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.
Objective Engineering Analysis
Our knowledgeable electrical engineers pinpoint the cause of failure within electrical components.
Experience & Credentials
Our electrical engineering experts have extensive experience investigating and determining the causes of fires, electrocutions, and equipment failures. They also have specialized experience in lightning and surge damage as well as control systems.
Cause & Damage Analysis
McDowell Owens’ engineers have industry-based knowledge, project management skills, and analysis experience. From identifying the cause and sequence of damage to the estimate of the attributable loss, we provide expertise to the electrical failure analysis.
Electrical engineering failure analysis investigates and diagnoses the cause of failures in electrical and electronic systems or components.
The benefits of electrical engineering failure analysis include:
- improved system reliability
- reduced downtime and repair costs
- improved product quality
- improved safety
The typical steps involved in electrical engineering failure analysis include:
- identification of the failed component or system
- determination of the cause of the failure
- development of a corrective action plan
The common causes of electrical failures include:
- component defects
- manufacturing defects
- design defects
- installation errors
- incorrect or poor maintenance
- mechanical damage
- improper application such as under-rated or overloaded components
There are several ways to prevent electrical failures, including:
- using high-quality components
- following proper design and manufacturing procedures
- following proper installation and maintenance procedures
- use properly rated components for the application and avoid overloading situations and protect from mechanical damage