Testing

At MEA, we have the facilities and equipment to conduct testing for high and low-speed collisions, occupant kinematics, slip and fall, material failure, and many other cases. Our 12,000 square foot facility in Richmond, BC includes a crash-test laboratory, a vehicle inspection area, metallurgical laboratory and a shop for mechanical disassembly and fabrication.

During the course of research we have developed specialized test equipment to permit us to conduct our studies effectively.

We have expanded our laboratory and now offer FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) Spectrometer capabilities. This in-house capability enables MEA to keep control of the evidence, and the testing is done by qualified MEA engineers who are familiar with the case at hand.

Determining the identity of an unknown substance is a common problem in Forensic Engineering. Based on the interaction of infrared light with matter, a laboratory instrument called a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) can identify unknown substances such as plastics, paints, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, greases, fuels and sealants. Typically, a very small sample of an unknown substance is placed on the FTIR and in a few moments its unique spectral fingerprint is obtained. Identifying the substance is done by interpreting its spectrum, which may involve comparison to a spectral library, or comparison with a known sample.