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Expert in Metallurgical Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, Marine & Pipeline Corrosion, Cathodic Protection

Expert ID: 725392 California, USA

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He has performed research in aqueous corrosion, primarily in seawater and has provided assistance in the design of equipment and facilities exposed to aqueous environments including seawater, freshwater, potable water and wastewater. As seawater contains substantial amount of chloride, this summary also applies to the area of expertise "aqueous corrosion. This expertise is also related to the areas of expertise "marine corrosion" and "underwater corrosion" as well as the area of expertise "corrosion testing."


He has performed research in the corrosion of metals in atmospheric environments, primarily in marine atmospheres. He has assisted in the design of equipment and facilities exposed to atmospheric environments.

He has been involved in the design of many systems as a materials consultant and has assisted in the selection of materials for a wide variety of applications. Materials selection considerations have included such factors as strength, ductility, weight, modulus of elasticity, life-cycle cost and corrosion resistance. He prepared a one-week training course for NACE Internations entitled "Materials Selection and Design for Corrosion Control."

He has a profession engineering registration in corrosion engineering in California. He has evaluated corrosion in a wide variety of industries and environments ranging from corrosion of space shuttle components during storage to the design of municipal wastewater facilities. He has also prepared and presented many training courses on corrosion and corrosion control.

He has been active in the field of cathodic protection of buried and underwater pipelines for over 40 years. He has provided consulting services in the design, installation, inspection and maintenance of cathodic protection systems on buried and underwater pipelines. He has prepared and presented many training courses for personnel involved in the installation, inspection and maintenance of cathodic protection systems on pipelines and other structures. This includes preparation and presentation of courses for NACE International as well as preparation and presentation of courses as an independent consultant.

EXAMPLES OF CONSULTING SERVICES DURING FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Federal employees are allowed to provide consulting services in a private capacity, provided the activities do not interfere with the duties of the employee or present a real or perceived conflict of interest with the employ¬ee's position. From 1972 through October 1995 I provided such services to over 60 organizations. These services ranged from the analysis of the failure of high-speed aircraft electrical generators to the testing of materials for use in sewage outfalls. The majori¬ty of the services involved the application of corrosion control and metallurgical technology to the analysis of service failures or the design of new equipment or facilities. Prepara¬tion and presentation of technical training for engineering personnel in corrosion technology were also provided. Examples of projects during this period are:

Investigated the failure of several large air-conditioning units at a major University. Served as an expert for the firm representing the manufacturer of the equipment who was being sued by the University for providing inferior equipment. Provided a deposition that attributed the deterioration of the units to poor installation and maintenance.

In several cases, investigated maritime cargo and container losses as a representative of the insurer of the cargo. Provided depositions in two cases.

Retained as an expert witness in a case involving leaking underground storage tanks at a dry cleaner. Provided deposition regarding the possibility of determining the time to failure of the tanks at the site.

Retained as an expert witness in a case involving the failure of a hydraulic fitting that ruptured causing a fire aboard a fishing vessel that caused serious injury to a crewman. Provided deposition regarding the possibility of detecting the fatigue damage in the hydraulic fitting prior to the failure of the fitting..

Prepared and presented several professional training seminars for engineering societies on corrosion and corrosion control.

Developed a one-week course on Design and Materials Selection for Corrosion Control for the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. Contracted to present the course on several occasions.


Evaluated the requirement for additional anodes to allow for current drain to mooring chains for an offshore mooring.

Revised a one-week course on Corrosion Basics for the National Association of Corrosion engineers.

Evaluated alternatives to galvanized steel gratings in an amusement attraction for a major southern California theme park. Recommended alternative materials with a significantly longer life and significantly lower life-cycle cost.

Developed design guidelines for the cathodic protection of water and liquid manure storage tanks fabricated from Expertfabricated glass lined panels.

Retained as an expert witness in a case involving corrosion of homeowner underground storage tanks that were supplied with fuel containing excess water and an unapproved fuel additive. Provided deposition.

Evaluated corrosion of seawater cooled heat exchangers for major chemical company.

Retained as an expert witness in a Trademark infringement case involving cathodic protection test stations.

Prepared and presented a 2-1/2 day corrosion control training course for U.S. Navy personnel.

Evaluated cathodic protection system on Strait Crossing Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Prepared and presented a five day corrosion control course for U.S. Navy personnel.

Prepared and presented a two-day corrosion course for a technical training provider.

Prepared and presented a 2 day cathodic protection testing training course for a large water district in Southern California.

Retained as an expert witness in a case involving corrosion of reinforcing steel in sound walls in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Assisted the U.S. Navy in the development of inspection methods for high pressure compressed air flasks used in hyperbaric facilities.

Provided consulting services regarding corrosion of stainless steel components to a firm that designed large water treatment plant in San Diego County.

Provided corrosion consulting services to a firm that is designing a fixed underwater power and electro-optical research station.

Provided consulting services to a firm that is designing an instrumented deep water mooring for the U.S. Navy.

Provided corrosion consulting services to a firm that designs and manufactures remotely operated and autonomous undersea vehicles.

