Fracture Physics and Failure Analysis
Understanding how and why things break is key to preventing breaks from occurring—or, as is needed in rock quarrying or frozen food grinding, to break them more efficiently. To help clients prevent failures and extend the lifetime of aircraft, power plants, gas pipelines, and electronics, failure analysis experts in SRI's Center for Fracture Physics use advanced methods to quantify and analyze fracture surface topography. The Center’s materials scientists, mechanical engineers, computational physicists, and corrosion experts can reconstruct the history of a crack and retroactively determine the conditions that contributed to crack formation.
Every Crack Tells a Story
SRI’s Fracture Surface Topography Analysis (FRASTA) software tool reconstructs failure events in microscopic detail and analyzes materials and structures to determine when cracks nucleated and how fast they grew. FRASTA is available under license for use in failure analysis or materials design, or for training purposes. Clients include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Osaka Gas, and Chubu Electric Power.