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Iola Goeke
3660 Hartsfield Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

USA
phone: 850-558-3100
fax: 850-575-8454
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B.E.C. Consulting, LLC was established in 1982. Since that time, we have provided top-level consulting engineering services and accident reconstruction to our clients; law firms, insurance companies, state and local agencies, manufacturing companies, and clients who are seeking product design analysis and other engineering related services.

Our engineers represent a broad range of engineering disciplines which enables us to work on a variety of cases using the team approach. The teams at B.E.C are comprised of Engineers, Technical Specialists, Graphics Specialists, as well as Research and Administrative Personnel, so that each case is given personal attention and is handled efficiently and effectively. Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Venice working in almost every state in the United States, including Alaska.

Areas of Expertise:
  • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction - Including Automobile, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle/Bicycle & Pedestrian
  • Engineering Consulting
  • FARO 3-D Scanning
  • Black Box Downloads
  • Construction Zone / Roadside Safety
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Failure Analysis
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
  • Material Handling System
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics
Every aspect of our firm is designed to serve our clients needs; conference rooms for mediations and depositions, a research and testing lab, secured evidence storage, facilities for expert inspections, and easy access to airport and hotel facilities for our out-of-town clients. We are truly a full service engineering firm.

Because of this team approach and a commitment to customer service, B.E.C. has attained regional and national recognition as a leader in forensic engineering services and new product development. This excellent example and tireless dedication to serving our client’s needs has resulted in a devoted client base and reputation second to none.

Dr. Charles Benedict, P.E., founded Benedict Engineering Company in 1982 and our name has since changed to B.E.C. Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years experience in the fields of product and machine design and analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction of all types, and product and system failure analysis. He has designed, developed, manufactured, and tested more than sixty different products and machine systems. Dr. Benedict is well respected in the fields of forensic engineering, product and machine system design and analysis and patenting.

Expertise:
  • Biomechanics
  • Occupant Kinematics
  • Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • Vehicle Controllability
  • Material Handling
  • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E., is also a principal with B.E.C. Consulting, and has been practicing forensic engineering for over 15 years. He holds several patents on roadside safety devices and studied roadside safety at the University of Nebraska. He is a consulting engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. His current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction, analysis of maintenance of traffic issues, premises liability, investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, and development of automated material-handling systems.

    Expertise:
    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Maintenance of Traffic
    • Roadway Design
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E., CXLT, is an Industrial engineer with specialties in industrial accident reconstruction, including forklifts, construction machinery, appliances, and manufacturing equipment. Her experience includes vehicular accident reconstruction involving automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles, as well as slip, trip, and fall analysis, product failure analysis, and workplace-safety related issues.

    Expertise:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Confined Spaces
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Theme Parks / Recreation Facilities
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical engineer and Principal with our firm, specializing in accident reconstruction. His current work involves the analysis and reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including vehicular dynamics and occupant restraint as well as the investigation of industrial accidents and product analysis.

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    Bucephalus Mining Corp.
    Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, PhD (Mining), DIC, BSC (ENG)
    PO Box 3368
    Redmond WA 98073-3368
    USA
    phone: 425-444-0891
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    Sadek E. El-Alfy, PhD (Mining), DIC, BSC (ENG), is a Professional Mining Engineer with almost 40 years of continuous experience in an operating environment. An Underground Mining Engineer as well as an Open Pit Mining Engineer, he has experience in Mineral Processing as well as Mine Maintenance.

    Dr. El-Alfy's career includes hard rock underground mining for over 15 years. During those years, he has an opportunity to construct and operate a large Gold Process plant in Timmins Ontario which amplified his experience and interest in Gold Mineral Processing.

    When he moved to Labrador City in 1990, Dr. El-Alfy was appointed GM of Canada’s largest Iron Ore open pit operation, mining close to 200,000 TPD. In this capacity, he was handed the opportunity to become closely acquainted and experienced in the maintenance challenges surrounding large scale mining operations with respect to rope shovels and electric trucks.

