Expert in Metallurgical Engineering, Failure Analysis, Heat Treatment, Supplier Development and Coatings
He has specified and developed various heat treatments for ferrous alloys to include annealing, normalising, harden & tempering, nitriding, carburizing and stress relief treatments.
He has performed over 1200 failure analysis of engineering components. He has experience with fatigue, creep rupture, hydrogen embrittlement, tensile overload, corrosion, erosion and stress-corrosion cracking.
He has extensive experience selecting materials for a wide range of applications.
He has extensive understanding of mechanical properties of both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys at ambient and elevated temperature, in both benign and aggressive environments.
He has a through understanding of metallurgical engineering, processing effects on mechanical behavior and environmental effects on material properties.
Many of his failure analysis have involved components fabricated from aluminum, titanium, nickel and cobalt based alloys.
He has extensive experience with low alloy steel, carbon steel, austenitic stainless steel and martensitic stainless steel. Processing, heat treatment, mechanical behavior and welding are just some of the areas of expertise.
He has performed over 500 failure analysis of steel components ranging from carbon steel to austenitic and martensitic stainless steel.
He has 26 years experience in the mechanical behavior, testing, failure analysis and manufacturing processes related to ferrous and nonferrous alloys include all structural steels, stainless steels, nickel-base alloys, aluminum-base alloys and titanium-base alloys.
He performed a failure analysis of US Coast Guard turbocharger. Developed surface modification technology to improve solid particle erosion resistance. Impellers useful life has been extended 10 fold.In response to the loss of heavy forging capability in the US, Expert developed heavy forging suppliers in Germany, Austria, France and Japan to provide these critical components for OEM's. He performed the failure analysis of a gas turbine disk which had fractured aboard a commercial airline resulting in rupture of the fuselage and loss of life of two passengers. He performed failure analysis of a Rene 41 blisk used in the auxillary power unit for the space shuttle. Took part in 3 years of investigation as part of NASA's "back to space" effort after the Challenger accident. He performed failure analysis of a newly designed jet engine during development testing and identified significant manufacturing problems with the new braze materials used in the low pressure stator assemblies. Recommended processing changes and NDT to identify if the conditions were present in manufactured components. All recommendations were implemented and project moved forward.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Fall River, Massachusetts - Lynn, Massachusetts - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island
|Year: 1983||Degree: B.S.||Subject: Metallurgy and Materials Engineering||Institution: Lehigh University|
|Year: 1987||Degree: M.S.||Subject: Metallurgy and Materials Science||Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Years: 2008 to 2009||Employer: Rotating Machinery Services, Inc.||Title: Senior Project Manager||Department: N/A||Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for all technical and commercial aspects of contract execution for company’s gas turbine, steam turbine and axial compressor overhaul rerate and upgrade contracts. He was also responsible for providing authoritative technical expertise in materials and weld engineering in the design, analysis, manufacture and application of the company’s product.|
|Years: 2002 to 2008||Employer: Westinghouse Electric||Title: Technical Engineering Lead, Materials and Welding Group||Department: Nuclear Manufacturing||Responsibilities: His responsibilities included directing, planning and reviewing all materials and weld engineering activities during proposal stage and manufacturing execution of Control Element Drive Mechanisms, Reactor Coolant Pumps and Reactor Vessel Internals. Responsible for supporting divisions interests with technical presentations to customers and attendance at industry forums.|
|Years: 1996 to 2002||Employer: Dresser-Rand||Title: Manager, Advanced Engineering and Development||Department: Steam Turbine, Motor and Generator Division||Responsibilities: He was responsible for recommending and implementing technological research and development to advance technical capabilities and enhance product offerings for new products and aftermarket. Product lines included steam and gas turbines, hot and warm gas expanders. Department consisted of core technical disciplines relevant to turbomachinery design: aerodynamics, rotordynamics, stress and vibration and materials science.
|Years: 1989 to 1996||Employer: Dresser-Rand||Title: Chief Metallurgist||Department: Steam Turbine, Motor and Generator Division||Responsibilities: His responsibilities included leading the materials group and providing authoritative technical expertise, leadership and direction in the design, analysis, manufacture and application of the company’s products, i.e., steam turbines and gas expanders.
|Years: 1986 to 1989||Employer: Sundstrand Aviation||Title: Sr. Materials Engineer||Department: Materials Department||Responsibilities: He was accountable for selecting materials/processes for new products during design development as well as support of product in field. Product lines included: Space Shuttle APU’s, Missile System HPU’s, Undersea Propulsion Systems, Ram Air Turbines and Mechanical Actuation Systems.|
|Years: to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Materials Engineer||Department: Materials Engineering Research Laboratory||Responsibilities: He was primarily responsible for failure analysis of commercial/military fleet and experimental gas turbine engine hardware.|
|Years: 2008 to 2009||Agency: US Coast Guard||Role: Consultant||Description: He performed failure analysis of a USCG turbocharger and selected coating scheme to eliminate future erosion damage to impeller vanes. Developed and qualified supplier.|
|Years: 1998 to 2000||Agency: US Navy||Role: OEM Program Manager||Description: He was responsible for directing and managing all commercial and design aspects of a proposal for the main turbine-generators for the new CVX designed aircraft carriers.|
|Years: 1988 to 1988||Agency: US Air Force||Role: OEM Failure Analyst||Description: He performed an expedited failure analysis of a critical component on the B-1B bomber averting grounding of fleet.|
|Years: 1987 to 1989||Agency: NASA||Role: OEM Failure Analyst||Description: He was the OEM's materials expert working with NASA and related government agencies to insure space shuttle reliability in the "back to space effort" after the Challenger accident.|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1995 to 1998||Country / Region: China||Summary: He was responsible for materials engineering technology transfer as related to manufacture of steam turbines as part of joint venture. Responsible for supplier development of large turbine forgings.|
|Years: 1994 to 1994||Country / Region: Germany||Summary: He was responsible for developing supplier of solid A286 rotor forgings for gas expanders.|
|Years: 1992 to 1994||Country / Region: Japan||Summary: He developed and qualified supplier to produce differentially heat treated steam turbine rotors.|
|Years: 2007 to 2007||Country / Region: France||Summary: He developed and qualified supplier of thick 300 series stainless plate for ASME Section III nuclear vessel applications.|
|Associations / Societies|
|American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Amerian Society of Metals (ASM Intl.)
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|10 Technical Publications|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Expert has been an expert witness/consultant in litigation representing manufacturers, end users and insurnace companies.|
|Training / Seminars|
|Expert provides seminars on failure analysis, material selection, material specifications and ASME Section III usage.|
|Expert has vast experience with supplier development and supplier qualification of ferrous and non-ferrous forgings, castings, bar and thick plate in North America, Italy, Germany, Austria, England, France, Japan, China and Tiawan.|
|Expert has intimate knowledge of the turbomachinery industry. OEM's weaknesses/strengths, technology push-market pull and international growth outlook.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Expert has extensive experience with design, operation and failure modes of steam turbines, gas turbines and gas expanders.|