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 Expert  107828

Expert in corrosion in plant,buildings, hvac, etc; Hi-Temp; surveys/failure analysis; expert witness; seminars

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New Jersey (NJ)
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Expert has over 35 years of experience in practical aspects of materials utilization involving steels, stainless and high alloy steels, nickel and nickel alloys, copper and copper alloys, aluminum and aluminum alloys, and titanium and titanium alloys in many corrosive environments. His experience has primarily involved localized phenomena such as pitting, crevice corrosion, erosion corrosion, selective attack, and stress corrosion cracking (SCC). He has special expertise in formicary (ant-nest) corrosion of copper and SCC of copper under elastomeric insulation. He has considered design, application, and performance of materials in natural environments (atmospheric, waters, soils), and for most sectors of industry including chemicals, petrochemicals, foodstuffs, beverages, utilities, nuclear, pulp and paper, bio-medical, transportation, and plumbing. He offers a two-day seminar called "Overcoming the Challenge of Corrosion."

He offers Advisory services, Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis (Cause and Origin) investigations on malfunctioning machinery and equipment, including component breakdowns, structural collapse, fire, heat and flood damage.

Examples include isolated breakdowns in process plant and equipment, piping, water mains, storage vessels, underground storage tanks, reactors, machinery, aerosol cans, tools, chairs, ladders, plumbing, wire ropes, elevators and escalators, automobiles and transportation vehicles, ships and cargoes.

He has experience with all common engineering materials including: Aluminum and alloys, Copper and alloys, Cast Irons, Steels, Stainless Steels, Nickel and alloys, Titanium and alloys and Refractory metals in natural environments (atmospheric, waters, soils), and many industrial corrosives. Corrosion Failures analyzed include: General and Localized Attack, Pitting, Crevice Corrosion, Dealloying, Erosion Corrosion, Formicary Corrosion, Fatigue and Stress Corrosion Cracking. Specialty areas include formicary (ant nest) corrosion of copper and SCC under insulation.

Expert has experience with major plant failures – including process plant, refineries, gas turbines boilers, pipelines and buildings – after explosions, fires, chemical release, flood damages and structural collapse.

He is an experienced expert witness in metallurgy, materials selection, failure analysis, design and corrosion-related issues.


metal corrosion


aluminum corrosion


copper alloy corrosion


crevice corrosion




nickel alloy corrosion


nickel corrosion


stainless steel corrosion


titanium alloy corrosion


titanium corrosion


corrosion resistance


atmospheric corrosion


austenitic stainless steel corrosion


brass corrosion


bronze corrosion


carbon steel corrosion


cavitation erosion


concentration cell corrosion


corrosion control


ferritic stainless steel corrosion


ferrous metal corrosion


fretting corrosion


galvanic corrosion




intergranular corrosion


iron alloy corrosion


iron corrosion


localized corrosion


martensitic stainless steel corrosion


nonferrous metal corrosion


outdoor weather corrosion


stress corrosion


superalloy corrosion


uniform corrosion


zinc alloy corrosion


zinc corrosion


galvanizing standard


copper corrosion

He has a special expertise in high temperature oxidation and hot corrosion, notably associated with power generation (boilers, gas turbines, waste incinerators, heat exchangers, reactors, kilns, and reformers. He has undertaken research on materials performance in hot waste combustion atmospheres, including sulfur-rich gases, metal-halogen vapor reactions (chlorine, fluorine, bromine, and iodine), molten salt corrosion (vanadic slags, sulfatic melts) and molten glass reactions with metals. He has assessed plant and equipment following fires and explosions. He has written and teaches a two-day seminar on "Materials for high-temperature service," offered by NACE International.

His special expertise in high temperature oxidation and hot corrosion, notably associated with power generation (boilers, gas turbines), waste incinerators, heat exchangers, recuperators, kilns, reactors and reformers, has been utilized in resolving major plant failures in process plant, refineries, gas turbines, boilers, pipelines and buildings. Cases include: Explosions, Fires, Flood Damages and Structural Collapse.

His published research includes materials performance in hot waste combustion atmospheres, including: Sulfur-rich Gases, Halogen Gases (Chlorine, HCl, Fluorine, HF, Bromine, and Iodine), Molten Salt Corrosion (Vanadic Slags and Sulfatic melts) and Molten Glasses.

