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Expert in Paint, Coating Consulting, Failure Analysis, Laboratory Testing, Inspection, Expert Witness

Expert ID: 723900 Florida, USA

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Expert has been the chair, and has participated in SSPC and NACE surface preparation committees regarding paint. He is the USA delegate to ISO TC35 SC12 "Surface Preparation prior to Paint Application".
Expert is familiar with most USA and European surface preparation standards.

Expert's company a complete array of accelerated testing cabinets for the testing and evaluation of coatings, and for assessing corrosion. Expert is knowlegeable of the advantages, and disadvantages of accelerated testing, and the parameters that lead to realistic assessments of such testing.

Expert is a specialist in coating failure analysis, and his company has a state of the art in-house analytical laboratory (SEM-EDS, GC-MS, FTIR, AA-AE, HPLC, more) and an in-house physical testing laboratory (salt-fog, QUV, Kesternich, Clevland Condensing, Instron tensile, slip/creep, abrasion, adhesion, more). Expert also has in-house enclosed blast-cleaning and painting facilities for the preparation of test panels.

Expert is knowlegeable in the chemistry and properties of common anti-corrosion coatings, including those comprising epoxies (amine, polyamide, novolac, cresol, other resin combinations), polyurethanes (moisture-cured, two-package), silicones, silicates (polysilicates and polysiloxanes), polyureas, alkyds, and other generic types of coating materials and resins.

Expert has been the chair, and has participated in SSPC and NACE surface preparation committees regarding paint. He is the USA delegate to ISO TC35 SC12 "Surface Preparation prior to Paint Application". Expert is familiar with most USA and European surface preparation standards. Expert is familiar with, and his company is a major world wide distributor of field equipment and instrumentation used to measure blast-cleaning surface profile. KTA-Expert, Inc. inspectors are trained and skilled in the use of such equipment.

Expert has been on the Board of Directors of NACE; has been a section chirman, and has served as the Technical Committee 6 "Coating and Linings" chairman. He presently is active as a TG chair, and is a member of a number of NACE committees. He is a regular speaker at many NACE national and local functions, and publishes occasionally in MP.


Expert has conducted over 300 on-site coating condition surveys and failure analyses at various locations throughout the USA, Canada, and the Middle East. The surveys included those in the chemical process, shipboard, marine offshore, petrochemical, pipeline, and other industries, and the coatings investigated were applied over steel, concrete wood, galvanize and other substrates.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida - Hialeah, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Hollywood, Florida - Pembroke Pines, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - Miami Beach, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida - Pompano Beach, Florida - Boca Raton, Florida

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1963 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Lafayette College
Year: 1968 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Institution: Columbia University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1968 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Executive Officer Department: Responsibilities: He is the CEO of KTA-Expert, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Besides strategic positioning and sales, Expert does consulting on high-profile coating failure projects, and utilizes the resources of his company for laboratory testing, physical testing, and specialized expertise.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2006 to 2007 Agency: EPRI Role: Contractor Description: Expert was the project manager on two EPRI projects on nuclear coating aging (coatings within primary cotainment). The first involved a survey of the nuclear industry regarding coating useage and coating condition; and the second project was involved with an industry survey and development of case histories of comparable coating systems in industrial environments.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2006 to 2006 Country / Region: Kuwait Summary: Assessment of internal coatings in an existing 16 km oil pipeline that was being relined using pigs.
Years: 1990 to 2000 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: Assessment and failure analysis of coatings on various projects including those at the HAJ airport terminal, a seawater plant, and within large petroleum storage tanks

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a registered professional engineer in FL, PA, CA, MI. He is a member, and has served on the Board of Directors of NACE International (the Corrosion Society) and SSPC (the Coatings Society). He is the USA delegate to ISO TC35 SC 12, and is the Convenor of WG-5. He is a member of ASTM, AWWA, and FSCT. and has written numerous techical articles and has a number of technical publications.
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. in PA, FL, MI, CA
Publications and Patents Summary
1 patent;
numerous magazine publications regarding coatings; Chapters in ASM Handbook 5 and Handbooks 13 A, 13B.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has considerable experience in federal and state courts in expert testimony before judges/juries regarding coating (paint) failures and problems.
Training / Seminars
KTA-Expert, Inc. offers an array of coatings courses regarding coating quality control, use of inspection instrumentation, quality coating application, specification preparation, failure analysis, and other practical aspects of coatings technology and coating work.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Expert is fluent in this language.
Spanish Expert can read general spanish, albeit somewhat slowly and poorly.

Fields of Expertise

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