Mechanical Asset Integrity

Materials science specialists for every need.

We deliver a wide range of services in materials engineering, mechanical integrity assessments, and material failure analysis and prevention for equipment and structures. These services are carried out in our state-of-the-art materials laboratory using optical and scanning electron microscopes, hardness testers, and fracture analysis and inspection equipment.  Our lab technicians are not only expertly trained but work to ensure our clients walk away feeling confident and better equipped.

Materials engineering services:

  • Identifying potential damage and degradation mechanisms
  • Conducting damage mechanism reviews (DMRs)
  • Conducting brittle fracture assessments for equipment, such as cold embrittlement
  • Conducting critical flaw and fatigue analysis using NASGRO
  • Assessing blast, fire, and heat damage, as well as conducting fire hazard analyses
  • Recommending special emphasis programs such as Wet H2S, environmental cracking, and High-Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA)
  • Providing recommendations for inspection procedures and intervals based on plant inspection reports
  • Performing analysis based on non-destructive inspection methods
  • Determining the remaining life of piping exposed to elevated temperatures
  • Assessing tank and pipe wall thinning due to erosion or corrosion
  • Developing mechanical integrity programs
  • Conducting origin and cause investigations
  • Performing Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Our Industry Expertise


ammonia and fertilizer

Chemical and processing

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Petroleum refining

gas tank

oil and gas exploration and production

pipeline and transportation

power generation

food industry



Equipment and Process evaluation

Mechanical integrity assessments.

We provide extensive support and assessment services for worksites, structures, and equipment. When metallurgical or destructive analysis is required, we perform this work at the BakerRisk Metallurgical Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, or another BakerRisk testing facility.

Applicable API specifications:

  • API 579 – 1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-for-Service
  • API 510 – Pressure Vessel Inspection Code
  • API 570 – Piping Inspection Code
  • API 571 – Damaged Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment
  • API 576 – Relief Valves
  • API 653 – Storage Tanks
  • API 941 – Steels for Hydrogen Service and Elevated Temperatures

Testing and Analysis

San Antonio Materials Laboratory

We are very proud of our state-of-the-art, fully-equipped materials testing lab which includes a scanning electron microscope, Keyence microscope, hardness testers, tensile and Charpy impact testers, and sample mounting and polishing equipment.  Third-party laboratory examinations are conducted at our Materials Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. BakerRisk’s Examination Room is suitable for housing interested parties of up to 20 individuals and their photographic equipment. When metallurgical or destructive analysis is required, the work will be performed in the BakerRisk Materials Laboratory or another BakerRisk testing facility.

Materials lab photos

See our equipment in action.

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Our Specialists

Meet our materials
science experts.

Dan Benac

Dan Benac

Nick Cherolis

Michael Olson