In this updated edition, new case studies have been added to include patent disputes and failed products such as spiral wound wall storage tanks, lithium battery explosions, water bottle failures, and breast implant failures (such as the PIP scandal). New images demonstrating failure have been included, and images from the previous edition are reproduced in color and enhanced with additional explanatory detail.
With a dedicated focus on polymeric materials, the book includes details on the experimental techniques that are used to characterize the materials, particularly in cases of failure. Finally, the book has information on the fabrication of polymer devices, as manufacturing flaws often play a role in failure.
- Demonstrates the latest forensic engineering techniques used in the investigation of failed polymer components- Presents detailed case studies that illustrate different types of failure in polymer components, fittings, and medical devices- Examines the role of manufacturing in product failure with an overview of faults recognized in methods, design, and material selection- Provides an integrated approach to polymer failures that covers everything from basic materials properties, through to the experimental techniques required to study them
1. Introduction 2. Sample Examination and Analysis 3. Medical Devices 4. Storage Tanks 5. Small Containers 6. Pipes and Fittings 7. Polymer Seals and Sealants 8. Tools and Ladders 9. Transportation Failures 10. Consumer Products 11. Conclusions
Dr Peter Rhys Lewis is Senior Research Fellow in Forensic Engineering at the Open University, and formerly Reader in Forensic Engineering at the same institution. He lectures widely on railway disasters and his own cases to a variety of audiences, and has authored or co-authored 40 books. He is an active expert witness and has appeared in several different venues. Dr Lewis is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Materials, and a member of the Forensic Science Society. He continues to advise companies on product liability and product safety.