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Expert in Forensic Engineering, Intellectual Property, Failure Analysis of Plastics, Rubbers, Composites

Expert ID: 727562 United Kingdom

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Expert has 30 years experience in investigating product failure and its consequences. It includes accident analysis following personal injury such as road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, and accidents in the home. He originally became involved in the subject by investigating the safety of mining lamps, and has extended his expertise to a wide variety of other topics. They include failure of medical devices and implants, consumer product failure, automotive failure and failure of pneumatic systems, as well as failure of industrial products such as storage tanks and piping systems. He is especially skilled in polymer analysis as exemplified by thermoplastics, elastomers and composites, adhesives and sealants. He has also acted as an expert witness in numerous patent disputes of mainly mechanical inventions, and has also reported on tradename, trade secrets and design rights, where he has reported on the stateExpertofExperttheExpertart, analysis of patent claims, their definition and scope.

He has recently investigated the failure of catheter connectors which led to brain damage to a premature baby as part of a team of experts in a High Court action. The action succeeded without a trail and led to the award of substantial damages. The connectors had been poorly designed and moulded, leading to premature cracking and bacterial infection through the cracks.He recently investigated a series of fires at Heathrow airport caused by ozone cracking of diesel fuel linesHe investigated a series of seal and OExpertring fractures on semiExpertconductor lines in Japan. The failures were caused by ozone cracking when compressors on the pneumatic lines were replaced.He investigated the failure of a plastic catheter used for an epidural anaesthetic in childbirth. It was probably caused by UV degradation during manufacture and the woman concerned wa sarded substantial copmpensation.He appeared as an expert witness for Flymo Ltd in a patent action brought by Black& Dccker. His testimony was accepted and the patentExpertinExpertsuit declared invalid on three different grounds.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: PhD Subject: Polymer Physics and Chemistry Institution: Manchester University
Year: 1966 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemistry Institution: Manchester University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1976 to 2000 Employer: Open University Title: Senior Lecturer Department: Materials engineering Responsibilities: He researches failure problems and teaches forensic engineering, polymer technology and failure analysis
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: Open University Title: Reader in Forensic Engineering Department: Materials Responsibilities: Consulting on product failure

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1975 to 1990 Agency: National Coal Board Role: consultant Description: investigating failure of mining lamps and other mining products

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1999 to 2001 Country / Region: Ireland Summary: He presented a report in the case of Murphy InfantsExpertvExpertFiat spa, in a case in the Irish High Court involving a car fire in which two young children were injured. The case succeeded and the children awarded very substantial damages
Years: 1996 to 1997 Country / Region: Germany Summary: He prepared evidence ina patents appeal at the EPO in Munich, and the american company won the appeal for its patent (shrink wrapping of bottles)

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Licenses / Certifications
Fellow of the IOMMM, FIOMMM
Professional Appointments
Professional Qualifications

1. Fellow of the Institute of Materials, FIMMM (1985-)
2. Chartered Engineer, CEng (1988-)
3. Member of the Forensic Science Society (1990-)

Appointments and Experience

1. 1968 Research Associate, EI DuPont de Nemours Inc, Wilmington, USA
2. 1969Expert70 ICI Research Fellow, Dept of Physics, Manchester University
3. 1970Expert75 Lecturer in Metallurgy, Manchester University (Forensic work started)
4. 1975Expert77 Honorary Fellow (Mech and Aero Eng Dept) University of Salford
5. 1975Expert1984 Lecturer in Materials, Open University
6. 1976Expert1992 Consultant to Oldham Batteries, Denton, Lancs
7. 1978Expert86 Joint holder of SERC Grant for PostExpertgrad education
8. 1984- Senior Lecturer, Open University
9. 1988Expert94 Joint holder of Teaching Company grant from EPSRC
10. 1988Expert94 Joint holder with Consumer Research Labs of World Bank grant
11. 1988Expert90 External Examiner, University of North London (School of Polymers)
12. 1998- Joint holder of IGDS grant from EPSRC for new courses
13. 2000Expert03 External Examiner, Cranfield University (Forensic Eng and Science)
14. 2003- Member of Industrial Liaison Board, Cranfield University
15. 2003 PhD Examiner, Cranfield University
16. 2007- Member of Course Review Board, Cranfield University
17. 2010- Reader in Forensic Engineering, Open University
18. 2010- Senior Research Fellow, Open University
Awards / Recognition
Dow award at SPEExpertAntec
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the author or coExpertauthor of over 70 papers in academic journals such as Engineering Failure Analysis, and has written over 400 technical reports. Expert is author to five books in forensics and related topics.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has appeared in numerous trials involving product liability and patent disputes in County courts, Magistrates courts, the High Court, the Patents court, the Technology court, Irish Supreme court and European Patents court.

High Court, Patents Court, Technology Court, Patents County Court, County Courts, Coroner’s Court, Crown Court, Magistrates Court (witness evidence and crossExpertexamination in most), EPO Court of Appeal, Irish Supreme Court (affidavit), New Zealand High Court (reports).
Training / Seminars
He has developed several distance learning courses in forensic engineering and disaster analysis
Vendor Selection
He is entered in several expert witness directories
Marketing Experience
He has consulted with many different industries in order to solve failures and improve product design

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Highly proficiernt
French Some skill in use of the language

Fields of Expertise

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