Thermal Sciences

Exponent's Thermal Science practice provides a wide array of services, ranging from addressing engineering and regulatory challenges for industry, to investigating fires and explosions. Our staff have a combined experience of thousands of projects investigating failures involving petrochemical, chemical, and oil and gas installations, fire protection systems, and consumer products as well as the origin and cause of structural, wildland, vehicle, and industrial fires and explosions, including dust explosions. Such investigations are a core competency of the practice and often involve testing and sophisticated computer analyses using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or process simulation tools.

As a result of this considerable experience, our personnel are often called upon to provide services for the purposes of ensuring that facilities, buildings, processes, and equipment are compliant with chemical, fire, and explosion safety requirements and accepted codes, standards, practices, and guidelines. Our proactive work includes fire protection engineering for new buildings and structures, asset integrity management in the oil and gas industry, chemical process safety and risk analysis consulting, and regulatory and engineering consulting for the LNG Industry. Our team also consults on combustion systems such as boilers, heaters, furnaces, and turbomachinery (gas turbines, compressors, expanders), as well as HVAC equipment. We provide dust explosion safety consulting for manufacturing facilities that handle powders and bulk solids. Our consultants also address thermal management issues related to batteries and energy storage technology.

Our team comprises a diverse group of professionals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and fire protection engineering. Most of our consultants are registered professional engineers and accredited fire investigators who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the development and implementation of innovative approaches in safety and regulatory compliance and major accident investigation and prevention. Many serve on code-making standards committees for national and international organizations, including the NFPA, ASTM, UL and ASME. Our staff often works closely with other Exponent practices to find objective and often multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems.

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What We Do: Thermal Sciences

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