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 Expert  107778

Expert in Engineering Materials

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
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Expert has devoted most of his 35-year career to the application primarily of metals and other materials such as polymers, ceramics, composite materials, and electronic materials; he has also designed and manufactured machines and other structures. His expertise includes the areas of engineering analysis and laboratory testing. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding mechanical properties and mechanical testing of the above materials.

Expert spent the first 15 years of his engineering career in the machine tool industry (with Danly Machine) and still consults regularly for Danly and other machine tool manufacturers.

Expert been involved in developments in the container industry since 1968, having worked for Continental Can and U.S. Can. He maintains a consulting relationship with U.S. Can, both in terms of litigation defense and problem solving in welding and corrosion of aerosol cans.

Expert has owned and operated a scanning electron microscope equipped with an EDS system for the past seven years. He uses the SEM to examine fractured material surfaces in order to determine failure mode. Using the EDS system, he is able to analyze surfaces for elementary makeup.

Since 1980, Expert has been working in the independent laboratory field, initially for Packer Engineering. Currently, he performs the same duties for a firm he founded, Materials Engineering, Inc. He is knowledgeable regarding metallographic analysis, and metal failure analysis due to hydrogen embrittlement, strain aging, fatigue, and so on. He has solved problems in welding, machining, and forming. He is also conversant with surface hardening and diffusion bonding issues.

While at Continental Can, Expert was involved in managing projects to build aluminum can manufacturing lines in Glasgow, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia. During 1991-94, he managed an SBIR project for the DOT/FAA.

Expert is familiar with the various processes of metal forming and tooling design for forming metal. He is familiar with safe pressworking operations per ANSI and OSHA standards.

Expert is very familiar with the fabrication of sheet metal parts by spot welding, riveting, crimping, brazing, and laser welding.

Stamping metal by hydraulic and mechanical presses is another area of Expert's expertise. He has worked on calculations for tonnage requirements, safety issues, and tooling.

Expert has experience with fusion and diffusion welding processes for carbon steel, including stick electrode, TIG, MIG, laser, seam welding, and resistance spot welding. He has determined preheating and postheating requirements to minimize metallurgical changes.

Expert was recently involved in the development of a high-speed laser welding process for joining steel can ends to steel aerosol can bodies. This work was an SBIR project funded by the FAA to develop an aerosol can with improved fine safety for being transported in commercial aircraft cargo compartments. Expert has two U.S. Patents related to this development.

Expert is very familiar with the parameters of time, temperature, and pressure for making similar or dissimilar metal diffusion bonds. He is conversant with the Ficks Laws of Diffusion.

Expert has expertise with all existing heat treatment processes for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. He established a heat treatment department for a US company in Belgium.

Expert is knowledgeable of annealing processes for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including issues of time, temperatures, and furnace atmospheres.

He has worked with resistance spot welding processes for joining steel parts and is familiar with electrode degradation.


material application


material processing


materials selection


materials testing


metal surface hardening


machine-tool industry


aerosol can


can (container)


container industry


scanning electron microscopy


energy dispersive X-ray analysis


project management


technology transfer


metal forming


metal press forming


sheet-metal fabrication


metal stamping


carbon-steel welding


low-alloy steel welding


laser welding


diffusion bonding


heat treatment




spot welding

Expert has experience with carburization of steel parts. He is familiar with critical times, temperatures, atmospheres, and furnace considerations.

Expert is extremely familiar with a variety of surface hardening processes of steel, including flame and induction hardening.




surface hardening

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Peoria, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Processing, Materials...
Metal Can Manufacturing and Filling Problems, Printing,...
Sheet Metal Fabricating, Stamping
Metal Stamping Die & Press Work: Consulting, Training, &...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1975   MS   Materials Science & Engineering,   Northwestern University  
1968   BS   Metallurgical Engineering,   Illinois Institute of Technology  
1955   BS   Mechanical Engineering,   Illinois Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

1992 to







1985 to 1995


Materials Engineering, Inc.





1984 to 1985


United States Can Company


Metallurgy and Materials Science




1980 to 1984


Packer Engineering Associates



Staff Consultant


1969 to 1980


The Continental Group



Senior Research Metallurgist & Project Manager of Technical Services


Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Experimental Mechanics, and of the American Society for Testing Materials.

Professional Appointments

He is Past Chairman of the American Society for Metals, Chicago Western.


He is also listed in "Who's Who in Engineering."

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Human Factors Engineering  
 - Quality Management Handbook, Hitchcock Publishing Co.  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert opened his own testing and consulting firm in 1985, which now has four employees. Since Jan. 1, 1995, the day he sold Materials Engineering, Inc., he has devoted all his working time to consulting.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in compression molding for consulting on conversion of press capable of compression forming, SMC forming and understanding of how to manage the process during manufacturing.
  • Expert in aerospace rated rivets for consulting on determining what are the proper tools and methods of installation.
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:
  • Fabrication expert for consulting on Sheet metal fabrication.
  • Expert in hydraulic press machinery to evaluate overall functioning of machine and tooling of machine for litigation case.
  • Metal hardening expert for consulting on metal treating/heating/hardening and industry standards.
  • Expert in aerospace applications for consulting on hermetic dissimilar metal electrical connectors.
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.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of heat treatment, steel sheet,and laser job-shops.

He has access to contacts within the industry.


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