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Expert in Materials Engineering; Expert Witness for Litigation Liabilities in Fiber Cement Industries

Expert ID: 722858 Switzerland

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Expert has taken a leading role in the development of fiber-reinforced composite materials. He has an intimate knowledge of varied synthetic fibers and cellulose fibers used for the reinforcement for cement based materials. He also has a fundamental understanding of cement and cement additives used for composite materials.

He has a complete understanding of cement, fibers, synthetic fibers, and cellulose fibers and has been involved in the addition and handling of these materials in the production process of fiber cement materials. He has also experience in testing these materials for varied physical and chemical properties short and long term. In addition to fiber cement products Expert has also experience in inorganic polymers, such as activated fly ash and kaolin with and without fiber reinforcement.

He has over 25 years’ experience in product development with fiber cement composite materials and other related products. This experience has included composite design, testing, and assessment according to varied applications. A vast amount of experience has also been related to prediction of long-term durability, which includes creep, fatigue, and aging behavior. He has also developed accelerated aging tests, which can be used to predict the product performance. He has also run production trials on an industrial scale for fiber cement composite materials and assessed these products in the laboratory and on site.

Expert has taken a leading roll in product developement in fibre cement composite materials.He has assisted in the developement of inorganic polymer materials. Expert has provided expertise and was an expert witness in litigation on liabilities for roofing materials. Expert has provided technical backup and has assisted in building a factory with regard to fibre cement products.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Physics and Mathematics Institution: University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Year: 1974 Degree: B.Sc. Honors Subject: Physics Institution: University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Year: 1980 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Materials Engineering Institution: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Undisclosed Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Expert is Principal Consultant.
Years: 1993 to 2000 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Vice Director Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He was head of Research & Development which included basic research and product developement for Eternit in Switzerland and Slovenia.
Years: 1988 to 1993 Employer: Undisclosed Title: General Manager Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Expert worked on the conversion from asbestos-free products to autoclaved technology. He was involved in a license agreement with James Hardie Australia.
Years: 1980 to 1988 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Group Leader Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He performed basic research and development for the conversion of asbestos products to asbestos-free using air cured technology. This also included collaboration with varied universities.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to Present Country / Region: USA Summary: Expert set up a laboratory in order to assess the properties of cellulose fibers in fiber cement materials.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Country / Region: Australia Summary: He provided expertise in a joint development work in inorganic polymer materials.
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: Australia Summary: Expert has provided expertise on how to assess the durability and long-term predictions for a special pipe development.
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: South Africa Summary: He has provided technical expertise and trouble shooting for a major fiber cement producer.
Years: 2004 to Present Country / Region: Thailand Summary: Expert has assisted in setting up a production line to produce autoclaved fiber cement products.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He was an expert witness for attorneys in California with regard to roofing products.
Training / Seminars
He has provided a series of lectures at Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby on varied topics see. He has also conducted a training course in how to make decisions under pressure.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert is fluent in German; it is his seond language.
Afrikans He is fluent in Afrikans; it is his third language.
Flemish, Dutch, and French Expert is able to read and understand these three languages but is not fluent in writing or speaking.

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