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Condensate Drainage

To understand proper condensate removal, it is first important to have a working definition of the term condensate in the context of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Most HVAC systems contain a form of refrigeration cycle which uses mechanical work acting on a fluid (in most cases...

The Meeting Point - Human-Machine Interfaces (Part 1)

Can a poorly designed user interface lead to a large loss? You better believe it. Have you ever hit the wrong button on the remote control, or had trouble getting a device to work correctly because it was left in the wrong mode? Thankfully, these sort of mistakes are just mild annoyances, but when...

Snow Loads

Jason M.K. Cochran, M.S., P.E.

Freshly fallen snow is often a beautiful and awe-inspiring sight to see. Some parts of the country may see new snow daily while other areas may only see it once a century. Regardless of how prepared our cities are, snow can have a great impact on our everyday lives, particularly on our structures...

Electrocution

Edgardo López, P.E., CFEI

EDT was asked to determine the cause of an electrocution of a pedestrian. The following information is a review of the case, and what EDT found to be the cause.

Fractures (part 1)

Our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is capable of 100,000X magnification, allowing a close-up look at material surfaces for defects, inclusions, and fracture characteristics. By using a SEM/EDS to study the surface of the fracture, the question of how the part broke - or the mode of fracture -...

Computer Graphics

EDT

Computer graphics are visual communication tools to aid an audience in visualizing data in a clear and interesting manner, compared to text or oral communication alone. Within this article are examples of how EDT uses Computer Graphics for Forensic Engineering purposes.

Food Processing Facility Construction Defect

Charles E. Whitley, P.E.

EDT was asked to review the construction of a multimillion-dollar addition to a food processing facility and to determine the cause of water penetration through the floors of the facility. The following information is a review of what we found that went wrong, and what we concluded to "solve" this...

Star Bolts

Have you ever noticed eye-catching stars positioned on the fronts of masonry row homes in urban areas, such as Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and various other cities? The stars are not just ornamental; they are also functional.

Hurricanes in Florida

Albert M. Rose, P.E.

Those of us who choose to live in Florida, expect the occasional hurricane. Some years are quiet while others are much more active. The discussion with respect to oncoming hurricanes is always: Do I evacuate or stay put and ride it out?