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Expert in Metrication, Metric Standards; Steam Engines, Gas and Diesel Engines; Renewable Energy; Scroll Expansion

Expert ID: 107952 Connecticut, USA

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Since entering the field in 1973, Expert has become one of the foremost experts on the application of metric (SI) units and international (metric) standards. He has helped over 100 companies and government agencies adopt metric practices. He has written articles and published a book on SI. Additionally, he has trained employees including CEOs, design engineers, contractors, educators, inspectors, and workers, and developed a multitude of seminars to fit various positions and industries. Among these courses are metric drafting, blueprint reading, spec writing, SI units, ISO fits and tolerances, GD&T, machining practices, HVAC, road and building construction, welding symbols, and procurement of metric tools, gages, and materials. As a consultant, Expert writes or updates design and drafting manuals; advises in metric (DIN, EN, ISO, JIS, etc.) and U.S. (ANSI, ASME, ASTM, SAE, etc.) standards; finds metric hardware and materials; facilitates inventory reduction of fasteners, steels and other materials; and helps with harmonization of engineering, procurement and manufacturing practices.

Expert's expertise includes guiding harmonization of engineering, procurement, and manufacturing practices worldwide for corporations operating or cooperating with companies abroad. Through this work and prior employment abroad, he can interpret foreign drawings and standards, establish a program for unification, modernize spec writing, and identify standards a company needs to consider (there may be hundreds). The assistance includes ISO 9000, QS 9000, and AS 9000 families of standards.

Expert consults in the design of fastener joints (type, size, strength, tightening, fatigue, dynamic loads), in recognition and availability of ISO, DIN, ANSI, SAE, EN, JIS, etc. nuts, bolts, pins, retaining rings, splines, couplings, etc., and in inventory reduction (a program within the changeover to metric). Expert can answer in-depth questions about tolerances, finish, pins, nuts, bolts, washers, thread making, inspecting, thread pitches, types of pipe threads, threaded joints potential failures, failure prevention, stretching and tightening devices, and about the suitability of hardware, locking devices, and lubrication for an application.

Expert designed, built, and tested diesel, gasoline, wankel, and steam engines from the size of toys up to 4000 kW. He consulted in dozens of development projects involving commercial, racing, and advanced engines, as well as steam engines for road and air transportation (he is one of the few experts on steam engines left). Expert advises on system and detail design, performance improvement, wear reduction, pistons, rings, valves, springs, cams, valve train dynamics, variable timing (valve motion control), materials, component failures, test methods, test instrumentation, test standards, dynamometers, instrumentation, couplings, auxiliary drives, and vibration. In the area of steam engines, Expert's expertise includes boilers, feed pumps, high temperature materials and lubricants, and engines used for high speed, light weight, or stationary applications.

Expert had worked on compression release engine retarders (JakeBrakes(r)), exhaust brakes, and driveline retarders while employed by the leading manufacturer of these devices. He has obtained patents and consults in the development and adoption of such devices in a range of applications.

Expert has participated in the development of diesel injection pumps and injectors, and in their modifications for other purposes such as precision metering or engine valve motion control. He has followed the developments in this field for 30 years. He has built several testing laboratories for gasoline, steam, and diesel engines used for production as well as research. He consults in the selection of engines, dynamometers, drive-shafts, couplings, and instrumentation and has published articles internationally on drive-lines and block foundation vibration. Alongside, he has developed and patented new testing equipment.

Expert consults in machinery vibration, including vibration suppression devices, torsional couplings, block foundations, balancing, and troubleshooting. With couplings and drive-lines, he specializes on torsional vibration, rotor inertia impact, coupling stiffness, resiliency, angularity, parallel misalignment, and design of foundations, as well as installation of rotating machinery such as dynamometers, turbines, and fans. He has testified in product disputes and litigation.

Expert has introduced FMEA to a score of companies in the US and abroad. He delivers speeches, seminars, and workshops, and he consults in writing and applying FMEAs in a wide range of industries. He has contributed to the technique by developing alternative procedures, forms, and one of the early software programs. He publishes articles and papers and lectures at conferences. He assists clients in implementing FMEA on its own or as a part of QS 9000 and TQM, and he reviews FMEA documents for correctness and completeness.

