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 Expert  108433

Expert in Ceramics, Refractories

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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HIGH PURITY OXIDE REFRACTORY CERAMICS; ALUMINA REFRACTORY. Expert is an authority on alumina ceramic shapes and refractories (80% purity and up), including raw materials such as calcined aluminas, tabular aluminas, and white, brown, dense, and insulating fused aluminas. He is also very knowledgeable about such refractory ceramic products as alumina-mullite, mullite, chrome-alumina, chrome-magnesia, and zirconia. He is knowledgeable in the field of refractory oxide flame-spray coatings.

SILICON CARBIDE REFRACTORIES. Expert has extensive experience in the development and evaluation of silicon carbide refractories of several types, including oxide bonded, nitride bonded, and self bonded. In addition, he has experience with nitride bonded and recrystallized silicon carbides for wear resistant applications. In addition, he has experience with silicon carbide refractories for incinerators and kiln furniture. He is quite conversant with silicon carbide raw materials, powders, and grains.

ADVANCED CERAMICS AND REFRACTORIES EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT; CERAMIC MATERIAL SELECTION. Expert has extensive experience with commercial advanced refractory ceramics, including material evaluation and selection, product development, product testing (both in-house and through field test results). He has worked in-depth in material selection, forming, firing, testing, and evaluation.

REFRACTORY TESTING. Expert has been heavily involved in work in compressive creep of oxide refractories. He is an expert on the stability of oxides in hydrogen atmospheres at elevated temperatures, as well as thermal shock evaluation of refractory kiln furniture.

ASTM AND ISO TESTS. Expert has extensive experience with the standard ASTM refractory tests as a member of the ASTM Committee C-8 on Refractories for over 35 years. In addition, he is a member of the Technical Advisory Group representing the U.S. on ISO Technical Committee 33 on Refractories. He is Convener (Chairman) of TC33's Working Group 16 developing standard test methods for measuring Modulus of Elasticity of Refractories.

ZIRCONIA (ZIRCONIUM DIOXIDE). Expert is experienced with the development, fabrication, and evaluation of refractory zirconia parts -- including failure evaluation.

CERAMIC KILN FURNITURE. Expert is skilled in the development and evaluation of alumina, mullite, zirconia, and silicon carbide kiln furniture. He also has a strong background in failure evaluation (such as after testing or field use).


advanced ceramic material


alumina ceramic


alumina refractory


ASTM standard refractory test


ceramic kiln furniture


ceramic material selection


fused aluminum oxide


high-purity oxide refractory ceramic


ISO standard refractory test


oxide ceramic


refractory ceramic


refractory testing


silicon carbide refractory


zirconium oxide

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Waterbury, Connecticut;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1955   PhD   Ceramic Engineering   Ohio State University  
1951   MSc   Ceramic Engineering   Ohio State University  
1951   BCerE   Ceramic Engineering   Ohio State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1990 to



Independent Consultant


1979 to 1990


Norton Company


Research Manager, Advanced Ceramics/Commercial


1969 to 1979


Norton Company


Research Associate, Industrial Ceramics


1955 to 1969


Norton Company


Senior Research Engineer


Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers.


Expert is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Massachusetts.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert holds several U.S. and foreign patents on refractories. In addition, he is the author or co-author of over 30 technical papers on refractories, their properties, and testing. He contributed the "Ceramics" chapter to McGraw-Hill's "Chemical and Process Technology Encyclopedia" and the "Literature on Refractories" chapter to "Literature of Chemical Technology" published by the ACS.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Refractory expert for consulting on potential vendors for AZS refractories.
  • Refractory expert for consulting on silicon carbide nitride bond production line.
  • Expert in high temperature ceramics for consulting on chemical process application.
  • Expert in high temp materials for consulting on available materials the combinations suitable for design a solid propellant exposure.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in whether a condition known as black core found in some ceramic tubes could have caused a fire in a kiln.
  • Expert in coke ovens, asbestos& refractory for consulting on mesothelioma professional liability case.
  • Glass expert witness for consulting on Broken Beer Bottle Injury.
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.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), a member of its Executive Committee and its Board of Trustees, representing the Refractory Ceramics Division on the board. He is also a Fellow of ASTM, currently serving as Chairman of Committee C-8 on Refractories. He was the Senior U.S. Member of the International Executive Board of UNITECR (Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories) and was elected distinguished life member. He was Program Chairman and "Proceedings..." Editor for the first UNITECR meeting (UNITECR '89), held in Anaheim, California.


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