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Forensic and insurance expertise

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Are you a court-appointed and/or insurance expert? Call on an independent partner to assist you in your investigations!


Are you a court-appointed and/or insurance expert? In the event of a claim, damage or loss resulting in a dispute, you should be able to call on an independent partner to assist you in your investigations!

As an expert, you can rely on our skills to independently and factually analyse all aspects of the incident to understand the nature and root cause of the damage.

We can partner with you to carry out your analyses (on site, in the laboratory) or be appointed as a specialist consultant to provide you with the knowledge and the best practices in the field.


We offer you:

- Consideration of the specific context for a quick budget estimate.

- Immediate readiness of our multidisciplinary specialists to respond as quickly as possible in France and abroad.

- Performance of investigations on materials, components, equipment and processes based on:

  • The selection of samples/measurements/inspections and their execution on site,
  • Tests carried out in our various laboratories and test platforms,
  • Numerical computation and simulation tools,
  • The knowledge and field experience of our various sector specialists,
  • Attendance of our specialists who are familiar with forensic investigations at meetings with all parties present.

- A well-documented, clear and factual summary investigation report that can be used directly.


- CETIM, the French technical centre for mechanical industries, recognized as an honest, impartial and independent third party.

- More than 150 sector experts who regularly assist with court-supervised investigations and who can adapt to the issues at stake and to the type of damage.

- Tailored support through multidisciplinary expertise and multi-sector experience:

  • Materials and coatings: metallic, composites, polymers, elastomers, ceramics and glass,
  • Components such as exchangers, gears, pumps/valves, pressure equipment and rotating machines,
  • Processes such as assembly, sealing and painting,
  • Specific equipment: lifting/handling, bridges/metallic structures, pipelines, production means, etc.
  • Transport means and infrastructure.

- High-performance and innovative solutions and stringent methods that have proven their worth for over 50 years.

Our other services

Wear, abrasion, friction of metallic parts

Understand and characterise wear and friction phenomena

Wear & failure of polymer and composite parts

Understand and anticipate plastic, composite and elastomer material breaks

Profile and surface anaylsis following a failure

A metrology laboratory to control your faulty mechanical parts or devices

Failure of bolted, welded, riveted or adhesive bonded assemblies

Understand the origin of failure for robust assemblies

Faulty parts on production line

Defective parts on the production line

Vibratory failure analysis

Expert know-how in noise and vibrations

Expertise in tightness failures analysis

Our full range of expertise to help you quickly and accurately identify the causes of leaks

Failure of thermofluidic installations and equipment

All our expertise for reliable thermofluidic systems

Pressure equipment failure

Secure your pressure equipment

Failure, damage of metallic parts

Analyse and understand the failure of a part, product or metallic equipment

Expertise in corrosion and corrosion protection

Analyse and understand the corrosion of a part, product or metallic equipment

Failure analysis and expertise

More than just a simple diagnosis, a true driver of competitiveness!

Forensic and insurance expertise

Are you a court-appointed and/or insurance expert? Call on an independent partner to assist you in your investigations!

Fracture mechanics

Analyse, understand and anticipate the failure of a component or piece of mechanical equipment to be able to judge its integrity.

Failure or damage of mechanical components

Analyse and understand the failure of a component, transmission or a mechanical equipment


Our references

Failure analysis

Mechanical breakdown, non-compliant product ? Our dedicated teams do failure analyses on a daily basis and give you assents and recommendations to help you understand the causes and origins of the problem.

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