“Applying Advanced FMEA Methods to Vehicle Fire Cause Determinations” / rFMEA, presented by Kerry Parrott with Pat Mattes and Doug Stahl at 2011 ASME IMECE

12/08/2011
 PRESS RELEASE
 

“Applying Advanced FMEA Methods to Vehicle Fire Cause Determinations” introducing the “reverse” FEMA (rFMEA) Advanced Failure Analysis tool, developed in-part by Kerry Parrott and Doug Stahl PE of Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis, LLC was presented at the 2011 ASME IMECE.

Fort Wayne, Indiana – December 9, 2011 – Kerry Parrott, BSME CFI CFEI/CVFI of Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis, LLC recently presented Applying Advanced FMEA Methods to Vehicle Fire Cause Determinations at the 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Denver, Colorado.  Pat Mattes, an independent Fort Wayne quality tools consultant, and Douglas R. Stahl PE, also of Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis, LLC, were co-authors.

This paper introduced the “reverse FMEA” (rFMEA) failure/root cause analysis technique, developed by the authors, by applying advanced Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) techniques and methodology to a failure analysis investigation in the “reverse” direction, relative to a traditional predictive FMEA process.  An example of this rFMEA technique was demonstrated as applied to a vehicle fire origin and cause failure analysis investigation.  The rFMEA analysis technique meets the requirements of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations to apply a systematic approach utilizing the scientific method for fire origin and cause determinations.

Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis, LLC is an engineering consulting business specializing in the forensic engineering and fire investigation failure analysis of commercial vehicles and equipment.  It was formed in 2009 by Douglas R. Stahl, PE to serve the needs of the commercial vehicle and equipment industry providing focused and knowledgeable forensic engineering and fire origin and cause failure analysis of commercial vehicles and equipment including truck tractor trailers, straight trucks, school buses, coach buses, step vans, recreational vehicles and agricultural, construction, mining, forestry, heavy, industrial, truck, and other equipment.  The failure analysis experts at Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis, LLC are degreed engineers with fire investigation certifications and hold Class “A” Commercial Driver’s Licenses.

Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis, LLC is located at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center at 3201 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815.  For more information, contact Douglas R. Stahl, PE or Kerry Parrott, BSME at (260) 407-1727, or visit and contact us at www.Stahl-Engineering.com.