failed boiler tubes

Part 35 Expert and Assessor Services


Environmental Plant
Boilers and Boiler Installations

Heating and Cooling Equipment

Heat Transfer & Fluid Handling Systems

Our Record

We have served as thermal experts in cases across England, Wales, Scotland & the United States since 1998. Where practicable, we act as Single Joint Witness under the Civil Procedure Rules - CPR - which stress the primary duty of an expert as being to the Court. In any event, we may be relied upon to give accurate technical advice. Not all our commissions are necessarily intended for formal litigation. We have a strong record in Expert Witness ADR, either independently or working with instructing solicitors, and most of our cases are settled out-of-court to general benefit and satisfaction.

Examples of Heating and Cooling Resolutions

Whilst other pages in the website report examples of our forensic and general consultancy work, the following case was remarkable for failures at each stage of the resourcing chain:

The Environment Agency had been called in response to complaints of excessive vapour plume emission from the exhaust stack of a shell & tube boiler, fired by wood waste from the furniture factory where it was installed. The system was losing water, although visual inspections had showed no defect. Our investigation proved this to result from the boiler having been built using faulty tubes: the seam welder had "missed" a significant length of run as the formed section passed through the mill. Notedly, inspections at tubemill, stockholder, converter and the boiler manufacturer had all passed unremarked. The affected tubes sprang apart when cut through, as shown in the photo. Summary Judgment was obtained and applied.

Another instruction entailed acting as heating system expert investigating equipment installed at a carp breeding establishment. Stock was being lost through pond temperature variation and water quality. We undertook a thermal failure and effect analysis, then designed and project managed rectification works.

Given extensive research, development and applications experience of evaporative systems, we have provided cooling system expert services - directly and indirectly associated with plant performance - including outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease at a high-profile inner city industrial site for which cooling tower expert knowledge was prerequisite.

Specimen Instructions:

Expert services re vintage steam ploughing engine dispute

Failure of refrigeration machinery at fish processing plant

Heat transfer expert witness in thermal oxidizer failure

Imported biomass boilers and associated installations

Wood-burning batch boilers environmental litigation

ADR re University Campus Energy Resource Centre

Aluminium plant cooling water expert investigation

Expert services & ADR through BBC “Watchdog”

Expert witness in process plant prosecutions

Single Joint expert re heat pump installation

Boiler Corrosion Investigation & Analysis

Flawed soft drinks manufacturing line

Electrical appliances prosecution

Aquaculture systems failure

Dove Thermal Engineering Limited, Uttoxeter, ST14 8QX

Telephone: 01889 569933