A Practical Guide to Engineering Failure Investigation

A Practical Guide to Engineering Failure Investigation

Author(s): Clifford Matthews

Published Online: 31 JAN 2014 09:41PM EST

Print ISBN: 9781860580864

Online ISBN: 9781118902691

DOI: 10.1002/9781118902691

About this Book

A Practical Guide to Engineering Failure Investigation has been written with the specific purpose of helping those involved in serious engineering failures. When mechanical plant fails, the technical, legal and contractual issues become very involved and complicated, and deciding causation can be difficult and prolonged. The principles and methodologies explained here will help
engineers to link their technical knowledge to the commercial realities of working with insurers, loss adjusters and their representatives.

This book is essential reading for consultants, expert witnesses and all engineers who may become involved in commercial failure investigations.

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

  • How to use this book
  • Professional roles and responsibilities
  • Strategy and tactics of failure investigation
  • The inspection visit
  • Doing a design and operation appraisal
  • Mechanisms of failure
  • Deciding causation
  • How to present your conclusions
  • Insurance investigations - deferring failure 'events' and proximate cause - subrogation.

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