SEM analysis for the energy and nuclear sectors

Following a failure or for a material optimization, you wish to analyze your products by SEM?

As an actor in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of nuclear power plants or other energy production systems, you are looking to optimize your products, materials or processes according to quality, sustainability and safety practices.

What is SEM?

To begin, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is an electron microscopy technique. This method allows the analysis of a material by a fine beam of electrons that scans its surface without destruction.  

Why analyze your energy and nuclear products by SEM?

The energy and nuclear fields are sectors with high stakes in terms of quality, sustainability and safety.

Therefore, SEM analysis allows you to verify and adapt your manufacturing processes. Indeed, the SEM, by the quality of the image obtained at the end of the analysis, makes possible the meticulous observation of the various materials.

Moreover, it also makes it possible to study failures in order to identify the nature and origin of defects. These are materialized by :

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

FILAB supports you in the SEM analysis of materials for the energy and nuclear fields

Through our three levels of services: analysis, expertise and R&D support, FILAB assists companies of all sectors in the analysis of materials 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 the analysis of materials for the energy and nuclear industries by SEM. 

  • Study of failures by SEM: study of fracture surfaces, analysis of contaminations or particles, adhesion problems, corrosion phenomena, metallographic examination, weld analysis... 

  • Deformation by SEM

  • Stability and aging study by SEM

  • Compatibility study between fluid and materials by SEM

  • Identification of unknown pollution (deposits, particles) by SEM

  • Laboratory audit and team training 

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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