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 Expert  722858

Expert in Materials Engineering; Expert Witness for Litigation Liabilities in Fiber Cement Industries

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Expert has taken a leading role in the development of fiber-reinforced composite materials. He has an intimate knowledge of varied synthetic fibers and cellulose fibers used for the reinforcement for cement based materials. He also has a fundamental understanding of cement and cement additives used for composite materials.

He has a complete understanding of cement, fibers, synthetic fibers, and cellulose fibers and has been involved in the addition and handling of these materials in the production process of fiber cement materials. He has also experience in testing these materials for varied physical and chemical properties short and long term. In addition to fiber cement products Expert has also experience in inorganic polymers, such as activated fly ash and kaolin with and without fiber reinforcement.

He has over 25 years' experience in product development with fiber cement composite materials and other related products. This experience has included composite design, testing, and assessment according to varied applications. A vast amount of experience has also been related to prediction of long-term durability, which includes creep, fatigue, and aging behavior. He has also developed accelerated aging tests, which can be used to predict the product performance. He has also run production trials on an industrial scale for fiber cement composite materials and assessed these products in the laboratory and on site.


fiber-reinforced composite


fiber-reinforced concrete


synthetic fiber


cellulose fiber


composite material mechanical property

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Often requested
with this expert:

Portland-Based Building Materials, Particularly Cellulose...
Construction Materials
Cement and Concrete Technology
Package Manufacturing, Plastic/ Paper Packaging, Plastic...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1973   B.Sc.   Physics and Mathematics   University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa  
1974   B.Sc. Honors   Physics   University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa  
1980   Ph.D.   Materials Engineering   University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to







Expert is Principal Consultant.

1993 to 2000




Research & Development


Vice Director


He was head of Research & Development which included basic research and product developement for Eternit in Switzerland and Slovenia.

1988 to 1993




Research & Development


General Manager


Expert worked on the conversion from asbestos-free products to autoclaved technology. He was involved in a license agreement with James Hardie Australia.

1980 to 1988




Research & Development


Group Leader


He performed basic research and development for the conversion of asbestos products to asbestos-free using air cured technology. This also included collaboration with varied universities.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has more than 20 publications in durability and testing of fiber cement products.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Fiber Society, Spring Symposium on Advanced Flexible Materials and Structures  
 - International Workshop on Ductile Fibre Cement Composites  
 - The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering  
 - Cement and Concrete Composites  
 - International Journal of Cement Composites  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has taken a leading roll in product developement in fibre cement composite materials.
  • He has assisted in the developement of inorganic polymer materials.
  • Expert has provided expertise and was an expert witness in litigation on liabilities for roofing materials.
  • Expert has provided technical backup and has assisted in building a factory with regard to fibre cement products.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in fiber cement for consulting on developing new reinforced fibers, new raw materials that could improve cost and quality.
  • Expert in FRC for consulting on marketing and understanding technology.
  • Expert in cement market analyst for consulting on Green cement market research.
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 was an expert witness for attorneys in California with regard to roofing products.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Asbestos roof expert for consulting on 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
2004 to   USA   Expert set up a laboratory in order to assess the properties of cellulose fibers in fiber cement materials.
2003 to 2005   Australia   He provided expertise in a joint development work in inorganic polymer materials.
2000 to   Australia   Expert has provided expertise on how to assess the durability and long-term predictions for a special pipe development.
2000 to   South Africa   He has provided technical expertise and trouble shooting for a major fiber cement producer.
2004 to   Thailand   Expert has assisted in setting up a production line to produce autoclaved fiber cement products.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Expert is fluent in German; it is his seond language.
Afrikans   He is fluent in Afrikans; it is his third language.
Flemish, Dutch, and French   Expert is able to read and understand these three languages but is not fluent in writing or speaking.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has provided a series of lectures at Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby on varied topics see. He has also conducted a training course in how to make decisions under pressure.


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