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 Expert  108085

Expert in Reactor Thermal Testing

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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THERMAL TEST. Expert has 38 years experience in the thermal hydraulic testing of simulated nuclear fuel and reactor recirculation systems. The range of these tests included steady state and transient critical power, assembly pressure drop, two-phase stability, subchannel flow and enthalpy measurements, flow-induced vibration, debris control, counter current flow limiting, as well as many different reactor system safety experiments. Geometries investigated ranged from simple round tubes to 12x12 rod bundles. Many of these experiments were "first of a kind," and formed the basis for several new fuel designs and resulted in many technical society papers.

BOILING-WATER NUCLEAR REACTOR. Expert is an expert in the thermal hydraulic and geometric design, development, and testing of boiling-water reactor nuclear fuel, recirculation, and safety systems. Expert is a holder of 40 US Patents on fuel and components usable in boiling-water reactors.

TWO-PHASE FLOW; TWO-PHASE HEAT TRANSFER. Expert was responsible for several hundred, often "first of a kind", two-phase flow and/or heat transfer experiments. These tests were used to verify two-phase flow theory and to develop new correlations as well as to develop new reactor core designs.

EXPERIMENTAL MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES. In order to perform efficient, safe, and reliable experiments described above, Expert found it necessary to develop new technology for high-temperature, high-pressure steam-water systems operating at fluid conditions as high as 2300 psi and 650¦F. Some of these items were high-pressure, high-temperature seals of several types, electrical insulating schemes capable of surviving in high-pressure, high-temperature steam-water mixtures and low-temperature melting point alloys used to conduct electric current flows up to 100,000 amps. He provided new concept designs for many different experimental simulations, such as hydrodynamic stability, internal flow measurement, countercurrent flow limiting, loss of coolant accident, turbine trip with and without bypass transients, and flow-induced vibration. Also, Expert was responsible for the design of several experimental high-pressure, high-temperature systems capable of studying various aspects of nuclear core performance.

ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE HEATING ELEMENTS. Expert is experienced with the design, fabrication, and operation of electrical resistance heaters of the types needed to simulate different reactor core states. Some of the heater capabilities included the simulation of radial and axial heat flux conditions and a system for changing during a transient test both total power and the element axial flux shape simultaneously.


boiling-water nuclear reactor


heat transfer experimentation


thermal test


two-phase flow


two-phase heat transfer

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1962   MSME   Mechanical Engineering   Columbia University  
1958   Graduate   Nuclear Engineering   Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology  
1955   BS   Mechanical Engineering   Columbia University  
1955   BS   Physical Sciences   Queens College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1997 to 2000



Independent Consultant


1969 to 1997


GE Nuclear Energy


Manager,Thermal Development


1959 to 1969


Columbia University


Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Research Labs


1955 to 1959


Ford Instrument Company


Senior Engineer


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of ASME (Life Member) and Sigma Xi Research Society.


He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.


Expert received the General Electric 1986 Power Systems Business Engineering Award for Outstanding Technical contribution to Nuclear Business Operations.

Publications and Patents Summary

He is the author of nearly 20 technical society papers and the holder of 40 US Patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • In one morning, Expert solved a flow measurement problem that threatened to shutdown the Perry Nuclear Power Station. He participated personally in technology transfer operations in Canada, Japan, Germany, England, Italy, and Sweden.
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International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Japan   Japan Expert collaborated with two Japanese firms in numerous reactor core R&D programs, in particular, for the advanced boiling water reactor. He worked for the Japanese Boiling Water Reactor Utilities to develop new fuel concepts for their reactors. He has traveled to Japan about 15 times and is familiar with Japanese business customs.

Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, England, and Canada   Expert collaborated with local companies to develop their nuclear reactor designs.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language  

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert established and presented technician-level courses in fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of the following ceramic assemblies, O-rings, gaskets, tubular electrical resistance heaters.


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