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 Expert  108271

Expert in Construction Materials


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Maryland (MD)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has been a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards studying the durability of materials. He also is a consultant for a number of companies, e.g., Grace, Texas Cast Stone, Expert's Firm, Expert's Firm, National Precast Concrete Association and Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich & McKee. At the same time he was chosen the Executive Director of the Expert's Firm by several leading admixture suppliers. He is now recognized as the leading authority on corrosion and admixtures in concrete, and fire proofing. He maintains an active consulting business helping companies on a continuing basis.

Expert has been doing research in the fireproofing of steel buildings for over 25 years. His involvement included developing the first non-asbestos, cementitious fireproof coating. He studied how asbestos functions and then found a suitable substitute. He understands that proving the value of new coatings requires the full knowledge of fire testing, from small scale to ASTM E-119 on full scale assemblies at Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The thermal properties of materials (heat capacities and thermal conductivities) are integral to developing proper fire protection.

Expert has expertise in the manufacture and hydration of portland cement. Since portland cement is made from crude raw material found in many parts of the world, the reactions and properties of this cement vary widely. Working with additives and the various cements from around the world, he can help find ways to modify cements to produce the desired properties. He has been studying the chemistry of portland cement since his first publication in 1964, where he elucidated the mechanism of how calcium chloride reacts to accelerate cement.

Expert has demonstrated a strong understanding of steel corrosion by developing the first commercially successful corrosion inhibitor for concrete. This understanding is brought out in a 1977 publication that explains how corrosion proceeds and how to control it. This corrosion inhibitor has been used successfully for over 20 years. With his understanding of this field, Expert can help people with corrosion problems and their attempts at stopping the corrosion process.

With 30 years in the construction materials industry, he has seen the development of many new products, from wall systems to new building materials. He has studied the successes and the failures (e.g., Sarabond) and has seen the major mistakes others have made introducing new concepts. With his own product successes and a good understanding of the market needs, he can help clients be successful with new product ideas.

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concrete

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concrete failure

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concrete failure analysis

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concrete mixing

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fire-resistant coating material

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fire-resistant concrete

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fire-resistant plaster

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floor protection

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fire resistance testing

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cement

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cementitious material

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portland cement

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rebar corrosion

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steel corrosion inhibitor

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construction material

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construction defect

Expert has been involved in the development of waterproof coatings for many years. He has patents on several variations and has contributed to the development of standards for waterproof systems. He maintains that understanding how waterproofing works and the need for low-cost, environmentally-safe application methods are integral to the success of any new waterproofing product.

He has been involved with concrete coatings to protect floors and bridge decks for 15 years. He was instrumental in developing the first low-temperature, non-shrinking, polyester-based polymer concrete formulation for floor coatings and covers for nuclear containment vessels. Polyester coatings have been used in external applications (e.g., roads, bridge decks etc.) for many years. Formulating coatings can be quite difficult since changing the formulation to meet one property requirement causes a change in many other properties that may not be favorable. expert can help clients speed the formulation process in order to obtain the necessary coating properties.

As a Senior Scientist and member of the Innovation Office, expert has helped several young, talented scientists to become more creative. He has extensive experience working with creative people who have ideas but do not know how to present them to others who can appreciate their value. He has helped many young people understand the new product development process. Having been successful in this area himself, he has shown innovators how to expand their thinking in order to find creative solutions to difficult problems.

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vermiculite

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waterproofing

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watertight concrete

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concrete coating material

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innovation

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ideation


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland;  Frederick, Maryland;  Gaithersburg, Maryland;  Bowie, Maryland;  Richmond, Virginia;  Alexandria, Virginia;  Wilmington, Delaware;  and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Often requested
with this expert:

Cement and Concrete Technology, Planning Capital Project in...
Cement and Concrete Technology
Corrosion and Metallurgical Failure Analysis
Portland-Based Building Materials, Particularly Cellulose...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1960   Ph.D.   Physical Chemistry   Purdue University  
1955   A.B.   Chemistry   Boston University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Materials and Construction

 

Guest Researcher

 

Expert works on materials research.

1998 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Executive Director

 

He promotes the use of corrosion inhibitors in concrete.

1998 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Technical Advisor

 

Expert develops standards for the SEM.

2000 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Consultant

 

He is a technical expert and advisor on construction legal problems.

1977 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Consultant

 

Expert is a technical advisor on construction products and admixtures.

1969 to 1977

 

W. R. Grace & Co.

 

Construction Products Div.

 

Senior Scientist, Research Manager, Research Director,

 

He developed new products.

1966 to 1969

 

Polaroid Corporation

 


 

Senior Laboratory Supervisor

 


1960 to 1966

 

W. R. Grace & Co.

 


 

Chemist, Group Leader

 



Career Accomplishments:
Awards/Recognition

Expert was voted one of the top 100 technologists by Technology Magazine. He also received the IR-100 Award from Industrial Research Magazine. He was made an honorary member of ASTM, and is active in the C-01, C-09, D-08, and E-05 committees. He also holds professional memberships in NACE, ACI, and ACS. He was appointed to two advisory committees of the National Research Council (Corrosion in Concrete and Roofing) and the technical advisory board of the National Road Builders Association.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has authored numerous technical publications and patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - SP-137. ACI  
 - ACI Second Inter. Conf. on Superp. in Concrete  
 - Ready-Mixed Concrete Assoc.of Singapore  
 - American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)  
 - Amer. Con. Inst.  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in rebar corrosion needed for consulting on a case involving corrosion of steel reinforced concrete.
  • Concrete mixture expert for consulting on accelerator and retardant issues.
  • Expert for consulting on Geopolymer Concrete manufacturing facility.
  • Expert in dry pressing for consulting on Vermiculite base product for sealing applications.
  • Expert in Construction FireProofing.
  • Perlite expert for consulting on Perlite based products project in Morocco.
  • Expert in corrosion engineer for consulting on a Stainless Steel Swimming Pool Ladder.
  • Expert in polyester coating resin for consulting on coating of concrete tank to contain low ph organics.
  • Expert in carburization for consulting on effect of thin coating of (.002.5 in) on a 13-8 SS bolt.
  • Fireproofing expert needed for consulting on spray-on fireproofing failure.
  • Expert in replacing silica fume with an equivalent product.
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 for W.R. Grace & Company in matters involving asbestos. He was also an expert witness for Expert's Firm in matters involving fireproofing.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Failure analysis, Cementitious Fireproofing.
  • Expert in non-asbestos fireproofing.
  • Concrete expert needed for consulting on issues regarding whether stripping forms poses a foreseeable risk of eye injury.
  • Concrete research scientist expert witness.
  • Expert in Cement.
  • Expert in methacrylate adhesive for consulting on roadway materials.
  • Expert in waterproofing for litigation involving shoddy workmanship in basement waterproofing case.
  • Fireproofing epoxy expert for consulting on increased viscosity and failure of intuemscent epoxy coating product.
  • Asbestos roof expert for consulting on litigation.
  • Concrete expert for consulting on Residential fire loss in western area of VA damaged CMU basement.
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.

Market Research:
He promotes the use of corrosion inhibitors in concrete for the largest companies in the U.S. selling these products.

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.

 

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