Electrical forensic analysis

JENSEN HUGHES provides electrical forensic analysis of utility power, electrical distribution, appliances, electronics, and battery systems to determine the root cause of failures.   Any fire in a structure, vehicle, system or device will almost always require the evaluation of the electrical system that powered or controlled its performance.  We excel in the analysis of electrical investigations and have considerable talent and depth from utility power to home appliances.

Our engineers conduct experimental testing and develop the forensic science used to evaluate electrical devices, including receptacles, low voltage devices, and battery fires.

Electrical Fires investigated include:

  • Arc Flash Investigations
  • Battery Explosions
  • Boiler Machinery
  • Commercial Dryers, Ovens & Kilns
  • Control Valves & Disconnect Switches
  • Electrical Distribution & Transformers
  • Furnace & Hot Water Tank
  • Heaters, Equipment & Appliance Fires
  • Home Products
  • Industrial, Commercial & Residential Fire Investigations
  • Lightening Strikes
  • Petroleum & Power Plants

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Fires and catastrophic failures associated with electrical systems can have many causes.  Electrical providers may have responsibilities associated with voltage regulation, e.g., lightning strikes on a distribution system or transformer failures.  Providers face further challenges due to factors outside their control, e.g., vehicle accidents impacting transmission and distribution systems. Consumers may have responsibilities associated with the electrical system within their structures, e.g., improper installation, poorly maintained wiring practices, or overloading branch circuitry. Manufacturers of electrical equipment face significant challenges to provide devices and appliances that can safely operate in the hands of their consumers, e.g., fuse ratings and limit switches.  Manufacturers are also challenged by their inability to recognize how their consumer base will misapply or misuse the device or appliance.  All of these circumstances and many more need to be considered in evaluating electrical causes. JENSEN HUGHES experts have years of experience in product design, system operations, failure analyses and root-cause analyses.

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