Dr. Kane focuses on root cause failure analysis of structural materials and mechanical systems, ferrous and non-ferrous metals analysis, structure/property relationships, chemistry and heat treatment effects on the strength and performance of materials, fracture analysis of plastics and elastomers, fracture mechanics, fatigue and environmental effects on materials. He has examined the mechanical behavior of structures, products, and components regarding issues of strength, stability, friction, and wear.
Dr. Kane’s research includes fracture analysis and microscopy, corrosion, materials selection, analysis of implant and device materials, and the design and failure of welds and welded structures. He provides consultation on cranes and lifts, including wire rope, chain, hook and structural failures, process piping, pressure vessels, industrial and pharmaceutical production equipment including piping, valves, pumps and vessels, railroad components such as tanks, valves, cushions and suspension components, construction equipment, medical devices and implants, elevator components, oil tanks, automotive and trucking chassis and suspension components, fire suppression systems including piping and sprinklers, walkway surfaces and consumer products.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kane pursued materials research at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in brittle failure of high temperature aerospace alloys and power-generation turbine materials. His expertise includes fracture in aggressive environments and microstructure effects on strength and failure.