Failure Analysis

Exponent has been a leader in root cause failure analysis for nearly half a century, having originally been founded in 1967 as Failure Analysis Associates. Failure analysis is the process of collecting data and analyzing it to determine the root cause of a failure. In the electronics, electrical, and computer science industry, failure analysis is an important tool in the development of new products, improvement of existing products, recall investigations and litigation. Root cause analysis allows us to assist our clients in determining the cause of an electrical failure, whether it is due to the failure of a discrete component, such as a capacitor, a battery, or a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) board-level failure.  

The consultants at Exponent employ a wide array of methods and techniques to assist our clients with root cause failure analysis, including:


  • Non-destructive testing
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning
  • X-Ray imaging
  • Microscopy
  • Destructive testing
  • Manufacture specification review
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Review of manufacturing procedures

Exponent professionals also have extensive experience with failure analysis in a myriad of fields including:

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