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Expert in Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, Fire Safety Engineering

Expert ID: 721832 Maryland, USA

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He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Fire Protection Engineering. He has more than a decade record of research with the Center for Fire Research (now BFRL) at the NIST. His work is in evaporative cooling and aqueous fire protection agents. In particular, he is an expert in evaporative cooling due to droplet sprays dispersed in the flow or impinging on solid surfaces. Recently, he developed models and experimental database for the prediction of sprinkler activation time for use in fire dynamics codes. He has analyzed and quantified the performance of fire protection gels and foams.

In his long-term association with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he has accumulated an extensive expertise in modeling and performance assessment of complex thermal hydraulic systems. This background is relevant to the modeling of the complex multi-phase interactions during nuclear power plant accidental transients. For almost a decade he has directed the research at a thermal hydraulic test facility simulating a pressurized water nuclear reactor system.

In addition to these two main areas, he has experience designing air systems including small-scale impulse turbines as well as ejector nozzles for vacuum systems.


He designed an small driven turbine for electric power generation He designed an ejector nozzle that was succesfully implemented in a shop-vacHe evaluated the two-phase flow conditions in a complex piping arrangement related to fire safety

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Richmond, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia - Wilmington, Delaware - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: PhD Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Catholic University, Washington, DC
Year: 1976 Degree: Dr. Ing. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Naples, Italy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1981 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor and Associate Chair Department: Mechanical Engineering Responsibilities: He conducts research in fire safety engineering and teaches thermodynamics, heat transfer and two-phase flow
Years: 1994 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Office of Research Responsibilities: He evaluates integral test facility data to be used for the assessment of computational codes predicting plant behavior during accidental transients

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1994 to Present Agency: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Role: Consultant Description: He evaluates integral test facility data to be used for the assessment of computational codes predicting plant behavior during accidental transients
Years: 1985 to 1998 Agency: National Institute of Standard and Technology Role: Visiting Scientist Description: He conducted research on fire protection agents and on dropwise evaporative cooling

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineeris, member American Institute of Chemical Engineeers, member International Association for Fire Safety Science, honorary member Unione Itliana di Termofluidodinamica
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. in Italy 1976
Professional Appointments
Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Division
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 69 referred publications, one patent pending, and one book in preparation on dropwise evaporative cooling

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
On seven occasions he presented technical information to the Advisory Committee on Reactors Safeguards (ACRS) of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Training / Seminars
He has taught more than 2000 graduate and undergradute students at the University of Maryland. He has conducted seminars and short courses in Italy, Taiwan and the United States

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Italian He is native of Italy and completed his graduate studies there
French He a reasonable comand of the language to conduct a non-technical conversation

Fields of Expertise

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