    Dr. El-Alfy offers litigation support services to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. He is available for on-site inspection of mines and mining equipment. Dr. El-Alfy was recently involved in a 4 Billion dollar case against the country of Venezuela where he provided 2 years of research 6 hours of court testimony. His services are available throughout the United States and Internationally. Dr. El-Alfy speaks English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Drilling & Blasting
    • Comminution
    • Mineral Processing
    • Mine and Plant Maintenance
    • Tailings Management
    • Feasibility Studies
  • Mineral Resources & Ore Reserves
  • Environmental Impact / Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Mitigation Plans
  • Mine Closure Plans
  • Equator Principles
  • NI 43-101 Rules
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    Gerald O. Davis, PE
    4723 Squaw Valley Court
    Glen Allen, VA
    23060
    VA, DC, MD, WV, NC USA
    phone: 804-967-9129
    fax: 804-967-9130
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    Gerald O. Davis, PE, President and co-owner of DM&ME, has over 40 years experience in Materials Engineering and Business. Mr. Davis is a Forensic Expert in Materials Usage, Corrosion, Metallurgy, Mechanical Failure, & Root-Cause Failure Analysis. His recent background includes work as a corrosion researcher, senior engineer, and program manager for Battelle Memorial Institute, DNV, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Inc., respectively and, since 2004, as president of DM&ME.

    Mr. Davis has been offering Expert Witness Services for the past 10 years for product liability and personal injury evaluations. He is retained for his knowledge of Forensic Engineering and Root-Cause Failure Analysis. Mr. Davis is experienced with depositions and trial testimony. His services include specification and interpretation of metallurgical lab tests plus review of physical evidence and its meaning. His findings are presented in clear oral and written reports which can be communicated to judges and juries in non-technical language.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Root Cause Failure Analysis
    • Laboratory Testing and Interpretation
    • Corrosion Analysis & Control Methods
    • Objective Comminucations
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    11/16/2015 · Corrosion
    A common cause of failures in various types of equipment is fatigue failure of bolts that secure parts together. Fatigue in any type of dynamically loaded mechanical component accounts for more than 80% of all failures. This post reviews some important factors in fatigue failure of metallic bolts.

    The working relationship between the attorney and their expert witness in a case can be more effective if a few simple guidelines are followed. These are common sense things but one or more can be overlooked in the frequent day-to-day rush that busy attorneys face. When that happens some of the potential contributions from the expert may be compromised or lost to the detriment of the attorney's client.

    6/30/2015 · Engineering
    Too frequently an attorney will begin to seek a potential expert witness only after having done considerable initial work. Often there is a last minute rush to locate and select specialized technical assistance. These approaches can have expensive consequences. Alternatively, securing a suitable expert early in the litigation process offers the following advantages for the retaining attorney:

    6/2/2015 · Engineering
    Many negative consequences can result from failures of a range of different products that often lead to property & casualty insurance disputes or product liability legal actions. The products may include consumer or industrial goods. Typically the private user or worker is injured or a business incurs significant financial loss. The injured individual, insurance carrier, attorney(s) or industrial manufacturer and user are all interested to confirm what went wrong – and who is liable. Resolution often depends on engineering analysis.

    5/7/2015 · Corrosion
    Clearly it is advantageous to know when corrosion is occurring in operating equipment to avoid future failure. There is extensive literature on this topic. This post is a brief summary of information selected from the four references cited below. Each source includes several other references.

    4/7/2015 · Manufacturing
    "3D printing" or the more descriptive term - additive manufacturing (AM) - has received much publicity in recent years. What is this technology and what are some of its practical features? This blog is a summary of AM and its on-going development to make actual service components using metal alloys. Presented are selected portions of information provided in the two references cited.

    3/3/2015 · Corrosion
    Most engineers know about the danger of galvanic corrosion caused by physical contact between dissimilar metals exposed to a corrosive liquid. However, this possibility is often overlooked and other features of this type of corrosion may not be widely known.

    1/21/2015 · Failure Analysis
    It is essential when beginning a root-cause failure analysis involving metallic materials to collect and maintain the as-found physical evidence properly prior to detailed examinations. This has two objectives. In all cases collecting and protecting the evidence in its undisturbed condition provides the best opportunity to derive meaningful good results from the subsequent analyses. Secondly, in a legal proceeding lack of attention to these matters can produce the accusation of spoilation of evidence. As a minimum this will cause presentation problems for the offending party in the suit. At worst such deficiencies by that party may cause the case to be thrown out.

