Recent Investigations

DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL

Performed RCFA of the BOP from the Macondo well. Our reports are also available at CSB.gov website under the Appendices tab.

DRIVE SHAFT FAILURE

Failure Analysis of a drive shaft. The failure analysis revealed that the HSLA material had not been heat treated correctly.

MARINE FAILURE

Failure analysis of bearings on drive train.

SOUTHERN PACIFIC 982

We provided technical assistance (pro bono) for the move of Engine 982 from its location at the Houston City Zoo to Minute Maid Park.

DOWN HOLE TUBING FAILURE

Failure Analysis of production tubing from an oil well containing high partial pressure of CO2.

PIPING MANIFOLD FAILURE

Failure Analysis of a piping manifold from a refinery incident revealed a a weld defect that promoted a fatigue failure.

TUBING FAILURE

Failure Analysis of stainless steel tubing due to Chloride Stress Corrosion due to combined effects Chlorides and elevated temperature.

MARINE FAILURE

Failure Analysis of mooring chain links due to acute fatigue damage relate to service condition.

EXXON TORRANCE REFINERY

Failure Analysis of FCC unit.

CHEVRON RICHMOND REFINERY

Failure Analysis of a 8 inch carbon steel line in #4 Crude unit by Sulfidation corrosion.

SUBSEA PIPELINE REPAIR CLAMP

Installation of Subsea pipeline repair clamp to prevent potential failure after dented.

CRANE FAILURE

Crane Failure Analysis at ship loading dock from a defect weld.