Seattle Materials Testing Laboratory

Expert Failure Investigations for Industrial Clients and Litigation Support

Whether investigating a structural failure from an industrial plant explosion, assessing the root cause of a wastewater pump failure, or examining a design failure that led to an industrial accident, organizations facing potential litigation need to work with a multi-disciplinary team of top failure analysts with a state-of-the-art lab at their disposal.

Exponent’s Seattle Lab is staffed by a superior team of experts from a variety of disciplines, including materials science and mechanical engineering. Our team excels in the most challenging types of investigations, from determining the right questions to ask, to identifying the most appropriate analytical techniques for finding answers.
State-of-the-Art Lab Equipment

We test for and investigate all varieties of failures, on virtually all materials, to find the root cause using the latest technology and the most advanced techniques. Our state-of-the-art Seattle Lab boasts cutting-edge equipment, including:

  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) capability
  • Keyence electronic microscope
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR)
  • Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)
  • Advanced pressure, flow, and temperature testing and data acquisition equipment
  • A fully outfitted metallographic lab with:
    • Cutters, polishers, grinders, and sample preparation equipment
    • Micro and Rockwell hardness testers.

But it is not just the equipment that differentiates us: our highly trained staff of engineers and technicians is experienced in all forms of analysis involving metals, polymers, and ceramics, including site inspection and documentation, failure mode determination, corrosion analysis, loading and dimensional analysis, pressure and stress analysis, finite element analysis, fractography, and fracture mechanics.

From Personal Injury to Industrial Accidents

Our team of experts in Seattle offers the power of over a century of combined experience in addition to an acclaimed international network of consultants at our disposal within Exponent. We leverage this experience to investigate a wide variety of technical challenges, including:

  • Plumbing failures
  • Oil and natural gas industry failures
  • Industrial failures and explosions
  • Crane, bridge, and building collapses
  • Equipment and machinery failures
  • Vehicle accidents and component failures
  • Piping and pipeline failures
  • Personal injury investigations
  • HVAC and building mechanical failures
  • Construction defect litigation support
  • Failure consultation for a variety of clients and industries.