Steven A. Sanders

Steven A. Sanders, M.S., P.E.

Senior Consultant

Mr. Sanders is a Senior Consultant with Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi) and has over sixteen years of experience in the design & failure analysis of HVAC, refrigeration, building service piping, and industrial process piping systems. His expertise lies in investigating failures, assessing design & construction defects, evaluating compliance with building codes & industry standards, and addressing inspection, testing, and maintenance issues. He investigates building claims involving hail damage, pipe freezes, water leaks, condensation, mold, and indoor air quality (IAQ). He has testified as a qualified professional engineering expert in both deposition and trial.

With a background in both thermal-fluids and materials sciences, Mr. Sanders analyzes failures of entire systems, as well as individual components and pieces of equipment. He consults on issues involving corrosion and materials selection, investigating failures of system components such as: heat exchangers, piping, tubing, insulation systems, valves, fittings, and fasteners. He is experienced in materials testing and laboratory analysis methods, including mechanical testing, hardness testing, microscopy, metallography, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS/EDX).


  • Corrosion of Sulfur Removal Tanks Used in the Processing of Landfill Gas, ASM Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, Online, February 2021
  • Household Cooking Range Tipover Accident Reconstruction Case Study, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering, Volume 2, June 2016
  • Safety Glasses: Preventing Eye Injuries from Carbide Tips, Professional Safety, April 2015
  • Household Range Tipover Accident Reconstruction Case Study, Proceedings of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 2014
  • Corrosion Failure of a Threaded Fitting in an Ammonia Refrigeration System, ASM Journal of Failure and Analysis and Prevention, June 2014
  • Failure Analysis of Ethanol Vaporizer Heat Exchanger Tubes, ASM Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, June 2013
  • Failure Analysis of Hydraulic Fitting Brazed Connections, ASM Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, April 2012

Project Experience

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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