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 Expert  108175

Expert in Tribology, Wear, Coatings, Materials Selection, Materials Testing, Computer Modeling, Lubrication

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Indiana (IN)
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Expert has experience with numerous types of abrasive wear problems, including the design of optimal surface topography to minimize abrasive wear. This includes surface design, wear testing, and the use of coatings in abrasive wear environments to enhance system life and reduce failures. Expert has experience with the use of compliant wear resistant materials in design applications where abrasive wear is a dominant steady-state failure mechanism.



abrasion testing


abrasive coating material


abrasive wear


finite element modeling

Expert has experience measuring and characterizing friction in ceramic, polymer, metal, solid lubricant, and composite systems, including systems modification to reduce the coefficient of friction. Expert also has experience calculating the heat generated in sliding friction as well as developing ways to dissipate it.

coefficient of friction


coefficient of rolling friction


dry friction




sliding friction

A significant portion of Expert's career has been focused on researching the use of elastomers in friction and wear applications. He has studied their use in systems where abrasive and erosive wear mechanisms are operational. Expert has designed and built custom devices for testing in these applications.

elastomer friction


friction measurement

Expert is active in research in the area of coatings for advanced wear applications that include the use of diamond-like and superhard materials. Expert has designed state-of-the-art testing equipment for superhard coatings that includes vacuum environments. He has focused primarily on cutting tool applications, having studied cubic boron nitride based PVD coatings.

diamond-like carbon coating material


superhard coating material

A key area of Expert's expertise is in the use of polymers for friction and wear applications. He has experience with high-temperature thermoplastic and thermoset matrices, as well as composites of carbon and glass fibers. In addition, Expert has considerable knowledge of selecting the proper polymer or metal for specific friction and wear application where cost, performance, or reliability are the chief concerns.

material wear


metal abrasion


metal abrasive wear


polymer wear


wear effect

One of Expert's major research awards (from the National Science Foundation) involved fatigue wear, material transfer, and surface enhancement of polymers and polymeric composites.

surface-fatigue wear


wear-resistant coating material


wear testing

Expert has primary level expertise in selecting and using polymers, ceramics, metals, and composites for design applications where friction and wear prevention are a major concern. He has knowledge of design aspects associated with boundary lubrication, mixed/EHL, and hydrodynamic lubrication applications.



wear prevention


wear resistance

Expert has experience in optimizing friction and wear performance for biomedical devices that incorporate moving mechanical assemblies where friction and wear are major concerns. The design issues of most importance to Expert include reliability, tissue/blood compatibility, and performance enhancement. One of his major research awards had been for the tribological investigation of plasma separation devices.

biomedical device design review

Expert has experience in the use and selection of solid and liquid lubricants in conjunction with sliding materials to achieve the desired values of friction. This involves the use of test equipment to fully characterize the sliding friction of a lubricant package over a wide range of operating conditions. The intent here was to devise a friction "package" with a high level of insensitivity to changes in external operating conditions.

friction-control lubrication

Expert has experience in the design of sliding pairs to minimize the formation of adhesive junctions through proper anti-seize compound selection. He has used surface modification techniques and alternative material selection to reduce galling tendencies.


Expert has experience testing the friction properties of various lubricants as a function of temperature. This includes the assessment of the relative merit of a particular boundary lubricant additive or solid lubricant formulation as a function of temperature.


lubricant testing

Expert has investigated the effects of solid lubricants on sliding friction both in atmospheric and vacuum conditions. In addition, he is familiar with many types of commercially-available solid lubricant formulations for high-temperature applications.

solid lubricant

Expert has experience in developing advanced mechanical characterization methods for polymer and organic coatings and thin-films. This includes the use of state-of-the-art nano-indentation and scratch testing equipment as well as advanced finite element modeling of the indentation and scratching process. This work is especially suited to materials which exhibit non-linear material properties, in the visco-elastic/plastic regimes. Expert is also applying these methods to coatings during the curing phase, such as in paints and other protective finishes.

polymer coating material


organic coating material


friction testing

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Waukegan, Illinois;  Fort Wayne, Indiana;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Grand Rapids, Michigan;  and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Friction, Tribology, and Wear
Friction and Wear Reduction, Biomechanics
Mechanical Engineering, Tribology, Rheology
Friction, Lubrication, and Machining

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1989   Ph.D.   Mechanical Engineering   Northwestern University  
1985   Masters   Engineering Management   Northwestern University  
1981   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Illinois, Urbana  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to


(Undisclosed University)


Mechanical Engineering




Expert's teaching interests include machine design, tribology, reliability, and experimental engineering. His research interests include friction and wear, polymer materials characterization, thin-films, manufacturing, and machine design.

