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Questions to Ask When Retaining a Forensic Engineer

EDT

Loss-handling professionals sometimes need a forensic engineer to provide answers to technical questions. Actionable information is required. Knowing what to look for in a forensic engineer is one key to a successful engagement. When in the process of engaging a forensic engineer, consider the...

Airplane Crash Analysis

In 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported 1,282 civil aviation accidents in the United States, 1,210 of which belonged to General Aviation (GA). Of these 1,210 GA accidents, 238 involved a total of 406 fatalities. There are more than 220,000 general aviation aircraft in the...

Engineering Analysis of Failure: A Determination of Cause Method

EDT

The purpose of this article is to present an engineering method for the determination of cause by the identification of defects that lead to failure. While not all failures are the result of defects (and not all defects result in failures), identification of a defect may point to opportunities to...

Understanding Spontaneous Combustion

EDT

When discussing “spontaneous combustion,” the first thing many people think is the myth of spontaneous human combustion. While a myth, there is a similar, well-documented phenomenon in fire science that doesn’t involve humans. Considered a bit of a misnomer, “spontaneous combustion” is anything but...

Pumps: Putting Fluid to Work

EDT

Though we may not realize it, our very days are dictated by pumps. If the fuel pump in our car does not function as designed, we may not get to work on time. If the city’s water pumps break down, we may not have water for that pot of coffee. If the electric utility’s pumps are inoperative, we may...

Defects Affecting the Structural Integrity of Wood Construction

EDT

Wood has been the construction material of choice for centuries. The wood structures listed in The National Register of Historic Places served as testament to the long-term serviceability, or durability, of properly constructed and maintained wooden structures. It’s flexibility of usage, high...

Every Failure Has a Story... Even in the Oil & Gas Industry

EDT

The phone rings in the late afternoon on Friday and it isn’t good news. There was a fire at a compressor station. A shipment of new equipment showed up with visible damage. The drill string fell into the well and the contractors are trying to fish it out. Any number of things can happen to equipment...

Boiler Heating Systems, Malfunctions and Damages

EDT

Boilers have a long-standing and notable place in American history as seen from the versatility of applications that range from steam engines to power generation. In a nutshell, boilers provide a means to transfer one form of energy to another. Under controlled conditions, the transfer of energy...

Expansive Soils and Construction Implications

EDT

Expansive soils, also known as soils with high shrink-swell potential, are common in various geographic regions, especially the central portion of North America.

Renewable Energy: Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are a good example of how technology can be both simple and complex at the same time. From a distance, wind turbine blades spinning in the wind are akin to a child simply blowing on a pinwheel. Up close and inside the workings of a wind turbine, it becomes apparent that there are...

Miscommunication Leads to Building Collapse

EDT

A 1950s commercial building collapsed during building renovations, resulting in a million dollar lawsuit. EDT analyzed the renovation process and the actions of multiple parties to provide expert testimony in court.