Expert in Mechanical Properties, Materials Science, Polymer Science, Fracture, Failure Analysis
Expert ID: 729151 United Kingdom
He has consulted on an issue with a medical device that cracked during it's use. This was found to be due to the mould design which brought about residual stresses. Recommendations were made to refine the design and eradicated the problem.A coatings company needed advice in making fracture toughness measurements. The geometry and measurements were analysed and recommendations for making the measurements made. This resulted in data that could be relied upon. It was independently checked and found to be valid.An adhesives company had problems with the equipment used to coat paper at high speeds. He identified that the lubrication characteristics of the adhesive in the rollers at high pressure made a difference to the lifetime of the roller coating equipment.He carried out a systematic study of glass fibre strengths from leading suppliers. It was shown that the handling and packaging of the glass fibre was critical. Measures were taken to redesign the packaging and this resulted in the fibres being more robust saving £2m.An adhesive issue was identified in TFT computer screens. He identified the critical adhesive and interface and worked with the companies involved (with each) to improve the issue.
|Year: 1985||Degree: PhD||Subject: Materials Science||Institution: University of Surrey|
|Year: 1982||Degree: BSc||Subject: Materials Technology||Institution: University of Surrey|
|Years: 2007 to 2010||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Programme Leader||Department: Undisclosed||Responsibilities: He was responsible for a global research innovation initiative concerning coatings and adhesives.|
|Years: 1992 to 2007||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Research Associate||Department: Undisclosed||Responsibilities: He was responsible for the Polymer Physics area of measurement for ICI. This included the business development, technical innovation and gatekeeping this area of science.|
|Years: 1985 to 1992||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Research Scientist||Department: Undisclosed||Responsibilities: He was responsible for product development, underpinning research and polymer processing for a family of fibre composites.|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 2008 to 2009||Country / Region: United States||Summary: He was involved in adhesion measurements and research programmes.|
|Years: 1981 to 1981||Country / Region: Germany||Summary: Mechanical properties of Beryllium materials.|
|Years: 1987 to 1987||Country / Region: United States||Summary: Project to improve pultrusion processing in thermoplastic matrix polymers.|
|Years: 2006 to 2007||Country / Region: United States||Summary: Techniques developed for high throughput experimentation approaches for mechanical testing|
|Associations / Societies|
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Chairman IUPAC Subcommittee 'Structure and Properties of Commercial Plastics'.|
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|He has 33 published papers and 3 patents.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Patent and litigation support for ICI businesses - as an internal consultant.|
|Training / Seminars|
|Mechanical properties of Polymers seminars run for ICI and AkzoNobel businesses.
Invited speaker to numerous International and National conferences.
Scientific papers presentations at conferences.
Internal project presentations given over 25 years.
|Worked with fibre suppliers for composite materials.
Purchase capital equipment for scientific measurment and analysis.
Purchase polymer processing equipment.
Procured expert services, consultants and training course.
Funded academic collaboration with many Universities.
|In the Polymer industry over 25 years there have been many divestments, restructuring and cost reduction exercises. The strategic direction of a major chemical company is always in flux and key professional people have to adapt and become used to change. This has resulted in a robust, but highly adaptable individual. It is important to recognise situations in which change is needed, but to stand up and be counted where core values must be upheld.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|A talent for grooming presentation skills and presentation material. Enthusiasm and Coaching for success.|
Fields of Expertise
polymer mechanical property, failure analysis, fracture mechanics, polymer processing, fracture toughness, advanced material technology, plastic manufacturing, adhesion science, polymer flow, polymer technology, polymer structure-property relationship, fracture testing, melt rheology, polymer science, materials science, plastic material, polymeric material, polymer property, polymer, polymer rheology