Institute for Future

Metallurgical failure analysis


Metal components fail due to environmental exposure and mechanical stress, with typical failures being corrosion and mechanical damage. Conducting metallurgical failure analysis allows organisations to identify why metal components have failed. Our failure analysis services aim to determine the failure mechanism, root cause, corrective actions and liability. This results in cost reductions through product and process improvements, less downtime, improved safety, and enhanced customer satisfaction and company reputation.

QUT is well positioned to offer in-depth analysis of materials, using the world class instruments and sample preparation equipment housed in our laboratories. Our specialist is a metallurgical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in failure and material analysis for engineering and legal purposes across various industries including automotive, manufacturing, mining, building, oil/gas, petrochemical and power production.

Typically, conducting failure analysis involves:

  • collecting background information
  • a field inspection (where possible) and preliminary evaluation
  • non-destructive testing, using a visual examination
  • destructive testing, using a wide array of methods including fractography and metallography involving optical and electron microscopy, chemical analysis, mechanical testing and analysis of deposits by x-ray diffraction.

Prior to any work commencing, you will be given a proposal with a detailed work scope. At the conclusion of the analysis, you will receive an illustrated report detailing findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Please contact the Central Analytical Research Facility (Alex Dziouba) to discuss our failure analysis services.

Organisational unit
Lead unit Institute for Future Environments
Metallurgical Failure Analysis, Failure Analysis, Fractography, Embrittlement, Metallography, Chemical Analysis, Forensic, Microstructure, Microstructural Analysis, Material characterisation, Stress Accelerated Corrosion, Optical microscopy, Fatigue, Scanning electron microscopy, Elemental analysis, Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Mechanical testing, Hardness, Stress Corrosion Cracking, Corrosion Fatigue, Caustic Cracking, Caustic Embrittlement, Sulfide Stress Cracking, Hydrogen Stress Cracking, Hydrogen Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking, Mechanical Overload, Creep, Erosion Corrosion, Oxygen Pitting, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Hydrogen Induced Cracking, Corrosion Embrittlement, Hydrogen Disintegration, Hydrogen Assisted Cracking, Hydrogen Blistering


Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)

  • Postal address:
    Central Analytical Research Facility
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001