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 Expert  728626

Expert in Mechanical Forensics Engineering


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Virginia (VA)
USA
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert is a working engineer with 30 years of hands-on, engineering, and design experience in mechanical and maintenance engineering and design for the fossil power, chemical process, bulk material handling, equipment fabrication, and HVAC and clean room industries. His years of plant maintenance engineering and design give him a unique and useful perspective in the areas of equipment, piping, and systems failures. Expert is experienced in evaluation, analysis, reconstruction, and root-cause determination of a wide range of mechanical, process, and HVAC systems and equipment problems and failures. Expert has also acquired experience with the evaluation of pressure cooker accidents, including Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker accidents, where he has developed new theory on the reason for these accidents based on established and accepted engineering principles.
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American Society of Mechanical Engineers code

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers standard

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ASME boiler and pressure vessel code

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ASME piping code

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ASME pressure piping code

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boiler safety

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building mechanical system

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engineering drawing

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machine mechanical condition analysis

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machinery maintenance

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mechanical chain

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mechanical chain lubricant

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mechanical component

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mechanical computer-aided engineering

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mechanical conveying

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mechanical coupling

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mechanical drawing

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mechanical energy

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mechanical engineering

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mechanical engineering analysis

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mechanical equipment specification process

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mechanical expansion joint

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mechanical fastener

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mechanical fatigue

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mechanical power transmission

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mechanical power transmission system

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mechanical process

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mechanical process development

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mechanical pulp

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mechanical pulping

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mechanical reliability

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mechanical valve

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machine vibration analysis

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machinery reliability

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maintenance

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pipe coupling

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pneumatic conveying

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powder conveying

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preliminary engineering drawing

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pumping


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Norfolk, Virginia;  Richmond, Virginia;  Newport News, Virginia;  Hampton, Virginia;  Alexandria, Virginia;  Portsmouth, Virginia;  Lynchburg, Virginia;  Suffolk, Virginia;  Gaithersburg, Maryland;  and Bowie, Maryland.

Often requested
with this expert:

Mechanical Engineering Design and Analysis
HVAC Design, DDC Control, Fluid Dynamics, Constructability
Industrial Utilities (Equipment, Operation, Maintenance);...
Pneumatic Conveying of Solids

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1980   BS   Mechanical Engineering   Virginia Tech  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2010 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

HTFB

 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Mechanical engineer for a High Temperature Fluidized Bed system for a large municipal Sewage Treatment Plant.

Systems included Sand System, Ash Slurry Transfer, and Ash mixing. Equipment included conveying systems and piping, pumps, valves, compressed air systems, and pressure vessels. Responsibilities included engineering analysis, specifications, submittal packages for Mechanical, Electrical, and I&C components for the above systems. Also responsible for assembling the final O&M manuals for the above systems and for other systems.

2006 to 2010

 

Advanced Process Solutions, Inc.

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Mechanical engineer for ethanol plants (Grain and Cellulose based). Performed equipment sizing and design support, detailed vendor submittal technical analysis and reviews for pumps, tanks, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, compressors, chillers, and other mechanical process equipment.

2004 to 2006

 

RLC Technologies, Inc.

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Engineer and designer for a thermal desorption system that cleans contaminated soil and recovers oil and water for recycle. Was responsible for generation and preparation of technical documents for submittal to the A-E firm in charge of the overall project (SNC-Lavalin, Montreal).

2003 to 2004

 

Technovation Systems, Inc.

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Engineer and designer for an FDA-regulated Class 100 medical clean room complex. Provided engineering and design for air balance, P&ID's, clean room layout, ceiling design, architectural layout and details, HVAC design and specification, piping engineering and design, and structural platform engineering and design.

2002 to 2003

 

CDI Engineering Group

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Specifying engineer for a set of fast-track chemical process plant upgrades for Dow Chemical. Responsible for preparing detailed requisition packages for new process equipment including pumps (centrifugal, gear, diaphragm, and positive-displacement types), cooling towers, boilers (gas and electric), safety valves and rupture disks, and other process-related equipment.

2001 to 2002

 

ABAMP Technologies Inc.

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Engineer for a startup electrical and technology firm installing HVAC and automation systems for Siemens Building Automation Division. Provided on-site engineering support for installation of a new boiler, chillers, fan coil units, and control network for a complete building HVAC upgrade.

1999 to 2001

 

Ingenco, Inc.

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Project and design engineer for an independent electric power generating company. Responsible for process and mechanical design engineering for modular diesel power plants at various locations. Managed and produced calculations, designs and databases for the process and mechanical design, including PFD's, P&ID's, CAD design drawings, equipment, piping, valve, and instrument lists, specifications, and capital equipment purchase orders.

1998 to 1999

 

Alliance Engineering Inc.

 


 

Mechanical Engineer

 

Mechanical engineer for a multi-discipline engineering firm serving industrial clients in the mid-atlantic region. Performeed a broad range of engineering duties including analysis, design, design review, and on-site technical support.


Career Accomplishments:
Licenses/Certifications

VA P.E. License


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • William W. TunnerThompson McMullen804-649-7545Provided forensic engineering for a case involving a fatal steam explosionof a jacketed cooking kettle.
  • C. Arthur 'Brother' Rutter IIIRutterMills L.L.P.757-622-5000Provided forensic engineering for a case involving a fatal failureof a large fire protection water pipe
  • Walter EmrochEmroch & Kilduff804.358.1568Provided forensic engineering for a case involving a seriousinjury from a failed boiler hot water piping connection.
  • Stephen SwainShuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, & Morecock(757) 671-6000Provided forensic engineering for a case involving a seriousinjury from an air compressor air tank failure.
  • Cynthia RansonRanson Law Offices1562 Kanawha Boulevard EastCharleston, WV 25336(304) 345-1990Provided forensic engineering for a case involving a seriousinjury from an exploded pressure cooker.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in 107680 for consulting on Looking to Extend the life of a ceramic housing on electromechanic pump.
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:
Have provided forensic engineering for cases including steam explosions, pipeing failure, piping bolted flange connection failure, air compressor tank explosion, and pressure cooker accidents, including Wolfgang Puck cookers.. Work has included inspection, research, analysis, deposition, and courtroom testimony as an expert witness.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Pressure cooker litigation expert for consulting on Wolfgang Puck 5 qrt. electronic pressure cooker-injury.
  • Pressure cooker expert needed for consulting regarding explosion causation.
  • Expert for consulting on Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Model BPCR0007.
  • Expert in pressure cookers for consulting on Wolfgang Puck model BPCRM040 7-Quart pressure cooker that failed.
  • Pressure cooker expert witness for consulting on wolfgang puck pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cooker expert witnesses for consulting on Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker issues.
  • Expert for consulting on stability of industrial chiller regarding an industrial accident.
  • Expert in prepared food conveyance litigation issue.
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 2006   Canada - Montreal   Engineer and designer for a thermal desorption system that cleans contaminated soil and recovers oil and water for recycle. Worked with SNC Lavelin in Montreal, Canada.
2006 to 2010   Eastern Afghanistan   HVAC engineer for a US Army Corps of Engineers Afghan Army base projects in Jalalabad, and Konduz Afhanistan.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

With a solid background in plant engineering and maintenance he has strong and unique skills in failure analysis and determination.


 

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