A methodical dive into vehicle fire investigations

Vehicle fires can be triggered by a host of different sources, making it a real challenge to determine the cause. Critical questions arise in the investigative process: Did the vehicle have any known mechanical issues? Are there recalls associated with its make and model? Could environmental factors, like wind patterns, explain the uneven distribution of damage? This video delves into the meticulous process that investigators need to follow to shed light on the reasons behind a vehicle catching fire.

Brass alloy plumbing components: useful facts and failure mechanisms

Brass alloys are widely used to produce plumbing components, and typically perform well for years in most applications. It is not uncommon for potable water plumbing systems inside a residence to contain many brass fittings that are generally forgotten and unproblematic. From time to time, leaks are associated with brass plumbing components even if they were sourced from domestic suppliers with good reputations for durability and quality. This article presents a brief overview of brass alloys and the major failure mechanisms observed when components made from commercial brass alloys leak.

Photographs, printing and forensic engineering: from pixels to proof!

Exploiting all material evidence to reconstruct an accident or a loss means above all observing, investigating, recording. So here we are. From its first foundations to the definition that we know today, forensic engineering uses all scientific methods to bring together the elements needed to complete an investigation. What could be more logical than starting our new infographic series on the world's greatest inventions with printing and photography.

Forensic Analysis of Polymer Failure in Plastic Components

Over the past decades, the use of plastics in manufacturing has increased significantly, as they offer several advantages over traditional metal components. However, the failure mechanisms of plastics are not as well understood as those of metals and require specialized knowledge, equipment, and methods. With water damage on the rise and costing millions of dollars each year in insurance claims, a closer look at the intricate world of the polymer failure analysis might shed some light on some of the culprit. In this article our expert provides an overview of the common issues found behind polymer component failures.


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