Fire & Materials Research Lab
33025 Industrial Road
Livonia, MI 48150-1619
T: 586.596.6736

Material Science

Materials Analysis and Characterization

We perform sampling and analysis of materials to determine their composition, mechanical, and physical properties.

  • Plastics
  • Metals including metal powders
  • Chemicals including oxidizers
  • Waste streams
  • Liquids
  • Corrosion
  • Gaseous decomposition
  • Particle-size distribution and morphology
  • Analysis of unknowns

Product Evaluation

We evaluate products', chemicals', and materials' responses to normal and abnormal thermal, electrical, and mechanical use or abuse conditions.

  • Metallurgical failure analysis
  • In-process and in-service failures
  • Thermal abuse
  • Root-cause and potential failure modes
  • Reaction to heat, elevated temperatures, and fire
  • Chemical reactivity

Examples include

  • Lithium-based batteries, cells, and devices
  • Energized line cords, fuses, and electrical devices and appliances
  • Residential and commercial plumbing components
  • Residential and commercial appliances
  • Vehicles (collision and non-collision, fire and non-fire related) including cruise deactivation switches
  • Natural gas and LP gas distribution components and appliances
  • Hazardous materials evaluation