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CALCE Test Services and Failure Analysis Laboratory

Facility Location

Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
1103 Engineering Lab Building
University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

Brief Mission

The CALCE Test Services and Failure Analysis (TSFA) Laboratory provides the most efficient and cost effective analytical services, failure analysis, design reviews, reliability audits, warranty cost analysis, testing and reliability assessment assistance to all interested parties. The TSFA Lab performs standard and custom tests and failure analysis services, including proprietary services that may range from a day to several years.

Hours of Operation

9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday

Services and Technologies Offered

  • Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM)
  • Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM or CSAM)
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
  • X-ray Florescence (XRF) 
  • Real Time X-ray
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • Thermo-mechanical Analyzer (TMA)
  • Dynamic Materials Analyzer (DMA)
  • Nanoindentation Testing
  • FTIR Surface Analysis and Measurement
  • Electro-static Discharge (ESD) simulation
  • Secondary battery test capability
  • Vibration testing (single axis, 6 DoF,
  • Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT)
  • Temperature Cycling Tests
  • Temperature/Humidity Exposure Tests
  • Mixed Flowing Gas (MFG) tests

Equipment Available

  • Quanta FEI Environmental SEM (ESEM, hot and cold stage) with Oxford EDS
  • OKOS Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM or CSAM)
  • Princeton Applied Research's VersaSTAT 3
  • Bowman X-ray Florescence (XRF) System
  • Phoenix Real Time X-ray System 160 KV
  • TA Discovery DSC 250 Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • TA Instruments Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA) Q400
  • Discovery DMA 850
  • Agilent Nanoindentor G200
  • Agilent Cary 670 FTIR with Microscope
  • ETS Electro-static Discharge (ESD) Simulation
  • CADEX 4 channel and ARBIN 16 Channel Secondary Battery Testers
  • Vibration testing single axis ED Shaker
  • Qualmark Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT)


Please feel free to contact the laboratory staff at to request a price quotation.


Michael Osterman
1101 Engineering Lab Building,
8136 Paint Branch Drive
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (301) 405-8023

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CALCE Test Services and Failure Analysis (TSFA) Laboratory

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