Madden Forensic Engineering - Equipment & Industrial Fires and Explosions
Work in this area generally covers: 
  • determining the causes of fire and explosion 
  • determining whether equipment, equipment auxiliaries and equipment instrumentation and controls:
  • single-family residences
  • multi-family residences 
  • motorhomes
  • natural gas pipeline
  • hydrogen loading facilities
  • gasoline service stations
  • marinas
  • commercial laundry
  • restaurant
  • scrap and metal processing facilities
  • various other industrial facilities 
  • automobiles 
  • motorboats
  • personal watercraft ("jet skis")
  • incinerators in multi-story buildings
  • trash chutes in multi-story buildings
  • space heaters 
  • residential furnaces
  • industrial furnaces and boilers
  • industrial process heaters
  • hydrogen tankers (over the road trailers)
  • gasoline storage tanks
Analysis &  
  • determining whether facilities and equipment installation conformed with appropriate accepted engineering practices, codes, standards and regulations in regard to safety, including fire codes and fired-equipment codes
  • determining whether materials of construction were safe, including facility materials in proximity to fired-equipment
  • determining whether fuel and ignition sources were properly separated
  • determining whether safety equipment, facilities and procedures were in place and were properly used  
  • in design
  • in manufacture 
  • in installation 
  • were defective in regard to safety:
  • lacked adequate safeguards and warnings
  • conformed to appropriate accepted engineering safety practices, standards and regulations, including fired-equipment codes and general fire codes.  
Work in this area also generally includes determining whether revision of facilities or equipment was required for safety. Reconstruction of incidents involving combustion equipment and systems includes auxiliary equipment and components, and instrumentation and controls. Reconstruction determines whether such equipment and/or systems caused or contributed to the accident.  
took 4 college courses in physics and 8 college courses in chemistry, including coverage of the physics and chemical reactions associated with fires and explosions
  Examples of Analyzed Facilities involved in Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
                                                                                                ● see examples of analyzed equipment in next section below
  Examples of Analyzed Equipment involved in Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
                                                                                                    ● see examples of analyzed facilities in previous section above
  Our Engineering Analysis of Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
Our Engineering Analyses of Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions include, as appropriate, investigation, engineering analysis and reconstruction of the incident.
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  Experience and Qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E. in regard to Industrial and 
      Equipment Fires and Explosions ▪ including furnace, heater and boiler explosions
  Completed the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) courses on fire and explosion
 during 17 years working in industrial operations and design engineering: 
  • designed combustion equipment including furnaces, boilers, and heaters, and their associated  instrumentation  and auxiliary equipment
  • designed for the use of fire in unusual ways, including designing elevated flares and burn pits 
  • designed to prevent and suppress fire, including designing fire-fighting and fire and explosion suppression systems 
  attended engineering seminars presented by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
regularly attend additional technical courses and seminars each year to meet the requirements for continuing engineering education for the Professional Engineer's license
  over 40 years of engineering experience, with: 
  17 years experience in industrial operations, engineering design and construction assistance 
  30 years experience in forensic engineering, including:  
  working on over 1000 cases
  issuing over 600 reports and over 60 affidavits
  testifying in over 90 depositions and over 75 trials
over 45 incidents involving fires, explosion and/or hazardous combustion have been investigated and reconstructed as part of the forensic engineering work during the last 30 years, including heater, boiler and furnace fires and explosions 
earned 2 Engineering degrees, Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering, and took additional post-degree coursework, with coursework in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and normal psychology
at the start of forensic work, completed refresher and additional post-degree college credit coursework and continuing education coursework in mechanical engineering, metallurgy and materials
earned the Professional Engineers license (P.E.) by taking the National Council of Engineering Examiners' (NCEE) examination in Fundamentals of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering sections of the NCEE examination in Principles and Practices of Engineering
designated a Diplomate Forensic Engineer by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers in accordance with the standards of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)
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Explosion of combustion equipment is a condition covered both on the Hazardous Combustion page and on this page. Our work, as described on both pages, covers the condition where combustion in equipment specifically designed to burn fuel lacks adequate control to the point that it causes, or allows, the explosion of the equipment. Such an explosion is often caused by auxiliary components and/or the instrumentation and control system rather than the combustion equipment itself. 
Our Work with Industrial and Equipment Fires and Explosions -includes reconstructing the incident and determining the cause(s) of the fire and/or explosion and determining whether the cause(s) were related to the equipment, equipment installation or facilities. Our work includes engineering analysis to determine whether the facilities, equipment, auxiliaries, and instrumentation and controls met requirements for safe operation. This determination includes engineering analysis of the use of safeguards and warnings as related to the requirements, and also engineering analysis of the adherence to safety design requirements and applicable codes, standards and recommended practices, not just for the equipment and facilities, but also for the equipment operation. Our analysis includes analysis of the actions of persons involved with the equipment and industrial operations as these may relate to the fire and/or the explosion. 
