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Forensic Engineering International
2708 Little Gunstock Road
Lake Anna, VA 23024

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Metallurgist / Materials Science Services

Welcome to Forensic Engineering International (FEI).

We are a multi-discipline forensic metallurgy & materials engineering consulting firm specializing in failure analysis (fractures, failures, damage, corrosion) of metals & non-metals. FEI metallurgists and investigators have testified before U.S. Senate subcommittees, won a prestigious national award, and appeared on CBS '60 Minutes' and various foreign televised segments, in different matters.

Extensive FEI experience includes the mid-air explosion of TWA Flight 800 over Long Island, N.Y., other aviation disasters including the crash of UAL Flight 585 near Colorado Springs, CO; the nation's worst train derailment ('Sunset Limited') near Mobile, AL; Sudafed and Girl Scout Cookie product tampering; U.S.S. Iowa explosion, Wilberg Mine disaster, Sago Mine disaster,and the catastrophic scaffold collapse at the Willow Island, WV, nuclear power plant construction site.

The firm specializes in metallurgical failure analysis of products, components and systems from the most simple 'system' such as a step ladder or a hunter's tree stand, to complex ones, including a Phoenix missile guidance system and corrosion at a new utility plant in Cali, Colombia.

    FEI investigators have over four decades of experience in:

  • Fracture, failure, damage cause & origin
  • Corrosion
  • Fires / Explosions
  • Accidents (including automobile, moped, bicycle)
  • Product tampering
  • Intellectual property (patent infringement)
  • Products liability
  • Defects
  • Disasters (aviation, mine, maritime, rail, mining)
  • Restoration of obliterated serial numbers
  • Metallurgical testing
  • Welding
  • Wire rope
  • Castings
  • Ammunition manufacturing
  • Metal manufacturing & consumer use of metal & non-metal products (including wood & plastics)
  • Aircraft, railroad incidents
  • Forensic matters
FEI principals and associates include various university professors in corrosion, mechanical engineering, statistics, metallurgy & materials science, former NTSB aviation & railroad crash investigators, and former de facto Chief Forensic Metallurgist for the FBI Laboratory.

For more information call 804-448-3955