Failure Investigation

Failure investigations usually involve collation and review of associated literature and information and analysis of failure, with the ultimate aim to inform the client about the reason for failure, possible root cause and hence potential mitigation options.

Failures of components or systems due to corrosion can result in consequential damages and disruption leading to potentially high financial expense and loss in reputation.  With our team of experts, MCS provides failure investigation to a wide range of industries such as the building service sector, process industries, rail and automotive and marine sector with the main focus on metallic materials.

Our particular expertise lies in the building service industry, mainly closed heating and cooling systems and copper pipework in drinking water systems such as those installed in hospitals, commercial offices and private dwellings to name a few.

Laboratory inspection of samples often involves inspection under high quality optical microscopes, metallographic examination and surface analysis involving XRF or SEM/EDX. 

MCS carries out site visits to support failure investigations including sampling, examination and photography.  Specifically, for the building services MCS is able  to carry out inspection of the installation, water sampling, dissolved oxygen, pressure and flow measurements to identify and hence eliminate possible risk of corrosion to the system. Assessment of the extent of corrosion damages may be carried out through borescope surveys.

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For further information please contact MCS.