Neale Consulting Engineers provide tribology consultancy, tribology services, engineering design evaluation, failure analysis, engineering training and expert witness services world-wide.
When we perform a machine failure analysis, our first approach is to collect the technical information and failure history. We then examine the failure evidence and construct, where possible, the sequence of the failure events. This leads to a number of possible causes, which are examined in more detail to ultimately find the root cause. Failure projects invariably benefit from ‘hands on’ investigation on site, although we are sometimes able to give advice via photographic, video and descriptive evidence alone.
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.
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.