Structural failures can be caused by many factors, including design defects, poor fabrication, unanticipated loading, a corrosive environment, operator error, improper or nonexistent inspection, and substandard materials of construction. In a typical failure, multiple factors combine to create an undesirable and possibly deadly event.
Dr. Ted Anderson has a Ph.D. in metallurgy and has participated in the investigation of many failures, some of which made headlines. While metallurgical expertise is crucial in failure analysis, other tools are useful in reconstructing an incident. TL Anderson Consulting brings a unique perspective to failure analysis by combining expertise in metallurgy, fracture mechanics, and stress analysis.