You need the facts and MEE has materials evaluation down to a science. MEE’s depth of experience in the materials engineering industry combined with rigorous testing standards, thorough failure investigations and comprehensive written analysis will give you the impartial expertise you need.

Laboratory Examination of a Crashed HelicopterForensic engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to settle disputes between two or more parties. These disputes typically arise when a product or structure fails to perform as expected and causes a loss to one of the parties. Forensic engineering is practiced for insurance companies evaluating claims for payment or subrogation and for attorneys pleading or defending product liability law suits. Engineering evaluation determines the cause or causes of the failure to help assign liability for the damages.

Most failures involve materials damage of some sort to the materials comprising the failed component(s). Therefore, materials engineering is often an integral aspect of forensic engineering investigations. Evaluation of the materials behavior using standard failure analysis practices typically identifies the failure mechanism, and this information, on its own or in combination with other engineering evaluations, leads to determination of the root cause and liability. The special skill required for forensic engineering is the ability of the analyst to break down the technical issues for interpretation by nontechnical people, such as attorneys. agents, judges, and juries.

The staff at MEE has been involved with a wide variety of product liability cases. MEE's principal engineer, Larry Hanke, has been performing forensic engineering evaluations and testifying as an expert witness for 30 years (Curriculum Vitae). Our laboratory includes facilities and analytical capabilities required for many forensic engineering examinations. Our expertise is focused on material engineering, but MEE routinely collaborates with experienced investigators, engineers, and scientists in other disciplines as needed for complex investigations.

Examples of Forensic Engineering Cases

  • Farm auger guard failure
  • Grain bin collapse
  • Golf club shaft fracture
  • Oil refinery pipeline rupture
  • Collapsed 16 story climbing crane
  • Truck axle fracture
  • Nylon lifting strap failure
  • Natural gas line failure
  • Hip replacement prosthesis fracture
  • Aircraft fuel line fracture
  • Lawn chair collapse
  • Diesel engine connection rod bolt fractures
  • Premature actuation of fire protection sprinkler heads
  • Evaluation of arcing on electrical conductors after residential fire
  • Perforation of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) for gas distribution
  • Thermal damage to steel duct after a fire
  • Electrical failure of capacitors
  • Electrical arcing in high-voltage switch gear
  • Corrosion of copper tubing for water supply distribution
  • Fracture of CPVC sprinkler pipe
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