failure analysis

Based in Dallas Texas, MES has the experience and equipment to perform a comprehensive failure analysis for metals, polymers, and composites.  Our experts will determine the root cause and provide corrective actions to prevent future failures. When a product fails, it is imperative to perform a thorough investigation. Our team of engineers and materials experts are leaders in determining root cause analysis for material failures. Our depth of materials experience and failure analysis lab allows us to evaluate failures from many different industries, determine manufacturing process problems, detect defects, provide contamination analysis, and evaluate environmental corrosion effects on products.

Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the cause of the failure. Root cause analysis often involves an organized series of tests across multidisciplinary areas. By offering a complete testing and failure analysis lab, MES can quickly solve even the most complex failures within one facility. Our laboratories include light and electron microscopy, mechanical and electrochemical testing, chemical characterization, NDT (nondestructive testing) and environmental testing. By determining the source of the failure, we can help to prevent future failures.

MES has extensive failure analysis capabilities including metals, polymers, composites, welds, coatings, and manufactured products. Our failure analysis experts have performed thousands of root cause investigations and have experience with a wide range of failure modes, materials and industries.



  • ASM Handbook Volume 11

Sample Requirements

  • Accessibility to test area if field visit required

  • History of sample, if known

Learn more about our joint lab inspection.


  • Root Cause Analysis

  • Surface Analysis

  • Onsite Investigation

  • Material Selection

  • Welding Analysis

  • Accident Investigation

  • Corrosion Testing

  • Soldering Analysis

  • Metallographic Analysis

  • Fracture Mode & Mechanism