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Expert in Predictive Diagnostics, Machinery Vibration, Industrial Data Science, Sensors and Instrumentation, and Industrial IoT

Expert ID: 724158 Illinois, USA

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Expert spent many years working with vibration issues in machinery. His experience ranges from engineering research and design of low noise and vibration machinery to practical vibration analysis and control of machinery installed in the field. The success in resolution of various vibration issues is coming not only from experience and understanding the principles of machine vibration but also from close familiarity with machine component interaction, principles of operation, and application of various types of machinery.

Expert's capabilities:

* Vibration testing and diagnostics
* Multi-channel synchronous vibration data acquisition and analysis
* Field and factory acceptance testing and troubleshooting
* Vibration spectrum analysis and machine fault diagnostics – imbalance, misalignment, looseness, bearing faults, etc.
* Modal Analysis – natural frequencies, mode shapes, detuning, modeling of modified structures
* Operating Deflection Shapes analysis – visualization of machine movement at resonance condition or due to a mechanical fault
* Diagnostics of vibration problems due to abnormal machine operation – out of range operation, cavitation, overload, process media interaction, etc.

* Vibration Control Solutions
* Precision machine balance and alignment
* Structural detuning and damping
* Vibration Isolation – engineering and design
* Dynamic Vibration Absorbers – passive vibration suppression devices

* Design and Analysis
* Finite Element Analysis (FEA) – modeling and analysis of machine structures for natural frequencies, mode shapes, and response to periodic and transient excitation forces
* Rotor Dynamic Analysis – analysis of rotor lateral and torsional critical speeds, mode shapes and rotor torsional and lateral response functions
* Design and analysis of structural modifications and machine design improvements to alleviate high vibration

Expert is experienced in many areas of mechanical engineering. These areas include design and analysis, machine shop and assembly technologies, product testing and certification, third party approvals, special component procurement, research and development, equipment start-up and field troubleshooting, failure analysis, ISO 9000 quality system, expert witnessing and other areas. This experience is coming from expert's work for many years as manager and director of engineering of a manufacturing company. The primary product was custom engineered pumps and electric motors.

Expert has extensive background in pump engineering. He is proficient in the areas of pump design, manufacturing, application and operation. More specifically, the range of expertize includes pump operation in a pumping system, multiple pump operation, variable speed pump applications, hydraulic performance, pump testing (both at the factory and in the field), effects of piping hydraulics, out of range operation, system design, and installation issues. One important area of expertize is pump vibration. Pump vibration analysis and troubleshooting techniques developed by the expert over the years allow quick and accurate diagnostics of a vibration issue whether it has mechanical, hydraulic, or structural nature.


A 2000 Hp centrifugal pump experienced out of specification vibration levels after installation. It was established by preliminary tests that there was a resonance condition excited by the vane passing frequency. Subsequent modal analysis revealed that the pump supporting frame made of steel beams had insufficient stiffness and was responsible for a number of mode shapes that had been excited within the pump operating speed range. After a computer simulation was performed a solution was proposed and implemented to modify the support by adding concrete around the beams. The solution has drastically reduced vibration by eliminating the resonance condition.To reduce resonance vibration in a large motor a dynamic vibration absorber was proposed as a solution. Additional research was necessary as the motor was operating with variable speed and the absorber had to be designed to accommodate the motor's speed range. The resulting design allowed independent tuning of all absorber parameters to achieve the desirable dynamic properties.

