Expert in Industrial Utilities and Forensic Engineering
Expert ID: 719692
Expert has spent a major portion of his career involved with industrial utility generation and distribution. This has included steam and condensate, compressed air, chilled and frigid water, and fuels. His work has encompassed, and continues to encompass, the primary equipment for generating the utilities (boilers, compressors, and chillers), the equipment for delivering the utilities (piping, pumps, fans, and blowers), and the associated auxiliary equipment (heaters, deaerators, condensers, cooling towers, pipe fittings and specialties, valves, and metering equipment).
Expert is very experienced in mechanical engineering analysis including fluid and gas flow analysis, problem identification and analysis, process analysis, failure analysis, thermodynamic cycle and process analysis, economic analysis, feasibility analysis, and report writing. He is very adept at data analysis and enjoys undertaking problem solving after others have abandoned the task.
Expert has investigated several explosions, most of which were boiler explosions. In addition, he has investigated the explosion of a very large steam-fired autoclave used for curing concrete blocks.
Expert has worked extensively with flowmetering over his forty plus year engineering career. He has worked with flowmeters of many types and most types of flow control valves. He has done metering and flow control work on compressed air, steam, water, fuel gases, and liquid fuels.
Expert's primary area of expertise is boilers of all sizes up to utility boilers. He has worked with boilers fired by gas, light oil, heavy oil, and coal. In addition to boiler work, he has also worked on boiler auxiliaries including feed pumps, deaerators, economizers, controls, fans, piping, valves, fuel handling equipment, etc. He has performed combustion calculations in order to determine air/fuel ratios. Finally, he has performed forensic engineering involving boiler failures and explosions (both pressure vessel and furnace).
Expert has an intense interest in boiler and steam system safety. He teaches boiler courses in which he makes safety a central issue. He uses his expert witness experience to teach from others mistakes in an effort to prevent future accidents.
Expert has served as an expert in over eighty cases involving ruptured flex joints, fractured and leaking steam valves, an exploding autoclave, boiler sulfur emissions, cogeneration systems, furnace explosions, a frozen fire sprinkler line, a leaking boiler gauge glass, pump failures and problems, faulty water meters, failed refrigerant compressors, workers injured during utility boiler outages, workers injured while testing piping systems, and several boiler explosions.
Expert’s general area of expertise is industrial facilities and utility systems engineering. His experience includes work with air compressors and compressed air systems; blowers; hot and boiling liquid pumping; blowers and fans; chillers and chilled water systems; cogeneration; combined heat and power systems; cooling towers; heat exchangers; fuel piping, delivery, and control systems; pumps and pump selection; steam piping, systems, and auxiliaries, including steam turbines; piping systems; and valves of all types.
Expert completed a gas line capacity study for a large glass manufacturing plant.He performed a steam line and condensate study for a large paint/coatings plant. Expert has analyzed and solved numerous complex problems for industrial clients, i.e., a natural gas consumption problem at an asphalt plant, and a severe cooling problem on four very large air compressors.He has conducted cogeneration feasibility studies for an automobile manufacturer and a large Midwestern university. Expert has analyzed numerous boiler problems, including boiler puffs and explosions.