Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. is well-established as an industry leader in materials testing, condition assessment, and failure analysis. Our metallurgical experts at the Materials Science Center in Austin, Texas, a state-of-the-art laboratory, are well-equipped to tackle the toughest industry problems related to material performance.  Our services include characterizing the condition of existing materials, identifying damage mechanisms such as thermal degradation, creep, oxidation, corrosion, and fatigue, evaluating the root cause of failures, and providing useful information for the ongoing use of components and materials that remain in operation.

Failure Analysis

When a tube, pipe, turbine blade, or other important component fails, identifying the damage mechanism and the cause of the failure is critical for preventing recurring failure events.  Knowing the real reason for the failure allows for implementation of the most appropriate corrective actions, which is especially important considering that applying the wrong corrective actions can allow future similar failures, or worse, can lead to new damage or failures in other parts of the equipment or system.  Our experienced metallurgists apply a variety of testing methods and their years of experience to reach accurate and useful conclusions.

Laboratory Capabilities

  • Optical Metallography
  • Stereo Microscopy
  • Microstructural Analyses
  • Scale and Deposit Composition Analyses
  • Metal Chemical Analysis and Alloy Verification
  • Cryo-Cracking
  • In-place Metallography and Replication
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy
  • Fractography
  • Boiler Tube Deposit Loading
  • Weld and Weld Damage Examinations
  • Hardness Testing (Bulk and Microhardness)
  • Material Property Testing

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Structural Integrity Associates
1825B Kramer Ln., Ste. 500
Austin TX 78758