Matthew T. Kenner

Matthew T. Kenner, P.E.


Senior Director


Mr. Matthew Kenner specializes in the documentation, investigation, and analysis of complex failures. With over 20 years of experience working in failure analysis, his work has spanned many industries, including aerospace, rail, automotive, marine, construction equipment and consumer products. As an aeronautical engineer and flight instructor, he brings extensive expertise to the investigation and reconstruction of aircraft accidents. As an experienced stress analyst, Mr. Kenner has examined the effects of loads on structures from small consumer components to heavy-lift cranes and bridges. Throughout his career at ESi, Mr. Kenner has been involved with and managed large, complex, multi-disciplinary investigations for clients in need of technical assistance after a failure.


  • Failure Analysis of an Aluminum Chiller Pipe by Experimental Simulation and Stress Analysis, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, ASM International, August 2017
  • Post-Fire Structural Integrity Evaluation of an Aircraft Utilizing ASTM E 1004-02, ASM Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, February 2015
  • Step Ladder Failure Analysis, a Comparison of Analytical Methods, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 2011
  • Failure Analysis of a Commercial Brush Chipper Hood (Case History - Peer Reviewed), Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, August 2011
  • Tools and Techniques for Analyzing Structural Damage in Ladders, ASM International Annual Meeting, October 2010
  • Explosion Phenomena and Effects of Explosions on Structures III: Methods of Analysis (Explosion Damage to Structures) and Example Cases, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, May 2010
  • Structural Stepladder Failure: Analysis of Root Cause, Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, November 2009
  • Effect of Boundary Conditions on the Modal Analysis of a Staircase, ABAQUS Users, May 2004
  • Stress Intensities for a Thumbnail-Shaped Surface Crack in a Solid cylinder Using ABAQUS/Standard, ABAQUS Users, May 2004
  • Analysis of a Hybrid Plate Girder Bridge During Erection: Collapse of Tennessee Highway 69 Bridge, Progress in Structural Engineering and Materials, March 2002
  • Improving the Aerodynamics of Top Fuel Dragsters, 33rd Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, August 1998

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