Expertise of failures by SEM in laboratory

You want to assess your failures by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)?

What is a failure?

To begin with, a failure is a deterioration of the product. It can be, among other things, related to the manufacturing process, the application environment, or the method of use.

Moreover, a failure can affect a number of parameters. Indeed, it impacts the reliability, the solidity and the performance of the product or the material. In addition, failures are materialized by :

  • Parts failure
  • Corrosion mechanism
  • Adhesion defect
  • Presence of pollution
  • Wear of materials
  • Premature aging…

Why assess a failure by SEM?

First, the failure study requires the implementation of a methodological approach in order to identify the nature and origin of the defect. Then, secondly, to implement corrective actions.

For this purpose, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is a reference technique in the context of failure assessment. It is an electron microscopy technique that allows to determine the surface structure as well as the morphology of a material, or even some of its chemical properties. 

FILAB supports you in the expertise of failures by SEM

Through our three levels of services: analysis, expertise and R&D support, FILAB assists companies of all sectors in the analysis of failures by SEM. For this purpose, FILAB provides its customers with the know-how and experience of its team as well as a 2100m² analytical park with state-of-the-art equipment.

In addition, FILAB has significant experience in the development of specific methods for SEM failure analysis. 

Examples of services

  • Study of fracture surfaces by SEM

  • Study of morphological failures (porosity, roughness,...) by SEM

  • Study of corrosion phenomena by SEM

  • Characterization of surface defects: adhesion problems, identification of residual pollution (lubricants, detergent residues, etc.)

  • Welding control by SEM

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

Thomas GAUTIER Head of Materials Department
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