Timothy C Behrens, PE, DFE, CFI, CFEI, CVFI Expert Witness
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General Specialties:

Mechanical Engineering and Failure Analysis

Keywords/Search Terms:

Accident Reconstruction, Automotive Engineering, Fire, Explosions, Plumbing, Premises Liability, Slip-Trip & Fall, Bicycle, Motorcycle, Products Liability, Transportation, Recreational Vehicles, Heavy Equipment, Industrial Equipment & Machinery, HVAC


BSME (with Honors), University of Arizona

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Mr. Behrens has 40 years of experience in mechanical engineering, with the last 36 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. Mr. Behrens is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) by the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). In addition, Mr. Behrens provides engineering expert evaluations for slip/trip & fall accidents and premises liability issues. He is a Certified XL Tribometrist (CXLT) by Excel Tribometers. 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) • Plumbing System & Appliance Failure Analysis (Piping Systems, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Plumbing Components, Toilets, Water Heaters, RO systems, Water Filters, Washing Machines, Dishwashers) • Fire Cause Analysis of Appliances, Equipment & Fireplaces • Failure Analysis of Mechanical Components & Systems Mr. Behrens is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in 6 states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM, UT) and is available nationwide and globally for forensic engineering assignments.