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 Expert  107863

Expert in Plastics Selection, Design, Compound, Processing, Testing, Failure, Pipes and Membrane


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Connecticut (CT)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert is an expert in plastic piping, having in-depth knowledge of polyethylene pipe, PE gas pipe, PVC pipe, ABS pipe, crosslinked-polyethylene (PEX) pipe, polybutylene pipe, and related fittings. He is equally proficient with pipe joining processes using solvent cement and butt- and socket-fusion. He is an active member of the Plastics Pipe Institute, Plastic Pipe & Fitting Association and an officer in ASTM's F17 Committee on Plastic Piping Systems.

As manager of the largest plastic pipe testing laboratory in the US, Expert is deeply involved with plastic component failure analysis and testing for physical properties or environmental stress cracking and material degradation. He has been an invited lecturer to the US DOT Transportation Safety Institute to speak on plastic gas pipe failures. Many of his programs involve long-term plastic stress analysis and service-life prediction.

Expert possesses an intimate understanding of plastics materials, their properties and mechanical behavior, the relationship of stress, time, and environmental conditions, as well as an appreciation for the interdependency of material, product design, and processing techniques for the success or failure of plastic products.

Expert has knowledge of failure processes such as plastic stress cracking and degradation (oxidation, molecular weight reduction, and crosslinking), as well as the effects of creep and stress relaxation.

Expert has extensive experience with plastic testing programs which include most physical and chemical analyses routinely performed on plastics products and materials. He has developed new test methods for specific situations. Expert provides solutions to clients' problems through his knowledge of the materials and their behavior and an understanding of the processes for sample preparation and testing as well as the process effect on test results. He has been involved in several high profile patent infringement cases involving crystalline (isotactic) polypropylene, polyethylene copolymers, and polypropylene block copolymers, as well as several plastic product applications.

All of Expert's client programs require an extensive knowledge of the major thermoplastic materials, polymerization processes, formulation components (stabilizers, reinforcements, processing aids), structures (crystalline morphology, foams, composites, blends, alloys), processing methods, and applications. He keeps abreast on the latest technological advancements through in-depth literature reviews.

Expert's broad range of knowledge concerning the plastics industry touches on aspects of material properties, product manufacturing, and product testing. He has been involved with the design and development of plastic products for use in electrochemical processes as well as development and testing of ion-exchange membranes. He has also participated in developing electrically-conductive plastic moldings and coatings, sports products, and adhesives. Expert is also active with ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics, and has been involved with several client programs involving flexible PVC, HDPE, VLDPE, and elastomeric membrane liners, and was involved in the original NSF program to develop standards for these products.

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plastic pipe

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acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin pipe

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chlorinated polyvinyl chloride

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hydrostatic testing

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polybutylene pipe

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polybutylene tubing

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polyethylene tubing

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polyvinyl chloride pipe

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plastic failure analysis

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plastic component failure

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plastic service-life prediction

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failure analysis

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life-prediction methodology

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materials failure analysis

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plastic failure

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stress cracking

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plastic material property

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mechanical property testing

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plastic creep

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polymer crazing

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polymer stress relaxation

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stress corrosion cracking

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plastic stress testing

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acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin

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environmental stress cracking

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plastic stress corrosion

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plastic stress corrosion cracking

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polymer degradation

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polymer testing

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plastics inspection

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American Society for Testing and Materials standard

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isotactic polypropylene

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mechanical test

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rigid polyvinyl chloride

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stress relaxation

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plastic component design

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polymer selection

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high-density polyethylene

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plastic material

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plastic product development

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polybutylene

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polyethylene

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polyvinyl chloride

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rubber-toughened plastic

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thermoplastic material selection

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thermoplastics compounding

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plastics industry

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plastic stress analysis


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  Waterbury, Connecticut;  Yonkers, New York;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Often requested
with this expert:

PVC Formulating, Compounding, Extrusion, Testing, Product...
Plastic Pipe and Piping Materials, Polyethylene, Product...
Plastics; Plastic Failure Analysis: Consulting and Expert...
Plastics and Polymer Additives

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   M.S.   Management Science   University of Lowell  
1975   M.S.   Plastics   Lowell Technological Institute  
1970   B.S.   Plastics   Lowell Technological Institute  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1985 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Owner, Director of Engineering

 

Responsible for client programs involving polymer development, product design and engineering, process development, technology studies, stress analysis, chemical and physical evaluation, test method development, service-life prediction, risk assessment, and failure analysis.

1978 to 1985

 

Springborn Laboratories, Inc.

 

Department Manager

 

Technical, financial, and operations management of a plastic product and materials evaluation laboratory.

1972 to 1978

 

Ionics, Inc.

 

Plastics Engineering Group Leader

 

Responsibility for projects involving development of polymeric components and membranes, and evaluation of plastic materials and adhesives.

1969 to 1971

 

New England Instrument Company

 

Research Chemist

 

Responsibility for the formulation and evaluation of new materials for high-temperature, electrically-conductive coatings.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of the Plastics Industry, the Plastics Pipe Institute, and ASTM. He has been an Officer In ASTM F17 Committee on Plastic Piping Systems since 1984, and is currently Director of F17 Division III. Expert is also a member of ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics and is active with the Plastics Pipe & Fitting Association.

Awards/Recognition

In 1991 he was awarded the ASTM F17 Paul Finn Memorial Award. In 1997 Expert was honored with ASTM's highest award, the ASTM Award of Merit, and was inducted as a fellow of ASTM.


Publications:

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in polyethylene pipe market for consulting on and help understanding the technologies, testing, needs and issues of this market.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on Thermoplastic Service Life Prediction.
  • Polypropylene or General Polymer extrusion expert needed for consulting regarding a random defect in PP tubing extrusion .
  • Polymer extrusion expert for consulting on improvement of existing polyethylene-based compound.
  • Expert in Looking to revise an existing Pipefitting Handbook.
  • Polyalphaolefins expert for consulting on polyalphaolefins.
  • Expert to assist in Switching from PVC to Polyethylene film
  • Ultrasonic welding joint design expert for consulting on PVC tube extrusion.
  • Expert in Bearing for transmission solenoid.
  • Expert in PVC injection molding for consulting on establishing SPC types and parameters for training techniques.
  • Expert in extrusion process for consulting on developing a compound formula and necessary equipment for in-house operation.
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 is an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense in product liability and patent litigation involving plastic products and/or materials.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Plastic pipe expert for consulting regarding plastic pipe failure.
  • Expert in polyethylene piping for consulting on high-density pipe failure.
  • Design expert for consulting on pipe failures.
  • Expert in Pex Piping.
  • Expert in plastics for litigation involving contaminated plastic landscaping pipes.
  • Polyethylene pipe expert for consulting on polyethylene pipe hot and cold applications.
  • Expert in polymer for consulting on the formulas they are using are in the public domain and cannot be deemed trade secrets.
  • Expert in plastic fill valve.
  • Expert in plastics for a legal case.
  • Plastic coefficient friction expert for consulting on product liability case.
  • PVC pipe expert witness for consulting on failure of CPVC pipe in mixed CPVC and steel system.
  • Polymer resin expert for consulting on selection and physical characteristics of thermoplastic resins.
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
1999 to 1999   Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia   He was responsible for the assessment of problems associated with CPVC plastic piping system.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

"Plastic Gas Pipe Failures", US DOT Transportation Safety Institute, July 1990 and "Plastic Pipe Failures", Rural Water Authority Engineers, March 1990.


 

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