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Expert in Boiler, HRSG, pressure vessel, and heat exchanger root cause and failure analysis, development of corrective actions, material selection,codes, reverse engineering, and training.

Expert ID: 735462 Tennessee, USA

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Expert is an expert at failure analysis, root cause analysis, and determining corrective actions. With years of experience, he has the ability to take complex problems and convert them into a manageable list that can be verified using available tools such as testing, operational review, metallurgical analysis, modeling, and Fitness For Service. With a solid knowledge of materials, operations, codes, and system components, he can develop corrective action options based on the specific economics and needs of the client.

Expert is extremely customer focused; Very safety conscious.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: Mechanical Engineering Subject: Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics Institution: Tennessee Technological University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Consultant Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Consultant to Applied Thermal Coatings for Mechanical Engineering services including metallurgy, root cause analysis, failure analysis, process improvement, procedure development, and project management.
Years: 2015 to 2018 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Senior Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Responsible for proposal development, reverse Engineering, component inspections, and engineering consultation. Managed many heat exchanger rebuilds and new fabrication including design, QC, fab procedures, and testing.
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: TVA - RRC Title: Site Construction Manager Department: Generation Construction Responsibilities: Served as Construction Site Manage. Projects I managed were two Selective Catalyst Reduction system catalyst change-outs and removing a 200 ton generator from idled plan in Paducah KY and installing it in operating plant in Kingston TN.
Years: 1979 to 2013 Employer: TVA Title: Principle Engr. & Program Manager Department: Generation Group Responsibilities: Held various positions in the coal fired unit generating group of TVA. Primary areas of expertise were in performance, Boilers,and Heat Exchangers. Led project teams, supervised engineers, performed failure analysis, performed testing, conducted training, and served as technical contact on R&D projects with EPRI.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1979 to 2013 Agency: TVA Role: Principle Engr. & Program Manager Description: Held various positions in the coal fired unit generating group of TVA which is a self funded branch of the US government.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2017 to 2019 Country / Region: Negav Desert, Israel Summary: Served as consultant on a concentrated solar plant with a gas fired auxiliary boiler. Spent time at the facility inspecting and making recommendations on modifications and repairs.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
1981 to present - ASME Heat Rate & Heat Exchanger Groups
2016 to present - ASME Heat Exchanger Committee. Member, session organizer, chair.
2017 to present - Chattanooga Engineers Club.
Professional Appointments
2015 to present - Tennessee Technological University. ME department Alumni Advisory Board member, guest lecturer
2017 to present - ASME E-Fest Judge.
2001 to 2013 - EPRI Waterwall & Cyclone Interest Group member
2004 to 2011 - Babcock & Wilcox Cyclone User Group member
Awards / Recognition
EPRI Technology Transfer Award. Lead project to instrument the ID surface of a high pressure steam drum to measure surface strain during steady state, start up, shut down, and load swing operation. The data was used to develop operating and maintenance standards to ensure the safe and reliable operation and pressure testing of steam drums.
Publications and Patents Summary
Conference paper presentation - TVA Colbert Unit 3 Upper Furnace Flow Distribution Study
Conference paper presentation - Design Considerations in the Replacement of Cumberland Superheat Outlet Header
Conference paper presentation - Assessment and Redesign of High Temperature Headers
Co-authored Boiler Auxiliaries chapter in Power Plant Engineering Book
Provided Operator Block training and Lab training to metallurgists, and given numerous presentations at EPRI meetings and utility conferences
2013 “Condenser Life Cycle Seminar" - Developing an Effective Heat Exchanger Operating and Maintenance Program
2016 Chattanooga Engineers Club - Innovative Approaches to Main Turbine Lube Oil Cooler Retubing

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
2017 - 2018 Represented client in lawsuit concerning claim of intentional damage of tubular air heaters during inspections with goal of client generating more business. Provided technical write-ups and prepared presentation to be given to US Assistant Attorney General. Suit was dismissed after presentation before any court appearance was necessary.
Training / Seminars
Developed and presented Operator Block training and Lab training to metallurgists. Gave numerous presentations at EPRI meetings and utility conferences.
Other Relevant Experience
2017 - 2019 Served as consulting engineer to client on new concentrated solar plant in Israel. Initial task was to determine cause and make remediation recommendations for auxiliary boiler steam drum that was unable to pass hydro-static pressure test. Tasks were expanded to determine root cause and corrective actions on boiler deflagration event and Superheater overheating. The last task was to determine cause of boiler's inability to make required NOx limit and make recommendations on modifications. At this time a Flue Gas Recirculation system is being fabricated for installation in August 2019.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Able to communicate orally and written in a clear and concise manner.

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