Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 642–646 | Cite as

A Case Study on Using Corrosion Analysis in Forensic Engineering

  • Reza Mirshams
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


Material failures occur in products due to changes in the original characteristics that prevent satisfactory performance of a functional system for its intended purpose and could produce losses to human life and economic infrastructure. Metals’ characteristics change due to cyclic stress, strain, and corrosion. This paper presents a case study that deal with the application of corrosion fundamentals in the determination of the origin of failures in a metallic part—galvanic corrosion failure in a water supply plumbing system. Metallographic examination, chemical analysis of the parts, and fractography were conducted, and the cause of failures was determined as a galvanic corrosion.


Corrosion failure analysis Galvanic corrosion Copper Steel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering TechnologyUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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