Failure Analysis

For over 30 years, e3k’s parent company, Gilmore Engineers Pty Ltd, has been a leader in the investigation and analysis of accidents and failures. We are one of only a few consultancy groups in the world that has a speciality in failure analysis. Services are provided to many corporations, insurers, individuals, and their counsel. Typical failures include machinery and system-of-work failures leading to property loss, loss of life and personal injury.

Specific services include acting as an expert witness, analysis of component failure and redesign, experimental testing, design auditing, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), material testing, corrosion analysis, fire investigation and auditing of safety standards.

Further services include the analysis of motor vehicle accidents to establish the probable cause, forensic analyses to assist criminal investigations including arson and murder, intellectual property defence support (copyright and patents), and product liability reviews and experimental testing.

  • Expert Engineering Opinion with a Comprehensive Report
  • Machine Failure
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Analysis
  • System of Work Assessment
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Patent/Copyright Defence Support



Failure Analysis Case Studies

Boom Crane

Failure Analysis of a Boom Crane

A boom crane was supporting a large piece of mining equipment, when it failed causing catastrophic loss of both pieces of equipment. Gilmore Engineers investigated the source of the failure and identified a number of factors that contributed to the loss.

Helicopter Crash

Helicopter Crash due to Driveline Failure

A helicopter driveline component ruptured its fuel tank mid-air, resulting in a crash and loss of life. A bolted joint was put under scrutiny to determine whether the design, installation or maintenance was responsible for the crash, after an incorrect component sequence was discovered.

Semi-Trailer Rollover

Semi-Trailer Rollover carrying live load

A prime mover and semi-trailer combination carrying livestock rolled over while negotiating a curve on a NSW highway. Gilmore Engineers investigated the incident, including the design of the road, road surface condition and signage, and provided an expert engineering report for the court explaining the contributing factors to the incident.