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Forensic Materials Engineering: Case Studies [Hardcover]

Peter Rhys Lewis , Ken Reynolds , Colin Gagg
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29 Sep 2003 0849311829 978-0849311826
Most books on forensic engineering focus on civil engineering failures rather than consumer or general mechanical products. Unique both in scope and style, this treatment is built upon case studies of real accidents, broadly focused on consumer products, and dedicated to problem solving through scientific principles. Each well-illustrated case study includes legal background, reports the case results, and highlights the lessons learned from the case. New materials and applications appear constantly, and with them, new failure modes. This book provides an outstanding opportunity to gain virtual experience through up-to-date facts and feedback from forensic engineering practitioners.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (29 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849311829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849311826
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,846,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Lewis was born in 1945 in England and works for the Open University in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. He actively researches both current and historic accidents and disasters, and holds the position of Reader in Forensic Engineering. He frequently gives public lectures on the Tay bridge and Dee bridge disasters and the Oxford derailment of 1874. He also lectures on case studies of forensic engineering and polymer engineering. He acts as an expert witness and has appeared in numerous courts, including the Irish High Court, the Patents Court, Technology and Construction Court, High Court, County and Magistrates Courts. As a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Mineral Extraction and Member of the Forensic Science Society, he advises companies on best practice and safety matters.

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"The authors are hugely experienced in this subject, and are also excellent communicators and teachers. They also have an unusually wide range of coverage of the full range of engineering materials, including polymers, composites, etc., which have previously been neglected in forensic engineering publications but which are now of great importance." - Dai Jones, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering Failure Analysis and Secretary, Faculty Board of Engineering, University of Cambridge

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forensic review 24 Oct 2003
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I found the book contained recent and relevant case histories of a range of failures that will provide the field engineer with an invaluable tool. I was extremely impressed with the broad range of case studies presented. A must have for the professional engineer or legal practitioners. Highly recommended for undergraduates and postgraduates studying Forensic Engineering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real World 8 Oct 2013
By Frank A. Stephenson - Published on
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This reference book is to the real world, what "Failure Analysis of Engineering Materials" by C.R. Brooks & A. Choudhury is to the engineer/scientist specializing in macroscopic and microscopic observations of fractured surfaces. Both of these references are dramatically excellent, but they address different venues. This comes as no surprise, since one reference has the operative word "Forensic" in its title, and the other reference does not. The forensic engineer is trying to determine the cause of failure and its consequences, whereas the research engineer is trying to determine the mechanics - oft times on a macro- or microscopic scale - of the the failure, with the cause being secondary at best. Additionally, the forensic engineer is faced with the daunting challenge of "proving" in court his analysis is correct relying on methods and published works that are "accepted" by the profession. Thus the importance and emphasis on case histories in this outstanding reference by P.R. Lewis. I'm happy it's in my library.
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a goo read 11 Sep 2013
By wensheng wang - Published on
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It is well written. Most of the cases are very enlightening. Some pictures do not show the features described in the book which may be due to printing. Overall it is a good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars an easy-to-read, excellent case study book for Forensic Engineers 31 Jan 2011
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I purchased this book to complement my Failure Analysis (an intro course to Forensic Engineering) handout in college. Easy-to-read and understand. Covers many interesting case studies with detailed enough pictures on materials failure. Also covers some subject on materials failure litigation... and how to prepare for those type of trials. A must have supplement for a forensic-engineer-to-be.
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