With hundreds of moving parts and thousands of pounds of cargo, passengers and equipment, conducting railroad failure analysis is critical to understanding root cause and preventing catastrophic disasters. Our dedicated rail testing experts work with you through every step of the process, helping you understand defects and failures before further damage occurs.
As the industry continues to progress with new demands and advancing technology, railroad failure analysis is an important part of developing new and better equipment and materials. From creating better ballast systems to improving the materials used in ties and track systems, the insights we gain from these investigations help us not only to provide you with valuable data about improving performance and processes, but also to advance the industry as a whole.
Performing Railroad Failure Analysis
With so many different components required for successful operation, railroad failure analysis can take many different forms. Our team of Engaged Experts are dedicated to the study of railroad equipment, maintenance and testing, and have the advanced industry knowledge required to reach informed, data-driven conclusions about your products.
While we are always open to custom and complex projects, we routinely provide railroad failure analysis services for major components and processes, including:
- Wear and abrasion of track systems
- Rail seat abrasion
- Microscopic analysis of ballast and materials
- Erosion characteristics
- Pitting and contamination
For more information about how we perform railroad failure analysis, or to request a quote, contact us today.
Ready to request a quote?
Our deliverable is certainty - high quality data, test reports and certificates that you can absolutely rely on when making decisions about your materials and compliance. Engage with an expert today.
Our Rail Testing Services
More from Element
Rail Compression and Fatigue
Our unique rail fatigue program uses highly customizable equipment to create test plans based on AREMA Chapter 30 requirements.
Rail Fastener Testing
From concrete rail ties to complex fasteners, we provide longitudinal restraint testing, repeated load testing, and other strength for rail products.
Element offers comprehensive capabilities to assist in determining root cause failure.
Element Pointe Claire
Pointe-Claire is an ISO, SCC and Nadcap accredited lab providing metallurgy and fatigue testing for aerospace, rail and transportation markets.