1995 to 2000


Penn State University


Mechanical Engineering


Associate Professor


1989 to 1995


Penn State University


Mechanical Engineering


Assistant Professor


1987 to 1989


Northwestern University


Center for Engineering Tribology


Research Assistant


He performed research in elastomeric materials for pump applications.

1986 to 1987


National Institute of Standards and Technology


Ceramics Division


Mechanical Engineer


Expert was a member of the Tribology Group. He performed research in the tribology of ceramics.

1985 to 1986


Northwestern University


Mechanical Engineering


Teaching Assistant


He was a teaching assistant for courses on mechanical vibrations, machine design, and experimental engineering.

1981 to 1985


Wells Manufacturing Co.


DuraBar Division


Plant Engineer


Expert performed design engineering, new equipment selection and installation, and new facilities design.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of ASME, STLE, and MRS.

Professional Appointments

He was Associate Editor of ASME Trans. Journal of Tribology (1997-2003).


Expert received the ASME Burt Newkirk Award and the SAE Ralph Teetor Award.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has authored over 75 publications and one patent.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Tribology Transactions. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers  
 - Journal of Tribology, ASME  
 - American Society of Testing and Materials Special Technical Publication  
 - Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1985 to 1986   NIST   Mechanical Engineer   Expert was a member of the Tribology Group. He performed research in the tribology of ceramics.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in material selection needed for consulting regarding a wear plate ss traveling belt.
  • Expert in tribology for consulting on journal bearing producing an objectionable "groan" noise as velocity approaches zero in an automotive door hinge application.
  • Expert in Dry lubricant formulations, performance evaluation, new additives.
  • Expert in 107680 for consulting on Looking to Extend the life of a ceramic housing on electromechanic pump.
  • Expert for consulting on Machine Wear in a Unique Plastics Processing Application.
  • Wear coating expert for consulting on Pin Holes in Plastic Bags.
  • Tribology ceramics expert for assessment of a rotating machinery design.
  • Rolling element expert for consulting on a premature thrust bearing failure during testing.
  • Manufacturing expert for injection molding phenolic materials.
  • Adhesion wear expert for consulting on galling prevention.
  • Expert for consulting on Low friction, flat surface capable of high load.
  • Expert in static friction for consulting on Effect of Humidity on Coefficient of Friction of Nylon components.
  • Carbide expert for consulting on tungsten carbide failure.
  • Pipe lining expert testimony for consulting on material selection for industrial pipe coating or liner used in transport of geothermal brine.
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:
Expert has served as an expert witness in several depositions in the consumer product and biomedical components areas.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Academic expert in asbestos car brakes litigation case.
  • Expert in Diamond-Like Coating.
  • Tribology expert for consulting on Hotel Slip and Fall - New Orleans, LA.
  • Expert in tribology, for consulting on slip and fall on tile that was laminated and had water.
  • Expert for consulting on floor coating causing floor to be slippery, causing fall.
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:

Expert has developed training courses in topics related to mechanical design, and friction, lubrication, and wear. A professor at Notre Dame, he often gives educational short courses in the following areas: friction, wear, and lubrication for managers/non-technical individuals, advanced topics in friction, wear, and lubrication for scientists and engineers, and special topics in friction, wear, and lubrication. He can tailor these courses to a particular industry's needs. Some of the topics discussed are: introduction to tribology, regimes of lubrication, and variables in tribology, friction, and wear.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of lubricants (liquid and solid), wear-resistant coatings and materials, friction and wear test equipment, mechanical design components, plastics, elastomers, and composites.


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