Being able to understand the relationship between microstructures and properties of metallic materials plays a critical role in quality control and failure mitigation and investigation. Many properties of metallic materials like corrosion resistance, yield strength, hardness, thermal and electrical conductivity, elongation and tensile strength are closely related to the microstructure. This knowledge is extremely important for our customers as this type of microstructure examination and testing can be used to determine the possible future failure of a component as well as detecting fabrication defects and confirm correct material selection.
CMCA(UK) were tasked by a customer to develop a metallography laboratory to cover the grinding and polishing of test samples prior to being analysed using a scanning electron microscope. The purpose of this is to characterise the materials making up each electronic component with the focus on semi-conductors in critical applications. Establishing a database of baseline measurements of the materials allows potential changes, if any, to be predicted over time, which is critical for long term storage of obsolete components.
As a result of increased volume of work involving the support of our customers Inter-Metallic Compound (IMC) testing programme, CMCA(UK) identified the need to further increase our capability in this area with additional staff resource. CMCA(UK) IMC specialist Matt Kornel, who is responsible for developing our in-house processes to support the contract over the last 3 years has also developed a tailored internal programme to ensure best practice and fill any skills gaps.
CMCA(UK) now has a team of qualified and competent Technicians who have the ability and attention to detail required to produce quality samples and analysis to report back to our customer. For more information about our IMC capability contact Business Development Manager Antony Elliott or call +44 (0)1905 458307.