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 Expert  108347

Expert in Turbomachinery

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Rhode Island (RI)
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As the founder of Foster Cove Engineering, Expert consults with manufacturers and owners of turbomachinery such as steam and gas turbines, gas expanders, TG sets, pumps, and fans. His experience as a steam turbine designer includes several patents related to control and trip valves and exhaust hoods. His expertise with turbomachinery failure analysis, rotor dynamics, bearing design, materials and repairs compliments his industry experience with application of turbomachinery by electric utilities, marine, U.S. Navy, and pulp and paper.


Expert has experience with the design and manufacture of steam turbines and application of all types of turbomachinery by industries including electric utilities (fossil and nuclear), marine, and pulp and paper. He has specific knowledge of weld repair of pressure castings, conversion of rotor/bearing systems to improve rotor dynamic stability, blading and diaphragm repairs and troubleshooting of installed turbomachinery. He has developed repair standards for use by manufacturers and owners of turbomachinery.

turbine repair

Expert has expertise in all aspects of impulse turbine design, manufacture, repair, and applications. He has performed development and field testing of all sizes of steam turbines (mechanical drive through central station). He has designed complete steam turbine product lines for industrial and nuclear applications. He is knowledgeable of control systems, valves, lubrication and gland seal systems, bearings, couplings, and materials for conventional and severe duty applications.

impulse turbine

Expert's career has been focused on steam turbine design, manufacture, and repair. He has designed complete steam turbine product lines from concept through marketing. He has expertise in materials, rotor dynamics, bearings, controls, gland seals, and lubrication systems. He has developed repair standards for reconditioning turbines and extending useful life. He is familiar with application of steam and gas turbines by the electric and gas utilities, steel, pulp and paper industries, and the U.S. Navy.

steam turbine



Expert has expertise in root-cause failure analysis of steam turbines and other turbomachinery. He has consulted with the marine industry and the U.S. Navy on failure of mechanical drive and marine generator drive steam turbines. He has knowledge of materials used by U.S. and European turbomachinery manufacturers. His knowledge of control and emergency trip systems contributes to reliable failure analysis. Expert's design of complete steam turbine product lines and his significant development and field testing experience provides him the foundation for meaningful and beneficial failure analysis.

steam turbine failure analysis

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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;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  Waterbury, Connecticut;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1988   M.B.A.     University of Rhode Island  
1974   M.S.M.E.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Pennsylvania  
1971   B.S.M.E.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Rhode Island   Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1992 to





President and Technical Consultant


Expert develops and conducts all technical programs related to turbomachinery consulting including failure investigations, design improvements, insurance loss control, insurance causation (root cause analysis), and training. He has significant experience with litigation support including preparation for trial, expert testimony for arbitrations and mediation.

1987 to 1992


IMO Industries Inc.



Regional Manager


He provided technical and marketing consultation related to turbomachinery projects. These included process, chemical, and electric utility industries and primarily related to the application and major maintenance of turbomachinery including steam and gas turbines and centrifugal compressors.

1974 to 1987


Terry Corporation


Marine Division


Engineer and General Manager


Expert developed new steam turbine products for the commercial applications and the U.S. Navy. He provided technical guidance to the corporation prior to his assignment as the General Manager of the Marine Division. He is very familiar with U.S. Navy and commercial nuclear power generation, particularly the emergency feedwater systems and auxialiary equipment used in these systems.

1971 to 1974


Westinghouse Electric Corporation


Power Generation Division




He contributed to the design of new steam turbines used by the power generation industry. His area of expertise included stress analysis and fluid flow analysis.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is a member of both the American Society of Testing and Materials and its F-25 Committee.


He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Rhode Island.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has a patent involving a steam turbine valve and another related to an exhaust hood flow guide.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert performed failure investigations for a major insurance companies involving claims for damaged LM6000 (48MW) and LM2500 gas turbine packages.
  • He conducted a power plant condition assessment of major turbomachinery including the steam turbine generator and boiler feed pump train. This activity included developing capital expenditure programs and identified major maintenance for use by lending agencies. Plant size ranged from 50MW to 800MW.
  • Expert performed a failure investigation of a 150MW steam turbine in a large utility intstallation, and did subsequent consulting for the utility to assist/direct the repair effort.
  • To improve reliability and reduce maintenance, Expert did a redesign of a 300 HP centrifugal blower used in chemical plant service.
  • He investigated fluid film thrust and journal bearing failures and performed redesign for improved reliability and design margin.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Steam turbine expert needed for consulting regarding steam turbine design.
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  • Expert in gas turbines for consulting on development of petroleum production systems.
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  • Expert in nuclear power for consulting on design validity of new steam turbine.
  • Expert in efficient turbine for consulting on gas turbine design, FEA, CFD.
  • Expert in FCCU PRT for consulting on system response analysis of trip valve reaction time is sufficient to protect the expander from over speed.
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 been deposed twice on disputes involving steam turbines. For one case, he demonstrated the design basis for the diaphragms, including material selection. For another, he provided design data for a turbine case for a suit involving an improperly installed valve that resulted in personal injury. He has provided expert witness support for several arbitrations involving steam turbines located in South America and Europe and also aeroderivative gas turbines (LM-2500, LM-6000). He is has provided expert technical support for the international commerce commission arbitrations involving steam turbine and power island in geothermal and nuclear power plants.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Steam turbine expert for consulting on cause of oil leak.
  • Steam turbine expert for consulting on steam turbine performance and damage.
  • Power generation expert for consulting on power generation brokerage business.
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:
Country / Region   Summary
Japan, Germany, China, El Salvador, New Zealand   Expert was a technical coordinator for a joint-venture partner (steam turbines) in Japan which manufactured turbines for Japanese nuclear power. He was also involved with corporate alliances in Italy and Germany for the sourcing of turbine components such as pressure castings and for the manufacture of steam turbines for the European market. He has investigated insurance claims internationally, performed due diligence assignments for qualifying offshore manufacturers of large utility steam turbines.
Thailand   He investigated large gas turbine failures for a major insurance company. He reviewed the plant and interviewed operating personnel and worked with the insurance loss adjuster to determine cause of failure and allowable repair costs.
Germany   He provided source inspection services for major insurance companies as related to repair of major turbomachinery failures and damage.

Market Research:
Expert has expertise in the marketing of turbomachinery, and turbomachinery components. He has performed over 10 due diligence assignments related to offshore suppliers of large steam and gas turbine generators for large engineering, electric utility companies and lenders to these projects.

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:

He provides training to users of turbomachinery equipment including steam and gas turbines, blowers, fans, and compressors. He developed a large steam turbine design and major maintenance and has presented this worldwide over 20 times to manufacturers and electric power utilities engineers.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has experience locating vendors of: steam and gas turbine blades and vanes; fluid film bearings; gas turbine repair specifications; and, previously used turbomachinery and rerating for new operating conditions.

Other Skills and Services

He has significant overseas experience with training, root cause investigation and analysis, major maintenance and condition assessment and expert witness and litigation support. This diversified experience in overseas locations has proven extremely valuable to his clients.


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