Our Services

Materials Engineering


When a component or defective piece of equipment fails, it’s up to a materials engineer to figure out why. At Origin & Cause, we start by gathering key information about the way the item was used, the materials used in its manufacture, its service history, and the failure rate. Then, using laboratory tests and other scientific investigative techniques, we determine the root cause of the product failure or injury.


Types of Investigations


While we are equipped and ready to handle any material and metallurgical related incidents, there are a number of investigations we commonly see.

  • Product liability, litigation and subrogation investigations
  • Consumer product failure analysis
  • Industrial installation related failures
  • Equipment and product failure analysis
  • Plumbing systems failures
  • HVAC systems failures
  • Sprinkler system failures
  • Automotive engine and drivetrain components failures
  • Residential and commercial oil spills
  • Corrosion related failures
  • Personal injury related to misuse and/or defective products
  • Fractography
  • Materials (metallic, plastics, ceramics, glasses) testing and characterization
  • Metallurgical evaluation of microstructures
  • Chemical analysis
  • Codes, standards, specifications review and interpretation