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At our core, McDowell Owens team of professional engineers, fire scientists, and consultants specialize in failure analysis.

Over the last 30 years, we have established ourselves as a leader in the forensic engineering and failure analysis industry.

Our commitment is to provide top-notch, highly trained and skilled engineers and investigators that provide quality and cost-effective solutions to clients worldwide.

 

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Electrical Failure Analysis

When a fire and/or an explosion occurs, electrical systems and/or devices are impacted. In many cases, electrical systems and components are not only involved with the cause(s) of fire, but often result in property loss and/or personal injury or even death.

This leads to critical questions that must be answered such as:

  • What happened?
  • Why?
  • Was an electrical system’s failure the cause of an incident?
  • Did the fire impair the electrical system?

Whether at the incident site or from our state-of-the-art laboratories or both, McDowell Owens’ engineers’ conduct an array of electrical tests to get to the answers, including those involving:

  • High-voltage networks
  • Vehicle electrical systems
  • Basic electrical appliances
  • Lightning strike analysis
  • Circuit breakers and computer equipment
  • Electrical systems in heavy industrial equipment

Our electrical experts also address:

  • Equipment overloads
  • Component or circuitry failures and lightning
  • Related failures that result in personal injury or fire
  • Industrial dome control systems
  • Transmission distribution systems and components
  • CoGen generation systems
  • Large rotating equipment (turbines/compressors)

McDowell Owens testing includes:

  • Circuit breakers and trip relays including Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and switch gears
  • Current over-load tests simulating power surges to determine location, type and cause of failure as well as temperature limits and points of degradation
  • Micro-circuit analysis including computer boards, circuit boards, chips and other specialty equipment
  • Motor testing of single and three-phase motors to determine and analyze performance and output for proper operation

Our experts put all the pieces together and provide all the solutions for Electrical Failure Analysis.