Thermal Sciences

Understand and prevent fires, explosions, thermal, and flow-related incidents

When fires, explosions, thermal, and flow-related accidents occur, timely response and expert analysis are critical. Exponent's thermal sciences consultants investigate root causes of failures, fires, and explosions for all types of accidents within residential, commercial, transportation, and industrial settings.

How does Exponent's multidisciplinary team help you understand and prevent fires, explosions, and thermal and flow-related events?

For more than five decades, Exponent's multidisciplinary teams — consisting of mechanical, chemical, aeronautical, fire protection, and nuclear engineers in the Thermal Sciences practice working in conjunction with electrical engineers, material, biomechanics, data and human factors scientists, regulatory experts, and others — have investigated fires, explosions, thermal, and flow-related incidents in a wide variety of settings. Our unique experience across industries allows us to apply past lessons from across industries and help prevent future safety issues.

Whether you're assessing risk in the utilities, petrochemicals, transportation, manufacturing, aviation, mining, construction, consumer electronics, and products — our teams ask the right questions to help you mitigate issues and answer complex technical questions.

Our experts set the standard in fire safety and regulatory compliance.

All of our consultants hold advanced degrees, most are registered professional engineers and accredited fire and explosion investigators, and many are internationally recognized as leaders in the development and implementation of innovative approaches in safety and regulatory compliance, as well as major accident investigation and prevention.

Exponent professionals hold faculty positions in academia and serve on code-making standards committees for national and international organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASTM International, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Whether you need a rapid response to investigate a catastrophic explosion at a refinery or a better understanding of risk involved in using lithium-ion batteries in your products, Exponent's multidisciplinary teams can provide you with rigorous scientific support.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.

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Russell Ogle, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CFEI, FAIChE

Principal Engineer