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Pacific Metallurgical Company
2830 Pearl Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel. (310) 384-4957

Metallurgical Consulting,


Production Problem Solving


Expert Witness Testimony

Pacific Metallurgical Company is uniquely equipped to provide outstanding metallurgical consulting for both industrial and legal clients. Available facilities includes multiple scanning electron microscopes (SEM) with energy-dispersive x-ray detection (EDX) capability, a fully-equipped metallography lab, inverted optical microscopes, binocular optical microscopes, micro- and macro-hardness testing machines, an Instron testing machine, state-of-the art digital photography and video equipment, an inspection laboratory, a classroom and a meeting/conference room. Close association with complementary materials testing laboratories allow us to provide complete materials analysis services, including x-ray radiography, chemical analysis and fatigue testing, among others.

Our work has always been a mixture of metallurgical consulting, industrial production problem solving and expert witness testimony for clients have ranging from mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 companies.

Shahram Sheybany, Ph.D., metallurgist, has more than 25 years experience in materials science and failure analysis consulting. He received his doctorate degree in Engineering (Materials Science) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1981.After two years of academic and industrial research, he returned to Southern California to join SEAL Laboratories, a materials science consulting firm. While there, Dr. Sheybany worked on industrial engineering problems and on legal consulting jobs. In 1989, Dr. Sheybany founded Pacific Metallurgical Company, where he has been providing industrial and legal, forensic and production-related consulting services. He has provided expert witness consulting services and testimony since 1982.

Dr. Sheybany's areas of expertise include:

  • failure analysis of metallic and non-metallic materials
  • fractography and fracture analysis
  • physical metallurgy
  • high and low temperature oxidation and corrosion of metals and alloys
  • corrosion protection
  • metallography
  • microstructure-property relationship
  • heat treatmetn of metallic alloys
  • scanning electron microsocpy (SEM)
  • transmission electron microsocopy (TEM)
  • electron microprobe analysis
  • energy-dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX)
  • surface analysis techniques
  • x-ray diffraction
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