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Timothy Behrens, PE, CFI, CFEI, CFVI

Principal Engineer

Location:

Phoenix Service Center
544 West Iron Avenue, Ste. 102
Mesa
Arizona
85210

Telephone

480-350-9911

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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Behrens has over 38 years of experience in mechanical engineering, with the last 34 years primarily devoted to failure analysis and forensic engineering.  His forensic engineering practice is diverse and has included conducting over a thousand engineering investigations involving a wide range of fires, explosions, accidents, and product failures.

    Mr. Behrens has conducted hundreds of full-scale vehicle crash, fire and component-level tests, which has provided a practical basis for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the analysis of automotive fires, failures and accidents.

    Mr. Behrens also has expertise in fire and failure analysis involving appliances, plumbing systems, fire sprinkler systems, HVAC, and commercial/industrial equipment. 

    In addition, Mr. Behrens provides engineering expert evaluations for slip/trip & fall accidents and premises liability issues.  He also has some experience in the investigation of water intrusion, foundation and roof damage on commercial and residential structures.

    Mr. Behrens has provided expert witness testimony in over 35 cases involving various fires, accidents and failures.

    He is also a Board-Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering (DFE) by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers in accord with the guidelines of the Council of Engineering Specialty Boards (CESB).

    His specific areas of expertise include:

    • Vehicle Fire Origin & Cause (including Passenger Cars, Heavy Trucks, RV’s, Motorhomes, Agricultural & Construction Machinery)
    • Vehicle Accident Reconstruction (Passenger Cars, Heavy Trucks, Motorcycles, Bicycles)
    • Vehicle Failure Analysis (Fuel Systems, Tires, Brakes, Engine, Restraints)
    • Low Speed Vehicle Accidents (Injury Potential & Damage Feasibility Analysis)
    • Plumbing System & Appliance Failure Analysis (Piping Systems, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Plumbing Components, Toilets, Water Heaters, RO systems, Water Filters, Washing Machines, Dishwashers)
    • Fire Cause & Failure Analysis of Industrial Equipment & Appliances (Generators, Compressors, Boilers, HVAC Equipment, Cooking Appliances, Dryers)
    • Fireplace, Chimney & Wood-Burning Appliance Fire Investigations
    • Natural Gas & Propane System Fires & Explosions
    • Consumer Product Failure & Safety Analysis
    • Building Premises Safety Analysis (Slip/Trip & Fall, Stairs, Ladders, Lighting, Visibility, Automatic Doors, Code/Standard Compliance)
    • Building Failure Analysis (Water Intrusion, Construction Methods, HVAC & Ventilation)

     

  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, (with Academic Honors), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1983

  • Certifications

    Professional Engineer, Arizona, #31197

    Professional Engineer, California, #35500

    Professional Engineer, Colorado, #34469

    Professional Engineer, Utah, #372882-2202

    Professional Engineer, New Mexico, #17085

    National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES), Record #18001

    Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering (DFE), # 1126S

    IAAI-Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), #28-090909

    Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI), NAFI #6805-2704v

    Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), NAFI

    Certified XL Tribometrist, CXLT, #1906771 (Slip Testing Floors)

    Certified Fireplace & Chimney Inspector, Fireplace Investigation Research & Education Service,   #FCI-250

    Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, ACTAR #1020, 1999 - 2014

  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Mechanical
    • Engineering - Electrical
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Investigations - Failure Analysis
    • Fire Investigations - Incendiarism
    • Fire Investigations - Liability
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Subrogation
    • Specialty and Consulting - Collision Reconstruction
    • Specialty and Consulting - Product Failure and Analysis
    • Specialty and Consulting - Transportation
    • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
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