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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
USA
phone: 845-677-3091
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, specializes in Wood Science Technology. His focus is on the evaluation, assessment and testing in virtually every aspect of wood science and wood construction technology across the United States and Internationally.

Dr. DeBonis served as the manger of the Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Litigation Support - Dr. DeBonis provides forensic investigations, failure analyses, research and development, and provide expert witness testimony in a wide variety of legal cases. He has provided technical support on projects ranging from construction problems in single family dwellings to national class action product liability suits. Dr. DeBonis has investigated products failures such:
  • Hardboard / Composite Wood Sidings
  • Fire Retardant Lumber and Plywood
  • Structural Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Scaffold Systems
  • Ladders
  • In Situ Lumber Grading
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Partial and Complete Building Collapses
  • Moisture Intrusion Problems
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Wood Decay
  • Insect Attack
  • Chemical Degradation of Wood
  • NDT Resistance Drilling
  • Wood Testing
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    V. Alan Werner, PE
    PO Box 3041
    Renton WA 98056
    USA
    phone: 4257653538
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    V. Alan Werner, P.Eng, PMP, F.NSPE, holds multi-state professional registrations and has over 40 years of Mechanical Engineering experience in multiple venues with domestic and international clients.

    Mr. Werner performs mechanical design projects relating to equipment installation, process design, or support structures. His consulting services specialize in those projects requiring engineering experience and skills in areas ranging from building exteriors to worker noise exposure with many other experiences between.

    With specific expertise in Industrial Process Systems and Industrial Process Equipment, his industry experience spans district energy, plant boilers, pulp and paper, gypsum wallboard, cement production, food processing, brewing, and miscellaneous markets in all engineering responsibilities.

    Using a proprietary thermodynamic model, Mr. Werner is able to replicate boiler and chiller systems to duplicate normal and off-spec operations. He has designed mechanical parts and machinery, some using unusual materials and/or features and has experience in worker sound exposure investigation and remediation, as well as "fence line" acoustical research. Professional licenses are in Washington, California, Florida, and British Columbia.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Werner provides expert witness services to counsel for Plaintiff and Defense. His cases and expertise involve forensic failure analysis of:
    • Industrial Processes
    • Pumps
    • Fans
    • Heat Exchangers
    • Mixers
  • Specialty Equipment
  • Piping (safety devices, pipe support systems)
  • Pumps
  • Steam Production
  • Fluid Transfer
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    Robert Adams, PhD, PE
    48597 Hayes Rd
    Shelby Twp. MI 48315
    USA
    phone: 866-931-8568
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    Robert Adams Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoRobert Adams, PhD, PE is a Mechanical Engineering professional with extensive experience in Plane Bearing Technology and the design of Automated Test Systems. Dr. Adams has broad and in-depth knowledge of automated transfer systems design, R&D procedures and quality manufacturing processes. He has particular skill with Tribology, analytical testing, and CAD systems.

    Dr. Adams is noted for the creation of Tribis’ TS-01D which incorporates a state of the art, ultra-sensitive in-situ measurement system coupled with proprietary machine automation and control logic. The prototype for this machine was used successfully in his research, usually completing up to 100 PV test permutations within a 24 hour period.

    Prior to founding Tribis, Dr. Adams was an accomplished machine automation engineer. He focused on designing, building, and installing custom production machinery before retiring in 2008 from his senior leadership position at Welker Bearing Company.

    Dr. Adams provides litigation support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has broad experience with technological writing, public speaking, and delivering complicated presentations to lay persons in a clear and concise manner. Presently, an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where he teaches both a graduate and undergraduate course: "Introduction to Lubrication, Friction, and Wear: Tribology."

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Tribology
    • Machine Design
    • Bearing Design
    • Hydraulic Circuit Design
    • Pneumatic Circuit Design
    • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Digital Speckle Pattern Interferography
  • Shearography
  • Digital Holography
  • Plastics & Plastics Processing
  • Bearing Composites
  • Tribological Nano-Composites
  • Major Achievements and Patents:
    • Professional Engineer, State of Michigan, License No. 3763
    • Professional Engineer, State of Florida, License No. 77351
    • NCEES Record No. 56277
    • Certified Open PLC Engineer
    • Inventor, Tribometer, US and European Patents Pending
    • Co-Inventor, Synchronizing Cylinder, US Pat. No. 6,408,736
    • Co-Inventor, Three Position Cylinder, US Pat. No. 6,408,740
    • Co-Inventor, Pin Clamping Device, US Pat. No. 6,786,478 & 6,913,254
    • Inventor, Rod Locking Device, US Pat. No. 7,594,565
    • Tribometer, US Patent Pending
    • STLE Detroit Section Scholarship 2008
    • SAE E. Wayne Kay Graduate Scholarship 2007
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    Time-Variable Systems, LLC
    Jamie Chapman, PhD
    Renewable Energy Systems Consultant
    500th Throckmorton St.
    Fortworth TX 76102
    USA
    phone: 617-513-8429
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    Jamie Chapman, PhD, provides more than 35 years of broad technical, engineering, operational and economic expertise in the areas of Renewable Energy and Power Conversion Systems.

