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 Expert  729151

Expert in Mechanical Properties, Materials Science, Polymer Science, Fracture, Failure Analysis

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has worked in this field for 30 years. His PhD concerned discontinuous fibre composite properties and fracture behaviour. He has published extensively in this area. He worked in research, production, product development and management in the chemical industry - chiefly for ICI, and led a Mechanical Properties, Rheology and Tribology team for 12 years. In this time, Expert developed patents in novel mechanical techniques and conducted research in bulk polymers, films and coatings, specialist coatings and paints, structural and pressure sensitive adhesives, lubricants, injection moulding polymers. Expert was secretary to and chaired the IUPAC Subcommittee on 'Structure and Properties of Commercial Plastics' for a number of years. Expert is a member of the ESIS Technical committee for polymer testing.

polymer mechanical property


failure analysis


fracture mechanics

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1985   PhD   Materials Science   University of Surrey  
1982   BSc   Materials Technology   University of Surrey  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to 2010




Strategic Technology Group


Programme Leader


He was responsible for a global research innovation initiative concerning coatings and adhesives.

1992 to 2007




Measurement Science Group


Research Associate


He was responsible for the Polymer Physics area of measurement for ICI. This included the business development, technical innovation and gatekeeping this area of science.

1985 to 1992




Advanced Materials


Research Scientist


He was responsible for product development, underpinning research and polymer processing for a family of fibre composites.

Career Accomplishments:




Professional Appointments

Chairman IUPAC Subcommittee 'Structure and Properties of Commercial Plastics'.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 33 published papers and 3 patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Materials Science Letters  
 - Composites  
 - International Polymer Processing  
 - Elsevier  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has consulted on an issue with a medical device that cracked during it's use. This was found to be due to the mould design which brought about residual stresses. Recommendations were made to refine the design and eradicated the problem.
  • A coatings company needed advice in making fracture toughness measurements. The geometry and measurements were analysed and recommendations for making the measurements made. This resulted in data that could be relied upon. It was independently checked and found to be valid.
  • An adhesives company had problems with the equipment used to coat paper at high speeds. He identified that the lubrication characteristics of the adhesive in the rollers at high pressure made a difference to the lifetime of the roller coating equipment.
  • He carried out a systematic study of glass fibre strengths from leading suppliers. It was shown that the handling and packaging of the glass fibre was critical. Measures were taken to redesign the packaging and this resulted in the fibres being more robust saving £2m.
  • An adhesive issue was identified in TFT computer screens. He identified the critical adhesive and interface and worked with the companies involved (with each) to improve the issue.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Patent and litigation support for ICI businesses - as an internal consultant.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2008 to 2009   United States   He was involved in adhesion measurements and research programmes.
1981 to 1981   Germany   Mechanical properties of Beryllium materials.
1987 to 1987   United States   Project to improve pultrusion processing in thermoplastic matrix polymers.
2006 to 2007   United States   Techniques developed for high throughput experimentation approaches for mechanical testing

Market Research:
In the Polymer industry over 25 years there have been many divestments, restructuring and cost reduction exercises. The strategic direction of a major chemical company is always in flux and key professional people have to adapt and become used to change. This has resulted in a robust, but highly adaptable individual. It is important to recognise situations in which change is needed, but to stand up and be counted where core values must be upheld.

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:

Mechanical properties of Polymers seminars run for ICI and AkzoNobel businesses. Invited speaker to numerous International and National conferences. Scientific papers presentations at conferences. Internal project presentations given over 25 years.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Worked with fibre suppliers for composite materials. Purchase capital equipment for scientific measurment and analysis. Purchase polymer processing equipment. Procured expert services, consultants and training course. Funded academic collaboration with many Universities.

Other Skills and Services

A talent for grooming presentation skills and presentation material. Enthusiasm and Coaching for success.


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