Materials technology has undertaken a broad range of legal and insurance based cases over the years, ranging from 100 million pound cost recovery cases to insurance claim investigation for individuals and we pride ourselves on our impartial and professional service to all our customers. Our work in this field has spanned a wide range of industries from all around the world, giving us a wealth of experience from which to draw.
As well as carrying out investigations on behalf of our clients, we are also able to offer an expert witness service. Derek Bates has been acting as an expert witness for 25 years and is Law Society Checked, Justin Bates has been an expert witness for over 12 years and Nick Kenworthy has been an expert witness for over 5 years. Our areas of expertise include:
• Products, machinery and materials failure/defect analysis
• Forensic investigation into failure of mechanical
equipment, metals, plastics, structures, buildings,
pressure vessels, furnaces, etc.
• Corrosion of process equipment, offshore
structures, ships, transport and petrochemicals
• Metallurgy and metals manufacture and failure
• Welding and failure of welding repairs.
• Cable and wire failures.
We can act as single or joint expert witnesses. As a single expert witness we are employed by one of the parties involved in the dispute. However our primary repsonsibilities remains with the court and the law. As single joint experts we are employed by both parties to provide joint evidence and expert opinion. We can also act as experts prior to any legal proceedings in an effort to resolve disputes through arbitration proceedings. We will provide you with an honest expert opinion that you can trust.
The failure of a dockline used for unloading of motor spirit.
For more information on this failure, read the article presented in the December 2003 issue of the Institute of Chemical Engineers Loss Prevention Bulletin.
We were asked to analyse causes of corrosion on a new compressor. Our analysis revealed a corrosion mechanism substantially different from the data given to the owners.
We established for our client that the failure was caused by overheating of the tank in service and not a manufacturing fault as had been claimed.