Original Date: 05/23/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Failure Analysis, Non-destructive Testing, & Chemistry Lab
The failure analysis and testing facility at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport was established over 25 years ago and maintains numerous analytical and chemical analysis capabilities run by failure analysis experts. These capabilities include non-destructive testing, gas chromatography, use of a scanning electron microscope, elemental analysis, spectrometry, ion chromatography, chemistry laboratory, microscopy laboratory, microsectioning, hardness and tensile testing, and thermocycling and vibration testing.
The mission of the failure analysis laboratory is to identify the root cause failure mechanisms for immediate corrective actions. This effort ultimately increases the reliability of weapon systems and improves combat readiness and effectiveness. Results also reduce lead times for corrective actions, provide information needed to improve manufacturing and repair practices, and provide an indication for a need to make design and product improvements.
The failure analysis laboratory provides a systematic approach to failure analysis. They archive case histories and look for recurring trends, provide complete detailed reports, perform root cause analysis, provide a central point for coordinating testing, provide an interface between manufacturing, environmental, and design authorities, and provide an independent viewpoint in disputes between the manufacturer and design authorities.
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