Metallurgical and Failure Analysis Service

The key to preventing spring failure occurrence is understanding the actual mode of spring failure. Force Technology uses scientific processes and our long-term experience in this field to understand the root cause of failure through our spring failure and fatigue analysis.

We have our own technical laboratory and our services include failure analysis and metallurgical analysis, with advanced equipment including digital microscopes and a scanning electron microscope.

We use the following spring failure analysis techniques:

  • Fractography
  • Metallography
  • Micro Hardness Testing
  • Digital Microscopy
  • SEM Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • XRD Residual Stress Analysis
  • EDF Extended Depth of Focus
  • EDX Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

The nuances of spring component failures are often particular to the spring environment. The long experience of Force Technology in this field, particularly with very high cycle fatigue components, has resulted in exceptional expertise in understanding the modes of spring failure through our spring failure and fatigue analysis, which can typically include:

  • Torsional Fatigue Failure
  • Bending Fatigue Failure
  • Non-Metallic Particle Inclusion
  • Mechanical Damage & Wear
  • Fretting Fatigue
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Inadequate Surface Residual Stress
  • Surface Corrosion
  • Defective Metallic Structure