Expert has over 35 years experience with site surveys, failure analyses, metallurgical testing and chemical analysis, including laboratory simulation and testing, (salt spray and humidity cabinets, coupon testing and electrochemical techniques). He has experience with on-line electrochemical monitoring systems and has networking arrangements with laboratories that specialize in these techniques.

Expert has advised many organizations on materials selection and performance and undertakes failure analyses. He has organized and presented in-house seminars to a variety of companies as well. Expert consults for several material manufacturers and product developers. His consulting work has included work for several government committees. He has conducted surveys in the food and beverage industry. He has provided input to regulatory bodies who specify requirements for food and beverages. He works with persons from all disciplines and from all sectors of industry in helping them to better appreciate, understand, and ultimately eliminate or control corrosion.


high-temperature corrosion


power generating system corrosion


high-temperature oxidation


corrosion testing


materials failure


pitting erosion


materials selection for chemical compatibility

Acidic corrosion processes vary for reducing acids (where the cathodic reaction primarily involves the reduction of hydrogen ions to atomic and then molecular hydrogen) versus oxidizing acids (where the cathodic reaction reduces the acidic anion, e.g., brown oxides of nitrogen are produced by steel in dilute/moderate concentrations of nitric acid). Material performance in acidic conditions is dictated by temperature and concentration; impurities influence attack.

Commonly: sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), ammonia, potassium hydroxide (caustic potash), calcium hydroxide (caustic lime) and sodium carbonate (easily hydrolyzed to NaOH at temperature). With most metals and alloys develop insoluble hydroxides that limits attack; hydrogen forms on amphoteric metals (i.e., those attacked by both acid and alkali), e.g., Al, Zn. Irons, steels find applications to moderate concentrations; Fe-Cr alloys actively corroded above ambient; limitations include caustic embrittlement (SCC). Nickel alloys generally resistant, as are titanium and zirconium.

Expert has devoted many years in understanding the degradation of materials, specifically how and why materials corrode in natural environments and in most other industries, including food & beverages, chemical, energy, oil & gas, utilities. He has special expertise in high temperature corrosion.


acidic corrosion


material degradation


metal embrittlement


alkali corrosion

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Often requested
with this expert:

Corrosion and Metallurgical Failure Analysis
Corrosion, Failure Analysis, Materials Selection, API 584,...
Industrial Corrosion & Failure
Corrosion, Material Selection

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1965   Ph.D.   Chemical Metallurgy   University of Manchester, England  
1963   M.Sc.   Chemical Metallurgy   University of Manchester, England  
1962   B.Sc.   Metallurgy   University of Manchester, England  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1987 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)



President. Principal Consultant


Principal Metallurgist & Corrosion Specialist

1986 to 1987


Cortest Engineering Services, inc.


R & D, Sheffield, UK; Consulting - Houston, TX


Senior Consulting Engineer


1985 to 1986


Independent Total Inspection Inc.


Watford, UK; Houston, TX




1968 to 1985


University of Manchester Institute of Scince & Technology, UK


Corrosion & Protection Centre


Lecturer (Professor)


Academic staff - Lecturer to post- and under- graduates; research group for MS and PhD students

1965 to 1968


Imperial Chemical Industries


Metals Division (Kynoch Works) Birmingham, UK


Project Officer


Career Accomplishments:

Fellow and past Chairman of the Institute of Corrosion (I.Corr); Fellow and Corrosion Specialist of NACE International; a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining; Member, ASM International; Member ASTM.


Chartered Engineer (CEng). Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Professional Appointments

At various times: Honorary Visiting Lecturer at the University of Manchester (UMIST) Corrosion & Protection Centre, UK. Visiting Lecturer, University of Madison, WI.

Reviews/edits technical papers for ASM, NACE and other professional organizations' journals.


NACE International - Distinguished Service Award (2012)

Publications and Patents Summary

Several patents. Author, of over 100 published technical papers; book chapters. Over 100 professional presentations, including plenary and invited lectures to international symposia in USA, Europe, Canada, Mexico.

