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 Expert  714994

Expert in Corrosion, Failure Analysis, Materials Selection, API 584, API 580/ 581, refinery damage mechanisms


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
USA
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Expert has more than 37 years of experience with laboratory failure investigations of metals, alloys and non-metals. He has a strong background in identifying damage and corrosion/cracking mechanisms and integrity operating windows for damage mechanisms in refinery and chemical plant processes. This experience has encompassed evaluating and solving corrosion-related failures of components, equipment, and structures in the chemical process, refining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper industries. This expertise includes conducting API 579 fitness for service and remaining life assessments, selecting materials and alloys for corrosion resistance and corrosion mitigation implementation. Expert also has extensive experience with API 581 risk based inspection implementation.

Expert's experience covers most of the corrosion and environmental degradation mechanisms, including electrochemical corrosion, uniform corrosion, acidic corrosion, alkali corrosion, aqueous corrosion, intergranular corrosion, intergranular cracking, rusting, weld corrosion, localized corrosion, oxygen corrosion, hot corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, hydrogen embrittlement, H2S corrosion, microbiological corrosion, carbon dioxide corrosion, erosion-corrosion, elevated-temperature corrosion, oxidation, sulfidation, and carburization. These corrosion mechanisms and their root cause solutions have been studied in most of the commercial alloys and metals including cast irons, carbon steels, low-alloy steels (including chromium steel), stainless steels (including the austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, precipitation hardening, and duplex stainless steels), nickel and nickel alloys, copper and copper alloys, and aluminum and aluminum alloys.

One cannot obtain a fundamental understanding of corrosion mechanisms of industrial metals and alloys without gaining a corresponding knowledge of their physical and mechanical as well as their corrosion properties. The ability to properly select metals, alloys, nonmetallic materials, linings, and coatings is integral to solving corrosion-related problems and failures. A major emphasis of Expert's work has involved material selection for chemical processes and new design applications. Example areas that Expert has consulted in include recommending and specifying heat-resistant and carburization-resistant furnace tubes for reforming and ethylene pyrolysis heaters; highly alloyed steels for hydrocarbon fuel and municipal waste combustion gas environments; stainless steels and nickel alloys to resist aggressive aqueous, acidic, and alkaline aqueous processing environments; downhole alloys and coatings for oil drilling and production applications; the use of copper and galvanized steel for portable water systems; pump impeller alloys for brine service; and powder metallurgy alloys for pelletizer blades. Expert also has experience in applying, evaluating, and specifying metallic coatings for metal and alloy substrates, including thermal-spray, galvanized, aluminized, electroless nickel, chromium plating, and other finishing operations. Expert has used this experience to develop specifications for clients for fabricating, welding, repairing, and procuring equipment and pressure vessels, and for testing and inspecting fabricated and welded components and equipment.

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chemical process equipment corrosion failure

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chemical process equipment selection

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stainless steel corrosion

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steel corrosion

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storage tank corrosion

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corrosion failure analysis

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austenitic stainless steel corrosion

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chemical process equipment evaluation

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aqueous corrosion

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concentration cell corrosion

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ferrous metal corrosion

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acidic corrosion

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alkali corrosion

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corrosion-resistant alloy

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corrosion-resistant material

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metal material selection

The third triangle of Expert's expertise is root cause failure analysis of components, equipment, metals, alloys, coatings, linings, and structures due to corrosion, environmental degradation, abuse, misapplication, and mechanical failure. His experience with failure analysis is particularly strong in the chemical processing, refining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper industries. Failure mechanisms he has evaluated include general corrosion, localized corrosion, intergranular corrosion, weld corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, fatigue, corrosion fatigue, fretting, wear, erosion, overload, brittle fracture, hydrogen embrittlement, H2S cracking, microbiological corrosion, oxidation, sulfidation, and carburization. These failure types have been investigated in such diverse components as pressure vessels, welded fabrication, piping, heater and boiler tubes, marina docks, storage tanks, drums, towers, columns, pumps, heat exchangers, forgings, bearings, compressors, and gearboxes.

Expert has years of experience studying the application of non-metallic coating systems for the protection of equipment and structures from corrosion and environmental degradation. A major emphasis has been on the specification of coating systems for severe service, including immersion service in corrosive environments and for concrete containment structures in hazardous waste storage tank systems. His coating system recommendation and failure analysis experience includes the epoxies, urethanes, organic zincs, alkyds, and silicones. Expert has also generated coating system application and inspection specifications for industrial users. He has acted as the primary consultant for the development and maintenance of a corporate coating standard for an international petrochemical company.

