Kent Engineering is your expert partner for engineering analysis and forensics. We provide a variety of services—from state and federal crane inspections to materials testing and analysis—all in pursuit of the truth. There’s nothing we want to know more than: What happened? We work with our clients, not just for our clients. Together, we uncover the origins of a failure, accident, malfunction, deterioration, or underperformance—simply put, what happened—and then we investigate further to understand why and how it happened. When we know why, we can help ensure you can move forward confidently.
Learning the truth allows us to prevent future failures, represent our clients well, and help build more effective, efficient, safer systems. From preventative measures to systems redesign, we work with you to keep you, your team, and your equipment not just operational, but safe.
FORENSICS & FAILURE ANALYSIS
The goal of a materials and mechanical forensic engineer is to identify the root cause of a problem, often on a microscopic level. Materials and mechanical analysis work in concert: You can’t have one without the other if you want to truly understand what happened and prevent it in the future. Reconstruction of the mechanical situation and identifying the lack of function points us in the right direction, while deformation, fracture analysis, and materials characterization gets us to the source of the problem—the root problem.
Together our expert witnesses have hundreds of hours of experience in front of juries and all types of attorneys and clients from coast to coast. Together we have over 100 years of experience and have been in dozens of high profile court room situations. We also have hundreds of depositions under our belts. Our clients compliment us on our ability to bring a highly technical situation to the layperson's perspective. At Kent Engineering we are on a mission to hire the most technically talented, approachable, selfless, and communicative engineers in the country.
INSPECTION, TESTING & ANALYSIS
We conduct field tests and inspections around the world with our mobile equipment and engineering expertise. Our experience in managing site investigation and knowing the right tests and procedures for the right situation is critical.
Our laboratory is well equipped to evaluate materials, potable water, and chemicals for degradation, defects, or properties that affect the service of the component or product. This precision equipment allows us to collect data in-situ, which in some instances is the most accurate method. Our capabilities include microanalysis including: digital scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and light optical microscopy. In addition we employ multiple composition analyses methods, materials identification, hardness testing and microhardness testing, microstructural preparation equipment and testing, strain gaging and residual stress gaging, corrosion test equipment, coating test equipment, microbial corrosion test equipment, and long and short term environmental testing.
At Kent Engineering, we adhere to the processes as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and we regularly perform calibration to assure quality results—these tests provide you with a thorough analysis you can trust.
CRANE ENGINEERING & INSPECTION
A rigorous inspection is conducted each time a crane is certified, while monthly or quarterly inspections, as defined by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ensure they’re safely maintained and operated for the duration of their use. Inspections include a thorough analysis of the structural and functional components of the equipment.
At Kent Engineering and Kent Crane, we also oversee modifications and redesigns, so you can proceed with assurance and peace of mind—all the while obtaining an asset for the life of the equipment. We pride ourselves in hiring the most professional, experienced, and well trained crane inspectors and engineers in the industry. Our inspectors and engineers will provide unbiased, technically sound inspections onsite and offer expert advice to our clients for the life of the equipment or duration of the job. Learn more about our Crane Engineering and Inspection services here.
DESIGN & REDESIGN
It’s one thing to identify a problem. It’s another to create a solution. Because we’re deeply familiar with mechanical material flaws and have a roster of experts who can meet your specialized needs, we know what needs to happen design-wise to prevent failures from happening in the future. Utilizing structural finite element analysis (FEA), thermal dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, corrosion allowances, materials selection, and other known methods of proper design, we provide a full gamut of services to ensure your part, component, product, or piece of machinery functions at the highest quality.
Further, we perform all types of field and laboratory simulations to assure proper performance or defect analysis, including strain gaging and residual stress testing and short- and long-term system testing, such as plumbing fitting performance testing or health related equipment testing, all in pursuit of the truth about a specific product, tool, or piece of equipment.
plumbing engineering & inspection
Kent Engineering has gained a reputation as a plumbing engineering expert specializing in residential and commercial systems. We work closely with property management companies and their chief engineers to uncover any problems and inefficiencies. Once we've conducted an inspection and identified the problems, we then facilitate and oversee the repair of the system—which can require a repiping of a portion or the entirety of the building. If repiping is required, we often act as a liaison between homeowners, property management, and contractors assuring quality and compliance.
Regardless of the scenario, we serve our clients as plumbing engineering consultants from the first call all the way to the bidding and selection of the right plumbing contractor. We also provide oversight during the project to ensure everything is completed according to code and engineering best practices. Our plumbing engineering services can be broken down into three categories: forensic inspection, design and redesign, quality and compliance control, and project management.
WELD ENGINEERING & INSPECTION
Different metals require different welding techniques. Some metals are simple to join, while others necessitate a more sophisticated approach with varying degrees of heat and expertise. At Kent Engineering, we perform weld engineering inspection for a variety of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, and heavy equipment. We follow and produce a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) and Welder Qualification, upholding industry best practices and nationally recognized standards. In addition to our welding inspection services, we consult with companies on specialty welds and have testing procedures to ensure a weld is done properly and effectively.