Developed and presented a one-day short course on corrosion to the firm above that designs and manufactures remotely operated and autonomous undersea vehicles.

Developed and presented a one-day short course for Navy engineers involved in the design and fabrication of shipboard equipment supporting the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.



Retained by the State of California to serve as an expert in litigation resulting from a multiple fatality failure at a large power plant. The failure resulted in a loss of approximately
$400,000,000, the loss of 7 lives and the injury of 11 additional personnel. The failure was determined to be due to improper operating conditions at the plant resulting in accelerated creep of the high pressure steam piping. In addition, the operators of the plant did not perform adequate inspection of the high pressure steam piping. Provided deposition and testified in court. The case resulted in the power company being responsible for the loss.Evaluated cathodic protection system on Strait Crossing Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The cathodic protection system was not properly designed and provided inadequate protection to the ice shields on the bridge supports. Recommended and assisted in the design and implementation of remedial action and validated the performance of the modified system.Retained by a municipal water district to coordinate the design and installation of cathodic protection systems on water treatment and storage tanks. Developed an ongoing cathodic protection system maintenance plan and trained district employees in proper inspection and maintenance techniques.Evaluated alternatives to galvanized steel gratings in an amusement attraction for a major southern California theme park. Recommended alternative materials with the same appearance as the original gratings with a significantly longer life and significantly lower life-cycle cost.Retained as an expert in the evaluation of a large desalination facility using power plant effluent as feedwater. Due to improper materials selection and improper chemical treatment of the feedwater, severe corrosion resulted in the shutdown of the plant after only about 6 months of operation. Cost to repair the damage with suitable materials and proper chemical treatment was approximately $ 40,000,000. The case was settled shortly after the expert's deposition.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Fresno, California - Salinas, California - Santa Maria, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1966 Degree: B.S Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: University of Arizona

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1966 to 1995 Employer: Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory Title: Metallurgist Department: Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center Responsibilities: Perform research and provide consulting services for shore and offshore facilities and equipment.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1966 to 1995 Agency: U. S. Navy (Civil Service) Role: Metallurgist Description: He performed research in marine corrosion and provided consulting services in corrosion and metallurgical engineering for both onshore and offshore naval facilities and equipment.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2003 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Inspected cathodic protection system on Strait Crossing Bridge and identified inadequacies of the cathodic protection system design. Prepared a modified design and assisted in the modification of the original system and validation of the performance of the modified system.
Years: 2002 to 2002 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Presented a one-week NACE International Corrosion Control training course in Calgary, Alberta
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Presented three one-day Materials Seminars for the Nickel Institute in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: Indonesia Summary: Inspected heat exchangers in a sulfuric acid plant in Gresik Indonesia that were corroding on the seawater side of the exchangers. Determined that the corrosion was due to inadequate chlorination of the seawater. After adequate chlorination was provided and the corrosion damage was repaired, the corrosion ceased.
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Met with Mitsubishi regarding corrosion of seawater cooled heat exchangers in a sulfuric acid plant in Indonesia. As a manufacturer's representative provided Mitsubishi with information regarding the selection of heat exchanger materials based on the corrosion literature and testing performed by the plant manufacturer. This meeting resulted in the field trip to Indonesia described above.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

NACE International (Formerly the National Association of Corrosion Engineers)
- Member
- Sustaining Member
- Corporate Sustaining Member
- Western Area Membership Chairman
- Member of the National Membership Committee
- Secretary of Western Area
- Vice Chairman of Western Region
- Member-at-Large of National Membership Committee
- Chairman of Western Area
- Chairman of National Seminars Committee
- Director of Western Area - Chairman of National Membership Committee
- Chairman of Membership Subcommittee
- Vice Chairman of Western Area
- Chairman of the Member/Area Operating Committee
- Chairman of Western Area
- Life member
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Professional Engineer-Corrosion State of California
Certified corrosion Specialist- National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
Professional Appointments
Many positions on the NACE International Board including Director.

Many positions on the NACE International Western Area including three terms as Chairman

Director of the Marine Technology Board of Directors
Awards / Recognition
NACE International Awards

- Western Area Engineer of the Year
- National Technical Achievement
- National Distinguished Service
- Elected Fellow
- Western Area Stratfull Award

British Institute of Corrosion
- Elected to Fellow status

American Society for Metals -
- Member
- Life Member

The Marine Technology Society
- Member
- Chairman of the Marine Materials Committee and Member of the Board of Directors


Publications and Patents Summary
He has 6 patents related to the generation of heat by electrochemical reactions. The patents are related to the military Field Ration Heater and other commercial sources for flameless heat at remote sites.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Many cases involving metallurgical engineering and corrosion issues. Includes investigation, depositions and testimony in open court. Served as an expert for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Training / Seminars
Many training courses, primarily in corrosion control and cathodic protection testing personnel training. Prepared and presented courses for several industrial training firms and for NACE International, as well as an independent consultant.
Marketing Experience
Market development for the Nickel Institute and the Copper Development Association. Primarily in assisting clients in making application of nickel and copper containing materials successful.

Fields of Expertise

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