Legal – Engineering Litigation Support

MES offers engineering litigation support for materials related failure analysis and joint investigations. Engineering support of legal matters requires the best equipment, knowledgeable experts, and depth of experience. MES provides litigation support to manufacturers, insurers, and engineering consultants. We offer in-house laboratory testing and failure analysis for rock solid legal support throughout the entire process. Our extensive test laboratory can be scheduled to gather facts to support your case or as a neutral site for joint investigation with cutting edge instrumentation at your disposal.

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Metallurgical Engineering Services works with our clients to meet all their consulting and laboratory testing needs. Below is a partial list of the services offered by MES.

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

  • Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES)
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDS)
  • FTIR (Verification / Contaminant ID)
  • Micro FTIR (Particle Analysis)
  • Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray (WDS)
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Electron Dot Mapping
  • Carbon by Combustion
  • Salt Fog (Salt Spray ASTM B117)
  • CASS Testing
  • Density
  • Sieve Analysis
  • Temperature / Humidity
  • UV Exposure
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)
  • Passivation / Thickness Verification

 

MECHANICAL TESTING

  • Tensile Strength (Yield / Elongation)
  • Hardness (Rockwell, Brinell)
  • Micro Hardness (Knoop & Vickers)
  • Bend / Flattening Testing
  • Proof Load
  • Taber Abrasion
  • Charpy Impact
  • Izod Impact
  • Compression / Flexure
  • Elevated Tensile Testing
  • Drop Weight Tear
  • Crack Tip Opening Displacement
  • Surface Roughness
  • Drum Peel Testing
  • Adhesion Pull Testing
  • Block on Ring Friction & Wear
  • Single / Double Shear
  • Welder / Procedure Qualification
  • (ASTM, ASME, MIL, AWS Specs)

METALLURGICAL TESTING

  • Grain Size & Grain Flow
  • Carburization / Decarburization
  • Case Depth
  • Plating & Coating Thickness
  • Eutectic Melting
  • Macro Etch (ASTM E 381)
  • Delta Ferrite
  • Inclusion Rating (ASTM E 45)
  • Banding of Microstructure
  • Microstructure Interpretation
  • High Temperature Oxidation
  • Precision Mounting & Polishing
  • Casting & Forging Defects
  • Precision Sectioning

 

 

FAILURE ANALYSIS

  • Root Cause and Origin
  • Design / Material Analyses
  • Materials Selection
  • On-Site Investigation
  • Photography 
  • Product Liability Analysis
  • Accident Investigation
  • Expert Testimony 

NON-DESTRUCTIVE

  • Guided Wave Ultrasound
  • Ultrasonic Flaw & Thickness
  • Visual Examination
  • Liquid Penetrant
  • X-Ray / Radiography