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 Expert  725392

Expert in Metallurgical Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, Marine & Pipeline Corrosion, Cathodic Protection

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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He has performed research in aqueous corrosion, primarily in seawater and has provided assistance in the design of equipment and facilities exposed to aqueous environments including seawater, freshwater, potable water and wastewater. As seawater contains substantial amount of chloride, this summary also applies to the area of expertise "aqueous corrosion. This expertise is also related to the areas of expertise "marine corrosion" and "underwater corrosion" as well as the area of expertise "corrosion testing."

aqueous corrosion


chloride corrosion


corrosion testing


marine corrosion


underwater corrosion

He has performed research in the corrosion of metals in atmospheric environments, primarily in marine atmospheres. He has assisted in the design of equipment and facilities exposed to atmospheric environments.

atmospheric corrosion

He has been involved in the design of many systems as a materials consultant and has assisted in the selection of materials for a wide variety of applications. Materials selection considerations have included such factors as strength, ductility, weight, modulus of elasticity, life-cycle cost and corrosion resistance. He prepared a one-week training course for NACE Internations entitled "Materials Selection and Design for Corrosion Control."

materials selection

He has a profession engineering registration in corrosion engineering in California. He has evaluated corrosion in a wide variety of industries and environments ranging from corrosion of space shuttle components during storage to the design of municipal wastewater facilities. He has also prepared and presented many training courses on corrosion and corrosion control.



corrosion engineering

He has been active in the field of cathodic protection of buried and underwater pipelines for over 40 years. He has provided consulting services in the design, installation, inspection and maintenance of cathodic protection systems on buried and underwater pipelines. He has prepared and presented many training courses for personnel involved in the installation, inspection and maintenance of cathodic protection systems on pipelines and other structures. This includes preparation and presentation of courses for NACE International as well as preparation and presentation of courses as an independent consultant.

pipeline corrosion

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Fresno, California;  Salinas, California;  and Santa Maria, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Corrosion and Metallurgical Failure Analysis
Corrosion Engineering
Industrial Corrosion & Failure
Aqueous Corrosion, Water Management, Industrial and...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1966   B.S   Metallurgical Engineering   University of Arizona  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1966 to 1995


U. S. Navy (Civil Service)


Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center




Perform research and provide consulting services for U. S. Naval shore and offshore facilities and equipment.

Career Accomplishments:

NACE International ASM International The Marine Technology Society The British Institute of Corrosion


Registered Professional Engineer-Corrosion Registration Number 609 State of California

Professional Appointments

Many positions on the NACE International Board including Director.

Many positions on the NACE International Western Area including three terms as Chairman

Director of the Marine Technology Board of Directors


NACE International Awards

- Western Area Engineer of the Year – 1992 - National Technical Achievement - 1994 - National Distinguished Service – 1999 - Elected Fellow – 2000 - Western Area Stratfull Award - 2005

British Institute of Corrosion -

- Elected to Fellow status in 1994

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 6 patents related to the generation of heat by electrochemical reactions. The patents are related to the military Field Ration Heater and other commercial sources for flameless heat at remote sites.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Academic Press  
 - American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1966 to 1995   U. S. Navy (Civil Service)   Metallurgist   He performed research in marine corrosion and provided consulting services in corrosion and metallurgical engineering for both onshore and offshore naval facilities and equipment.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Retained by the State of California to serve as an expert in litigation resulting from a multiple fatality failure at a large power plant. The failure resulted in a loss of approximately$400,000,000, the loss of 7 lives and the injury of 11 additional personnel. The failure was determined to be due to improper operating conditions at the plant resulting in accelerated creep of the high pressure steam piping. In addition, the operators of the plant did not perform adequate inspection of the high pressure steam piping. Provided deposition and testified in court. The case resulted in the power company being responsible for the loss.
  • Evaluated cathodic protection system on Strait Crossing Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The cathodic protection system was not properly designed and provided inadequate protection to the ice shields on the bridge supports. Recommended and assisted in the design and implementation of remedial action and validated the performance of the modified system.
  • Retained by a municipal water district to coordinate the design and installation of cathodic protection systems on water treatment and storage tanks. Developed an ongoing cathodic protection system maintenance plan and trained district employees in proper inspection and maintenance techniques.
  • Evaluated alternatives to galvanized steel gratings in an amusement attraction for a major southern California theme park. Recommended alternative materials with the same appearance as the original gratings with a significantly longer life and significantly lower life-cycle cost.
  • Retained as an expert in the evaluation of a large desalination facility using power plant effluent as feedwater. Due to improper materials selection and improper chemical treatment of the feedwater, severe corrosion resulted in the shutdown of the plant after only about 6 months of operation. Cost to repair the damage with suitable materials and proper chemical treatment was approximately $ 40,000,000. The case was settled shortly after the expert's deposition.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on corrosion in water cooled system,.
  • Expert for consulting on Crescent City Harbor.
  • Expert for consulting on Seawater Desalination facility intake corrossion study.
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on aluminum and stainless steel in process air equipment, coastal environment.
  • Corrosion metallurgist expert for consulting on corrosion of 304L stainless steel in water treatment service.
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on sub sea corrosion of aluminum and stainless steel.
  • Corrosion expert for consulting on cathodic protection for underground cast iron piping.
  • Expert for consulting on Seawater Coatings and Saltwater Corrosion
  • Expert in intota for consulting on grease compatibility with 17-4 in H1075 (resistance to sulphide issues) and with reciprocating motions (molybdenum disulphide grease may be desired).
  • Downhole corrosion expert for corrosion management strategy.
  • Expert in Corrosion of NiAL in Marine Environment.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Many cases involving metallurgical engineering and corrosion issues. Includes investigation, depositions and testimony in open court. Served as an expert for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Water chemistry 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
2002 to 2003   Canada   Inspected cathodic protection system on Strait Crossing Bridge and identified inadequacies of the cathodic protection system design. Prepared a modified design and assisted in the modification of the original system and validation of the performance of the modified system.
2002 to 2002   Canada   Presented a one-week NACE International Corrosion Control training course in Calgary, Alberta
1999 to 1999   Canada   Presented three one-day Materials Seminars for the Nickel Institute in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
1999 to 1999   Indonesia   Inspected heat exchangers in a sulfuric acid plant in Gresik Indonesia that were corroding on the seawater side of the exchangers. Determined that the corrosion was due to inadequate chlorination of the seawater. After adequate chlorination was provided and the corrosion damage was repaired, the corrosion ceased.
1999 to 1999   Japan   Met with Mitsubishi regarding corrosion of seawater cooled heat exchangers in a sulfuric acid plant in Indonesia. As a manufacturer's representative provided Mitsubishi with information regarding the selection of heat exchanger materials based on the corrosion literature and testing performed by the plant manufacturer. This meeting resulted in the field trip to Indonesia described above.

Market Research:
Market development for the Nickel Institute and the Copper Development Association. Primarily in assisting clients in making application of nickel and copper containing materials successful.

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:

Many training courses, primarily in corrosion control and cathodic protection testing personnel training. Prepared and presented courses for several industrial training firms and for NACE International, as well as an independent consultant.


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