Radio and television presenataions.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - The Analyst, Association of Water Technologies  
 - ASM Metals Handbook, ASM International  
 - NACE International  
 - Material Technology Institute  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1972 to 1982   UK Government   Committee on Corrosion   He was a member of the Working Party on Education & Training.
1981 to 1986   UK Government, Overseas Development Administration,   Technical Support Position   He provided consulting services to R & D at Cuernavaca and on-site troubleshooting (at various power stations) for IIE (Instituto de Investigaciones Electricidad) of CFE in Mexico.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He examined and reported on an explosion of an alloy steel urea reactor; subsequently testified successfully in Court attributing blame to poor process plant operation and control.
  • He has examined, confirmed and reported on premature failures in copper tubing used for HVAC systems. Formicary corrosion (evident as very fine pits) sources and causes.
  • He surveyed and reported to insurers on the condition of reactors, vessels and piping that experienced different levels of damage from a refinery plant fire.
  • He examined discolored metal roof panels on a refurbished property that others attributed (incorrectly) to a nearby marine environment. His conclusions were upheld in a subsequent arbitration and trial.
  • He reviewed and tested surgical devices that failed through defective fabrication not improper use. Litigation.
Recent Client Requests:
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  • Corrosion expert, Imlay City, MI for consulting on Clarifier Drive at WWTP.
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Testified in trials (federal and state) and depositions, including mediations (End-Dispute, JAMS) and other arbitrations in USA and overseas, (South Africa and Venezuela). Court-qualified as an expert in metallurgy, materials engineering, design, failure analysis and corrosion.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on oil refinery pipeline corrosion.
  • Differential thermal analysis expert needed for consulting on temperature analysis of refractory material in steel casting.
  • Expert in Insurance claim of damaged equipment.
  • Valve expert for consulting on Ethanol Plant Valve Failure.
  • Art expert for consulting on bronze statue.
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  • Expert in determining the age of a metal fence.
  • Expert in acidic water for consulting on corrosion of aluminum fins in an air conditioner.
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  • Wire rope expert for consulting on broken wire rope on movable rig which caused a man to lose his leg. Determine cause of failure.
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  • Mechanical engineers litigation expert illinois for consulting on expert witness for Inspection and Trial.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2010 to   England, UK   He provides material recommendations for a novel high temperature process for producing titanium, tantalum & other metals by electrochemical reduction in fused salts. R&D to commissioning activities.
2010 to 2011   South Africa   He provided materials/high temperature expertise in litigation relating to the premature failure of gas coolers in a sulfuric acid plant, with inadequate operation and monitoring issues. Tribunal - Johannesburg.
2010 to 2011   Mexico   He conducted audit in new plant manufacturing aluminum components as alternates to copper for air conditioning systems. He presented hands-on seminar on materials and corrosion issues in HVAC applications.
2005 to   Dominican Republic   He conducted failure analysis and lab testing on boiler deposits to ascertain the cause of boiler tube failures in a small generating station.
1985 to   Venezuela   Brief Summary He conducted site visit to identify cause of a boiler explosion; tests and subsequent testimony attributed failure to design defect in tube configuration that allowed tube material to overheat (graphitized).

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He passed grammar school (college) "O" level examinations in French. Not tres fluent to parle vou Francais!
Spanish   Very basic reading ability (technical results) - si claro? Poco! Fluent in all four words that I know!

Market Research:
Alert to current corrosion issues affecting all sectors (e.g., civil/structural - bridge collapses; medical implants; environmental clean-up issues, (air, water, soil), etc.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Specialist in planning and presenting seminars and in-house training courses on materials, design and corrosion control for engineers, management, designers, operators, inspectors and risk assessors. Presentations include Materials Selection and Design, Corrosion Engineering, Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industries, Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis, and, Facing the Challenge of Corrosion. Customized hands-on presentations for clients worldwide, including seminars or short courses held at universities, private companies and for professional societies. Focused topics include: Approach to Failure Analysis; Materials Selection & Design; Overcome the Challenge of Corrosion; Designing to Minimize Corrosion; High Temperature Corrosion.

Past courses: CfPA, (USA, Netherlands, Kuwait, Switzerland); NiDI, (USA, Mexico); University of Madison, Wisconsin; Private Companies, (USA, Mexico, IVEPE, (Greece).

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Independent consultant to wide spectrum of companies. Network with other independent consultants (chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, architectural, etc). "Team" member in large industrial ventures or multi-million dollar failures for adjusters and insurance companies and litigators.

Other Skills and Services

Advisory Services; Troubleshooting and Failure Investigations. Malfunctioning parts and equipment, including: Component Breakdowns, Structural Collapse, Fire, Heat and Flood Damage. Examples: isolated breakdowns in Process Plant and Equipment, Piping, Water Mains, Storage Vessels, Underground Storage Tanks, Reactors, Machinery, Aerosol Cans,Tools, Ladders, Chairs, Plumbing, Wire Ropes, Elevators and Escalators, Automobiles and Transportation Vehicles, Ships and Cargoes


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