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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...

Snow Loads

EDT

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

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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.

New Safety Services for Towing Vessels

EDT

EDT is pleased to announce that the firm has been approved by the United States Coast Guard as a third party organization (TPO) under Subchapter M, a federal regulation that establishes safety standards for towing vessels like tugboats and towboats.

Food Processing Facility Construction Defect

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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.