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 Expert  107745

Expert in Chemical Process Engineering

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Georgia (GA)
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Expert has over 40 years of experience as a process engineer and project manager on new facilities for food, flavors, fragrances, fine chemicals, resins, and tall oils. He has taken the lead in driving R&D and manufacturing groups toward efficiency in capital and operating costs; operability, reliability, and maintainability; schedule; process safety and permitting; available technical and other resources. He is also experienced with conceptual engineering, preliminary capital and operating cost estimates and economic evaluations, process optimization with process flow diagrams (including material balances and batch cycles), equipment lists, utilities and environmental efforts, preliminary layouts, and definitive capital estimates. During and following Management approval, this information would be further refined and supplemented, and assembled as a "process" or "front end package" and transmitted (and explained) to an engineering company for detail design. Acting in a consulting/liaison role during construction, Expert would later be active in chemical plant troubleshooting during and after startup.

In any project, Expert selects, optimizes, designs/calculates and specifies standard and special chemical process equipment. This is usually done in two phases--first, in the preliminary design, where equipment is selected, optimized and "sized" in a preliminary fashion, to go with the development of the preliminary flow sketch, equipment list and estimate; then, during the detail design phase, I do (or, in a large project, supervise) the final design, specification and procurement of the equipment. This generally involves vendor input. He has designed many successfully operating reactors and agitators, pumps, heat exchangers of all kind (heaters/coolers, condensers, vaporizers/reboilers), separation equipment (fractionators, extractors, scrubbers etc.), and electrolytic equipment, etc.

Expert has done or supervised all kinds of plant cost (or, capital cost) estimates, from the "back of the envelope" type, through the preliminary, factored estimates to detailed estimates of varying degrees of precision. Due to his experience with many estimates over the years, Expert has developed a feel for all these kinds of estimates once he is familiar with the project, the plant site and the organization(s) involved. He is also good at reviewing estimates generated by others.

Expert has worked on fine chemicals projects for most of his career. Typically, he has worked in batch, multiple-use (as contrasted with dedicated use), retrofit facilities. The design of such facilities requires special flexibility, judgment and experience to arrive at a reliable, safe design while avoiding an excessive number of calculations (peak maxima and minima etc.). There were also typical special needs, like jacketing equipment and piping with steam or hot oil, chilled (refrigerated) condensers, steam tracing, automated reactor cleaning systems, metered liquid and solid reactor feed (some designed to handle sticky solids), or evolution of reactor vapors while feeding solids, etc.

Process safety and process safety management have been one of Expert's ongoing interests. On nearly every project, he has dealt with such issues as upper and lower explosive limits, reactor rupture disk sizing, testing and application of thermal stability and dust explosion parameters, design of rupture disk collection systems, etc. In recent years, he has dealt with HAZOP reviews, process safety management, and OSHA requirements.


chemical plant design


chemical plant layout


chemical process analysis


chemical process design


chemical process development


process engineering


chemical engineering


chemical process equipment


process engineering equipment


chemical plant cost estimation


batch process


fine chemical


fine chemical production


oil hydrogenation


chemical plant explosion


chemical plant troubleshooting


chemical process safety


chemical process safety engineering


chemical process safety management


process safety


process-engineering safety

Expert has in-depth knowledge of the process and mechanical design and specification of heat exchangers. He has designed numerous heat exchangers that are now operating successfully. In other cases, he provided process data to heat exchanger vendors who did the final specs.

chemical process heat exchanger

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Savannah, Georgia;  Charleston, South Carolina;  and North Charleston, South Carolina.

Often requested
with this expert:

Chemical Process Engineering
Chemical Process Design
Chemical Process Engineering
Process Engineering and Chemistry of Inorganic Chemicals

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1971   MBA   Corporate Finance   New York University  
1953   MS   Chemical Engineering   Columbia University  
1952   BS   Chemical Engineering   Columbia University   Tau Beta Pi

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)


Independent Expert's Firm


Teltech consulting on technical design problems; preliminary & detail estimates; air pollution problem; economic study.

1977 to 1999


Union Camp Corporation


Project manager


Manage study/estimates, design,construction & startup of tall oil distillation, resins, foods, nutraceuticals, environmental, process safety projects in the US and the UK.

1974 to 1977


Rhone Poulenc/Rhodia


Process-Project Engineer


Manage: Dtudy, estimate, design, build, control cost & schedule of specialty organics plants in Texas and NJ. Transfer process technology from France to the US.

1968 to 1974


FMC Corporation


Senior Process Engineer


In the International Div., estimate and design hydrogen peroxide plant in Mexico City. In the Process Eng. Dept., study and improve H2O2 process, process design of CS2 and pool chemicals facilities, coke and gas from coal.

1963 to 1968


The Lummus Company


Process Engineer/Project Engineer


As a process engineer, work with client on numerous estimates and detail process design. As a project engineer, work on acetylene chemicals project, and on a cooperative study in Italy on a caprolactam precursor.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society.


He is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey.


He has several patents and technical publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  
 - Chemical Engineering  
 - Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS)  
 - Air and Water Pollution Abatement Conference  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • On-site Consulting Over the past two decades Expert was, in effect, an "internal consultant". One example involved a situation in a plant that could not recover most of the solvent from a solution that typically barely covered the bottom dish of a large tank. The plant had proposed a new, expensive distillation system. Expert proposed the installation of a steam-heated exchanger in a line between an (existing) pump at the bottom of the tank to circulate the tank contents from that pump through the exchanger.
  • In a large environmental project, He designed a unique, large 3-pass exchanger in a fouling process, with a 5 F approach. The exchanger has been operating successfully for over 20 years.
  • He selected, designed and installed a glass system for a corrosive process on the Gulf Coast. This consisted of a glass distillation column and condenser, teflon lined pumps and piping.
  • Based on discussions with plant operators and engineers and literature surveys, he eliminated one of two major reactors in the H2O2 process.
  • Based on site studies, he demonstrated that it cost less to manufacture a specialty chemical in Kentucky than in France.
Recent Client Requests:
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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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in chemical process plant design for consulting on plant/facility and process engineering.
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
1993 to 1995   United Kingdom (Cheshire)   Process improvement, design and startup of fine chemicals facility.
1965 to 1966   Italy (Adriatic, nr. Venice)   Spent 1 1/2 years on cooperative program to increase the yield and purity of a caprolactam precursor.
1974 to 1977   France (Southeast and Southwest).   Made serveral visits to Southeastern (Rhone Alpes) and Southwestern (La Rochelle) France to transfer French technologies to the US.
1969 to 1969   Mexico   Visited site near Mexico City to prepare preliminary and detailed cost estimates, layout etc for fine chemicals facility.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Native language
French   Speak with an accent.
Italian   Read fluently. Speak and write with mistakes.
Czech   Speak and write a little

Market Research:
Marketing for engineering companies (both sides of the table - seller and buyer).

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:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Experience in sourcing and locating vendors of process equipment (incl. high alloy, plastic and lined)piping etc. Also familiar with major and Southeastern engineering and construction contractors.

Other Skills and Services

As process engineer and project manager, Expert worked closely with regulatory specialists to provide them with data for their permit applications and to review their application. In early stages of process and project development, he worked to minimize liquid and air and solids wastes and to select and/or design facilities - often processes in themselves - to handle such emissions. He has done considerable development and design work on odor abatement systems. Expert have designed several vent collection systems with incinerators and dust collectors.


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