failed boiler tubes

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Our Record

We have undertaken expert witness work in England, Wales, Scotland & the United States since 1998. Where practicable, we act as Single Joint Witness under the Civil Procedure Rules - CPR - which stress the primary duty of an expert as being to the Court. In any event, we may be relied upon to give accurate technical advice. Not all our commissions are necessarily intended for formal litigation supported by the expert witness process. We have a strong record in ADR, independently or with instructing solicitors, and most of our cases are settled out-of-court to general benefit and satisfaction.

A Singular Instance

Whilst other sections report examples of our Forensic Engineering and general consultancy work, one case in particuler illustrates our practical approach to the expert witness process and was remarkable for failures at each stage of the resourcing chain: The Environment Agency had been called in response to complaints of excessive vapour plume emission from the exhaust stack of a shell & tube boiler, fired by wood waste from the furniture factory where it was installed. The system was losing water, although visual inspections had showed no defect. Our investigation proved this to result from the boiler having been built using faulty tubes: the seam welder had "missed" a significant length of run as the formed section passed through the mill. Notedly, inspections at tubemill, stockholder, converter and the boiler manufacturer had all passed unremarked. The affected tubes sprang apart when cut through, as shown in the photo. Summary Judgment was obtained and applied.

Specimen Instructions:

Failure of refrigeration machinery at fish processing plant
Structural integrity of a pair of steam ploughing engines
Fridge-freezer investigation for BBC "Watchdog"
Single Joint Expert re heat pump installation
Flawed soft drinks manufacturing line
Electrical appliances prosecution
Aquaculture systems failure

Dove Thermal Engineering Limited, Uttoxeter, ST14 8QX

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