Failure Analysis

Failure analysis involves the utilization a variety of scientific techniques to carefully investigate and gather information concerning the Who, What, When, Where, and How of a failure. The engineering or scientific term for failure is used in many contents and can be defined as when a part, component or system in service has become inoperable, or is still operable but is incapable of satisfactorily performing its intended function, or has deteriorated significantly such that it has become unsafe or unreliable for continued use. Engineering and technical experts analyze the accident including the machine or equipment involved, the accident site and environmental factors, materials used for the fabrication of components, and and the human interactions and inputs related to the accident.

Failure Analysis Management

Applying the scientific principles of materials and mechanics is necessary to thoroughly analyze a failure. Our joint team of engineers has looked at everything from materials used in residential and commercial construction and consumer products, to heavy duty mining equipment and medical tools and implants. Caulfield Engineering offers an unmatched balance of highly trained and experienced mechanical and materials engineers to solve the most complex engineering problems. This integrated effort of multidisciplinary engineering backgrounds results in a work product that is superior to other consulting firms. Caulfield Engineering is the leader in complex failure analysis.

Failure analysis and investigation determines the cause of a failure and provides insight to solve the problem so actions can be taken to prevent its possible recurrence.

Examples of investigations headed by Caulfield Engineering include but are not limited to:

  • Automotive and commercial vehicle components
  • Consumer products
  • Agricultural and construction equipment
  • Residential and commercial construction components
  • Lifting equipment – cranes, lifts, chains, hoist
  • Medical devices
  • Welded components