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 Expert  723442

Expert in Combustion, Heat Transfer, Process Furnaces, Incineration, Air Pollution Control, etc.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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He had developed and monitored tests to demonstrate that the air pollution control system operate as designed. Modifications were made to air pollution control systems to improve their operation to meet the regulatory requirements.

The air pollution control system incorporates all components needed to process the waste stream. He has designed and tested a wide variety of waste treatment system to meet the regulatory requirements. This involved modifying standard air pollution control systems to meet the unique requirements of each system.

All air pollution control system has operational margin. He has reviewed the operational characteristics to assure that the installed equipment meets the clients regulatory and emissions needs. Modifications and adjustments were made to assure compliance.

Boiler operational characteristics with each selected fuel was reviewed in detail. The burner and the heat transfer were analyzed and equipment was modified to meet the process and emissions requirements of the system. Forensic analysis of failed systems was preformed to determine the cause of failure.

The burning of pure and waste fuels requires a detailed knowledge of the combustion process and the limitations of each burner system. He has experience with a wide range of pure and waste fuels and their impact on the heat transfer and emissions from many boiler systems.

The boiler emissions are a result of the combustion properties. A detailed review is made of the combustion system to assure that the emissions levels are within the regulatory limits. Adjustments are made to assure that the emissions at all operational conditions are within the regulatory limits.

The forensic evaluation was performed on several boiler, incinerators and furnaces. The root cause of the explosion has been identified for these cases. Litigation support was supplied as necessary.

The fuel to a boiler can be a pure fuel such as natural gas or can be a hazardous waste with heat value. Expert had designed systems to handle a wide range of single and multiple fuels. The heat transfer aspects of these fuels was reviewed relative to the heat absorption capabilities of the boiler. The complete combustion assures that the energy is recovered and the emissions are within the regulatory limits.

The boiler can be operated in many modes. The regulatory, mechanical and process limitations of the boiler must be incorporated into any optimization. These limitations have been successfully incorporated into boilers burning hazardous waste. Modifications to the heat transfer sections were preformed to improve the total operational efficiency of the units without increasing the emissions.

The combustion of wastes and other materials requires a detailed knowledge of the operational limitations of burners and combustion systems. These limitations have been incorporated into modifications of several combustion systems to improve reliability and reduce emissions.

The combustion efficiency is a measure of the energy extraction from the fuel. Combustion efficiency improvements have been demonstrated with modifications to boiler and incineration systems. The recovered energy has been increased through modifications to the burners, combustion chambers and the heat transfer surfaces. Regulatory emissions have been reduced through these modification.

The emissions from a combustion system are regulated by several agencies. Many boilers, incinerators, oxidizers and BIF units have been modified to reduce the regulated emissions. Efficiency improvements were incorporated into all modifications.


air pollution control




air pollution control system


air-pollutant control equipment




boiler combustion


waste burning


boiler emission


hazardous waste fuel combustion


hazardous waste incineration


boiler explosion


boiler fuel


boiler optimization




combustion efficiency


combustion emission product

Expert has reviewed the operation characteristics of many burner systems that experienced combustion problems. These ranged from erratic performance, noise, vibration and emissions problems. He has provided mechanical and process modifications to solve these problems. The fuels ranged from natural gas to hazardous wastes to stripping fumes to reactor vent streams.

Expert has been involved with the treatment of hazardous waste streams for over 25 years. He has provided detailed designs and modifications to existing units for the past 20 years. He has developed procedures to process the hazardous waste in a safe reliable manner to meet the regulatory emissions requirements.

Expert has been actively involved with the processing of many hazardous wastes. Expert has directed the experimental testing of hazardous wastes to assure their destruction in a research facility.

The destruction of hazardous waste in a fume stream has been part of the waste treatment process for many years. Expert has direct experience with emissions from batch reactors and fume collection systems. The treatment of these streams in an oxidizer has resulted in the modification of control systems to meet the regulatory emissions and operational restrictions of permits.

