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Expert in Corrosion, Chemistry, Metallurgy and Engineering in Relation to Power and Steam Raising Plant

Expert ID: 728122 United Kingdom

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Expert worked in UK power generation for 25 years and became PowerGen's (now Eon's) expert in corrosion of all items involved in power generation. The areas that Expert has first hand knowledge and experience of include the production of high purity water for make-up, feed water conditioning and the control of water chemistry, corrosion and chemical cleaning of boilers (large and small capacities). He has also expert knowledge of fireside corrosion, overheating and wastage of boiler/superheater tubes. He has provided rehabilitation advice for boilers that have seen operation with contaminated feed water and has expert knowledge of the types of oxide and corrosion products that are formed under such conditions. Short and long term storage of boilers is also a speciality, together with steam turbines, condensers, secondary heat exchangers, ductwork, stacks and all forms of gas handling equipment Expert has investigated many corrosion problems with steam turbine problems including pitting, stress corrosion and corrosion fatigue in turbine blades, pitting and cracking of rotor discs and shafts, erosion shield detachment. He has also provided expert advice on condemser problems including tube wastage due to internal erosion, cavitation, erosion-corrosion, deposit attack and external metal loss due to incondensible gas attack. Expert has given expert guidance on material choices and coatings for FGD plant. Expert has first hand experience of material choices to replace Stellite in PWR nuclear plant combined with chemical and material solutions to overcome erosion-corrosion problems in feed flow systems and metal losses relating to descaling treatments. He has also advised operators of CFB plant on problems with fireside fouling, refractory erosion, fluidised bed heat exchanger failures and airheater corrosion due to acid condensates.

Expert has expert knowledge of corrosion and in aircon systems, fouling and corrosion in chiller and heater exchangers. He has acted as expert witnessregarding corrosion and fouling of steel, copper and brass tube where corrosion inhibition has been incorrect, air has gained entry and/or water hardness has given rise to heavy tube deposits.

Expert has acted as expert for companies that have had corrosion failures of aluminium structures exposed to the atmosphere, electricity conductor wires that have experienced atmospheric induced corrosion and buried cables that have suffered exposure to flooding.

Expert has investigated explosions caused by burst boilers, hydro desulphurisers, electrical switchgear and hybrid propulsion units. He has presented expert evidence in arbitration courts throughout Europe, including Italy, France and Switzerland. He has assisted companies worldwide with chemical, metallurgical and engineering plant failures and problems.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2012 Degree: NACE - Corrosion Specialist Subject: Power and refinery plant experience Institution: National Association of Corrosion Engineers
Year: 2004 Degree: Chartered Scientist Subject: Power and refinery plant experience Institution: The Science Council
Year: 1988 Degree: Chartered Engineer Subject: Power Plant Experience Institution: Institue of Mechanical Engineers
Year: 1982 Degree: Chartered Chemist Subject: Power Plant Experiance Institution: Royal Society of Chemistry
Year: 1967 Degree: Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry Subject: Chemistry Institution: The University of Aston in Birmingham

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: Is the principal of the company providing expert advice and witness support to international companies that include Rolls Royce, BAT, AIG, Zurich, Mitsui, P&O, Siemens, Scottish and Southern Energy, Alstom, British Energy et al.
Years: 1989 to 1992 Employer: Corrosion, PowerGen Plc. Title: Head of Corrosion Department: Power Technology, Ratcliffe on Soar Responsibilities: Was head of a group of eight graduates and post graduates providing operational support to power stations and external customers with corrosion and chemistry related problems
Years: 1970 to 1989 Employer: Various Title: Group Head of Water Chemistry Department: Scientific Services Responsibilities: Headed a small group of graduates providing support to generating plant regarding corrosion and chemical cleaning of boilers, corrosion in steam turbines and condensers, and developing methods of monitoring metal losses in power plant together with acid pickling and cleaning fouled heat exchanger surfaces.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1997 to 1998 Agency: Defence Research Establishment Role: Project Leader Description: He lead a team of scientists and engineers in the development of a monitor for the breakdown of thermal barrier coatings in GT engines.
Years: 1995 to 1996 Agency: RR&A Role: Consultant Description: Consulting work is kept confidential.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to 2010 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Insurance investigation of corrosion failures in liquid chlorine cooling system and concentrated sulphuric acid cooling system where serious plant shutdowns were experienced
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Thailand Summary: Insurance investigation of failure in the lubrication system of a steam turbo-generator caused by a pipework failure.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: Holland Summary: Insurance investigation of explosion in a hydro-desulphuriser unit
Years: 2009 to 2010 Country / Region: France Summary: Expert court witness for boiler manufacturer accused of poor design that supplied contaminated steam to a steam turbine
Years: 2007 to 2008 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Expert court witness for biomass plant operator that experienced a range of problems with the design of the circulating fluidised bed combustor units
Years: 2010 to 2011 Country / Region: Qatar Summary: Advisisng on large power plant clean-up after sea water ingress
Years: 2010 to 2011 Country / Region: USA Summary: Investigation of failure in a HP feed heater unit
Years: 2010 to 2011 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Corrosion failures in an auxiliary boiler at a refinery

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry;
Member of the Energy Institute;
Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion.
Licenses / Certifications
Chartered Chemist;
Chartered Engineer;
Chartered Scientist.
NACE Corrosion Specialist

