Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 190–197 | Cite as

Failure Analysis and Life Assessment of Coating: The Use of Mixed Mode Stress Intensity Factors in Coating and Other Surface Engineering Life Assessment

  • Yunan Prawoto
  • Barry Dillon
Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


Unlike metals, where failure analysis and life assessment methods are quite established, the failure analysis and life assessment of coatings are often underrated and disregarded. This research encourages failure analysts to realize and avail the opportunity provided by an alternative approach. The authors use energy density mechanics concepts to develop a new parameter in coating blistering. A mixed mode stress intensity factor is used as a basis for the derivation. This new parameter will be useful for the researchers and practitioners engaged in coating life assessment. It is recommended that the assessor combines field-determined adhesion strength values and blister evaluation, together with laboratory-derived strain energy density data, to quantitatively predict remaining coating life. This approach also provides a tool in failure analysis.


Failure analysis Coating degradation Energy density mechanics Life assessment Mixed mode Stress intensity factor 



Funding by the MOHE (Ministry of Higher Education) Government of Malaysia through Research University Grant (RUG-GUP) UTM number Q. J130000. 7124. 00H14, under the title of Degradation of corrosion protective coatings on steel: computational and experimental approaches to blistering formation and development is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity Technology MalaysiaJohorMalaysia
  2. 2.Forensic Services (M) Sdn BhdKuala LumpurMalaysia

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