Experts in this field are engineers who have focused their studies on mechanical failures. An engineer is a person who designs, builds, manages, and pilots engines and systems. An expert in this area will be a mechanical engineer who specialises in mechanical systems, and therefore, the failures that can occur within these systems. Mechanical failure occurs when a mechanism fails due to a variety of causes: amongst them, excessive deflection, buckling, impact, thermal shock, wear, corrosion, and various types of fatigue.
Mechanical failure experts are very important to the investigative process. The failures they investigate often result in huge amounts of harm, both to bystanders and financially. They investigate the causes and circumstances of the failures, and determine if any mitigation should have been performed or is a system was not up to code. These investigations can often provide crucial evidence in cases. They are also useful experts in prevention, being used for regular inspection of mechanical systems to ensure compliance and identify any failures waiting to happen. The processes by which they delve into these systems are constantly evolving and are highly specialised.
Experts in this area are highly trained specialised individuals. To become a mechanical engineer, one must undergo the rigorous Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), and then complete Professional Engineer’s License in order to practice. Some experts will have gone on to complete a masters in the speciality or have undergone other specialist training. Other experts in this field may bring expertise from the areas of building and construction, or material sciences.
At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain an expert submission that suits your needs and budget.Expertise in Action
Experts in mechanical failures can be called upon to assist in cases relating to liability, vehicle faults, product recalls, as well as many more.Sample Reports
For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.Cost
The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
A chapter that discusses the effect of structural material that is subjected to random loadsFailure Modes: Understand the 5 most common failure types
A helpful article on some common failure types.Relevant Cases Workcover Authority of New South Wales (Insector Petar Ankucic) v McDonald's Australia Limited and Another  NSWIRComm 277 (4 February 2000)
A case in which a mechanical failure resulted in a fatality.Bruce Lloyd Dowling v Overtop Pty. Limited  NSWIRComm 509 (15 September 1998)
A case in which a faulty cherry-picker resulted in the death of the operator.Related Blog Articles
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