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 Expert  719692

Expert in Industrial Utilities and Forensic Engineering


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Ohio (OH)
USA
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has spent a major portion of his career involved with industrial utility generation and distribution. This has included steam and condensate, compressed air, chilled and frigid water, and fuels. His work has encompassed, and continues to encompass, the primary equipment for generating the utilities (boilers, compressors, and chillers), the equipment for delivering the utilities (piping, pumps, fans, and blowers), and the associated auxiliary equipment (heaters, deaerators, condensers, cooling towers, pipe fittings and specialties, valves, and metering equipment).
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industrial utility system

Expert is very experienced in mechanical engineering analysis including fluid and gas flow analysis, problem identification and analysis, process analysis, failure analysis, thermodynamic cycle and process analysis, economic analysis, feasibility analysis, and report writing. He is very adept at data analysis and enjoys undertaking problem solving after others have abandoned the task.
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mechanical engineering analysis

Expert has investigated several explosions, most of which were boiler explosions. In addition, he has investigated the explosion of a very large steam-fired autoclave used for curing concrete blocks.
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boiler explosion

Expert has worked extensively with flowmetering over his forty plus year engineering career. He has worked with flowmeters of many types and most types of flow control valves. He has done metering and flow control work on compressed air, steam, water, fuel gases, and liquid fuels.
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flowmetering

Expert's primary area of expertise is boilers of all sizes up to utility boilers. He has worked with boilers fired by gas, light oil, heavy oil, and coal. In addition to boiler work, he has also worked on boiler auxiliaries including feed pumps, deaerators, economizers, controls, fans, piping, valves, fuel handling equipment, etc. He has performed combustion calculations in order to determine air/fuel ratios. Finally, he has performed forensic engineering involving boiler failures and explosions (both pressure vessel and furnace).
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boiler

Expert has an intense interest in boiler and steam system safety. He teaches boiler courses in which he makes safety a central issue. He uses his expert witness experience to teach from others mistakes in an effort to prevent future accidents.
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boiler safety

Expert has served as an expert in over eighty cases involving ruptured flex joints, fractured and leaking steam valves, an exploding autoclave, boiler sulfur emissions, cogeneration systems, furnace explosions, a frozen fire sprinkler line, a leaking boiler gauge glass, pump failures and problems, faulty water meters, failed refrigerant compressors, workers injured during utility boiler outages, workers injured while testing piping systems, and several boiler explosions.
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forensic engineering

Expert's general area of expertise is industrial facilities and utility systems engineering. His experience includes work with air compressors and compressed air systems; blowers; hot and boiling liquid pumping; blowers and fans; chillers and chilled water systems; cogeneration; combined heat and power systems; cooling towers; heat exchangers; fuel piping, delivery, and control systems; pumps and pump selection; steam piping, systems, and auxiliaries, including steam turbines; piping systems; and valves of all types.
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facilities engineering


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Columbus, Ohio;  Cincinnati, Ohio;  Toledo, Ohio;  Akron, Ohio;  Dayton, Ohio;  Canton, Ohio;  Lorain, Ohio;  Springfield, Ohio;  Hamilton, Ohio;  and Elyria, Ohio.

Often requested
with this expert:

Biomass Power Generation Technology and Engineering: ...
Flow Measurement and Metering
Industrial Utility Systems with Cogeneration
Heat Transfer, Utilities, Energy

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1988   M.E.   Mechanical Engineering   Ohio State University  
1976   B.S.M.E.   Mechanical Engineering   Purdue University   Pi Tau Sigma

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

President

 

Expert is the Owner, President, and Chief Engineer.

1983 to 1988

 

Ohio State University

 

Power Plant Project Manager

 

He was Project Manager for a large, complex steam line expansion; a large coal fired boiler and dry flue gas scrubber; and a 3MW cogeneration system.

1981 to 1982

 

Cummins Engine Company

 

Facility Maintenance Manager

 

Expert was responsible for all facility maintenance and engineering for several large buildings.

1979 to 1981

 

Aluminum Company of America

 

Power Plant Project Manager

 

He was responsible for all power plant, energy conservation, and heat treat furnace engineering.

1977 to 1979

 

Purdue University

 

Project Engineer

 

Expert was the project engineer for various HVAC, utility, and power plant projects.

1976 to 1977

 

Armour-Dial, Inc.

 

Project Engineer

 

He was the project engineer and maintenance supervisor in the soap finishing area.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association.

Licenses/Certifications

He holds a Third Class Stationary Engineer's License and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Illinois, and Texas.

Awards/Recognition

Expert has received various Who's Who awards.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1968 to 1972   USMC   Officer and Enlisted Man   Expert enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and in 1969 completed OCS. After Basic School, he volunteered for and served nine months in Viet Nam as an artillery forward observer. Upon his return to the United States, he was appointed as a disbursing officer where he served until his release from active duty.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert completed a gas line capacity study for a large glass manufacturing plant.
  • He performed a steam line and condensate study for a large paint/coatings plant.
  • Expert has analyzed and solved numerous complex problems for industrial clients, i.e., a natural gas consumption problem at an asphalt plant, and a severe cooling problem on four very large air compressors.
  • He has conducted cogeneration feasibility studies for an automobile manufacturer and a large Midwestern university.
  • Expert has analyzed numerous boiler problems, including boiler puffs and explosions.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Propane Fired Boiler Combustion
  • Expert in low pressure steam boilers for consulting on steam/water side pipe corrosion.
  • Mechanical Engineer, expert in natural gas use for consulting on Natural Gas Engine testing.
  • HVAC expert for consulting on HVAC.
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 served as a consulting and testifying forensic engineer in over eighty cases for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. The cases have involved ruptured flex joints, fractured and leaking steam valves, an exploding autoclave, boiler sulfur emissions, cogeneration systems, furnace explosions, a frozen fire sprinkler line, a leaking boiler gauge glass, pump failures and problems, faulty water meters, failed refrigerant compressors, workers injured during utility boiler outages, workers injured while testing piping systems, and several boiler explosions.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in boiler safety for consulting on Valero Burn Injury.
  • Steam burn expert for consulting on litigation involving steam release from boiler in power plant.
  • Expert for consulting on Condensation Induced Water Hammer.
  • Expert in Over-registering Meters at Atlanta Townhse Subdivision.
  • Expert in Steam Boiler Burner for consulting on Steam Boiler Explosion.
  • Expert in water meter reports for consulting on water pipe damage issues.
  • Expert in power generation facilities for consulting on power plant asbestos.
  • Expert in industrial piping for consulting on a client burned by steam from a failed pressure valve in a paper mill.
  • Petroleum pump expert witness for consulting on chemical feed pump system
  • Industrial piping expert for consulting on piping rupture - magnesium slurry processing & storage.
  • Thermal boiler expert for consulting on retrofitting to reduce emissions from stack.
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
2003 to 2003   Bremerhaven, Germany   Expert traveled to Germany to investigate the explosion of a boiler on the cruise ship S.S. Norway.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has delivered hundreds of seminars on basic boiler theory and operation, and on industrial boiler controls.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of pumps, valves, fans, blowers, piping specialties, flow metering, boilers, chillers, compressors, heat exchangers, cooling towers, mechanical and inspection services.

He has access to the following resources: catalogs, magazine compendia, personal contacts, and databases.

Other Skills and Services

Expert spearheaded the implementation of a 3125 kW cogeneration system for a major Midwestern university. This involved conducting load analyses, writing a feasibility study, and then supervising the design, installation, and startup of a topping (non-condensing) steam turbine generator supplied by a coal-fired boiler.


 

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