Failure analysis overview

With every part, object or product, comes a set of different failures modes that could be possible during its lifespan. In order to avoid these failures from occurring, industry professionals have taken advantage of the technological advancements in testing methods for failure analysis purposes. From having access to nondestructive testing labs to being able to attain internal insights on a particular component, the industry has avoided numerous detrimental failures that could have been a potential hazard to user safety.

Reverse Engineering

The concept of reverse engineering has long been embedded in our history, from applications during periods of war to reverse engineering hardware and software. For example, Germans seized an American bazooka and reverse engineered it to develop a superior weapon during World War II: Panzerschreck. Although reverse engineering applications may have been complex and time consuming in the past, recent technologies such as Industrial Computed Tomography (CT) and 3D Scanning have provided the ability to quickly reverse engineer with ease, and accuracy.

Wall Thickness

Determining the measurement of wall thickness for a part to fulfill various applications is a highly critical aspect of designing and manufacturing a final product. Being able to access internal and external measurements and failures within thin and thick wall applications accurately becomes essential during pre-production stages of manufacturing. Technologically advanced nondestructive testing technologies have provided design engineers and manufacturers with access to quick and accurate wall thickness analysis.