Failure Investigation


Commercial vessel engine valve seat failure

A commercial fishing company contracted us to investigate the root cause of a failed marine vessel cylinder head. Fluctuations in exhaust pressure has been reported, and […]

Root cause investigating of wind turbine stud failures

A wind turbine is essentially held together with bolts, the reliability of a joint possibly being compromised by bolt relaxation, vibration, fatigue, and corrosion. Because of […]

A Tragic Bollard Failure

A tragedy took place along a jetty as a fishing vessel was unloading its catch while a heavy ocean surge pulsed into St Helena Bay on […]

Inspection of the inside of the hull on a vessel

A prototype vessel (Figure 1) makes use of an internal ballast system whereby lead bars are placed in the hull, and a polyester resin is poured […]

Failure Investigation of a Fire Tube Boiler Introduction

A fire tube boiler, generating steam for a fruit processing plant, failed catastrophically. Figure 1 shows a typical fire tube boiler layout. Coal is conveyed and […]

Failure Investigation of an Aluminium Ladder on board a vessel

An aluminium ladder, used during salvage operations aboard a barge vessel, failed catastrophically. It consisted of two aluminium ladders fixed together with duct tape and polypropylene […]

Derrick Pole Failure

A derrick pole on board a boat hoists a lifeboat on and off the ship in open water. The vertical member allows for rotation of the […]

Failure Investigation of a Worn Fuel Cam

The fuel cam on an injector pump for a marine diesel engine failed after 1392 running hours. Failure occurred at the contact point between the roller […]

Failure Investigation of a gearbox coupling on a fishing vessel

A fishing vessel is powered with a 9 cylinder diesel engine. Power transfer from the engine to the gearbox is enabled through a flexible coupling arrangement. […]