Despite their most prized attributes—strength and durability—metals can experience deterioration and failure. Understanding material behavior—from welding and brazing to corrosion and other forms of degradation—is paramount to determine why a part or component failed. Clients rely on the extensive experience of WJE metallurgical engineers and materials scientists to identify and mitigate service-related deterioration.

WJE experts possess decades of experience in the analysis and evaluation of all types of materials, parts, and components. Our state-of-art laboratories are equipped to handle a wide variety of materials characterization and testing, including composition and microstructure. Among other advanced testing equipment, WJE’s scanning electron microscope is an invaluable tool in the investigation and analysis of part and component failures. But our capabilities aren’t confined to the laboratory. WJE routinely employs a diverse array of nondestructive testing capabilities in the field, including ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing, thermography, and field metallography and replication.
A number of factors usually contribute to a failure rather than a single cause. Our multidisciplinary approach allows WJE to identify and provide holistic solutions that aim to prevent the occurrence of future deterioration or failures through the development of effective repairs and practical recommendations.
  • Metallurgical consulting and testing
  • Materials characterization
  • Failure analysis
  • Forensic investigations
  • Weld engineering
  • Corrosion analysis
  • Heat treating evaluations
  • Fire damage assessment
  • Litigation support
  • Mechanical testing
  • Fatigue and fracture analysis
  • Engineering Critical Assessment 
  • Fitness for Service (FFS)
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Third party analysis
  • Peer review