Expert is actively involved with the thermal treatment of hazardous waste streams from processes. The problems associated with the handling, processing and cleaning of the fume stream are part of the evaluations. Recommendations are made to mechanically or operationally modify the process to meet the regulatory requirements.

The combustion process is designed to destroy the organic portion of all hazardous and regulated wastes. The proper design and control of these processes must be accomplished in a safe and reliable manner. He works with clients to assure that their systems meet these conditions and the regulatory requirements.


combustion problem


hazardous waste


hazardous waste fuel


hazardous waste oxidation


hazardous waste treatment


high-temperature air pollution control

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Trenton, New Jersey;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  Allentown, Pennsylvania;  Reading, Pennsylvania;  and Baltimore, Maryland.

Often requested
with this expert:

Combustion, Incineration, Heat Transfer, Air Pollution...
Boiler Combustion, Boiler Air Pollution Control, Utility...
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
Industrial Utilities and Forensic Engineering

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1970   BS   Aero Engr (fluids)   Penn State University  
1972   MS   Aero Engr (Fluids and Turbulence)   Penn State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)




He is the principal of a consulting company that provides analysis, evaluation, modification and engineering for combustion, incineration, air pollution control and heat transfer systems.

1987 to 1998


Four Nines Inc


Principal and Engineering Manager


He was project manager and then principal of the company. He designed and managed projects to improve existing incineration, combustion, air pollution control and RCRA Trial Burn projects for the Consulting Engineering Company

1978 to 1987


T-Thermal Company


Major Project Manager


He was the Engineering Project manager. He also was the hazardous waste combustion laboratory manager. He was project manager for all large sysetms built by the company. He designed and managed projects that built and installed hazardous waste and fume incinerators, LNG vaporizers, high temperature heaters and high pressure heaters.

1972 to 1978


General Electric Company




He was a heat transfer and aerodynamic engineer for re-entry vehicles.

Career Accomplishments:



Professional Eengineer in PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, LA, TX, WI, MN, KY, UT, OK

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 20 technical papers in combustion systems and heat transfer control and 1 book chapter.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Internation Incineration and Thermal Treatment Conference  
 - International Incineration and Thermal Treatment Conference  
 - American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1991 to 1996   Department of Justice   Expert Witness   He provided expert testimony on PSD and incineration operational characteristics.
2002 to 2004   Department of Justice   Expert Witness   He provided detailed evaluation of the operation of an incinerator.
2004 to 2004   Kentucky DEP   Expert   He proviced detailed operational evaluation of rotary kiln operational characteristics.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Design review of refinery heater. He reviewed all of the operational characteristics of the heater to determine that it was not operating in the manner desired or assumed by the plant. Corrective actions were taken.
  • He designed and configured fume collection system of batch chemical plant collecting organic fumes.
  • He designed waste injector system and burner modifications for high viscosity, corrosive, hazardous waste stream on heat recovery boiler.
  • He provided the operational evaluation and operational modifications to high temperature boiler utilizing waste streams as fuel.
  • He performed refractory troubleshooting on hazardous waste incinerator burning high nitrogen fuels.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in tuning process control systems.
  • Incinerator operation expert for consulting on incineration operation.
  • Expert in the installation oil treatments for consulting on the operation and recommend changes to burner set-up to achieve high efficiency.
  • Steam boiler expert for consulting on increase the efficiencies of our boilers.
  • Expert in combustion engineering for consulting on RTO design sizing operational analysis.
  • Expert in Propane Fired Boiler Combustion
  • Expert in boilers for consulting on conditions of installation, opinion about main cause on load decrease on the cogeneration project.
  • Propane expert for consulting on use of propane to simulate a large wood bonfire.
  • Expert in control valves for consulting on design to burner assembly.
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 Witness for Chemical companies and EPA/DOJ on emissions, operational control and process control of combustion and incineration systems. He provided expert testimony on boiler and incinerator emissions for several manufacturing facilities.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on coal burning boiler for litigation.
  • Odor abatement expert for consulting on odor abatement systems.
  • 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.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Project manager responsible for designing, specifying and purchasing all equipment utilized for heat tranfer, fume and waste incineration and LNG vaporizer systems.


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