Fires and Explosions - Table of Contents - links to content on this page
Equipment and Industrial Fires & Explosions
Analysis of Fires and/or Explosions Originating with or Involving:
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer, James D. Madden, P.E., a licensed professional engineer, has performed Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses and Accident Reconstructions for accidents, incidents and cases in the metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo, Warren, Youngstown, Mansfield, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Lima, Findlay, Marietta and Steubenville, as well elsewhere throughout Ohio, and the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Erie, as well as elsewhere throughout western and central Pennsylvania, and the metropolitan areas of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint and Port Huron, as well as elsewhere in southern Michigan, and the metropolitan areas of Buffalo and Syracuse, as well as elsewhere in western and central New York state. In many of these areas James D. Madden, P.E. has provided expert reports and testified in the capacity of an Expert Witness in court proceedings, including depositions, arbitrations and/or trials.  
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E., is available for Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses, Accident Reconstructions, and testimony in deposition, arbitration and trial, for cases located throughout North America.
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Consultation with James D. Madden, PE, a Professional Engineer, and Forensic
Engineering Consulting and Testifying Expert Witness, is available to the client at all
times during the work - before, during, and after the investigation,
engineering analysis, reconstruction, report, and any other work on the case.
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  Qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer
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Over the last 30 years we have regularly worked on accidents which occurred in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and nearby, including inspections of accident sites, equipment, and facilities, with reports and testimony. During these 30 years we have also worked on accidents which occurred in other states, and equipment and facilities located in other states, with inspections of accident sites, equipment, and facilities, from Utah and Kansas to Vermont and North Carolina, with reports and testimony for these accidents, when applicable.
  Geographic Area of Practice - North America 
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This consultation can be scheduled in advance to meet your schedule.
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  Presentation of results of our work
Our work investigating, analyzing and reconstructing accidents, and presenting the results, may include any 
or all of the following, depending on the needs of the case: 
  Our Typical Work Activities and Products, when warranted by the case
  written reports and affidavits
  deposition testimony, including video deposition
  trial testimony and arbitration testimony
James D. Madden, P.E., while performing Forensic Engineering work full-time for over 
the last 30 years, for both plaintiff and defendant, has to date:
  Forensic Engineering Work by Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E. 
  completed over 1000 cases
  written and issued over 600 reports                  
  testified in over 90 depositions
  written and issued over 60 affidavits
  testified in over 75 trials                               
● Flammables Storage or Transportation ● Consumer Products using Combustion
● Industrial or Commercial Facilities Contributing to or Altering Combustion          
 Industrial, Commercial and Residential Equipment employing Combustion          
● Controls and Auxiliaries for these and similar Facilities and Equipment Items     
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See details of the forensic work throughout this website, and a summary on the Employment Page.
See more about qualifications of  James D. Madden, P.E. on the Qualifications Page.
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The qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer, Consulting and Testifying
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  Our Fire & Explosion Work
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  Examples of Equipment Analyzed
  Engineering Analysis of Fires & Explosions 
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  inspection of the accident site, such as a roadway, outdoor facilities, building or industrial facilities
inspection of the involved equipment, in current condition, including in damaged condition (such as crashed vehicles); and when available for operation, during operation (such as industrial equipment)
  interviewing witnesses (often during the inspection of the accident site, product and/or equipment)
coordinating or interfacing with others while they are preparing specialized exhibits such as video animations and videos of demonstrations
review and study of case documents, evidence and applicable codes, standards, regulations and recommended practices
  written reports and affidavits, and exhibits
drawings, calculations, graphical analyses, computer analyses, etc. as required to analyze and reconstruct the accident, and to present the engineering analysis and reconstruction
  testing accident items and exemplar items (such as consumer products)
  photography and/or video of the accident site and involved equipment
  testimony in deposition, trial and arbitration
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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
over 30 Years Investigating, Analyzing, Reconstructing & Testifying about Accidents
Forensic Engineering & Scientific Accident Reconstruction
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
1700 West Market Street, Suite 318, Akron, Ohio 44313, or
8803 Brecksville Road, Suite 7-216, Cleveland, Ohio 44141
phone: 440-838-1191 or 440-832-9540 fax: 440-838-1192
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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer, James D. Madden, P.E., a licensed professional engineer, has performed Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses and Accident Reconstructions routinely for accidents, incidents and cases located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York, in the technical areas which are noted in this website, as well as providing expert reports and testifying in court proceedings in these states in the capacity of an Expert Witness, including depositions, arbitrations and/or trials, with Forensic Engineering work also performed in, and/or for cases in, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Kansas and Utah, with testimony in court in Kansas