    Dr. Chapman's experience includes research and development focused on the technologies needed to maintain leadership for the next, next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbine power plants, including turbulence detection by lidar and radar. His work in this area generated four patent disclosures.

    From 2004-2010, Dr. Chapman served as Associate Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University. As part of the Senior Research Faculty, he was a principal in achieving $10 million in external funding to implement a wind energy research and education program. Dr. Chapman delivered a graduate-level course on wind turbine design, control, grid interface and economics and initiated Texas Tech's program on the integration of wind turbines with desalination systems.

    Dr. Chapman has provided national and international Expert Witness services in Patent, System Performance, Manufacturing Defects, and other litigation areas. In addition to his very broad technical background, Dr. Chapman is an excellent communicator, orally and in writing, of sophisticated and complex technological concepts.

    Currently the principal at Time-Variable Systems LLC, Texas and New York, Dr. Chapman's focus and areas of expertise include:
    • Innovative Electric Machines
    • Variable Speed Electric Generators
    • Marine Hydrokinetic Power Conversion Systems
    • Radar Sensing
    • Megawatt-scale Power Processing and Control via Power Electronics
    • Wind Turbines
    • Energy Storage
    • Rotary and Linear Electric Machines
    • Electronic Power Conversion
    • Control and Grid Interface
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    David Tawfik
    Principal Engineer
    P.O. Box 9095
    Bundall Queensland 4217
    AUS
    phone: 61-0-41225 5112
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    Dr. David Tawfik is a chartered professional engineer and has been engaged by major project alliances, legal firms, contractors and asset owners to provide impartial advice and undertake expert investigations concerning the Procurement, Fabrication and Performance of Construction Materials used in transportation infrastructure, rail, water, mining, maritime and energy sectors.

    Dr. Tafik's technical competence includes welding and joining, metallurgy, forensic engineering, thermal-mechanical analysis, corrosion analysis, non-destructive testing and condition monitoring.

    Dr. Tawfik has presented and published technical papers at international conferences, congress, forums and peer reviewed journals respectively.

    Expert and Consulting Services Include:
  • Expert Technical Advisory
  • Supervision and Approval of Fabrication Programs
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Third Party Reviews, Audits and Certification
  • Troubleshooting
  • Project Management
  • Technical Due Diligence
  • Incident Response
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    Thomas Read, PhD
    Principal
    1435 Fulton Rd.
    Santa Rosa CA 95403
    USA
    phone: 707-544-2374
    fax: 707-544-2370
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    Expert Background: Dr. Thomas L. Read is the Principal and CEO at A. Read Consulting, LLC. He received his PhD. from Stanford University in 1972 and has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in electronics, metallurgy, factory safety, failure analysis, glass fracture, glass failure and bottle failure. As a member of the electronics industry, he has earned process patents and has an extensive background in manufacturing techniques.

    In parallel, Dr. Read has spent over twenty five years as a consultant to attorneys and engineers. He has given more than 100 depositions and has appeared in court numerous times.

    Company Profile: Read Consulting, LLC is a full service laboratory providing services in the following areas:
  • Failure Analysis; Factory Safety and Personal Injury (including machine guards and manufacturing safety)
  • Glass Failure Analysis - Glass Fracture, Glass Failures and Bottle Failure
  • Metal and Ceramic Failure
  • Grinding Wheel Failures
  • Intellectual Property and Patent Disputes
  • Product Liability and Product Quality
  • Manufacturing Disagreements (such as Intellectual Property, Failed equipment and Contract Disputes)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • 4/23/2015 · Failure Analysis
    Read Consulting was asked to determine why a welded chair failed and caused injury to the person sitting in it.

    The root cause of the failure of customer returns of heated automobile rear view mirrors was investigated.

    During normal operation, the arm on an automatic wafer test station failed. Root cause failure analysis determined that the drive shaft on the right angle gear motor used to raise and lower the manipulator arm had failed first.