    12/12/2014 · Corrosion
    Aluminum alloy materials are well known for their light weight and strength-to-weight ratios. They are also susceptible to several forms of corrosion. Relative to other metals, their natural electrochemical potential places them adjacent to other very susceptible (active) metals such as magnesium (Mg) and zinc (Zn) in a traditional galvanic series in seawater. However, Al alloys naturally form a very thin, protective (passive) oxide film on their surface when exposed to oxygen. This film prevents corrosion as long as it is maintained over the surface. Pitting corrosion is a common form of attack on aluminum. This is typically caused by exposure to halide ions, chloride ions being the most common type found in corrosive media, that breakdown the passive film at discreet spots. This permits pits to initiate and grow.

    11/7/2014 · Metallurgy
    Often when engineers consider mechanical fatigue they envision cyclic, reversing stresses in a spinning shaft or possibly the up and down flex of aircraft wings. Rolling contact fatigue (RCF) or the associated mechanical wear is an important, closely related process to the traditional mechanism of fatigue but with distinct differences. RCF is also often known as spalling.

    9/25/2014 · Product Liability
    This term raises some vital issues that the engineer should be aware of when using it. First several definitions are available and thus it is perceived differently by different groups and individuals. From a legal standpoint, in many states, using the term to describe a product that was involved in an incident involving an injury means that the designer or manufacturer of that product may be financially liable for the injury. Engineers sometimes use the term simply to indicate an imperfection in a product without intending its frequent legal use. Further the engineer realizes that no material and no finished product is perfect. However, these variations from perfection do not necessarily mean they were cause for failure and thus the injury that may occur in a given incident. Some product liability attorneys may not readily acknowledge or understand this distinction.

    8/21/2014 · Corrosion
    The optimal time to make decisions and take actions to minimize potential failures of equipment, facilities and components is during their design. This two-part blog post provides an overview of the types of issues involved and specific actions that can be useful to the design engineer. Archived blog posts (at www.dmme-engineering.com) that discuss specifics are provided parenthetically.

    7/15/2014 · Metallurgy
    Four, tri-lobe pumps were damaged and required extensive repair during the latter stages of construction for a modification in a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. The economic loss was significant and the general contractor for the work paid the plant's owner for the loss. The renovated units were installed and are in use. However, the general contractor then sued one of its subcontractors - a welding contractor that fabricated and completed weld joints between piping sections on the inlet side of the pumps. The general contractor claimed poor quality welds in the piping permitted loosened weld fragments to enter the pumps during the required water flow verification of the system and this caused the damage.

    6/9/2014 · Corrosion
    Most realize that damage due to corrosion of metals is costly - but what specifically is that cost and what is included in the total? A study completed in 2002 sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International) and implemented by CC Technologies Laboratories (now part of DVN) addressed those questions.

    5/2/2014 · Corrosion
    Material selection entails picking an engineering material - either metal alloy or non-metal - that is inherently resistant to the particular corrosive environment and also meets other criteria. Variables that will affect corrosion are established along with materials that may provide suitable resistance for those conditions. Obviously other requirements such as cost and mechanical properties of the potential materials must be considered.

    3/28/2014 · Corrosion
    Pin-hole leaks from a fire-control sprinkler piping system just above the false ceiling of multiple rooms in an office building resulted in a suit against three parties involved with supplying the system. The plaintiff - a financial service organization that owned the building - had much computerized transaction data stored on magnetic tapes in several rooms damaged or destroyed by the incident. The monetary loss was major. The leaks occurred within two years after the system was installed. This period is clearly far short of the expected life of the system. Defendants in the case included the supplier of the piping used in the system, the engineering firm that designed it and the installation contractor.

    2/26/2014 · Corrosion
    A variety of low-voltage electronic devices may fail to operate properly because of exposure to certain corrosive, gaseous environments. Susceptible items include consumer products such as microwave ovens, audio equipment, TV's and personal computers as well as many types of industrial sensors and automatic control devices. Failure generally occurs because of specific application factors. These include the severity of the environment, the presence or absence of atmospheric sealing of components within the device and the metals used at critical internal locations. Frequently complete failure doesn't occur but normal operation is erratic.

    A full size, cylindrical tank trailer pulled by a truck tractor/ cab split open on its lower section at mid-span and released hundreds of gallons of hydrochloric acid (HCl) onto a secondary highway in a northeastern state. When this occurred the truck driver jumped out of the truck's cab and sustained acid burns to his ankles because he was wearing low-quarter shoes.

    12/20/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A severe personal injury incident occurred as a recreational fishing boat was approaching a dock at approximately 20 mph after a day on the water. The large outboard engine (75 HP) on the stern of the boat struck a fixed underwater obstruction, flipped into the boat while still running and amputated the hand of a passenger seated near the engine.

