London Laboratory, Acton

Failure analysis, quality assessment, and product development issues involving batteries, consumer electronics, and industrial systems are complex problems encompassing multiple disciplines. Solving challenges such as determining the cause of a battery-related failure in an electric vehicle or investigating a corrosion-related failure in a medical device requires access to a broad range of expertise in areas including electrical, materials, chemical, mechanical, and thermal engineering.

Exponent’s London Laboratory team not only has the extensive multi-disciplinary range to overcome these challenges but is uniquely qualified to investigate and understand issues facing many different sectors—from medical devices and consumer products, to oil and gas, to the automotive industry. Experienced in multiple diagnostic, inspection, quantification, measurement, and metrology techniques, we are leaders in product safety, product assurance and risk management, and failure analysis. With a lab located in the United Kingdom, we can provide unmatched rapid response to urgent engineering needs across Europe.
Our state-of-the-art services span from manufacturing quality and device performance review, to medical device testing and development, to battery innovation and research:

  • Battery failure analysis and investigations
  • Battery manufacturing support
  • Battery system design review and testing
  • Industrial failures, fires, and explosions
  • Computerized tomography (CT) analysis and assessment
  • Corrosion science and technology
  • Nanoparticle characterization for registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances (REACH) compliance
  • Electrochemical and corrosion testing
  • Oil and natural gas pipeline safety
  • Paints and coatings
  • Consumer electronic device performance and failure analysis
    • Displays
    • Electronic components
    • Polymer failures
  • Supporting clients with medical device development and production
    • Regulatory compliance, including regulatory remediation and European Union medical device regulation (EU MDR) compliance work
    • Failure analysis and subsequent implementation of corrective and preventative actions (CAPAs)
    • Research, development, and innovation
  • Market claims analysis/validation for consumer products
  • Product innovation and development
    • Concept development and testing
    • Requirements specification and generation
  • Fracture mechanics and fractographic analysis
  • Catalysts and catalytic processes
  • Metallurgy and materials evaluation.

Our London Lab in Acton is equipped with CT, electrical testing, and microscopy equipment with ready access to further techniques including the following:

  • Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) analysis
  • Scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive scattering (SEM/EDS)
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) porosimetry
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Micro CT scanning
  • Ultraviolet/visible/infrared (UV/Vis/IR) spectroscopy.

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