Expert has applied his knowledge of material and corrosion properties, metals and alloy testing, and inspection to the study of the suitability-for-service, remaining life, and mechanical integrity of equipment. Expert developed a risk-based inspection procedure to rank process equipment based on the probability of internal failure.

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corrosion fatigue

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materials failure analysis

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metal failure analysis

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root cause failure

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corrosion control

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corrosion monitoring

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risk based inspection

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remaining life assessment

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equipment failure analysis

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forensic materials failure analysis

Expert as an offshoot of his other consulting activities has been involved with the evaluation, corrosion, failure analysis, and inspection and testing of aboveground storage tanks for years. He has used this experience to certify new and existing aboveground storage tanks to the EPA Hazardous Waste Storage Tanks regulations. More recently, Expert has inspected and conducted engineering evaluations on many API 650 storage tanks in support of API Standard 653, Tank Inspection, Alteration and Reconstruction. Expert is a certified API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector. Expert has written several papers on the subject of storage tank inspection and engineering evaluation and has acted as a consultant and expert witness involving storage tank failures, including those due to leaking of tank bottoms due to product-side and soil-side corrosion.

Expert's experience covers most of the corrosion and environmental degradation mechanisms, including electrochemical corrosion, uniform corrosion, acidic corrosion, alkali corrosion, aqueous corrosion, intergranular corrosion, intergranular cracking, rusting, weld corrosion, localized corrosion, oxygen corrosion, hot corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, hydrogen embrittlement, H2S corrosion, microbiological corrosion, carbon dioxide corrosion, erosion-corrosion, elevated-temperature corrosion, oxidation, sulfidation, and carburization. These corrosion mechanisms and their root cause solutions have been studied in most of the commercial alloys and metals including cast irons, carbon steels, low-alloy steels (including chromium steel), stainless steels (including the austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, precipitation hardening, and duplex stainless steels), nickel and nickel alloys, copper and copper alloys, and aluminum and aluminum alloys.

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carbon steel

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carbon steel corrosion

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corrosion

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corrosion prevention

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corrosion protection

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corrosion resistance

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corrosion-resistant metal

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duplex stainless steel

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embrittlement

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failure analysis

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fractography

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heat exchanger failure

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heat exchanger failure analysis

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heat-resistant alloy

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in-service materials failure analysis

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industrial corrosion

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localized corrosion

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material degradation

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materials failure

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materials selection

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mechanical integrity

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metal alloy

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metal alloy corrosion

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metal corrosion

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metal failure

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metal testing

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nonferrous metal failure analysis

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rotating machinery failure analysis

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stainless steel

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stainless steel weld corrosion

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steel failure analysis


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas;  Pasadena, Texas;  Beaumont, Texas;  College Station, Texas;  Baytown, Texas;  Bryan, Texas;  Sugar Land, Texas;  Port Arthur, Texas;  Galveston, Texas;  and Missouri City, Texas.

Often requested
with this expert:

Corrosion and Metallurgical Failure Analysis
corrosion in plant,buildings, hvac, etc; Hi-Temp; surveys/...
Corrosion, Material Selection
Industrial Corrosion & Failure

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1976   BS   Metallurgical Engineering   University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa   Tau Beta Pi, Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

President

 

Responsible for client consulting projects.

2002 to 2005

 

RBI Consulting, L.L.C.

 

Engineering

 

Principal

 

Responsible for all engineering projects, including failure analysis, corrosion investigations and technical advisor on risk based inspection projects.

1988 to 1990

 

Bryant-Lee Associates, Houston, TX

 


 

Manager

 

Manager of the Houston, TX office of Bryant-Lee Associates. Responsible for client development, and consulting projects.

1986 to 1988

 

Law Engineering

 

Metallurgical Engineering

 

Manager

 

Metallurgical Engineering Department Manager. Responsible for client development, NDE technican staff, and client consulting projects.

1980 to 1986

 

ARCO Chemical Company

 


 

Principal Metallurgical Engineer

 

Responsible for materials technology, failure analysis and corrosion control for ARCO's Texas Gulf Coast chemical plants.

1976 to 1980

 

Texaco, Inc.

 


 

Metallurgical Engineer

 

Responsible for failure analysis, corrosion investigations and materials selection for Texaco's worldwide operations.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is an active member of NACE International, ASM International and ASTM.

