failure Analysis
transparency through expertise
Using state-of-the-art technology and based on extensive data from material and process engineering, we offer fast and competent help in our accredited laboratory to clarify your case of failure.

Failure Analysis

Our laboratory in Issum is not only extensively equipped with the most modern technology, but is also accredited according to DIN EN 17025 for most test procedures. These test procedures are listed in the appendix to our accreditation certificate .

We offer application-oriented solutions for the entire spectrum of materials technology.

Absolute objectivity and neutrality are our standards!


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Sommer
Institute founder | shareholder
+49 2835 9606-14

your partner with know-how
Failures are always annoying matters. They often lead to disputes and controversial discussions about possible causes, but also they are always associated with costs and time.

Our laboratory tries to make it possible!

Failure Analysis

determination of root cause failure,

preparation of an expert opinion

Mechanical Sampling

preparation of various samples, cross sections

Scanning Electron Microscopy

fracture surface evaluation,
roughness measurement


grain size determination, purity degree evaluation, fracture surface evaluation,

Contract Sawing

up to 65 HRC ,
1000 mm height and 6 tons

Hardness Testing

hardness testing acc. to Brinell, Vickers, Rockwell, determination of hardness profiles

Tensile Test

flat tensile tests from -70 to 1200°C, round tensile tests from
-70 to 1200°C, compression tests

Compression and Bending Test

compression test, bulging test, cylinder bulging test, 2-, 3- and 4-point bending test

Notched Bar Impact Test

certified testing facilities
up to 700 J and
from -196°C to 650°C

Residual Stress Measurement

x-ray methodology
with the latest hard- and software

Phase Analysis

retained austenite, Rietveld analysis
compound layers

Material Analysis

spectrometry and special processes for hydrogen, carbon, sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen

Non-destructive Materials Testing

ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing
dye penetrant testing

Measurement of Quenchants

determination of the temperature-dependent
heat transfer coefficients

Heat Treatment

Jominy tests,
heat treatments within laboratory scale


Dr. Sommer Werkstofftechnik

Hellenthalstraße 2
47661 Issum-Sevelen
+49 2835 9606-0