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Expert in Mechanical and Materials Engineering: Fractures, Failures, Explosions, Pressure Vessels and Systems

Expert ID: 724712 Australia

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Expert has worked in ASME, API, EN, BS, AS and other international design codes especially in pressure equipment in the nuclear, fossil fuel, petro-chemical, transportable and gas cylinder industries. He has worked on code development in both Europe and Australia. He is the Australian representative on the International Institute of Welding Pressure Equipment Commission.

Corrosion fatigue covers a wide range of phenomena from environmentally affected fatigue growth to stress corrosion cracking. Expert has been involved in several major corrosion fatigue investigations. He contributed to EPRI work on corrosion fatigue in fossil boilers and has investigated CF and SCC in other contexts such as rail wagons, civil structures and pressure equipment.

Expert has spent much of his career in the electric power industries including coal, oil, gas, nuclear, hydro and alternative generation. His expertise is in the mechanical areas of these industries particularly pressure equipment, rotating equipment and structures. He has worked on the economics of operation in the areas of life assessment and maintenance evaluation. Because of his wide experience he has been asked to participate in several Due Diligence exercises associated with the sale of power stations.

Expert worked in the nuclear industry during the development of the FFS codes which led to BS 7910. He has also had experience in API 579/ASME FFS-1. He has applied the methods in dozens of major industry case studies and as part of return to service activities following investigations. He has written a number of papers investigating the conservatism or otherwise of these codes. Recently he supervised a major research program in the non-destructive measurement of residual stress.

Expert has worked on many fatigue crack investigations in the power, transport, civil structure and petroleum/chemical industries. He conducts not only the fracture surface inspections, microscopy and testing but also the engineering calculations relating to loads and fracture mechanics. He is the author of numerous papers in the area in particular on thermal shock cracking and has worked on code development in Europe and Australia.

Expert has substantial experience in applying fracture mechanics to investigations of actual failures in a wide range of industries. He conducts not only the site inspections, fractography, scanning electron microscopy and materials testing but also the engineering calculations relating to loads and fracture mechanics. He has contributed several theoretical journal papers in the area.

Expert's postgraduate studies were in the area of finite element methodology and he worked on code development. He is also an expert on analytical methods without which the FEM cannot be checked. He has conducted numerous major stress analysis investigations, including several where it was required to resolve conflicting FEM assessments. He has contributed to mechanical engineering design code development in Europe and Australia and taught in the area and written many relevant articles.

Failure analysis in engineering requires a holistic approach considering factors such as economics, design, operations, maintenance, human factors and cultural issues. Expert has been asked to conduct numerous investigations involving all these factors as well as the basic engineering and fracture mechanics. Expert is on the editorial board of the Engineering Failure Analysis Journal and regularly publishes in the area.

Welding is central to many major failures. Knowledge of the welding processes, metallurgy, damage and corrosion mechanisms, creep, fatigue, non-destructive testing is key to supporting welding development or failure investigations. Expert is one of the most experienced workers in the field and frequently publishes in the area. Recently he he supervised a major research project on measurement of welding residual stress using neutron and x-ray synchrotron techniques.


For Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australia, Worksafe SA, Investigation of the Gladstone Explosion of 9 May 2006 (3 Fatalities)For Victorian State coroner: Investigation of a death of motor cyclist in a race accompanying the Australian Motor Cycle Grand Prix, 2001. Expert witness in relation to the Longford accident of September 1998 which led to the death of two workers and several injuries plus the complete shut down of gas supplies to Victoria for 10 days. In the legal proceedings which followed, Expert’s evidence was viewed by the lawyers involved as being “crucial” in technical issues.Appointed as Expert for the Federal Court of Australia (Finkelstein, J) in a Commercial matter. Two reports prepared on the basis of which the matter was concluded.Ford Motor Company Australia and Holden’s Limited to review their R&D work in the area of automotive body panel tooling and process development and testing of completed vehicles for assembly and durability.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: PhD Subject: Metal Forming Institution: Imperial College London
Year: 1973 Degree: MEngSci Subject: Materials, Mechanical: “Strain hardening parameters” Institution: University of Melbourne
Year: 1971 Degree: BE Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: Melb- Australia

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Prinicpal Department: Responsibilities: Director and Principal Consulting Engineer
Years: 1992 to 2007 Employer: Monash University Title: Professor Department: Mechanical Engineering Department Responsibilities: Head of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Years: 1984 to 1992 Employer: State Electricity Commission of Victoria Title: Senior Integrity Engineer Department: Power Engineering Responsibilities:
Years: 1978 to 1983 Employer: National Nuclear Corporation Title: Engineer Department: Safety Policy Unit Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2006 to 2006 Agency: For Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australia, Worksafe SA Role: Investigator/Consultant Description: Investigation of
the Gladstone Explosion of 9 May 2006 (3 Fatalities)

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2002 Country / Region: Papau New Guinea Summary: Government inquiry into the Porgera Mine Disaster (explosion
with 11 fatalities). This project involved a substantial series of experiments, and
metallurgical and microscopic investigations. Expert’s evidence was crucial in
changing the official PNG Government position on the accident.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Philippines Summary: Bakun Hydro power plant in the northern Philippines where there were weld issues in a
hydro power tunnel.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Country / Region: New Zealand Summary: Refining Corporation. Integrity of vessels.
Years: 2006 to 2006 Country / Region: Brunei Summary: Shell Petroleum pipe welding issues

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow IEAust, ASME, Member Institute of Materials Engineering Australia.
Licenses / Certifications
PE equivalent recognized by ASME.
Professional Appointments
International Institute of Welding, the Australian delegate to Commission IX.
Member of four Australian Standards committees in pressure vessels, piping and materials,
Invited fellow of the Engineers Australia.
Member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Engineering Design.
Corresponding member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Applied Mechanics
Awards / Recognition
First class Honors and in first place. Greenwood Medal for top student. Prize for best PhD thesis.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published over 150 papers in international journals and refereed conferences and dozens of major reports for employers. He has also edited 12 books of conference proceedings and been guest editor of 7 editions of international journals.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has a strong background in legal proceedings having acted as an expert witness or court appointed investigator at many levels: federal court, several state supreme courts, coroner’s court, industrial relations and magistrates court (health and safety matters), mediations, arbitrations and public enquiries.
He has worked with a large number of senior barristers and law firms in Australia (including 8 of the top 10 law firms).
His industrial client list includes many of the largest engineering companies operating in Australia.
Training / Seminars
Expert has been a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Monash University, Australia, lecturing in design, manufacturing, maintenance and engineering management and has been the supervisor of a number of postgraduate students.
Vendor Selection
He is able to source and supervise all required services for the investigations including: site visits and photography, sample removal, mechanical testing, microscopy including preparation of specimens, optical, scanning electron microscopy and chemical analysis, stress analysis (Analytical methods, Finite Elements), design assessments to Australian, American and European Codes with special expertise in pressure equipment, civil structures and fracture mechanics.
Marketing Experience
Expert has contacts in most Australian engineering organizations, particularly in the energy, mining and manufacturing sectors. In the course of a year he would visit up to 50 companies. He regularly collects industry data as a function of his engineering management expertise.
Other Relevant Experience
Maintenance and Risk Management.

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