    11/26/2013 · Engineering
    A licensed professional engineer (P.E.) is required to adhere to a Code of Ethics for Engineers in all work he undertakes. However, there are some special criteria when employed as an expert witness.

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    Edward S. George, PE
    President, Principal Investigator
    124 Calle De Leon
    St Augustine FL 32086
    USA
    phone: 904-826-1431
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    Edward George Product Liability Failure Analysis Expert PhotoEdward S. George PE, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Product Liability and Failure Analysis.

    Mr. George earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Florida Department of Materials Science and Engineering, graduating with a specialty in metallurgy. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. George is a member of The National Society of Professional Engineers, The American Welding Society, The National Association of Forensic Engineers, The Florida Engineering Society, American Water Works Association, and The International Society for Fall Protection.

    Mr. George has experience in a variety of material failures including Metals, Polymers, Plastics, Composites, Ceramics, Glass, and Porcelain.

    Litigation Support - A court-qualified expert, Mr. George has over 13 years of experience and has testified in depositions and trials. His forensic training is complemented by his industrial experience including:
    • Heat Treating of Metals
    • Welding and Joining of Materials
    • Materials Testing and Evaluation
    • Quality Control and Assurance
    • Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopic Techniques
    • Destructive and Non-destructive Physical Testing
    • Laboratory Equipment and Procedures
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    Dr. Paul Eason, PE, CFEI
    4600 Touchton Road,Building 100, Suite 150
    Jacksonville FL 32246
    USA
    phone: 904-279-9300 or 888-504-5454
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    Paul Eason is a Licensed Engineer, Nationally Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Forensic Consultant. His expertise comes from a strong background in industry and academia. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Florida, and maintains a graduate faculty appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Florida.

    Dr. Eason has testified in numerous trials and depositions in the following practice areas: Product Design & Manufacturing Analysis, Metallurgy & Materials, Fire & Explosions and Industrial Accidents

    Areas of Expertise:

    Product liability and failure analysis, Product Defect & Safety Issues including: Metals, Plastics, Glass, Ceramics, Corrosion, Fatigue, Overload & Material Selection

    Fire and Explosion analysis including: cause and origin determination, product related fire causation, industrial process accidents, dust explosions, welding/brazing accidents
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
    View EFI Global's Consulting Profile.
    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    Emile Layer
    Principal
    14 Rue Carnot
    Sens 89100
    FRA
    phone: 0033-0386646037
    fax: 0033-0386646037
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    ESWL© Consulting Expertise Services is an Consulting Company specializing in the area of Welding & Weld Overlay Cladding Technology, Metallurgy & Corrosion, Design of Weldments and Computational Welding Mechanics (CWM).

    ESWL© has over 30 years of International Expertise in Worldwide projects including Marine Loading Systems for liquefied natural gas (LNG )and others liquid products (Oil, LPG, Suffer liquid … etc.), with Ambient, high or cryogenic temperature Service and Weld Overlay Cladding for the corrosive service of the Wellhead Equipments.

    Emile Layer is a Welding Engineering & Weld Overlay Cladding Expert and a Member of the FMC Technologies Inc. International Trim© Clad Expert Committee.

    Services Include:
  • Materials Selection and Evaluation
  • Welding & Weld Overlay Cladding
  • Quality and Audit
  • Welded Joints Design
  • Development of Welding Procedure Specification (WPS & PQR)
  • Corrosion & Prevention
  • Inspection:
  • Third-Party Witness Inspection
  • Welders Performance Qualifications (WPQ)& Welding Procedure Specification (WPS & PQR
  • Compliance with Relevant Codes Specifications
  • Review of Subcontractor’s (WPQ /WPS /PQR)
  • Witness Tests for Third-Party Inspections Companies
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    David W. Riley
    President, PhD and Physical Organic Chemistry
    858 Princeton Ct.
    Branchburg NJ 08853
    USA
    phone: 908-369-7260
    fax: 908-369-7260
    Dr. David W. Riley is an Extrusion Analysis & Plastics Rheological Consultant. Dr. Riley has spent over nineteen years as a consultant in the field of Plastic Processing. He has over forty years of experience in developing Polymer Defect Technology and fifteen years in developing the field of Plastic and Polymer coefficient of friction related to the feed section of the extruder.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Expert Witness
    • Analytical Instrumentation Adaptation to Processing Equipment
    • Friction Analysis
    • Melt Rheology
    • Extrusion Equipment: Design & Analysis of Production
    • Telecommunication Cables and Insulation
    • Power Cables and Testing XLDPE
    • All phases of PVC Compounding & Extrusion
    • Thermal Stability of Polymers
    • Surface Chemistry, Metals & Polymers
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    Jon M. Crate, President & Chief Executive Officer
    825 Chance Road
    Marietta GA 30066
    USA
    phone: 770-928-1930
    fax: 770-928-9202
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    FAI Materials Testing Laboratory, Inc. (FAI) is a full service Analytical, Failure Analysis, and Materials Testing laboratory. They are professional scientists, chemists, and engineers with decades of experience solving problems in a host of industries. Founded in 1999, they have served hundreds of companies across the world.

