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SS Sultana before her boiler exploded, leading to the ASME VIII Code


Plant & Equipment Failures

We provide forensic services related to heating and cooling, process and design, plant and refrigeration, and thermal engineering issues. Dove Thermal has been investigating and reporting upon a wide variety of engineering and systems failures for over thirty years: from furnace plant to dyehouse emissions, ships' funnel fires to environmental noise, from boiler materials failure to furnace plant collapse.

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Forensic Expert Witness

We provide forensic services related to heating and cooling, process and design, plant and refrigeration, and thermal engineering issues. Dove Thermal has been investigating and reporting upon a wide variety of engineering and systems failures for over thirty years: from furnace plant to dyehouse emissions, ships' funnel fires to environmental noise, from boiler materials failure to furnace plant collapse

Forensic Refrigeration Engineers

Failure of refrigeration machinery at fish processing plant : It was found the compressor lubrication failures had been over-ridden by fitting of over-size fuses, creating fire safety hazard.

Forensic Cooling Engineers

Spurious Fault Analysis : Several container loads of used refrigerators failed electrical tests and their export license was revoked. We found that the appliances had been stored on their sides, and sufficient time had not been allowed for equilibration of the refrigerant.

Forensic Design Engineers

Faulty ‘Fridge-Freezers : Condensate drainage problems found to result from design fault in rear cabinet moulding. The appliance was assessed unfit for purpose, and compensation arranged for purchasers of the model at issue.

Forensic Plant Engineers

Structural integrity of a pair of steam ploughing engines : Following purchase at auction, the new owner complained of asbestos boiler lagging – which was typical for their vintage. Inspection of the fireboxes found that caustic cracking and defective rivetting to be his reason for wishing to revert the deal.

Forensic Heating Engineers

Aquaculture systems failure : Stock was being lost through pond temperature variation and water quality arising from faulty heating equipment. We undertook a failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), then designed and project managed rectification works.

Forensic Process Engineers

Flawed soft drinks manufacturing line : The plant was capable only of achieving reliable production at a reduced rate through the defective closure of filled plastic trays, so that its worth was proportional only to that rate. The cause was traced to a fundamental design fault, whose correction was specified and costed.

Forensic Thermal Engineers

Defective electric boiler : We were asked to investigate the cause of fires in a chinese-built mash boiler. Additional to various structural issues, we found that the main fuses could fail to protect its electrical circuits, and operation of it thermal cut-outs was faulty. This was a case where the product could not be redeemed at reasonable cost, and we advised against further imports.

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Forensic Engineering Services

Expert Witness and ADR


Dove Thermal Products

Coolant Management Modules; Drying Tunnels
Steam-Heated Calorifiers; Thermal Oil Heaters
Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers; HTF Heaters
Thermal Fluid Heaters; HTF-Heated Calorifiers
Packaged Quench Plants; Air Handling Units
Balance-of-Plant Modules; Cooling Tunnels

Dove Thermal Services

Forensic Engineering & Expert Witness
HVRAC & Refrigeration Engineering
Consult-Design-Construct Services
Thermal Engineering Consultancy
Process Plant & Process Design
Thermal Fluid Heating Systems
Environmental Systems Design

Dove Thermal Engineering Limited
P.O.Box 5, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire,
ST14 8QX, United Kingdom

Telephone : 01889 569933