Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Physics
Packer/ITC Experts’ Mechanical Engineering and Physics consultants leverage state-of-the-art tools and techniques and utilize physical principles and scientific methodologies to provide clients with fact-based analysis and insights either during the development of a product or when needing an impartial investigation after an accident or failure has occurred. In order to identify the root cause of a failure or to accurately reconstruct and explain the circumstances of an accident, our professionals scrutinize the mechanical design and performance of equipment and structures of all kinds, examining forces, stresses, mechanics, kinematics and thermodynamics to evaluate a design relative to structural integrity, strength, durability, vibration, fatigue and wear. The effects of loading, stress concentrations, vibrations, fatigue, material properties and human interaction are evaluated.
Our staff also assesses products before an accident has occurred to probe for vulnerabilities and develop suitable mitigation methods. Our consultants possess extensive experience in performing engineering design reviews, including hazard analyses, risk assessments, and failure mode and effects analyses (FMEA). They commonly evaluate design intent, design considerations and tradeoffs, usage, warnings and safety messages, guarding, maintenance procedures, and compliance with government regulations and industry standards to assess overall design.
Packer/ITC offers some of the premier materials scientists, engineers, and other experts in materials. Their work covers virtually all metals, ceramics, composites, and virtually all plastics and polymers. Our experts provide an excellent blend of highly experience practitioners and leading academics who are heavily involved in analysis of the performance and failures of materials, testing and qualification of materials for new applications, applying materials to solve problems and improve performance, corrosion measurement and prevention, development and testing of coatings for protection and wear resistance, development of low-cost and lightweight ballistic armor, and problem solving for industry and government. ITC’s experts have conducted tens of millions of dollars of R&D in materials and are conducting on-going projects to improve small arms, vehicles, equipment, and ballistic armor for the military. ITC also conducts hundreds of investigations of accidents and product failures. ITC’s testing capabilities are second to none and include an extensive on-site laboratory and on-going access to highly specialized equipment at leading universities and national laboratories, government labs, and commercial facilities.
Packer/ITC offers some of the premier experts in tribology and coatings expertise that is second to none and that spans equipment and method development, materials selection and qualification, and testing for virtually all materials and applications. ITC offers access to the world’s most comprehensive array of tribology tests, including a full spectrum of standardized tests. ITC provides failure analysis and expert support for litigation and insurance issues, develops new tests and testers, screens products, resolves performance disputes, and conducts R&D. ITC operates the federally-funded Institute of Tribology and Coatings, which conducts research to improve small arms, large cannons, and military equipment.
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