Metallurgical investigation into an automotive fire
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Failure analysis requires many forms of investigations; some are straightforward and others are conducted to eliminate alternate possibilities. This failure investigation occurred during a litigation assignment several years ago and concerned a recreational vehicle (RV) that caught on fire, killing one of the owners. It was important to identify the origin of the fire, and this paper describes how metallurgical analysis helped in determining that origin.
Keywordsaluminum copper corrosion iron melting temperature recrystallization temperature
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