Metallurgy and Applied Mechanics


"We offer clients advanced problem solving in the areas of metallurgy and applied mechanics."

— Bernard Schulze, Principal and Unit Manager

Most metallurgical failures can be traced back to either inadequate design or materials quality. Understanding materials behavior—from welding and brazing to corrosion and other forms of degradation—and a component’s response to complex loading is paramount to determining why a part or component failed and to preventing failures in new designs. Clients rely on the extensive experience of our metallurgical and applied mechanics engineers to provide engineering solutions related to design optimization and evaluation of in-service failures.

Our metallurgical and applied mechanics engineers leverage extensive knowledge of materials behavior and failure modes in conjunction with recognized industry analysis techniques to understand structural response to complex mechanical and thermal loading and to evaluate in-service damage mechanisms. We possess decades of experience in the evaluation of all types of materials, parts, and components and can provide cost-effective solutions for challenging designs, existing infrastructure, and mitigation of unexpected failures.

Our state-of-the-art Janney Technical Center laboratories are equipped to handle a wide variety of materials characterization and testing, including composition and microstructure. Among other advanced testing equipment, our scanning electron microscope is an invaluable tool in the investigation and analysis of part and component failures. But our capabilities are not confined to the laboratory. We routinely employ a diverse array of nondestructive evaluation capabilities in the field, including ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing, thermography, and field metallography and replication.