    Litigation Support - FAI leverages their considerable experience in litigation and extensive laboratory resources to support their expert testimony. Their goal is to effectively support their clients in challenging cases. FAI has one of the finest laboratory environments for conducting joint inspections in the nation including photographic, videographic, and microscopic documentation capabilities.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Cleanliness Testing
    • Composite / Window Lamination Issues
    • Corrosion
    • Electrical and Electronic Failure
    • Failure of Composites

  • Failure of Pressure Vessels
  • Fatigue Failure
  • Foreign Substance Identification
  • Fractography
  • Materials Compatibility
  • Materials Science
  • Optical and Electron Microscopy
  • Particle Characterization

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Protein Characterization
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Support for Patent and Product Litigation
  • Textiles
  • Tire Failure
  • Weld Quality

  • Jon Crate Materials Failure Analysis Expert PhotoJon M. Crate is the founding President and CTO of FAI Materials Testing Laboratory. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from University of Central Florida, his Master's in Polymers from the MSE Department of Georgia Tech and three years of postgraduate education in Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

    Mr. Crate is a Analytical Chemistry and Materials Failure Analysis expert witness who has leveraged leveraged his expertise to determine and prove the true causes of failure of many different products enabling many cases to settle out of court. He has testified by deposition in over 50 cases, before juries more than 10 times, and proven failure cause many more times where litigation was not needed.

    Mr. Crate is experienced and well versed in the chemical analysis and physical characterization of Natural and Synthetic Polymers, Metals, Inorganic and Organic Compounds, and Composite Materials. He has performed failure analysis on a wide variety of products and components including underground gas and water pipe, commercial aircraft tires, large equipment, rig, light truck, automotive and motorcycle tires, swimming pools and pool coatings, tank coatings, assault resistant commercial window laminates, numerous aircraft components, sailing vessel components, weapon system components, power generation equipment components, and medical devices including artificial heart valve.

    Jon M. Crate is capable of designing and validating test and inspection protocols that will enable the determination of the causes of failure for a wide variety of products and components.

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    Dr. A.B. Thakker
    Ph.D., PE, FASM, CMFGE
    2839 Paces Ferry Road
    Overlook II, Suite 1160
    Atlanta GA 30339
    USA
    phone: 800-215-4468 or 404-771-2600
    fax: 770-234-4148
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    Firm Profile: Established in 1996, Global Technology Experts, Inc. (GTE) specializes in providing multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting, product testing, safety and forensic engineering services to manufacturers, defense and plaintiff attorneys, and to the insurance claims industry. Our professional staff includes engineers, scientists, and technical specialists who have years of experience and excel as experts in wide range of disciplines. GTE has investigated more then 350+ failure cases that include: Machinery/Equipment, Slip and Fall, Accident Reconstruction, Vehicle Rollover, Lift trucks, Bicycle, Generator/Battery, Tree stand, Construction Defects, Pump/Boiler/Chiller, Engine/Transmission, Weld joints, Corrosion, Fatigue, Polymers, Ceramics and Composite materials. GTE also specializes in Life assessment and durability analysis of prototype components etc.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrical Failures
  • Motor/Generator Failures
  • Battery Failures
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Tire Defects
  • Machinery & Equipment Failures
  • Construction Equipment Failure
  • Aircraft Engine/Structural Failure
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Metallurgy/Materials Failure
  • Fatigue & Corrosion
  • Product Failure Analysis
  • Bicycle, Ladder, Slip/trip & fall
  • Building Construction & Defect Analysis

