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Expert in Combustion, Heat Transfer, Process Furnaces, Incineration, Air Pollution Control, etc.

Expert ID: 723442 Pennsylvania, USA

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He had developed and monitored tests to demonstrate that the air pollution control system operate as designed. Modifications were made to air pollution control systems to improve their operation to meet the regulatory requirements.

The air pollution control system incorporates all components needed to process the waste stream. He has designed and tested a wide variety of waste treatment system to meet the regulatory requirements. This involved modifying standard air pollution control systems to meet the unique requirements of each system.

All air pollution control system has operational margin. He has reviewed the operational characteristics to assure that the installed equipment meets the clients regulatory and emissions needs. Modifications and adjustments were made to assure compliance.

Boiler operational characteristics with each selected fuel was reviewed in detail. The burner and the heat transfer were analyzed and equipment was modified to meet the process and emissions requirements of the system. Forensic analysis of failed systems was preformed to determine the cause of failure.

The burning of pure and waste fuels requires a detailed knowledge of the combustion process and the limitations of each burner system. He has experience with a wide range of pure and waste fuels and their impact on the heat transfer and emissions from many boiler systems.

The boiler emissions are a result of the combustion properties. A detailed review is made of the combustion system to assure that the emissions levels are within the regulatory limits. Adjustments are made to assure that the emissions at all operational conditions are within the regulatory limits.

The forensic evaluation was performed on several boiler, incinerators and furnaces. The root cause of the explosion has been identified for these cases. Litigation support was supplied as necessary.

The fuel to a boiler can be a pure fuel such as natural gas or can be a hazardous waste with heat value. Expert had designed systems to handle a wide range of single and multiple fuels. The heat transfer aspects of these fuels was reviewed relative to the heat absorption capabilities of the boiler. The complete combustion assures that the energy is recovered and the emissions are within the regulatory limits.

The boiler can be operated in many modes. The regulatory, mechanical and process limitations of the boiler must be incorporated into any optimization. These limitations have been successfully incorporated into boilers burning hazardous waste. Modifications to the heat transfer sections were preformed to improve the total operational efficiency of the units without increasing the emissions.

The combustion of wastes and other materials requires a detailed knowledge of the operational limitations of burners and combustion systems. These limitations have been incorporated into modifications of several combustion systems to improve reliability and reduce emissions.

The combustion efficiency is a measure of the energy extraction from the fuel. Combustion efficiency improvements have been demonstrated with modifications to boiler and incineration systems. The recovered energy has been increased through modifications to the burners, combustion chambers and the heat transfer surfaces. Regulatory emissions have been reduced through these modification.

The emissions from a combustion system are regulated by several agencies. Many boilers, incinerators, oxidizers and BIF units have been modified to reduce the regulated emissions. Efficiency improvements were incorporated into all modifications.

Expert has reviewed the operation characteristics of many burner systems that experienced combustion problems. These ranged from erratic performance, noise, vibration and emissions problems. He has provided mechanical and process modifications to solve these problems. The fuels ranged from natural gas to hazardous wastes to stripping fumes to reactor vent streams.

Expert has been involved with the treatment of hazardous waste streams for over 25 years. He has provided detailed designs and modifications to existing units for the past 20 years. He has developed procedures to process the hazardous waste in a safe reliable manner to meet the regulatory emissions requirements.

Expert has been actively involved with the processing of many hazardous wastes. Expert has directed the experimental testing of hazardous wastes to assure their destruction in a research facility.

The destruction of hazardous waste in a fume stream has been part of the waste treatment process for many years. Expert has direct experience with emissions from batch reactors and fume collection systems. The treatment of these streams in an oxidizer has resulted in the modification of control systems to meet the regulatory emissions and operational restrictions of permits.

Expert is actively involved with the thermal treatment of hazardous waste streams from processes. The problems associated with the handling, processing and cleaning of the fume stream are part of the evaluations. Recommendations are made to mechanically or operationally modify the process to meet the regulatory requirements.

The combustion process is designed to destroy the organic portion of all hazardous and regulated wastes. The proper design and control of these processes must be accomplished in a safe and reliable manner. He works with clients to assure that their systems meet these conditions and the regulatory requirements.

Design review of refinery heater. He reviewed all of the operational characteristics of the heater to determine that it was not operating in the manner desired or assumed by the plant. Corrective actions were taken.He designed and configured fume collection system of batch chemical plant collecting organic fumes.He designed waste injector system and burner modifications for high viscosity, corrosive, hazardous waste stream on heat recovery boiler.He provided the operational evaluation and operational modifications to high temperature boiler utilizing waste streams as fuel.He performed refractory troubleshooting on hazardous waste incinerator burning high nitrogen fuels.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Trenton, New Jersey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Baltimore, Maryland

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: BS Subject: Aero Engr (fluids) Institution: Penn State University
Year: 1972 Degree: MS Subject: Aero Engr (Fluids and Turbulence) Institution: Penn State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: He is the principal of a consulting company that provides analysis, evaluation, modification and engineering for combustion, incineration, air pollution control and heat transfer systems.
Years: 1987 to 1998 Employer: Four Nines Inc Title: Principal and Engineering Manager Department: Responsibilities: He was project manager and then principal of the company. He designed and managed projects to improve existing incineration, combustion, air pollution control and RCRA Trial Burn projects for the Consulting Engineering Company
Years: 1978 to 1987 Employer: T-Thermal Company Title: Major Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: He was the Engineering Project manager. He also was the hazardous waste combustion laboratory manager. He was project manager for all large sysetms built by the company. He designed and managed projects that built and installed hazardous waste and fume incinerators, LNG vaporizers, high temperature heaters and high pressure heaters.
Years: 1972 to 1978 Employer: General Electric Company Title: Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He was a heat transfer and aerodynamic engineer for re-entry vehicles.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1991 to 1996 Agency: Department of Justice Role: Expert Witness Description: He provided expert testimony on PSD and incineration operational characteristics.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Agency: Department of Justice Role: Expert Witness Description: He provided detailed evaluation of the operation of an incinerator.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Agency: Kentucky DEP Role: Expert Description: He proviced detailed operational evaluation of rotary kiln operational characteristics.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Eengineer in PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, LA, TX, WI, MN, KY, UT, OK
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 20 technical papers in combustion systems and heat transfer control and 1 book chapter.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert Witness for Chemical companies and EPA/DOJ on emissions, operational control and process control of combustion and incineration systems. He provided expert testimony on boiler and incinerator emissions for several manufacturing facilities.
Vendor Selection
Project manager responsible for designing, specifying and purchasing all equipment utilized for heat tranfer, fume and waste incineration and LNG vaporizer systems.

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