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

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Moscow Technical University (Power Engineering Institute)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Sr. Manager, Predictive Diagnostics Department: Global R&D Responsibilities: • Led research and development of technologies for innovative diagnostic systems for predictive maintenance of industrial pumps and compressors in oil and gas applications
• Built a team consisting of subject matter experts, mechanical engineers, electronic and embedded software engineers, data scientists and software developers and coordinated activities in creation of system prototypes and support of field trials
• Researched Machine Learning algorithms for analysis of condition monitoring data, detection and classification of anomalies to support predictive maintenance at customers’ sites
• Developed innovative techniques for pre-processing, feature engineering, and compression of sensor data; tested algorithms using field and lab data
• Researched commercial industrial IoT platforms for integration with the diagnostic system and algorithms developed by the team. Developed requirements, participated in selection process, and ran a pilot project
Years: 2012 to 2016 Employer: Thermal Care, Inc. (Division of IPEG), Niles, IL Title: Director, Engineering Department: Engineering Responsibilities: • Coordinated mechanical, refrigeration, electrical, and control engineering teams in design of industrial process chillers, pumping systems, and controls
• Evaluated new product ideas, established project schedules, allocated resources, assigned tasks, and kept recurring design review meetings to meet project deadlines
• Increased productivity in Engineering by introducing automation in everyday tasks
• Directed development of a new state of the art product test lab – led design, selection of sensors, instrumentation and hardware, supervised development of software and managed completion on schedule.
Years: 2006 to 2012 Employer: InCheck Technologies, Inc., Northbrook, IL Title: Founder and Principal Engineer Department: Responsibilities: • Consulted industrial equipment OEMs and end users on maintenance and reliability issues in industrial rotating equipment
• Created innovative IoT system architecture for cloud based data monitoring and automated machine condition monitoring and diagnostics using sensor data
• Directed development of data visualization and analysis software for online system used for condition monitoring and diagnostics of industrial machinery. Designed UI dashboards and interactive analysis tools
• Developed innovative data processing techniques for machine condition data and fault diagnostics
• Used vibration analysis for field troubleshooting of industrial pumps, compressors, and high speed spindles used in manufacturing
Years: 1991 to 2004 Employer: Yeomans Chicago Corporation (Grundfos Chicago), Aurora, IL Title: Director, Engineering; R&D Manager; Engineering Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Director, Engineering 1999 to 2006
• Supervised engineering department that included new product development, production engineering, and engineered to order products for water and wastewater applications
• Directed custom engineered projects for solids handling pumps for industrial, commercial, and municipal customers. Developed cost estimates and project schedules, allocated resources and resolved various design and production issues
• Trained and mentored field reliability engineers in troubleshooting techniques using vibration analysis and other machine data. Developed solutions for field problems
• Established engineering standards in the areas of documentation, product testing, engineering calculations, drawings, and document control. Led transition to a new ERP system (Visual Enterprise), 3D solid modeling design software, and electronic drawings archive
R&D Manager 1996 to 1999
• Led new design projects for submersible electric motors, pumps, power and control wiring assemblies, drive trains, oil cooling systems, and accessories. Coordinated development efforts between suppliers, engineering, production, testing, and certification (with FM Approvals for explosion proof electric motor design)
• Improved mechanical designs using FEA for stress, thermal, and structural analyses. Optimized designs by using CFD software for hydraulic flow modeling in pumps. Performed mass-elastic analysis of machine structures and rotor dynamic analysis of complex drive trains to ensure reliable operation in the field
Engineering Manager 1992 to 1996
• Controlled work of a group of engineers on custom bills of materials and drawings in support of manufacturing of engineered to order equipment
• Led transition to a modern ERP system (COGNOS Visibility) from paper records for engineering
Mechanical Engineer 1991 to 1992
• Designed new submersible pumps motors and modified pumps to fit

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Hydraulic Institute
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. (mechanical) in the state of Illinois since 1994
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 2 US patents

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has been called as expert witness for a deposition in a case related to product performance due to a vibration problem
Training / Seminars
Training course: Vibration in Rotating Machinery - Measurement, Diagnostics, and Troubleshooting
Vendor Selection
Selection and Procurement of instrumentation for vibration testing and analysis;
Locating vendors and defining specifications for condition monitoring systems;
Extensive work with suppliers in areas of bearing selection for custom rotating machinery

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Russian Fluent and proficient in all aspects

Fields of Expertise

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