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Test Services and Failure Analysis Laboratory

Facility Location

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

College Park, MD 20742

Brief Mission

The Test Services and Failure Analysis Laboratory at CALCE 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

7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday

Services and Technologies Offered

  • Real time x-ray
  • Environmental SEM (ESEM)
  • Secondary battery test capability
  • Vibration testing (single axis, 6 DoF, Highly Accelerated Life Test HALT)
  • Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM or CSAM)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • Thermo-mechanical Analyzer (TMA)
  • X-ray Florescence (XRF)
  • Electro-static Discharge (ESD) simulation
  • Dynamic Materials Analyzer (DMA)
  • Temperature Cycling Tests
  • Temperature/Humidity Exposure Tests
  • Mixed Flowing Gas (MFG) tests

Equipment Available

  • Phoenix Real time x-ray system 160 KV
  • Quanta FEG Environmental SEM (ESEM, hot and cold stage)
  • Oxford EDS
  • CADEX 4 channel and ARBIN 16 channel secondary battery testers
  • Vibration testing single axis ED Shaker
  • Qualmark Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT)
  • OKOS Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM or CSAM)
  • Perkin Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • Perkin Elmer Thermo-mechanical Analyzer (TMA)
  • Fisherscope X-ray Florescence (XRF)
  • ETS Electro-static Discharge (ESD) simulation
  • Agilent Nanoindentor G200
  • Agilent Cary 670 FTIR with Microscope


Please feel free to contact the laboratory staff at or call (301) 405-5323 (or (301) 405-3498)  to request a price quotation.


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

Facility URL

Services page for the laboratory on the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering site

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