  • Education: We have highly experienced and qualified staff:
  • PhD, Engineering Science & Materials, Virginia Tech
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • BS, Civil and Construction Engineering, Kansas State University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, NY
  • MBA, Technology Management, Florida Institute of Technology

    Certifications:
  • PE – Registered Professional Engineers
  • CMfgE – Certified Manufacture Engineer

    Professional Affiliations:
  • Southern Law Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Materials
  • American Society of Nondestructive testing
  • American Welding Society
  • American Society of Testing Materials
  • Society of Aerospace, Materials and Process Engineers

    Principals:
  • Dr. Ash Thakker, PhD, PE, FASM,FSME, CMfgE (Structures, Materials, Fatigue, Fracture, Composites, Damage Tolerance)
  • Mr. George Kremer, BSME, AAS (Metallurgy, Corrosion, Coatings and Mechanical Failures)
  • Dr. Nicholas Propes, PhD (Electrical Machinery Failures, Maintenance Systems, Testing and Analysis)
  • Dr. Freeman Rufus, PhD (Battery/Motor/Generator Failure)
  • Dr. Jyoti Ajitsaria, PhD (Mechanical Failures)
  • Mr. Mike Healy, BS (Civil, Construction Engineering, Buildings)
  • Mr. Ralph Cunningham, BS (Physical Testing, Accident Reconstruction)
  • 11/20/2010 · Slip, Trip & Fall
    A "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" is the generic term for an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground

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    R. Craig Jerner, PhD, PE
    Owner, President
    5514 Harbor Town
    Dallas TX 75287
    USA
    phone: 9729340493
    fax: 469-737-3938
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    R. Craig Jerner, PhD, PE is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 45 years of experience. Dr. Jerner specializes in Accident Investigation, Product Liability and Metallurgical Failure Analysis. He has conducted approximately 1,500 accident investigations and has testified as a metallurgical expert in over 275 depositions and more than 75 State and Federal court appearances as a metallurgical consultant, accident investigator, and expert witness.

    Dr. Jerner's extensive client list includes individuals, industrial, corporate and government clients who utilize Dr. Jerner's failure analysis, accident investigations, litigation consultant and metallurgical expert witness for their investigation needs.

    As a metallurgist, Dr. Jerner has also consulted with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA). He has testified, as a metallurgical expert, before several federal agency "Boards of Inquiry." Dr. Jerner's expert testimony from these inquiries has appeared in The Congressional Record.

    Dr. Jerner's philosophy is to investigate, as thoroughly as possible, all evidence in order to develop the most probable accident scenario consistent with available physical evidence and developed data/test results.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Consumer Product Failure Analysis
    • Corrosion and Materials Failure Analysis
    • Fire and Explosion Investigation
    • Forensic Macro / Micro-photographic Documentation
    • Industrial Equipment Failure Analysis
    • Keyence Digital Microscope
    • Metal Testing
  • Metallurgical Expert Witness Testimony
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • On Site Accident Investigation
  • Product Liability / Reliability
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Supervised Witness Testing / Consulting
  • Third Party Review and Mediation
  • Welding and Weldment Failure Analysis
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    Dr. Richard F. Lynch
    377 Sicomac Avenue
    Wyckoff NJ 07481-2128
    USA
    phone: 201-891-8399
    fax: 201-891-8398
    Dr. Richard F. Lynch has over 35 years of industrial experience in all areas of Metallurgical and Material Forensic Investigations, including 11 years with a major metals producing and processing company. He serves as an Expert Witness / Consultant on Steel, Nonferrous Metals, and Non-Metallic Materials.

    As a U.S. patent holder, Dr. Lynch has authored and/or presented over 60 technical papers on the properties and uses of galvanized steel, cast and wrought non-ferrous and ferrous products, pretreatments for painting metallic surfaces, product development and ASTM standards.

