Concrete Failure Analysis Reveals Multiple Causes

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Concrete Failure Analysis Reveals Multiple Causes Swimming pool owners noticed that their concrete pool, which had been repaired two years earlier, was once again leaking and cracks were reappearing. Findings of the original investigation concluded that a chemical reaction was responsible for the leaks and cracks but that the reaction had mitigated when the pool […]

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Product Failure Analysis: Consumer Product Affected by Inappropriate Raw Material

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Soon after roofing shingles were installed, the shingle manufacturer received complaints from numerous homeowners who observed rust-colored staining discharging from the shingles. The manufacturer replaced the shingles and began an investigation into the cause of the discoloration. Their in-house testing using an industry-standard method revealed the presence of corrosion-susceptible particles that were thought to be […]

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Establishing the WTC Dust Signature: Managing Post 9/11 Environmental and Damage Assessments

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The collapse of the World Trade Center Towers following the catastrophic events of 9/11 produced a dust cloud that covered much of lower Manhattan. Thousands of private and public buildings were contaminated by the dust. Building owners in the vicinity of the collapse, worried about environmental impact to their damaged buildings, retained RJ Lee Group […]

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Industrial Plants Can Face Costly Nuisance Dust Claims

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Industries whose production or manufacturing facilities emit particulate are subject to EPA and other regulatory standards. To meet these standards, industry carefully regularly monitors the amount of particulate produced and is concerned with any residue generated by their facilities. A citizens group (plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against an industry defendant claiming that nuisance particulate from […]

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Award-Winning ASCAT Technology Provides Accurate, Rapid and Detailed Inclusion Data to Improve Productivity and Product Quality in the Steel Industry

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Industry Problem In any given sample, at any step of the steel production process, the possibility exists that there are inclusions of varying chemistry and morphology that may impact product quality. Traditional examination of inclusions in a processed material could take a trained analyst as much as a week to characterize using microscope techniques. Even […]

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Personal Care Products Manufacturer Needs Analytical Method with Sufficient Level of Detail

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A major manufacturer of personal care products uses talc as a component in some of its products. The manufacturer needed to know whether another country’s proposed method for the analysis of talc was accurate for the identification and quantification of trace amounts of asbestos in the compound. Specifically, they needed to know if the proposed […]

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Maintaining FDA Approval: Substitute Material

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FDA approval is required for everything from bedpans to pacemakers. And although a splintered tongue depressor is generally not life threatening, deterioration of the surface coating of a stent can present a more serious problem. Regardless of the application, the materials used in the production process of a medical device are critical to the product’s […]

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