Hernán  Mercado-Corujo

Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI

Senior Consultant

Hernán Mercado-Corujo is an accomplished forensic engineer with over 17 years of experience in mechanical engineering. He combines more than 12 years of design/engineer/test experience at Eaton Automotive and Honda R&D with “in-the-field” forensic engineering practices for Root Cause Failure Analysis and vehicle fire Origin & Cause investigations. His extensive experience with hands-on testing and in-depth knowledge of strength, durability, fatigue, and overall vehicle reliability qualifies him to perform failure analysis on a variety of machines and vehicles.

Hernán has investigated cases involving, but not limited to:

  • Fire origin and cause (O&C) investigations, focusing on motor vehicles, agricultural/farming equipment, transportation/construction equipment, recreational products, and machinery.
  • Fires aboard cargo ships/vessels. Experience with fuel system components, layout, fuel-fed vehicle fires, and alternative fuel systems (CNG, hybrid, etc.).
  • Allegations of product defects or malfunctions related to design, production, and recalls.
  • Motor vehicle and component testing.
  • Mechanical investigations on passenger vehicles, light trucks, SUVs, bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, snowmobiles, PWCs, and agricultural equipment.
  • Root/cause failure analysis and investigations of individual components, engines, transmissions, chassis, and other vehicle systems, including vehicle/component testing/instrumentation.
  • Powertrain failure investigations and analysis.
  • Vehicle crash data retrieval and imaging via CDR tool and data interpretation.

He is bilingual in English and Spanish, allowing him to help clients in Puerto Rico with incidents involving vehicle crashes, as well as vehicle and property fires.


 

 

Publications

  • Bringing Things Full Cycle – How to Approach Bicycle Crash Investigations from Every Perspective Amid Rising Use, CLM Magazine, January 2017.
  • Qué? Speaking your Client's Language in Forensic Investigations - Literalmente, Subrogator, Fall 2016.
  • Enhancement of Multi-Body Simulation Data Sharing, Honda R&D Technical Review, April 2012.
  • Utilization of MotionView for Automotive Strength and Durability Analysis, paper number 2009-01-1196, 2009 SAE World Congress and Exhibition, 2009.
  • Development and Application of a Press- Pin/PTH Reliability Model, Conference Proceeding and Journal Volume 15-3, SMTA Journal of Surface Mount Technology, 2002.
  • Thermal Finite Element Analysis of X9 and X29 X-Ray Ring Crotch Radiation Absorbers, BNL-66762, KC0204011, Energy Citation Database, 1999.

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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