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 Expert  727562

Expert in Forensic Engineering, Intellectual Property, Failure Analysis of Plastics, Rubbers, Composites


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has 30 years experience in investigating product failure and its consequences. It includes accident analysis following personal injury such as road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, and accidents in the home. He originally became involved in the subject by investigating the safety of mining lamps, and has extended his expertise to a wide variety of other topics. They include failure of medical devices and implants, consumer product failure, automotive failure and failure of pneumatic systems, as well as failure of industrial products such as storage tanks and piping systems. He is especially skilled in polymer analysis as exemplified by thermoplastics, elastomers and composites, adhesives and sealants. He has also acted as an expert witness in numerous patent disputes of mainly mechanical inventions, and has also reported on tradename, trade secrets and design rights, where he has reported on the state-of-the-art, analysis of patent claims, their definition and scope.
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accident investigation

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accident reconstruction

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applied chemistry

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claim (patent)

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device patent

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elastomer

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elastomer fatigue

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electrical device patenting

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European patent

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expert witness

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failure analysis

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foreign patent

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forensic chemistry

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forensic engineering

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forensic materials failure analysis

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forensic microscopy

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fracture

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fracture analysis

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injection mold

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injection molded plastic

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injection molding

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injection molding machine

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material fatigue testing

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materials failure analysis

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medical polymer molding

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molded glass

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patent

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plastic injection molding

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plastic molding

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plastics patent

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plastics research and development

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plastics reverse engineering

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plastics trade secret

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rotational molding

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rubber component

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rubber degradation

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rubber fatigue

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rubber molding

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rubber oxidation

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rubber physical property


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1970   PhD   Polymer Physics and Chemistry   Manchester University  
1966   BSc   Chemistry   Manchester University   Honours class I

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1976 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

Materials engineering

 

Senior Lecturer

 

He researches failure problems and teaches forensic engineering, polymer technology and failure analysis


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Licenses/Certifications

Fellow of the IOMMM, FIOMMM

Professional Appointments

Chartered Engineer, CEng

Awards/Recognition

Dow award at SPE-Antec


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

about 100 papers, five books in forensics and related topics

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - CRC Press  
 - Tempus/History Press  
 - Woodhead  
 - History Press  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1975 to 1990   National Coal Board   consultant   investigating failure of mining lamps and other mining products

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has recently investigated the failure of catheter connectors which led to brain damage to a premature baby as part of a team of experts in a High Court action. The action succeeded without a trail and led to the award of substantial damages. The connectors had been poorly designed and moulded, leading to premature cracking and bacterial infection through the cracks.
  • He recently investigated a series of fires at Heathrow airport caused by ozone cracking of diesel fuel lines
  • He investigated a series of seal and O-ring fractures on semi-conductor lines in Japan. The failures were caused by ozone cracking when compressors on the pneumatic lines were replaced.
  • He investigated the failure of a plastic catheter used for an epidural anaesthetic in childbirth. It was probably caused by UV degradation during manufacture and the woman concerned wa sarded substantial copmpensation.
  • He appeared as an expert witness for Flymo Ltd in a patent action brought by Black& Dccker. His testimony was accepted and the patent-in-suit declared invalid on three different grounds.
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:
He has appeared in numerous trials involving product liability and patent disputes in County courts, Magistrates courts, the High Court, the Patents court, the Technology court, Irish Supreme court and European Patents court.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness injection molding for consulting on Injection Molding Freezer drawers.
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
1999 to 2001   Ireland   He presented a report in the case of Murphy Infants-v-Fiat spa, in a case in the Irish High Court involving a car fire in which two young children were injured. The case succeeded and the children awarded very substantial damages
1996 to 1997   Germany   He prepared evidence ina patents appeal at the EPO in Munich, and the american company won the appeal for its patent (shrink wrapping of bottles)

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   Highly proficiernt
French   Some skill in use of the language

Market Research:
He has consulted with many different industries in order to solve failures and improve product design

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:
Training/Seminars

He has developed several distance learning courses in forensic engineering and disaster analysis

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He is entered in several expert witness directories


 

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