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 Expert  713208

Expert in Carbon Fibers, Composites, Pitches, CVD, Graphite

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

South Carolina (SC)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert is highly regarded for his knowledge of carbon composites and high performance organic fibers including carbon and graphite fibers. He is very knowledgeable of the development and consequences of structure on the performance of carbon fibers and has written on shape instabilities in composites.

Expert's research also includes formation of carbon and ceramic matrix composites for high temperature application by precursor pyrolysis and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). He has used liquid crystalline thermoplastic polymers for composite matrices. He developed pyrolytic graphite as reentry and rocket nozzle material and has used silicon carbide to produce optical quality, non-stick molds for glass lenses. He discovered shape stable unsymmetric composites and has studied hygrothermally shape stable composites and filament winding of complex geometry shapes. He is very familiar with the properties and applications of mesophase pitch. He presented a paper on the use of expert systems for manufacturing composite materials.


carbon fiber


fiber-reinforced composite




carbon composite


carbon-fiber composite


composite material


composite material processing


hygrothermally shape-stable composite


shape-stable unsymmetric composite

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia;  Augusta, Georgia;  Athens, Georgia;  Roswell, Georgia;  Marietta, Georgia;  Asheville, North Carolina;  Greenville, South Carolina;  and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Often requested
with this expert:

High-temperature Composites and Advanced Materials...
Composite Materials
Surface Coating & Materials Technology CVD Chemical Vapor...
Fiber Reinforced Polymers, Composite Materials, Design, and...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1958   Ph.D.   Physical Chemistry   University of Toronto  
1953   B.S.   Chemistry   University of Rochester  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Expert provides consultation in materials science and engineering.

1990 to 1999


Clemson University


Materials Science and Engineering




He instituted the Materials Science & Engineering Department at Clemson.

1965 to 1990


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Materials Engineering




Expert was the Director of the ONR/DARPA Center for high temperature structural composites, was the Co-Director for the Center of Rotorcraft Technology, and developed carbon fibers and ceramic matrix composites.

1960 to 1965


General Electric Research Lab


Ceramic Studies




He developed pyrolytic graphite, boron filaments, silicon carbide, fuel cells, and superconductors.

1958 to 1960


General Electric


Missile and Ordnance Systems




Expert studied the mechanical properties of graphite, and worked on reentry materials development.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of ACS and a member of NMAB for high temperature composites. He has participated in the Division Advisory Group, Aeronautical Systems Division, United States Air Force.

Professional Appointments

He is the Associate Editor for Journal of Advanced Materials. He is past Materials Panel Chairman for "Aerospace Technology 2000," has served on the Aeronautical & Space Engineering Board, was JTEC Chairman for review of composites activities in Japan, and was NMAB Chairman for Advanced Fibers.


Expert is a Fellow of ASM, ACerS, and the American Carbon Society. He has received the Skakel and Graffin Awards of the American Carbon Society, the Sauveur Award of ASM, the Mueller Award of ACerS, and the Humboldt Award for science and teaching from Humboldt Foundation.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is credited with 24 patents and over 160 publications, including several book chapters.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Need Material/Process Recommendation.
  • Expert for consulting on Graphite materials.
  • Expert in Carbon/Carbon Fiber Products.
  • Expert for consulting on Amorphous Type Flake Graphite.
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 served as an expert witness in two patent infringement cases, two product liability cases (at the corporate level), involving both deposition and court trials.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Carbonic and graphitic material.
  • Expert for consulting on carbon fiber bicycle frame failure.
  • Carbon fiber composite expert for consulting on designs used for bicycles.
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
1976 to 1992   France   Expert provided consultation in composites and CVD.
1975 to 1992   Germany   He consulted on pitch products and composites.
1984 to 1985   Switzerland   Expert did design work on a CVD furnace.
1988 to 2001   Japan   He providedconsultation on fibers and composites; and was the JTEC team Chairman for review of advanced composite technology in Japan.
1982 to 1982   Brazil   Expert was part of a UNIDO team for development.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has presented short courses for NASA, E.I. du Pont, B.F. Goodrich, Sikorsky, Eastman Kodak, and many universities, societies, and international conferences.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert can select and build specialty instrumentation and equipment.

Other Skills and Services

His accomplishments include the manufacturing of boron filament on a carbon monofilament substrate, and detection of capacity loss during cycling in nickel/cadmium batteries.


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