Christopher  J. Brand

Christopher J. Brand, P.E.


Manager of Minnesota Operations

Chris Brand is a Principal for ESi. He is a is a licensed professional Mechanical Engineer with over twenty years of experience. He holds a BSE and MSME in mechanical engineering. He performs machine design and machine safety analysis on a wide variety of products including gear boxes, CNC machining centers, cryogenic freezers and generators. His extensive experience with finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics along with his understanding of mechanical and materials issues on the component level (including fasteners, bearings, gears, etc.) provide him with a strong base for failure and forensic investigations. He specializes in applying engineering simulations to failure investigations, e.g., fuel gas leaks. He provides consulting and expertise on industrial and commercial safety including automatic doors. He has experience in investigating accidents involving recreational equipment including zip lines. He has investigated accidents involving large machinery such as cranes, agriculture equipment and wind turbines. He performs investigations into piping system failures from residential water losses to industrial chemical leaks.


  • Flanged Reducer Vortex Flowmeter, Patent No. 9,016,138, April 2015
  • Leak Check Device for Vortex Sensor Replacement, Patent No. 7,637,170, December 2009
  • Simulation and Analysis of Chip Breakage in Turning Processes, Proc. of the 5th CIRP International Workshop on Modeling of Machining Operation, January 2002
  • Numerical Simulation of Ductile Machining of Silicon Nitride with a Cutting Tool of Defined Geometry, Proceedings of the 4th CIRP International Workshop on Modeling of Machining Operations, January 2001

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2355 Polaris Lane North Suite 120 Plymouth, MN 55447
  • Phone: (763) 557-9090
  • Fax: (763) 557-0710

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ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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