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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.

Albert Einstein: Who was the man behind the icon?

Summarizing the career and life of Albert Einstein would be difficult… to associate him with forensic engineering even more so! For many of us, he's that shaggy-haired scientist, sticking his tongue out and shouting "E=mc²." However, this pop culture image doesn't really do justice to the political and global influence he had throughout his life.

Physics, Mechanics and Forensic Engineering: The 1001 Lives of Isaac Newton

There are people like that who are born under a lucky star or… under the right tree! Yes, legend has it that Isaac Newton developed the theory of gravity after seeing an apple fall from his apple tree. He probably thought to himself "Why did it fall?" as he ate it. Isaac Newton is about much more than gravity! Discover what he brought to forensic engineering, and much more!

 

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