Fire and Explosion Analysis

With experience and data gathered from thousands of fire- and explosion-related investigations, Vollmer-Gray Engineering Laboratories assists its clients in evaluating failures and implementing preventive measures. Our team of fire and explosion analysis engineers provides services in a wide array of engineering applications and problem-solving ranging from residential and vehicle fire analysis to the investigation of fires and explosions at chemical processing, petrochemical, manufacturing, and other industrial facilities. We can also provide expertise in more specialized areas such as smoke and plume propagation modeling. We routinely assist our clients in solving their design challenges involving household, commercial, and industrial appliances, including heaters, furnaces, boilers, and turbines.

Vollmer-Gray has investigated and analyzed thousands of fires and explosions, ranging from high-loss disasters to small insurance claims. Information gained from these analyses has assisted clients in assessing design of their products, as well as evaluating failures when they occur.

We combine state-of-the-art material characterization and testing methods, such as oxygen consumption calorimetry; ignition, flame spread, and combustion testing; and chemical analysis. We have performed full-scale fire testing. Our engineers and scientists keep up with current research and experimental methods to ensure that our clients have access to the best tools available. In addition to traditional fire investigation and computer-based tools, we routinely use innovative techniques such as 3D surveying methods, photogrammetry, video and image analysis, and three-dimensional computer animation to resolve and explain our clients’ toughest problems.