    Dr. Lynch's client base includes attorneys and companies requiring failure analysis, metallurgical testing, or assistance with end product manufacture, metallurgical processing, casting, galvanizing, zinc production, surface treatments, metallurgical process licensing, international metals research and market research.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Fracture
  • Corrosion Failure
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Ferrous
  • Nonferrous
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Paint Failure
  • Standards / Specifications
  • Failure of Structural Materials, Fabricated Products, Fuel Tanks
  • Surface Preparation
  • Metal Pretreatments & Painting of Galvanized Steel
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    Dr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE
    President
    315 Commerce Park Road
    Unit 4
    North Kingstown RI 02852
    USA
    phone: 800-672-6721 or (401) 290-8823
    fax: (401) 667-0993
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    Materials Science Associates, LLC provides Expert Witness services for complex Materials, Mechanical, and Biological Systems legal cases. The engineers and scientists at Materials Science provide honest and accurate analysis of alleged Product Failures, Personal Injuries, and Manufacturing Processes. Experts in Biomedical Engineering, Forensics, and Pathology the Experts at Materials Science can assist with retrieval and storage of devices. Materials Science Associates specializes in Multi District Litigation (MDL), Class Action, and Consolidating cases. Materials Science Associates LLC provides the following services to legal teams worldwide:
    • Implant Retrieval
    • Products Liability
    • Medical Devices
    • Evidence Storage
    • Orthopaedic Implants
  • Surgical Devices
  • Transdermal & Fentanyl Patches
  • Controlled Delivery Devices
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Process Review
  • John JarrellDr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in the analysis of complex designs and failures involving materials, mechanical and biological systems. He has been a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, since 1996 and actively involved in Engineering Analysis, Design, Product Development, and Research. He earned three degrees from Brown University, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Biology, Medical Science and Engineering and received Medical training in histology, physiology, microbiology and pathology.

    Dr. Jarrell has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has several US and foreign patents issued or pending covering Photoactive Materials, Active Delivery Films and Coatings for Green Energy and Medical Applications.

    Jay VincelliJay M. Vincelli, M.Sc, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in Computational Analysis of Biomechanical Implants and Aviation Components, Fracture Analysis, and Chemical and Metallurgical Analysis of steel, aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys. With expertise in Medical Device Retrieval, Wear Analysis, and Aviation Failure Analysis, he is actively involved in engineering analysis, design, product development and research.

    Mr. Vincelli has filed for a provisional patent covering a miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass circuit for transgenic mouse testing. He is the author of a peer reviewed publication on a study of laser cleaning and pulsed gas tungsten arc welding of titanium alloy tubes. His collaborative work has been published with investigators at the University of Virginia Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center in Cherry Point, NC.

    Donald MongDonald L. Mong, PI, is a highly experienced Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, Private Investigator, Forensic Photographer, and Certified Master Diving Instructor. He is a 22 year Veteran Police Officer with 15 years of experience as a Traffic Officer. He has investigated over 2,000 traffic accidents, including many fatalities and serious injuries involving automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. He spent 10 years as a Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Instructor.

    Mr. Mong has been qualified and testified as an expert witness in Rhode Island Superior Court and Vermont District Court for cases involving Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Motorcycles. He has assisted multiple jurisdictions with investigations involving fatalities, serious injuries and police collisions. Donald L. Mong has conducted extensive hands-on research and training in traffic accident reconstruction, including conducting over 20 low, medium and high speed crash tests.

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    Marc A. Meadows
    Mechanical Engineering Consultant
    4100 International Plaza
    Ste 420
    Fort Worth TX 76109
    USA
    phone: 817-927-8101
    fax: 800-315-9542
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    Marc Meadows Mechanical Design Expert PhotoMarc A. Meadows, PE, is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with a career that spans more than 30 years. His clients have included Lockheed Martin Co., ThyssenKrupp, Trinity Industries, Inc., and many others. Mr. Meadows and his team provide decades of mechanical engineering experience to companies in oil and gas, airline, food, construction, manufacturing, water treatment, and other industries.

    Using Finite Element Method, Computer Aided Drafting, and Solid Modeling, Mr. Meadows is involved in the Design, Verification, and Analysis of Machines and Components. He has been awarded one United States patent for a Mobile Vehicle Display Device and has one more pending for a Restraint System and Method for High Pressure Pipeline.

    In addition to his duties as president of the company, Mr. Meadows is pursuing fellow status in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Attorneys, judges, and others find his knowledge of mechanical engineering and breadth of experience extremely valuable when he reviews legal cases and serves as an expert witness. He is called upon to determine the Causation of Industrial Accidents, Car Crashes, and Claims of Equipment / Mechanical Failure. For example, he uses his expertise to identify why parts failed, or if misuse of an instrument is to blame for an incident.

