Boiler Inspection & Failure Analysis

At SPECTRO, we specialize in failure analysis and corrosion investigations in boilers and turbines. SPECTRO is a certified Laboratory by Boiler board to conduct Boiler Inspection and Failure Analysis. We will determine if a failure is caused by inappropriate material selection, design, fabrication or operating conditions.

Common questions we address:

  • bulletWhich component failed first?
  • bulletWhat was the mode of failure? How did it fail?
  • bulletWhat were the trajectories of failed parts and the consequential damage?
  • bulletWhat is the root cause of the failure?
  • bulletWhat are the possible corrective actions?
  • bulletInspection procedures and inspection frequency?

An on-site inspection and investigation that enables engineers to review operating conditions and maintenance records may be essential to determine the most likely sequence of events in a failure.

Some of the components that we look at in a typical day include mechanical equipment; turbine and compressor blades; super heater & boiler tubes; treatment processes; pipelines; pressure vessels; forgings; castings; and welds/brazes. Based on the test results and the data obtained, the life expectancy of a component can often times be determined.

Determination of the root cause of failure of systems or components can be very complex, and may require multidisciplinary testing and analysis. The first requirement for success is having a full-equipped modern laboratory. SPECTRO's labs include light and electron microscopy, mechanical and electrochemical testing, chemical characterization.

The other half of the battle is having the right staff. SPECTRO's staff includes experienced Metallurgists, and Materials and Mechanical Engineering Scientists; Professional Engineers; Chemists; Paint and Coating Specialists; By combining the right equipment with the right staff, rapid and accurate determinations of the causes of failure can be made.

An illustrated formal report documents the results of the investigation. If necessary, SPECTRO personnel can usually be on-site almost immediately when requested during emergency situations.

Identification of Types of Failures

  • bulletDesign Failures
  • bulletFatigue Failures
  • bulletWear Failures
  • bulletCorrosion Failures.
  • bulletMetal Embitterment
  • bulletHydrogen Damage Failures
  • bulletDuctile and Brittle Factures
  • bulletElevated Temperature Failures
  • bulletHot Corrosion
  • bulletStress Corrosion Cracking
  • bulletWelding Failures
  • bulletCorrosion Fatigue Failures

Types of Failures Dealt with on a Routine Basis

  • bulletFailures of Boilers and Turbines
  • bulletFailures of Turbine Components
  • bulletFailures of Turbine Components
  • bulletFailures of Utility Boilers
  • bulletFailures of Feed Water (thinning)
  • bulletFailures of Mechanical Fasteners
  • bulletFailures of Compressors
  • bulletFailures of Boilers and Related Equipment
  • bulletFailures of Pressure Vessels
  • bulletFailures of Pipelines
  • bulletFailure Analysis of Construction Materials
  • bulletFailure Analysis of Underground Facilities
  • bulletFailures of Boiler Tubes
  • bulletLife expectancy Issues
  • bulletFailures of Boiler Steel Drums
  • bulletFailures of Industrial Boilers
  • bulletFailures of Lifting Equipment
  • bulletFailures of Load Bearing Members
  • bulletFailures of Gears
  • bulletFailures of Heat Exchangers
  • bulletFailures due to Water treatmentn
  • bulletFailures of Boiler Components
  • bulletFailure Analysis of Polymers
  • bulletTest Coupon to Evaluate Corrosivity

An on-site inspection and investigation that enables engineers to review operating conditions and maintenance records may be essential to determine the most likely sequence of events in a failure.

Some of the components that we look at in a typical day include mechanical equipment; turbine and compressor blades; super heater & boiler tubes; treatment processes; pipelines; pressure vessels; forgings; castings; and welds/brazes. Based on the test results and the data obtained, the life expectancy of a component can often times be determined.

Determination of the root cause of failure of systems or components can be very complex, and may require multidisciplinary testing and analysis. The first requirement for success is having a full-equipped modern laboratory. SPECTRO's labs include light and electron microscopy, mechanical and electrochemical testing, chemical characterization.

The other half of the battle is having the right staff. SPECTRO'S staff includes experienced Metallurgists, and Materials and Mechanical Engineering Scientists; Professional Engineers; Chemists; Paint and Coating Specialists; By combining the right equipment with the right staff, rapid and accurate determinations of the causes of failure can be made.

An illustrated formal report documents the results of the investigation. If necessary, SPECTRO personnel can usually be on-site almost immediately when requested during emergency situations.