Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis can apply to many mechanical parts such as Barges, Bearing, Boilers, Corrosion, Cranes, Engines, Fasteners, Flanges, Fracture Mechanics, Gears, O-RIngs & Seals, Pressure Vessels, Wire Rope, Welding, and Springs
Bartlett Engineering performs forensic analyses of equipment failures by applying engineering principles to the available information determine the cause of a failure. Using this information we can create a 3D model to not only confirm the failure theory, but also use that model for illustration.
Bartlett Engineering provides these services to aid industrial clients and for litigation support.
Even though they do not possess moving parts, it is amazing how many ways a boiler can fail and how seemingly trivial actions can have such serious repercussions. Boilers do deteriorate over time, but they can also fail prematurely.
Solving corrosion problems begins with an understanding of the chemical processes at work. Corrosion in liquids that contain water involves the electrochemical concept of half cell reactions. Understanding the reactions present puts you closer to developing a solution.
The first questions in a crane failure is "Was there an excessive load or a weakened component?” Our evaluation of crane failures is greatly helped by our expertise in weldments, bearings, wire ropes, sheaves, hydraulics, fractography, metallurgical testing, and load testing.
The most common reason for fastener failure is inadequate tightness of a cyclically loaded bolt. Fractography of bolt fracture surfaces can yield valuable information about the mode of its failure.
The most accepted authority in the design and construction of pressure vessels is the ASME Code. The existence of economical and safe pressure vessels is due primarily to the guidance of the ASME Code.