Expert has provided sourcing assistance for the U.S./Central Europe exchange (Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia). He can work with most European technical documentation and interpret it for U.S. counterparts in marketing, purchasing, engineering, and manufacturing. Likewise, he interprets U.S. inch- and pound-based manufacturing documentation for the European counterparts. This work includes drafting and design practices, machining and inspection processes

Having consulted for some 100 companies in size from Fortune 10 to small machine shops, he provides training in metrication and FMEA, helping in the development of electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical devices, mostly in the heat engine field.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Providence, Rhode Island

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: MIT
Year: 1967 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Czech Institute ofTechnology (CVUT), Prague, Czechoslovakia

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1982 to 2012 Employer: Self Employed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1976 to 1982 Employer: Jacobs Manufacturing Company Title: Manager of Labs and Research Department: Responsibilities: Research, development and quality assurance testing, planning and construction of R&D facilities,
Years: 1975 to 1976 Employer: Foster-Miller Associates, inc. Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Development of coal gasification methods and facilities
Years: 1970 to 1975 Employer: Scientific Energy Systems Corporation Title: Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Design and development of steam powered automobile for the EPA
Years: 1967 to 1969 Employer: Ustav pr Vyzkum Motorovych Vozidel Title: Research Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Development Engineer of automatic transmissions for automobiles.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2009 to Present Agency: DARPA Role: Consultant Description: Design and development of a portable battery charger for the military
Years: to Present Agency: Department of Energy Role: Senior Engineer Description: Design and Development of a non-polluting automobile

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Mexico Summary: FMEA training
Years: to Present Country / Region: France Summary: FMEA training
Years: to Present Country / Region: Czech Rep. Summary: Sourcing suppliers.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of SAE, ASME, ASTM, ANMC, SES, and USMA.
Awards / Recognition
Fellow of USMA
Publications and Patents Summary
He has authored or co-authored some 70 technical publications, one book and holds several patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has consulted for attorneys, wrote reports for several cases, and has testified in court.
Training / Seminars
Expert has presented seminars in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, England, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. Most of these seminars are on technical subjects such as FMEA and the differences between inch-based and metric technological practices. Other seminars focus on the business and social aspects of U.S. and European cultures. In some countries, Expert can lecture in the native language. Expert also teaches, trains, and consults on hundreds of ISO standards, including ISO 9000. This consulting includes a preparation of standards manuals such as the ISO drafting standards manual and ISO design standards manual.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of metric products such as hardware, components, raw material, conversion software, standards, and conversion-guiding documents, FMEA training, consulting, and software, ISO 9000, QS 9000, AS 9000, specialty machine shops, and consulting services through a network of private consultants and consulting companies.

He has access to the following resources: databases, printed materials, and a network of contacts.
Marketing Experience
Expert has been providing marketing and sourcing assistance to companies interested in finding metric products and markets. He arranges U.S./Central Europe exchange (Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia).
Other Relevant Experience
Troubleshooting mechanical devices, design of engines and reciprocating expanders and compressors, Czech, Slovak and German languages.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Czech Expert is fluent in Czech. He performs technical translations and interprets for negotiations between US and foreign companies.

Fields of Expertise

International System of Units, measurement unit, metric standard, metric system, metrication, SI unit, international standard, ISO standard, industrial fastener, mechanical fastener, mechanical fastener standard, metric fastener, pipe thread, screw thread, threaded fastener, threaded fastener engineering, diesel engine, engine testing, gasoline engine, steam engine, engine retarder, diesel fuel injection, engine test facility, machine vibration, machine vibration analysis, mechanical system vibration, failure modes and effects analysis, process failure modes and effects analysis, international sourcing, HVAC trouble shooting, racing, bolting live loading, Industrial Fasteners Institute, engine technology, failure rate, buttress thread, boss design, Miller-cycle engine, cylinder sleeve, shaft failure, metal fastener, liquid injection pump, torque wrench, radial piston engine, piston engine, technical translation, ampere, Wankel engine, screw thread inspection, screw thread form, engine component, diesel standby electricity generation, rotary engine, fastener quality, engine selection, automobile vibration analysis, steradian, siemens, henry, dynamometer, internal combustion engine compression ratio, base unit, process hazard analysis, machinery foundation, internal combustion engine combustion chamber, threaded fastener failure analysis, engine vibration analysis, coulomb, automobile manufacturing, design review, European Committee for Standardization, International Federation for Normalization, German Institute for Normalization standard, German Institute for Normalization, annular seal, Otto engine, automotive research and development, standardization, compression-ignition engine, screw thread standard, threaded fastener testing, high-strength bolt, fault tree analysis, automotive diesel engine operation specification, vibration testing, measurement process, engineering drawing, diesel engine specification, American Society of Mechanical Engineers standard, coach screw, gasoline engine specification, Stirling engine, vibration pickup, vibration isolation, torsional vibration, square nut, fastening spline, spark-ignition engine, small engine, set screw, screw machine, motion measurement, fastening lock, hexagonal nut, four-stroke cycle engine, automotive engineering, automotive brake, aircraft engine

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