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Fire Effects on Concrete

Charles E. Whitley, P.E.

Concrete exposed to the elevated temperatures of a fire can experience both mechanical changes and chemical changes. Both can provide pathways for direct heating of exposed Reinforcing Steel (rebar).

Fire Effects on Steel

Charles E. Whitley, P.E.

After a fire involving a building or industrial structure, there are often multiple types of damage to the building materials. Knowing how heat affects various building materials can be helpful in determining the level of damage to building components.

Alternative Energy - Power from the Earth

Thomas D. Traubert, P.E.

Geothermal power pulls hot water from deep within the earth to heat and vaporize a fluid that is then used to drive a turbine-generator. In this post, we discuss a case study and solution related to a vaporizer tube leakage at a geothermal energy plant.

When Wet isn't Really Wet (Part 3)

Albert M. Rose, P.E.

In our first post (part 1) we discussed equipment ratings and location definitions (what is a dry or wet location). In our last post (part 2) we discussed equipment that is not made to get wet, yet for some reason it does and what do you do. So, what happens when the Authority Having Jurisdiction...

When Wet Really Isn't Wet (part 2)

Albert M. Rose, P.E.

In our last post we discussed equipment ratings and location definitions (what is a dry or wet location). In this post let's discuss equipment that is not made to get wet, yet for some reason it does. Does this mean it needs to be thrown away and a new one purchased? No, of course not.

When Wet Isn't Really Wet (Part 1)

Albert M. Rose, P.E.

It has been common in the past to assume that water and electrical equipment do not mix. However, just because a piece of electrical equipment, such as an electrical panel or a computer, gets wet doesn't mean that it needs to be replaced.