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 Expert  107854

Expert in Friction, Lubrication, and Machining

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
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TRIBOLOGY. Expert has worked over 40 years in the field of tribology (friction, lubrication, and wear), 36 of those years with General Electric. Much of this work was in research but applicable to industrial problems in rotating machinery and electrical contacts. A large part of this effort has been on contract with the government, applicable to space and defense systems. His early research in this field dealt with both metals and polymers and led naturally to bearings (especially sleeve & roller bearings) development. He continues to consult extensively in this area with the Navy and with industry.

MACHINING. Approximately 12 years of Expert's career has been involved with advanced machining research involving primarily superhard (diamond and CBN) cutting tools and high-speed machining. He is also knowledgeable regarding ultrahigh-speed machining. Much of this was on contract with the government and at one time Expert managed a program involving over 20 subcontractors. This effort extended from research (sponsored by DARPA) to manufacturing technology (sponsored by the Air Force). Many of the current machining practices used by the defense industry resulted directly from this work. As spinoffs from this technology, lasers and rock drilling have also been subjects of Expert's research.

PRECISION MACHINING. Expert managed a program for the Air Force which involved the study of diamond single crystals, both natural and synthetic, and cubic boron nitride as cutting tools for the preparation of ultra-smooth surfaces. This was aimed at the production of optical components for use in space. Complete characterization of these crystals (orientation, internal structure, preparation, etc.) was necessary to relate numerous parameters to surface topography of the final workpiece product.

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT. Expert has held numerous administrative positions in technical societies, advisory committees, and task forces covering a broad range of technical subjects. This has resulted not only in a broad technical background but also produced a vast range of contacts thoughout government, industry, and academia. He is experienced in working with large relational databases.




conventional machining




metal machining


ultrahigh-speed machining


wear-resistant coating material

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Springfield, Massachusetts;  Chicopee, Massachusetts;  Albany, New York;  Schenectady, New York;  Utica, New York;  Hartford, Connecticut;  and Bristol, Connecticut.

Often requested
with this expert:

Tribology, Wear, Coatings, Materials Selection, Materials...
Friction, Tribology, and Wear
Friction and Wear Reduction, Biomechanics
Mechanical Engineering, Tribology, Rheology

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1952   PhD   Physical Chemistry   Penn State University  
1949   MS   Physical Chemistry   Purdue University  
1944   BA   Chemistry, Physics   St. Olaf College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1987 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)



Independent Consultant


He is an independent consultant who has done consulting for industry, Navy and other government organizations

1951 to 1987


G.E. Corp. R & D


Materials Sciences


Program Manager


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of ACS and SME.

Professional Appointments

He was president of ASLE in 1976-77. ASLE has been renamed the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). He was the founder and first chairman of the Gordon Research Conference on Friction, Lubrication, and Wear. A "Expert" award has recently been established for outstanding contributions to the Gordon Research Conference on Tribology (to be awarded at each conference). Expert was Chairman of the Advisory Board for the STLE Handbook of Lubrication.


Expert has received the National Award of American Society of Lubrication Engineers (ASLE), the society's highest award, and the PM Ku Award of ASLE (which is the second highest). Expert received the Mayo D. Hersey Award in 1988 from ASME for 31 years of outstanding work in tribology.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 120 publications including five patents and ten book chapters.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in tribology for consulting on journal bearing producing an objectionable "groan" noise as velocity approaches zero in an automotive door hinge application.
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Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of: Lubricants, Anti-wear coatings, Cutting tools, Machine tools,and Solid lubricants.

He has access to the following resources: Print materials (Cutting Tool Eng. Buyer's Guide, ASLE Buyer's Guide, Machine Design Reference Issues), and Personal contacts.


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