Licenses/Certifications

Professional Engineer in Texas, NACE Materials Design/Selection Specialist, API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector, API 580 Supplemental Inspection Certification in Risk Based Inspection

Professional Appointments

Past Chairperson of the Houston section of NACE International and past Chairperson of the Houston Chapter of ASM International.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is the author and/or presenter of more than 33 papers concerning corrosion, failure analysis, risk based inspection, materials selection, storage tank inspections, coatings and fitness-for-service.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - API Inspection Summit, January 7-10, 2013, Galveston, TX.  
 - API, 2011 Inspection Summit, Galveston, TX  
 - ASM Houston Chapter  
 - Materials Technology Institute (MTI)  
 - NACE  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2000 to   The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board   Independent Consultant   Expert conducted research, an independent review of documents and provided opinions regarding the root cause of a fatality incident in a crude unit at a major petroleum refinery.
2012 to 2014   City of Richmond, CA   Consultant to the City of Richmond involving corrosion and materials selection issues in refineries  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • On-site and laboratory evaluation of failed 304SS compression fittings in Buenos Aires, Argentina securing high voltage transmission towers.
  • On-site assistance with assessing fire damage and fitness-for-service of pressure vessel equipment exposed to a major explosion and fire, based on API 579, Fitness-for-Service guidelines.
  • On-site assistance with the implementation of API 580 Risk-Based Inspection Programs.
  • On-site assistance with assessing the corrosion damage to 304SS piping in seawater cooling water service in Puerto Rico.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on accelerated corrosion in certain plant areas.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on grease compatibility with 17-4 in H1075 (resistance to sulphide issues) and with reciprocating motions (molybdenum disulphide grease may be desired).
  • Usa stainless steel expert" for consulting on ss chemical vessel.
  • Carbon steel tank corrosion expert for consulting on the corrosion in carbon steel storage tanks.
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on theazeotropic distillation of acetic acid & materials selection.
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on sub sea corrosion of aluminum and stainless steel.
  • Expert in selection of construction materials for consulting on materials selection for corrosive environment.
  • Expert in consumer products for consulting on converting from 304SS to 202/201SS.
  • Steel corrosion expert needed to consult regarding weathering steel plates.
  • Pipe lining expert testimony for consulting on material selection for industrial pipe coating or liner used in transport of geothermal brine.
  • Expert in metals for consulting on understanding corrosion cause of chemical reactor.
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:
He has been a consulting or testifying expert witness in more than 30 legal cases. Activities included research, giving depositions, laboratory analysis and trial testimony.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for refinery corrosion case.
  • Expert in API tank inspection for consulting regarding alleged negligent API tank inspection.
  • Materials expert compression fittings for consulting on litigation.
  • Industrial piping expert for consulting on piping rupture - magnesium slurry processing & storage.
  • Expert in galvanized steel failure analysis for consulting on corrosion of galvanized steel.
  • Corrosion Expert needed for legal case.
  • Expert for consulting on product liability case involving API - 12F storage tanks.
  • Expert in pressure vessel manufacturing and installation for litigation.
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   Buenos Aires, Argentina   Expert conducted a root cause failure analysis of failed type 304SS compression fittings associated with a high voltage electrical transmission towers and conducted a fitnesss-for-service evaluation of installed compression fittings containing forging flaws.
1991 to 1991   South Korea   Audited pressure vessel fabrication shops in Korea to verify compliance with ASME Section VIII, Div. I Code requirements and owner specification requirements.
2013 to 2014   Cartegena, Columbia   Supported a risk based inspection project for Ecopetrol as the designated subject matter expert (SME) in damage and corrosion mechanisms for refinery processes.
2010 to 2011   Kingdon of Saudi Arabia   Consulted with a Saudia Arabian chemical company on various projects, including failure analysis of acetic acid piping, corrosion support on risk based inspection programs and corrosion support during a unit shutdown.
2012 to 2013   India   Conducted corrosion workshops for an India Refiner in support of a risk based inspection (RBI) program as the subject matter expert (SME) for damage mechanisms in refinery processing units.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert speaks and reads some Spanish.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has presented 3-day to week long courses in corrosion, materials, metallurgy failure analysis and risk based inspection.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience in providing vendor services for steel, alloy products, valves, flanges, used process equipment, testing services, corrosion monitoring equipment, and inspection services.


 

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