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been called as an expert witness for the following companies: Zurich, BAT, Rolls Royce, Siemens Power, Alstom, Rocksavage power, Biomasse sPa,Weir Westgarth, AIG, Mowlem Engineering.
Training / Seminars
Expert has presented papers to various clients personnel and to conferences on FGD materials and coatings, acid cleaning methodology for nuclear plant, metal losses in chemical cleaning, acid dewpoint corrosion,
Vendor Selection
Expert's company recruits sub-contractors with specialist skills and knowledge according to the requirement of the assignment. He has a list of specialists he can call on.
Marketing Experience
Expert's knowledge of chemistry enables him to understand and manage the chemistry of large power stations, combined heat and power plant, steam raising plant and auxiliary systems at refineries. He can elucidate process data, heat consumption, failure mechanisms, and general problem areas in plant processes.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert offers an unusual combination of skills and knowledge in the form of chemistry and engineering combined with an good understanding of materials and metallurgy

Fields of Expertise

acidic corrosion, atmospheric corrosion, atmospheric galvanic corrosion, brass corrosion, bronze corrosion, carbon dioxide corrosion, cavitation erosion, concentration cell corrosion, copper corrosion, corroding material life length analysis, corrosion by-product, corrosion failure analysis, corrosion fatigue, corrosion-resistant aluminum coating, corrosion-resistant material, crevice corrosion, erosion-corrosion, ferrous metal corrosion, freshwater galvanic corrosion, fretting corrosion, high-purity water corrosion, high-temperature corrosion, iron corrosion, metal corrosion, NACE International, nickel corrosion, acid-proofing, aircraft corrosion, aluminum corrosion, anti-erosion coating material, antifoulant, cathodic protection, chemical plant corrosion, chemical process equipment corrosion failure, gas processing plant corrosion, metal alloy corrosion, nuclear power generation-related corrosion, nuclear reactor corrosion, outdoor weather corrosion, pitting, power generating system corrosion, specific material corrosion, steam generation equipment corrosion, steel corrosion, stress corrosion, sulfuric acid corrosion, surface coating corrosion, agglomeration, air-cooled condenser, boiler, boiler explosion, boiler feedwater, boiler furnace, chemical compound, chemical process equipment failure, chromium carbide, chromium oxide, coal analysis, cogeneration boiler, combined-cycle electric power generating system, combustion chamber, condenser, condensing heat exchanger, corrosion prevention, corrosion-related fluid handling equipment failure, dew point, electric cell, electric energy generation, electric generator, electric power generation equipment, electric power plant, energy economics, energy engineering, energy-efficient condensing heat exchanger, failure analysis, failure modes and effects analysis, fossil fuel electric energy generation, fossil fuel power plant water system, fossil-fueled steam generation, fouling, gas turbine electric energy generation, generating station, heat transfer, heat-resistant metal, materials failure, materials testing, metal failure, metal failure analysis, metallic element, metallurgy, moisture, refractory, slagging, steam, steam chemistry, steam condenser, steam electric energy generation, steam generation, steam sparging, steam turbine, steam turbine blade, steam turbine failure analysis, steel failure, steel failure analysis, turbine, turbine blade erosion, utility plant water system, utility steam generation, waste-heat recovery, waste-to-energy facility, waste-to-steam, water treatment, passivation, product failure, boiler safety, refractory failure analysis, tank bottom corrosion, corrosion monitoring, corrosion coupon, scale removal, compression failure, underfilm corrosion, sacrificial protection, rust removal, corrosion removal, corrosion test equipment, Electric Power Research Institute, corrosion-resistant metal, slag, high-temperature testing, boiler emission, turbine blade vibration, solder joint failure analysis, soot blower, amphoteric material, steam turbine efficiency, electric power system, stainless steel failure, brass corrosion inhibitor, ferrous metal corrosion inhibitor, nonferrous metal corrosion, nonferrous metal corrosion inhibitor, copper corrosion inhibitor, dezincification, electrical connector corrosion, steam chest, rust prevention, steam cracking, cavitation erosion control, aluminum anodizing, chromium corrosion, gas turbine exhaust, electric conductor failure, weld corrosion, in-service materials failure analysis, salt cavern compressed air energy storage, forensic materials failure analysis, corrosion chemistry, corrosion testing, electrical facility design, zebra mussel control, metal water pipe corrosion, industrial utility system, rotating machinery failure analysis, refractory thermal property, aqueous corrosion, power generation system, stray-current corrosion, electrochemical-energy generation, energy-efficient steam system, thermal barrier coating material, carbon steel corrosion, iron alloy corrosion, martensitic stainless steel corrosion, ferritic stainless steel corrosion, deionized-water corrosion, nickel alloy corrosion, copper alloy corrosion, alkali corrosion, corrosion, concrete failure, adhesive failure, high-temperature insulation, atmospheric gas, steam system, mechanical system, corrosion protection, corrosion control, refractory ceramic, vacuum pump, transgranular corrosion, steam pipe, steam flow, refractory coating material, localized corrosion, galvanic corrosion, electrochemical cell, corrosion inhibitor, composite failure analysis, ceramic failure analysis, catalysis, butane

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