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Services

Neale Consulting Engineers provide tribology consultancy, tribology services, engineering design evaluation, failure analysis, engineering training and expert witness services world-wide.

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Design Evaluation and Re-Design

We offer a design evaluation service whereby the ‘fitness for purpose’ of mechanisms and components is assessed – helping to prevent future failure and malfunction.  We may also discover and recommend the need for a system or component re-design, a service which we can undertake as necessary.

Examples of the types of engineering services we have provided in the past can be found in our industry sectors section.

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Failure Analysis

When machines experience a failure our first approach is to collect the technical information and failure history. We then examine the failure evidence and contruct, where possible, the sequence of the failure events.  This leads to a number of possible causes, which are examined in more detail.  By means of scoping calculations and analysis we are able to eliminate many of the possible causes of failure and focus on the key areas for a more detailed micro-analysis.

Failure projects invariably benefit from ‘hands on’ investigation on site, although we are sometimes able to give advise via photographic and descriptive evidence alone.

Our work on machinery failures and tribological problems covers many types of machines over the complete spectrum of industries.  We cover a range of industries from aerospace to sewage treatment, and technologies ranging from hi-tech manufacturing to low-tech “appropriate technology” devices.

Neale Consulting Engineers have expertise in the following categories of failure:

  • Abrasion
  • Adhesion
  • Fatigue
  • Fretting
  • Friction
  • Half speed whirl
  • Lubrication
  • Oil whip
  • Pitting
  • Rotor Dynamics
  • Scuffing
  • Seizure
  • Vibration
  • Wear
  • Wiping

 

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Expert Witness

We are often required to act as expert witnesses for litigation purposes, both in the UK and overseas. Cases range from patent infringements and project disputes between companies to litigation arising from international disasters. Our considerable experience in the field of failure analysis is invaluable for this work.

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Training Courses

At Neale Consulting Engineers Limited, we have distilled our extensive experience of machine operation and failure into practical training courses.

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