer product manufacturers and industrial clients large and small.

Failure Analysis

We can assist in determining the root cause of failure of all types of things ranging from small consumer products to large industrial components.
Some examples are:
  • Boiler Tube
  • Chain Link
  • Hydraulic Actuator
  • Water Filter Housing
  • Children's Toys
  • Pipelines
  • Valves
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Fire Protection System Coupling
  • Bolts
  • I-Beam Flange
  • Drip Pan
  • Nuclear Steam Generator Tube
Common causes of failure are corrosion, mechanical overload, fatigue, or fabrication defect. Often there is a combination of these mechanisms that contribute to the failure. Our engineers have extensive experience with ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, API Fitness for Service Guidelines, and ASTM standards. We are knowledgeable of various forms of corrosion including:
Industrial Support
Fractured bolt
Stereomicroscope view of fractured bolt surface
We can calculate loads and internal stresses on components with complex geometries using computer modeling and finite element analysis.

We can provide sophisticated laboratory analysis including mechanical testing, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and chemical analysis.

A thorough root cause failure analysis typically requires the ability to integrate knowledge of a number of disciplines, including: material science, mechanical engineering, physics, and mathematics, plus the ability to solve puzzles.
This is where Advantec Engineering excels.

Initial Design Support

Advantec Engineering can provide sophisticated design support. We utilize finite element analysis, fracture mechanics, and other advanced techniques to evaluate initial designs to determine weak areas before the design is manufactured or put into service.
Scanning electron microscope image of fractured bolt surface showing tensile overload region
Manufacturing defect in weld
Cross section of defective weld
Various views of the results of a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of a welded pipe joint subject to internal pressure and thermal transients. Cross-sections can be taken through the structure to view the stresses at any point within the component.
This analysis showed the potential for a fatigue failure at the joint.
Scanning electron microscope image of stress corrosion
of a nickel alloy tube
Flow accelerated corrosion
in a steam line pipe
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