Michael Pfeifer

Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E. is Principal Consultant and Trainer for Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. He provides metallurgy training and metallurgical engineering consulting to companies involved with product development and manufacturing. He has over 20 years of experience working on failure analysis, root cause analysis, product design, cost reduction, and quality improvement for a wide variety of products and materials.

Michael has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is a professional engineer licensed in Illinois. He is also the author of the book Materials Enabled Designs: The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing.

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An Introduction to Hydrogen Embrittlement An Introduction to Hydrogen Embrittlement An Introduction to Hydrogen Embrittlement An Introduction to Hydrogen Embrittlement


Hydrogen embrittlement is the result of the absorption of hydrogen by susceptible metals, resulting in the loss of ductility and reduction...

Why is Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistant? Why is Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistant? Why is Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistant? Why is Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistant?


Stainless steel is known for its corrosion resistance in many environments in which carbon and low-alloy tool steels would corrode. Find...

6 Ways to Prevent Failure Analysis Frustration 6 Ways to Prevent Failure Analysis Frustration 6 Ways to Prevent Failure Analysis Frustration 6 Ways to Prevent Failure Analysis Frustration


This article discusses how to work with a metallurgical lab to ensure the likelihood of getting the information needed to determine the...

What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness? What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness? What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness? What is the Difference Between Strength and Toughness?


For structural components exposed to fatigue conditions, designers must be concerned with both the strength and the toughness. Find out...

An Introduction to Stainless Steels An Introduction to Stainless Steels An Introduction to Stainless Steels An Introduction to Stainless Steels


The broad array of stainless steels available provides a vast portfolio of capabilities. However, each alloy has distinct advantages and...