    Mr. Meadows is licensed to provide mechanical engineering services in Texas, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia. He is a member of numerous prestigious committees and boards including:
    • Industry Advisory Board for the Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering School at the University of Texas at Arlington
    • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    • National Academy of Forensic Engineers (Correspondent)
    • National Society of Professional Engineers
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    Sam Pendergrass
    President
    160 Bevan Drive
    Mooresville NC 28115
    USA
    phone: 704-663-5108
    fax: 704-662-0898
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    Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. (MTi) is a Metallurgical Engineering Service Laboratory specializing in Forensic Failure Analysis of Metallurgical Components. We also offer testing, analysis, and consulting services. By performing a comprehensive failure analysis, the root causes of failures are identified, metallurgical problems are solved and recommendations are made to prevent future reoccurrences. MTi uses the most advanced analytical equipment and techniques. Test results are interpreted and recommendations are made by licensed professional engineers registered in the discipline of metallurgical engineering.

    Our consultants are experts in their field. An in-depth report of our findings approved by an expert metallurgical engineer typically includes: interpretation of test data, conclusions, opinions, and recommendations to improve performance or prevent future problems. MTi has the experience and ability to provide technical support and expert consulting on Metallurgical Engineering Issues and Cause of Failure in Litigation and Insurance Claims. Our metallurgical engineers have provided expert witness services in litigation regarding metallurgical engineering and failure analysis.

    Services Offered:
  • Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Investigation
  • Spectrometry / Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Metallography
  • Defect Investigation
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Chemical Analysis
  • NDT (Non-destructive Testing)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Weld Engineering
  • Miscellaneous Testing /
  • A cracked XXXXX polymer filament die plate was received for analysis to determine the cause of cracking. Results indicate the die plate cracked as a result of a brittle nitrided case and an insufficient cross-sectional area of the narrow ligament between the cap screw hole and the heater cartridge hole on the inlet face.

    6/14/2013 · Metallurgy
    Two cores from a marine diesel engine oil cooler were received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure via leaking. Results indicate that the cooler core failed due to pitting corrosion initiated on the interior (oil side) at the edge of the fins.

    4/19/2013 · Failure Analysis
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    3/11/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A fractured input shaft used in NASCAR racing was received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure. Results indicate the shaft fractured due to fatigue progression from an intergranular stress crack, initiated at a dot peen identification marking on the shaft.

    1/16/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A cracked nozzle sleeve stub from XXXX Vessel of the proprietary vaporizer system was analyzed to determine the cause of cracking.

    11/7/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Two blade samples of a cracked ******************* centrifugal blower impeller blade was submitted for metallurgical analysis of the cracks. The cracks in the submitted blade samples were found to have initiated at corrosion pits on the leading edge of the blades.

    8/28/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Two aluminized heater tubes were received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure. Unused tube material also was supplied for comparison. Results indicate that the tubes failed via hot oxidation corrosion at extreme temperatures.

    6/22/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. examined a failed superheater tube from XXXXXX X XXX Boiler #7. The ASME SA-213 Grade T11 tube had been in service for 6 to 8 years until failure. The mode of failure was short-term stress rupture due to significant overheating.

    4/17/2012 · Metallurgy
    The four seized bearings submitted for metallurgical analysis were determined to have suffered deterioration of their grease to the point that it was inhibiting motion rather than enabling. The grease had turned to a thick (viscous) black sludge that was full of particulate. Electrical pitting was found in the seized bearings, especially the inner races. Signs of axial (thrust) loads were noted, mainly in the outer raceways. Larger arc strike regions were found on the balls.

    3/13/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A cracked 316Ti stainless steel preheater tube was analyzed to determine the failure mechanism. A second non-cracked tube section from a different elevation was also analyzed to determine the condition of the tube material.

    9/1/2011 · Metallurgy
    A welded left front spindle/steering arm assembly that had fractured at the fillet weld joint between the steering arm and inner brake boss was received for analysis to determine the mode of failure.

    6/6/2011 · Metallurgy
    Several concentrating still condenser tubes exhibiting pitting were received to determine the cause of pitting. Results indicate the tubes pitted initially from the inner diameter (ID) surface due to microbiological corrosion (MIC). MIC pitting initiated preferentially at the tube seam weld. Additional ID surface pits and significant pit enlargement of MIC pits due to chloride pitting were also observed. The chlorine is likely remains from the hydrochloric cleaning process

    5/4/2011 · Corrosion
    Corrosion is a phenomenon leading to exorbitant losses of materials, energy, and money by causing degradation of products, materials of construction, equipment, and necessitating increased maintenance.

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