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04/02/2021 Education Night

NSWAFI is hosting a Zoom webinar on the subject of Metallurgy, Materials Science and the Fire Investigation.

Presenter: Roger Costanzi, a trained metallurgist with 25 years of industry experience.


The presentation will introduce the audience to some of the metallurgical properties of alloys and their response to high temperature, discuss more broadly materials science and the tools and analytical equipment used when investigating equipment failures, and the information they can provide in fire investigation cases. The forensic evidence sourced from mechanical failure vs fire damage is very different, but there exists metallurgical features for different alloys when exposed to high temperature that can aid the investigation process. This evidence, coupled with analysis of nearby ancillary equipment (fire damaged or not), can be used be to make a determination on the likely ignition source(s). A number of case studies that Bureau Veritas have been involved with, and the metallurgical features and evidence obtained from examination of fire damaged equipment, will be shared with the audience.on the 2021 edition of NFPA 921. NFPA 921 is the detailed guide to fire investigation in an ever-changing environment. This document is peer reviewed and published every three years. By understanding the changes affecting the investigations of fire and explosions scenes you will be better prepared to investigate, present and articulate your case and opinions.

The presentation will take place on Thursday 4 February 2021 at 6pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). The presentation should go for about an hour.

This presentation will be conducting using Zoom. The account we are using only has room for 100 participants. If this limit is exceeded, then NSWAFI will host another event later in October. The first 100 to register their interest will be receive an email with the Zoom login details. This will be sent a few days before the event. To register your interest please use the booking form on the NSWAFI website on the Event Calendar. The flyer for the event can be downloaded below.

Education Night Flyer - 4 February 2021
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