Failure Investigation

  • Full metallurgical investigations of pipeline related failures including:
  • Fractography
  • Non-desctructive examination
  • Material characterization
  • Deposit and material chemistry
  • Microbiological related activity
  • Fatigue crack propagation
  • Weld evaluation

Instrumented Burst Tests

  • Standard endcap testing
  • Variable axial loading testing


  • Strain Gauges
  • Displacement, pressure, temperature and acceleration
  • Multi channel data acquisition
  • Labview programming

Partial Equipment List

Tensile Testing

  • Tinius-Olsen 60-kip Servo-Controlled Hydraulic Universal Test Frame with ADMET Controller

Charpy Impact Testing

  • SATEC 300 ft-lb Charpy V-Notch Impact Tester

Burst Testing

  • Sprague Pressure Test Pump with 10,000 psig Capacity


  • Accu 3 HP Vertical Mill
  • Kalamazoo 21-inch Throat Vertical Band Saw
  • Rockwell 18-inch Band Saw
  • Caterpillar 6,000 lb Forklift
  • Lincoln ProCut 80 Plasma Cutter
  • Acetylene Torch Outfit


  • Zeiss Axiovert 200 Metallograph with Digital Imaging
  • Nikon SMZ2800 Optical Microscopy Instruments with Digital Imaging
  • Buehler Polished
  • LECO Microhardness tester (Knoop and Vickers)
  • Rockwell hardness tester