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Expert in Polymer and Composites Engineering, Manufacture and Usage of these Materials

Expert ID: 729233 United Kingdom

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Expert has extensive experience in the design, manufacture and use of polymeric and composite materials. He has specific expertise in both thermoplastic and thermosetting composites and in the use of composites in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes fire resistance of composites structures. He has managed joint industry projects in several areas related to the use of composite materials in oil and gas, and in transport. He has also written a number of Expert Reports relating to polymer and composite materials.

Expert Witness in High Court on problems relating to blistering of composite sandwich panels. Expert Witness in a Patent case relating to long fibre thermoplastics. In court in Delaware, USA.Consultant in the design and layout of a plant for manufacturing fibreglass pipes in Argentina. Expert Report on the failure of metallic tooling in a polymer recycling process.Single Joint Expert on a case involving the manufacture of composite shower trays.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Manchester University
Year: 1971 Degree: M.Sc. Subject: Polymer Engineering Institution: Loughborough University
Year: 1977 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Polymer Engineering Institution: Leeds University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Mechanical and Systems Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching and Research
Years: 1979 to 1990 Employer: Liverpool University Title: Senior Lecturer Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching and Research
Years: 1974 to 1979 Employer: Leeds University Title: Research Fellow Department: Mechanical Engineering Responsibilities:
Years: 1968 to 1974 Employer: ICI Title: Research Engineer Department: Petrochemical and Polymer Laboratory Responsibilities: Research in Polmer Engineering

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to 2009 Country / Region: Argentina Summary: Several visits in connection with a company manufacturing composite pipe.
Years: 1992 to 1992 Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: Visiting Expert at EPFL Lausanne.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow of IoMMM and C.Eng.
Professional Appointments
Research Director of NewRail Research Centre. Associate Editor of Plastics, Rubber and Composites.
Awards / Recognition
Two Silver medals and Holiday Medal from IoMMM.
Publications and Patents Summary
Over 150 publications. Scopus 'H' rating, 13.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has prepared Expert Reports in varous areas of Polymer Engineering and has given evidence in court in both the UK and USA.
Training / Seminars
Taught courses in Materials Science and in many subjects relating to composite materials. He has written a course on Non-Metallic Materials for Oil and Gas Engineers.
Vendor Selection
General familiarity with suppliers to the composites industry.
Marketing Experience
Extensive experience working with the composites industry and with the set-up of processes for manufacturing composite components.
Other Relevant Experience
Familiarity with fire behaviour of composites and polymers.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Basic proficiency
German Basic proficiency
Spanish Ability to read technical reports.

Fields of Expertise

advanced composite, advanced composite forming, advanced composite manufacturing, advanced composite manufacturing cost estimation, advanced composite process development, advanced composite processing, advanced composite technology, carbon fiber reinforced plastic, carbon-fiber composite, composite engineering, composite failure analysis, composite fiber, composite material, composite material characterization, composite material failure, composite material manufacturing, composite material manufacturing process development, composite material mechanical property, composite material micromechanics, composite material processing, composite material processing technology, composite naval architecture, composite-filament winding process, engineering plastic, epoxy matrix composite, fiber-reinforced composite, fiber-reinforced composite bar, fiber-reinforced plastic, fiberglass-reinforced composite, fiberglass-reinforced composite fabrication, fire-resistant composite, glass fiber, glass fiber polymer composite, glass-filled polyester, graphite epoxy composite, graphite organic composite, laminate material, polymer composite extrusion, polymer engineering, polymer matrix composite, prepreg material, random-fiber composite, reinforced composite, reinforced plastic, sandwich core phenolic foam, structural composite, syntactic foam, thermoplastic composite, wood plastic composite, textile composite, plastic failure analysis, offshore engineering, flexible plastic foam, plastic pipeline, phenolic resin chemical resistance, laminated plastic, composite molding, composite material selection, amorphous plastic, plastic material test procedure, composite material testing, injection molded plastic, extruded plastic, plastic stress testing, high-temperature composite, composite material repair, plastic bolt, composite bridge design, autoclavable plastic material selection, plastic netting, plastic part, molded plastic part, plastic injection molding press, bottle resin, fiber-reinforced plastic bar, granular plastic, engineering plastic formulation, particulate mineral filled plastic, particulate-filled plastic, composite material design for manufacturability, plastic creep, central composite design, composite aircraft structure, composite bridge, composite material process optimization, composite material process modeling, composite material manufacturing cost estimation, molten plastic, plastic resin, commingled recycled plastic, plastic bottle, fluorocarbon plastic material, three-dimensional structure for composite material, microporous plastic battery separator, plastic material property, plastic product design, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin, plastic stress corrosion cracking, composite material impact damage evaluation, construction plastic material, engineering plastic property, plastic stress corrosion, plastic stress analysis, plastic hinge, plastic bearing, composite pressure vessel, plastic product behavior, fire-resistant plastic, plastic molding, composite material stress analysis, aramid fiber reinforced plastic, chopped-fiber composite, three-dimensional composite, fire-retardant polymer additive, plastic material, plastic gear design, plastic failure, plastic profile extrusion, high-temperature plastic, acrylic resin, fluoropolymer, graphite composite, engineering, woven fiber composite, plastic pipe, plastic gear, phenolic resin, particulate composite, naval architecture, graphite polyimide composite, filled composite, ductility, cellular plastic, carbon fiber, aerospace engineering

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