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Expert in Engineering Materials

Expert ID: 107778 Illinois, USA

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Expert has devoted most of his 35-year career to the application primarily of metals and other materials such as polymers, ceramics, composite materials, and electronic materials; he has also designed and manufactured machines and other structures. His expertise includes the areas of engineering analysis and laboratory testing. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding mechanical properties and mechanical testing of the above materials.

Expert spent the first 15 years of his engineering career in the machine tool industry (with Danly Machine) and still consults regularly for Danly and other machine tool manufacturers.

Expert been involved in developments in the container industry since 1968, having worked for Continental Can and U.S. Can. He maintains a consulting relationship with U.S. Can, both in terms of litigation defense and problem solving in welding and corrosion of aerosol cans.

Expert has owned and operated a scanning electron microscope equipped with an EDS system for the past seven years. He uses the SEM to examine fractured material surfaces in order to determine failure mode. Using the EDS system, he is able to analyze surfaces for elementary makeup.

Since 1980, Expert has been working in the independent laboratory field, initially for Packer Engineering. Currently, he performs the same duties for a firm he founded, Materials Engineering, Inc. He is knowledgeable regarding metallographic analysis, and metal failure analysis due to hydrogen embrittlement, strain aging, fatigue, and so on. He has solved problems in welding, machining, and forming. He is also conversant with surface hardening and diffusion bonding issues.

While at Continental Can, Expert was involved in managing projects to build aluminum can manufacturing lines in Glasgow, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia. During 1991-94, he managed an SBIR project for the DOT/FAA.

Expert is familiar with the various processes of metal forming and tooling design for forming metal. He is familiar with safe pressworking operations per ANSI and OSHA standards.

Expert is very familiar with the fabrication of sheet metal parts by spot welding, riveting, crimping, brazing, and laser welding.

Stamping metal by hydraulic and mechanical presses is another area of Expert's expertise. He has worked on calculations for tonnage requirements, safety issues, and tooling.

Expert has experience with fusion and diffusion welding processes for carbon steel, including stick electrode, TIG, MIG, laser, seam welding, and resistance spot welding. He has determined preheating and postheating requirements to minimize metallurgical changes.

Expert was recently involved in the development of a high-speed laser welding process for joining steel can ends to steel aerosol can bodies. This work was an SBIR project funded by the FAA to develop an aerosol can with improved fine safety for being transported in commercial aircraft cargo compartments. Expert has two U.S. Patents related to this development.

Expert is very familiar with the parameters of time, temperature, and pressure for making similar or dissimilar metal diffusion bonds. He is conversant with the Ficks Laws of Diffusion.

Expert has expertise with all existing heat treatment processes for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. He established a heat treatment department for a US company in Belgium.

Expert is knowledgeable of annealing processes for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including issues of time, temperatures, and furnace atmospheres.

He has worked with resistance spot welding processes for joining steel parts and is familiar with electrode degradation.

Expert has experience with carburization of steel parts. He is familiar with critical times, temperatures, atmospheres, and furnace considerations.

Expert is extremely familiar with a variety of surface hardening processes of steel, including flame and induction hardening.

Expert opened his own testing and consulting firm in 1985, which now has four employees. Since Jan. 1, 1995, the day he sold Materials Engineering, Inc., he has devoted all his working time to consulting.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Peoria, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: MS Subject: Materials Science & Engineering, Institution: Northwestern University
Year: 1968 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgical Engineering, Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology
Year: 1955 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering, Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1985 to 1995 Employer: Materials Engineering, Inc. Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1985 Employer: United States Can Company Title: Manager Department: Metallurgy and Materials Science Responsibilities:
Years: 1980 to 1984 Employer: Packer Engineering Associates Title: Staff Consultant Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1969 to 1980 Employer: The Continental Group Title: Senior Research Metallurgist & Project Manager of Technical Services Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Experimental Mechanics, and of the American Society for Testing Materials.
Professional Appointments
He is Past Chairman of the American Society for Metals, Chicago Western.
Awards / Recognition
He is also listed in "Who's Who in Engineering."

Fields of Expertise

material application, material processing, materials selection, materials testing, metal surface hardening, machine-tool industry, aerosol can, can (container), container industry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, project management, technology transfer, metal forming, metal press forming, sheet-metal fabrication, metal stamping, carbon-steel welding, low-alloy steel welding, laser welding, diffusion bonding, heat treatment, annealing, spot welding, carburizing, surface hardening, brazed carbide, nonferrous metal heat treatment, ferrous metal heat treatment, steel stamping, scanning electron microscope, composition analysis, ceramic mechanical property, machining tooling design, nonferrous alloy, flux-cored arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, can manufacturing, iron heat treatment, aluminum heat treatment, electronic material, welding certification, high tolerance sheet metal fabrication, carbon steel corrosion, low-alloy steel, iron-alloy property, iron alloy corrosion, aluminum alloy property, dimensional measurement, American National Standards Institute material standard, nine-percent-nickel welding, punch press, copper alloy data, impact resistance, solid packaging process, resistance welding, metal heat treatment, military specification, aerosol, mechanical tool, mechanical property, high-nickel alloy welding, work hardening, weld, torch cutting, threaded fastener, structural steel, steel, stainless steel, roll forming, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation, optical microscope, metal failure analysis, metal process, metal sizing, metal sawing, metal forging, metal finishing process, metal cutting, metal coining, induction hardening, hydrometallurgy, hydraulics, gas welding, fusion welding, diffusion theory, solid diffusion, copper welding, conventional machining, arc welding, aluminum

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