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

7am to 5pm, M-F

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 services@calce.umd.edu 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


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