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Expert in Mechanical and Materials Engineering: Fractures, Failures, Explosions, Pressure Vessels and Systems

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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has worked in ASME, API, EN, BS, AS and other international design codes especially in pressure equipment in the nuclear, fossil fuel, petro-chemical, transportable and gas cylinder industries. He has worked on code development in both Europe and Australia. He is the Australian representative on the International Institute of Welding Pressure Equipment Commission.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers code

Corrosion fatigue covers a wide range of phenomena from environmentally affected fatigue growth to stress corrosion cracking. Expert has been involved in several major corrosion fatigue investigations. He contributed to EPRI work on corrosion fatigue in fossil boilers and has investigated CF and SCC in other contexts such as rail wagons, civil structures and pressure equipment.

corrosion fatigue

Expert has spent much of his career in the electric power industries including coal, oil, gas, nuclear, hydro and alternative generation. His expertise is in the mechanical areas of these industries particularly pressure equipment, rotating equipment and structures. He has worked on the economics of operation in the areas of life assessment and maintenance evaluation. Because of his wide experience he has been asked to participate in several Due Diligence exercises associated with the sale of power stations.

electric power plant

Expert worked in the nuclear industry during the development of the FFS codes which led to BS 7910. He has also had experience in API 579/ASME FFS-1. He has applied the methods in dozens of major industry case studies and as part of return to service activities following investigations. He has written a number of papers investigating the conservatism or otherwise of these codes. Recently he supervised a major research program in the non-destructive measurement of residual stress.

fitness-for-service assessment

Expert has worked on many fatigue crack investigations in the power, transport, civil structure and petroleum/chemical industries. He conducts not only the fracture surface inspections, microscopy and testing but also the engineering calculations relating to loads and fracture mechanics. He is the author of numerous papers in the area in particular on thermal shock cracking and has worked on code development in Europe and Australia.

fatigue crack growth

Expert has substantial experience in applying fracture mechanics to investigations of actual failures in a wide range of industries. He conducts not only the site inspections, fractography, scanning electron microscopy and materials testing but also the engineering calculations relating to loads and fracture mechanics. He has contributed several theoretical journal papers in the area.

fracture mechanics



Expert's postgraduate studies were in the area of finite element methodology and he worked on code development. He is also an expert on analytical methods without which the FEM cannot be checked. He has conducted numerous major stress analysis investigations, including several where it was required to resolve conflicting FEM assessments. He has contributed to mechanical engineering design code development in Europe and Australia and taught in the area and written many relevant articles.

machine-element stress analysis


stress analysis

Failure analysis in engineering requires a holistic approach considering factors such as economics, design, operations, maintenance, human factors and cultural issues. Expert has been asked to conduct numerous investigations involving all these factors as well as the basic engineering and fracture mechanics. Expert is on the editorial board of the Engineering Failure Analysis Journal and regularly publishes in the area.

materials failure analysis


plastic failure analysis

Welding is central to many major failures. Knowledge of the welding processes, metallurgy, damage and corrosion mechanisms, creep, fatigue, non-destructive testing is key to supporting welding development or failure investigations. Expert is one of the most experienced workers in the field and frequently publishes in the area. Recently he he supervised a major research project on measurement of welding residual stress using neutron and x-ray synchrotron techniques.

metal welding




engineering investigation

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1976   PhD   Metal Forming   Imperial College London   Prize winning thesis
1973   MEngSci   Materials, Mechanical: “Strain hardening parameters”   University of Melbourne   H1, Medallist
1971   BE   Metallurgical Engineering   Melb- Australia  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to







Director and Principal Consulting Engineer

1992 to 2007


Monash University


Mechanical Engineering Department




Head of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

1984 to 1992


State Electricity Commission of Victoria


Power Engineering


Senior Integrity Engineer


1978 to 1983


National Nuclear Corporation


Safety Policy Unit




Career Accomplishments:

Fellow IEAust, ASME, Member Institute of Materials Engineering Australia.


PE equivalent recognized by ASME.

Professional Appointments

International Institute of Welding, the Australian delegate to Commission IX. Member of four Australian Standards committees in pressure vessels, piping and materials, Invited fellow of the Engineers Australia. Member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Engineering Design. Corresponding member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Applied Mechanics


First class Honors and in first place. Greenwood Medal for top student. Prize for best PhD thesis.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has published over 150 papers in international journals and refereed conferences and dozens of major reports for employers. He has also edited 12 books of conference proceedings and been guest editor of 7 editions of international journals.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology  
 - Physica B, Condensed Matter  
 - Engineering Failure Analysis Journal  
 - Production Planning & Control  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2006 to 2006   For Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australia, Worksafe SA   Investigator/Consultant   Investigation of the Gladstone Explosion of 9 May 2006 (3 Fatalities)

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • For Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australia, Worksafe SA, Investigation of the Gladstone Explosion of 9 May 2006 (3 Fatalities)
  • For Victorian State coroner: Investigation of a death of motor cyclist in a race accompanying the Australian Motor Cycle Grand Prix, 2001.
  • Expert witness in relation to the Longford accident of September 1998 which led to the death of two workers and several injuries plus the complete shut down of gas supplies to Victoria for 10 days. In the legal proceedings which followed, Expert's evidence was viewed by the lawyers involved as being “crucial” in technical issues.
  • Appointed as Expert for the Federal Court of Australia (Finkelstein, J) in a Commercial matter. Two reports prepared on the basis of which the matter was concluded.
  • Ford Motor Company Australia and Holden's Limited to review their R&D work in the area of automotive body panel tooling and process development and testing of completed vehicles for assembly and durability.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Scale deposits (BaSO4) in Oil Well
  • Expert in welding for consulting on Joining API X80 pipe and Q&T 4130.
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 a strong background in legal proceedings having acted as an expert witness or court appointed investigator at many levels: federal court, several state supreme courts, coroner's court, industrial relations and magistrates court (health and safety matters), mediations, arbitrations and public enquiries. He has worked with a large number of senior barristers and law firms in Australia (including 8 of the top 10 law firms). His industrial client list includes many of the largest engineering companies operating in Australia.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Metallurgy and Pipe Mfg *KR.
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
2002 to 2002   Papau New Guinea   Government inquiry into the Porgera Mine Disaster (explosion with 11 fatalities). This project involved a substantial series of experiments, and metallurgical and microscopic investigations. Expert's evidence was crucial in changing the official PNG Government position on the accident.
2004 to 2004   Philippines   Bakun Hydro power plant in the northern Philippines where there were weld issues in a hydro power tunnel.
1999 to 2000   New Zealand   Refining Corporation. Integrity of vessels.
2006 to 2006   Brunei   Shell Petroleum pipe welding issues

Market Research:
Expert has contacts in most Australian engineering organizations, particularly in the energy, mining and manufacturing sectors. In the course of a year he would visit up to 50 companies. He regularly collects industry data as a function of his engineering management expertise.

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 has been a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Monash University, Australia, lecturing in design, manufacturing, maintenance and engineering management and has been the supervisor of a number of postgraduate students.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He is able to source and supervise all required services for the investigations including: site visits and photography, sample removal, mechanical testing, microscopy including preparation of specimens, optical, scanning electron microscopy and chemical analysis, stress analysis (Analytical methods, Finite Elements), design assessments to Australian, American and European Codes with special expertise in pressure equipment, civil structures and fracture mechanics.

Other Skills and Services

Maintenance and Risk Management.


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