We can carry out (failure) analysis on a variety of materials. For these analyses we can use our comprehensive equipment, which enables us to perform different measuring and testing methods. Usually the combination of different methods leads to a clear answer of the question.

Electron microscopy and X-ray analytics

  • Element-Screening (fluorine to uranium) on solid matter and liquids using X-ray fluorescence analysis
  • Quantitative determination of alloying elements in metal
  • Identification of crystalline phases using X-ray diffraction analysis
  • Determination of the emission of asbestos following VDI 3492
  • Determination of the carcinogenity index value following TRGS 905
  • Analysis of solid matter on quantity and type of asbestos using scanning electron microscopy
  • Qualitative and quantitative element analysis (boron to uranium) of solid matter using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • High resolution surface mapping using scanning electron microscopy
  • Element-Mapping on heterogeneous samples and layered materials

Atomic force microscopy

  • Atomic-resolution imaging
  • Accurate location mapping (0.5 μm precision)
  • The Agilent 5600LS AFM allows imaging of both large samples (in air) and small samples in air, or in liquid under temperature control with a 9 micron scanner.

Optical microscopy

  • Transmitted light
  • Reflected light

Thermal analysis

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)

Failure analysis of polymer materials


Failure analysis of wood and timber products

Testing of mechanical properties of materials

  • Tensile and compression tests up to 100 kN
  • Hardness testing (Shore A, Shore-D, ball indentation hardness, Vickers hardness)
  • Notched impact strength, tensile impact strength
  • Tensile creep tests

Other physical methods

  • Density determination
  • Water absorption
  • Tempered storage
  • Artificial weathering
  • Thin section technique using cryomicrotomes


Link to equipment pictures

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