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 Expert  720334

Expert in Metal Alloy Welding, Stainless Steel, and Nickel Alloy Properties

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Kentucky (KY)
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Expert has extensive experience with the specification and application of nickel and stainless alloys in the high temperature areas of gas (both aero and industrial/marine) and steam turbines including compressors, combustion, and turbine components. He has worked closely with designers, recommending specific materials based on strength and corrosion properties. As a leading authority on the effects of exposure on the properties and microstructure of nickel alloys, particularly alloys X-750, 718, 625, 617, and 800, he has assisted in a variety of failure investigations. He has written numerous papers on the use of low-expansion alloys. His background in welding and fabrication enables him to give guidance in production and repair practices. He can answer complex questions regarding controlled expansion and nimonic alloys.

cast iron


cast nickel alloy


metal fabrication


metal joining


nickel alloy

Expert has been involved in the welding of nickel and stainless alloys for over 45 years and has been a member of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Committee, Section IX and is currently on three AWS welding committees and the Chairman of the Welding of Nickel Alloys Committee. He has been the chairman of the Welding Research Council Subcommittee on "Welding of Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloys" since 2001. His specialties include dissimilar metal welding, the welding effect on nickel alloy corrosion resistance, and the heat treating of welds.

nickel alloy weld corrosion


nickel alloy welding


stainless steel welding


welding effect on nickel alloy corrosion resistance


stainless steel weld

Expert has extensive knowledge of the mechanical and physical properties of nickel and stainless alloys and the effect of temperature on these properties. He has been an active member of the ASM Heat Resistant Materials Properties Committee for many years and was Chairman of the committee's first international conference on heat resistant materials held in 1991.

stainless steel property

A significant portion of Expert's career has involved heat treating including specifying fixturing materials and recommending the proper heat treatments to be used on nickel and stainless alloys. He has authored numerous articles including several ASM Handbook chapters on the heat treating of nickel alloys.

metal heat treatment

Expert has been involved with the mechanics and consequences of age hardening of nickel alloys for many years. He has lectured on the properties and selection of the age-hardenable materials Inconel 718 and X-750, Incoloys 903/909 and Monel K-500.

age hardening

Expert has specialized in the properties and selection of low-expansion alloys including the glass sealing alloys. He has been involved in the specifications and analysis of problems associated with glass sealing alloys.

glass sealing alloy

The welding of heat resistant alloys, both solid solution and age-hardenable alloys, has been a specialty of Expert's for many years. He is Chairman of the Nickel Alloy Subcommittee of the AWS G2 Committee on Joining Metals and Alloys. He has authored numerous papers on the welding of heat-resistant alloys.

heat-resistant alloy welding

Expert has been involved with superalloys for over 40 years. He has advised engineers and designers in all of the major engine and airframe companies on the properties, fabrication techniques, and selection of these materials. He is a recognized expert on the metallurgy of superalloys and has authored numerous papers related to superalloys.


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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Cincinnati, Ohio;  Charleston, West Virginia;  Huntington, West Virginia;  and Lexington, Kentucky.

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Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Processing, Materials...
Aluminum/ Materials Joining and Product Manufacturing
Welding, Fabrication, Failure Analysis conventional and...
Welding Engineering, Process Development, Welding...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1961   B. S.   Metallurgical Engineering   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1992 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Expert is a technical consultant in the fields of stainless steel and nickel alloy metallurgy, properties, and welding

1962 to 1992


Inco Alloys International, Inc .


Research Lab.


Sr. Metallurgist


He was a researcher in the Welding Lab and in the Research Lab. He handled technical consultation with customers.

1961 to 1962


Alco Product s


Dunkirk, NY plant


Welding Engineer


Expert was responsible for a production welding lab.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member and Fellow of ASM International, and is a member of the American Welding Society, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and The Metallurgical Society.

Professional Appointments

He was Chairman of ASM's Heat Resistant Materials Committee. He was Chair of the NACE's STG-37, High Temperature Materials Performance. He was also Chair of the American Welding Society's G2 Committee (Welding of Metals and Alloys) and is Chair of G2C (Welding of Ni Alloys), and is Chair of the Welding Research Council's Subcommittee on Welding Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloys.


Expert received the NASA Apollo Achievement Award for contributions to the first landing on the moon. He was elected a Fellow of ASM International.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 30 published papers; is the co-editor of two books; the author of chapters in five volumes of the ASM Handbook; and author of a chapter in CASTI Publications' "Handbook of Stainless Steels."

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Metals Handbook, ASM International, Inc.  
 - ASM Metals Handbook  
 - TMS of AIME  
 - ASM International  
 - Chemical Engineer mag.  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert conducted a failure analysis of a stainless steel vessel weld crack. He evaluated the metallurgy and microstructure and recommended a solution.
  • He evaluated a needed improvement in a piece of equipment in a plastics manufacturing plant, suggested the proper alloy for overcoming the problem.
  • Expert evaluated a high alloy process vessel that had cracked during service. He recommended a repair and post-weld procedure.
  • He provided data and guidance to solve a high-temperature oxide scaling problem in a paint drying facility in a plant that made strip metal for making beverage cans.
  • Expert provided data and guidance to a manufacturing plant that was having difficulty with nickel strip in the production of sensors.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on stainless finishing/welding best practices.
  • Expert for consulting on Fabricated Inconel 718 pressure vessel (NACE MR0175 Compliant).
  • Expert in Welding Nickel 200 material.
  • Expert in bronze foundry for consulting on sand foundry Br-Ni-Al-C958000 and STD bronze C844.
  • Stainless steel expert for consulting on stainless steel 316 process control.
  • Pressure code stainless steel welding expert for consulting on stainless steel in pressure code weldments.
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:
  • Expert for consulting on assessment of metal wire formation and properties.
  • Expert in Possible testifying retention (108383) by Plaintiffs' Counsel.
  • 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.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1992 to 2006   Worldwide   Expert has lectured on high-temperature material selection, application, properties, failures, and welding in 17 countries on six continents; these lectures have taken place at engineering firms, universities, chemical plants, research institutions, refineries, and at hotel locations.
1998 to 2006   Asia & Far East   Gave engineering lectures in China (3 visits), S. Korea (4 visits), Singapore (2 visits), Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain. Included universities, research institutions, refineries and petrochemical plants.
1999 to 2001   Europe   Gave engineering lectures at research institutions and refineries in England & Holland.
2002 to 2002   Africa   Gave engineering lectures at various refineries and petrochemical facilities in South Africa.
2000 to 2000   South America   Gave engineering lectures at refineries and petrochemical facilities in Curacao and Venezuela.

Market Research:
Expert was in charge of marketing high temperature alloys to the aerospace and heat-treating industries while employed at Inco Alloys.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert lectured at numerous American Welding Society seminars on the welding of stainless steels and nickel alloys. He also lectured extensively in Nickel Development Institute workshops around the world on topics of high-temperature material selection, properties, failures, life cycle costing, welding, and design.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He routinely suggests sources for castings, welding, testing, etc.


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