Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics
The Failure Analysis Process—An Overview
Failure analysis is the process used to determine the cause of a failure. There is no definitive method for performing a failure analysis, and the method chosen is dependent upon the type of failure, the availability of background information, the tools available to perform the analysis, and the skills of the analyst. The information outlined in this article focuses on the general methodology while allowing for case-specific techniques to be utilized along the way. It covers the causes of failure, why a failure analysis is performed, the failure analysis process, the planning of failure analysis investigation, recommendations to prevent the need for a failure analysis, the implementation of product reviews, and forensic standards.
Todd J. Menna, The Failure Analysis Process—An Overview, Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics, Vol 11B, ASM Handbook, Edited By Todd J. Menna, ASM International, 2022, p 479–487, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v11B.a0006942
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