Material Damage Expertise

Accredited damage analysis for insurance cases

Material damage test

In case of damage to vehicle components, structural elements, electrical components or buildings we conduct research regarding the cause of damage by means of comprehensive materials analyses. Thus, we help our customers from the insurance sector and our industrial customers to clarify how the damage came about and to develop methods for future prevention of damage to avoid production downtime.

Our DEKRA Automobil Laboratory in Saarbrücken provides analytical and materials engineering test methods for materials testing and damage analysis of metallic components, plastic and other materials in cases of damage.

Our own technical equipment allows us to conduct all required sampling, material testing in the laboratory including sample preparation, evaluations and expertise both in our chemical and materials laboratories and at the site of damage without delay and from one source.

Our damage investigations include:

Component damage on vehicles, machinery and plants

  • Structural damage analysis, fire damage and tap water damage
  • Electronic components
  • On-site inspection of the damage situation
  • Securing the damaged components and professional sampling
  • Plausibility test regarding the cause and scope of damage
  • Precise sample preparation in in-house sample workshop
  • Laboratory inspection of the damaged parts
  • Chemical residue analysis
  • Precise photographic documentation at macroscopic and microscopic level (SEM/EDX, FE-SEM)
  • Expertise on preservation of evidence
  • Support in materials selection and damage prevention

Our experts' extensive practical experience in investigation of damages and damage analysis provides highly qualified investigation of your damage cases without delay.

Our certifications and accreditations for materials testing and analysis

  • Accredited to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (German Accreditation Body DAkkS)
  • Recognised as testing centre by DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water)
  • Recognised as testing laboratory, inspection and certification body (PÜZ) according to the state building regulations for reinforcing steel
  • Recognised as a testing centre for label plates according to DIN 74069
  • The neutral and comprehensive review of material and chemical-analytical properties based on our experience and extensive accreditations are the basis for sound expertise that our customers benefit from.


DEKRA Automobil GmbH

Laboratory for materials technology and damage analysis


Phone +49.681.5001-100

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