Polymer Failure Analysis

Polymer and Chemical Technologies determines the root cause of a polymer, plastic or composite material failure through rigorous, microscopic testing and a complete analysis of the fractured or failed component.

Polymer failure analysis services include chemical, thermal and mechanical testing, contaminant identification, and microscopic fracture surface analyses, as well as analyses of proper polymer and plastic manufacturing, processing and product design. Litigation support services for patent infringement assessments, accident vehicle examinations, or failed component inspections include photo documentation, report generation and expert witness testimony on the product, material or component observed.


Polymer Analysis Techniques

  • Inspections and digital photography
  • Dimensional analysis and testing of products
  • Sample preparation
  • Microscopy with digital photography
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Large format printing for trial exhibits
  • Root-cause identification of polymer failures



  • Failure analysis of polymer and chemical products and processes
  • Accident vehicle and failed component inspections
  • Patent infringement assessment
  • Chemical and polymer plant inspections and analysis
  • Assessment of chemical and polymer plant operations and procedures
  • Report generation
  • Expert witness testimony