Eric A. Black, B.S., CFEI, CVFI

Mechanical Engineer


At Knott Laboratory, Mr. Black assesses the damages to structures and routinely implements repair plans to restore the damaged structure or mechanical component back to a pre-loss condition. Mr. Black has also designed multiple electromechanical systems including a hail simulator and custom chronograph, steam power generation system, and a device which measured real-time fluid properties for hydraulic fracking operations. Mr. Black has designed structural repair plans for a wide variety residential and commercial structure failures including roof collapses, foundation movement, and retaining wall failures.

Education


B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2015

Registration


Registered Professional Engineer in the following states:
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Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
National Association of Fire Investigators

Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator
National Association of Fire Investigators

Engineering and Design


Mr. Black has investigated the cause of damage to properties damaged by fire, flood, moisture intrusion, inadequate drainage, pipe failure, corrosion, hail, wind, mold, foundation failure, structural member failure, vehicular collisions, construction defects, and mechanical damage. Mr. Black has set up and conducted live vehicle burns at the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) biannual certification course to train hundreds of attendees from across the nation on vehicle fire patterns and correct origin analysis.. Mr. Black’s educational background, involving mechanical, electrical, and thermal systems has given him a unique understanding of system integration and design, enabling him to accurately determine causations of vehicle and structural fires. Mr. Black has also conducted wind tunnel testing of scale model structures and has published this research in the Forensic Engineering subsection of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Accident Reconstruction


Expert Testimony


Achievements


Professional Affiliations

Mr. Black is a member of the following professional organizations:


IAAI

International Association of Arson Investigators

CIAAI

International Association of Arson Investigators – Colorado Chapter

NAFI

National Association of Fire Investigators