Materials Testing and Failure Analysis

Matergenics, Incorporated, is an independent materials testing laboratory specializing in root cause failure analysis, metallurgical testing, paints and coatings, concrete (petrographic testing), corrosion testing, and environmental testing according to ASTM and other standards.

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Materials Testing 

Our materials testing laboratory has a wide range of equipment and capabilities including:

  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • Elemental dispersive x-ray (EDS)
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Fourier transformer infrared (FTIR)
  • Optical light microscopy with digitized imagining (OLM)
  • Positive Material identification (PMI) / X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Chemical analysis
  • Mechanical testing
  • Hardness / Microhardness Testing
  • Environmental testing

o   Mixed flow gas chamber

o   Salt spray testing

o   QUV testing

o   Immersion testing

Having the right equipment is just the first step.  At Matergenics, we also have the right team of experienced materials engineers, chemists, and corrosion engineers who have decades of experience in failure analysis and materials testing.  Our comprehensive technical reports are well structured and include photographic documentation throughout testing, detailed test procedures and results, and final conclusion.  We offer competitive pricing, quick turnaround time and value added engineering.

An example of some of the ASTM, ISO, and NACE laboratory testing we perform is listed below.  Call us today for a quote!


Metallurgical Testing and  Failure Analysis is the process by which a material engineer determines the mechanism that has caused a component to fail. Typical failure modes involve various types of cracking modes and corrosion attack

Metal components fail as a result of conditions to which they are exposed to as well as the stress that they experience. Often a combination of both environmental conditions and stress will cause failure.

Metal components are designed to withstand the environment and stresses that they will be subjected to. A metallurgist takes into account as much of this information as possible during analysis. The end goal of failure analysis is to provide a determination of the root cause and a solution to any underlying problems to prevent future failures. Failure and damage analysis services include for example: material assessment, metals investigation, fracture study, electronics evaluation, fire damage investigation, design review and many more.

Analysis of a failed part can be done using destructive  metallurgical testing. Destructive testing involves removing a metal component from service and sectioning the component for analysis. Destructive testing gives our  failure analyst the ability to conduct the analysis in the lab and perform tests on the material that will ultimately destroy the component. Non destructive testing is a test method that allows certain physical properties of metal to be examined without taking the samples completely out of service. NDT is generally used to detect failures in components before the component fails catastrophically.


Our Capabilities Include:

  • Analysis of Material Failures
  • On-site Investigations
  • Welding, Soldering & Brazing Analysis
  • Chemical and Mechanical Testing(ASTM and NACE)
  • Metallographic Analysis and Investigations
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Engineering Calculations
  • Atmospheric Testing
  • Accident Investigations and Recreation of Failure
  • Plastic & Rubber Investigation
  • Micro and macrophotography
  • Surface Analysis(XPS, AES and SIMS) and FTIR
  • Fractography(SEM and TEM): Fracture Mode Determination
  • FEA and Engineering Mechanics Analysis
  • Corrosion Testing & Investigations (electrochemical and exposure tests)
  • Root-Cause Failure Determination



Matergenics – Materials Testing Brochure

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We respond to all customers promptly by sending a technical proposal to address testing, investigation and the proposal costs. If we need more information, our engineers will contact you.

Whether you are a large corporation or a small enterprise, we will provide you with the attention you need and deserve. In so doing, we hope to work with you for many years to come.

Please call Dr. Zee at412-952-9441 and let us know how we can assist you in your investigation. Alternatively, you can send your request to

Please do to hesitate to call Dr. Mirshams at 469-964-4040 for your expert witness needs .




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