    5/21/2012 · Failure Analysis
    This grinding wheel was part of a product liability and personnel injury case. It was claimed that the subject wheel had unexpectedly failed (i.e. flown apart) and an escaping piece had hit the plaintiff in the face causing serious injuries. According to the user, the grinder with the wheel was purchased approximately one hour before the grinding wheel failure.

    3/29/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A failed plastic lawn chair was examined to determine the cause of failure. This chair failed on the premises of a restaurant In this study the subject chair is examined and compared to several exemplar purchased at the same time. The objective of this study is to determine the cause of failure.

    11/8/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Glass Failure Analysis Expert Witness performs a failure analysis of a several tempered glass doors that had "spontaneously" failed at a construction site. The objective of this glass failure analysis is to determine the cause of failure and make recommendations to the contractor.

    8/30/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Materials failure analysis expert performs a failure analysis to determine the source of a metal piece found in tomato product.

    5/17/2011 · Failure Analysis
    A plumbing failure analysis was performed to determine why a cold water supply line to a bathroom sink had failed after only one year of service.

    A glass failure expert witness performs a root cause failure analysis on an exploding beer bottle. The object of this root cause failure analysis is to determine the cause of the bottle failure.

    7/7/2009 · Design
    Before expending the effort necessary to reverse engineer a device or object, it must be definite that the object under study is not covered by one or more patents. This avoids a dispute over patent violations. Once it has been established that no patent coverage exists, one can use multiple techniques to reverse engineer a product. These are summarized below:

    The cracked tank was first inspected in the "as received" condition. In this condition it was cracked, but it was still whole. Next, the failed tank was separated by pulling it apart. This was done to expose the fracture surfaces of the main crack. This allowed for a complete failure analysis and for a determination of where the crack initiated.

    Glass fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin. Once the origin has been identified, it can be examined in detail with a microscope to determine the cause of the failure.

    1/28/2006 · Failure Analysis
    Note: Glass Fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin

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    Daniel Rapperport
    8 Wallis Court
    Lexington MA 02421
    USA
    phone: 781-862-9001 or 339-222-2822
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    Rapperport Associates, Inc., provides exceptional capability in Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science.

    We have provided superior technical support for litigation since 1974, and possess an extraordinarily talented technical team with impeccable academic and industrial credentials and proven analysis capability. Our team of distinguished scientists and engineers is drawn principally from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Failure Analysis
  • Structural Design Analysis
  • Metallurgical Failures
  • Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automobiles / Trucks
  • Biomechanics / Injury Mechanism
  • Off-Road Vehicles
  • Occupant Motion
  • Aircraft
  • Animation

  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Cause and Origin
  • Electrical
  • Gases, Liquids and Dust
  • Industrial Processes
  • ........Safety
  • Machine and Industrial Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Construction Failures
  • Slips, Trips, Falls


  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Structural / Civil
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical
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    Christopher Lane
    President
    1021 SW Klickitat Way #106
    Seattle, WA 98134
    USA
    phone: 909-986-1141
    fax: 909-986-1147
    POWERPLANT Specialists, Inc., (PPC) is a technical services company providing highly specialized support services for Industrial Power Generation Systems, Cogeneration and Combined Cycle Power Plants. PPC specializes in Design, Performance, Forensics, Construction, Design Defects, Cost Analysis for Lost Operations, Maintenance, and Repair. PPC has extensive international experience and is OSHA Lockout / Tagout Certified.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Power Generation
    • Marine Propulsion - Conventional / Alternative Fueled Systems
    • Microturbines
    • Boilers
    • Industrial Gas Turbines
    • Diesel Engines
    • Cogeneration
    • Geothermal
    • Landfill
    • Digester Gas
    • Wind and Solar Powered Generation Systems
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    M. Frank Erwin, PE
    7912 Willows Pond Ct.
    Charlotte NC 28277
    USA
    phone: 704-564-5859
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    M. Frank Erwin, PE, has over 35 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer. He works as a Consultant for firms that develop and design Power Generation plants as well as transmission lines and substations. He is also an Owner's Engineer for large power transformer testing.

    Mr. Erwin has serves as a Project Manager, Project Engineer, Owner’s Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Quality Professional Leader, and Developer with extensive domestic and international experience working on major gas and coal fired power plants, substation and transmission projects, and associated support facilities.

    In his role as Project Manager and Electrical Engineer for various Clients he is responsible for design, quality management, marketing, equipment sales, commissioning, and Owner’s engineering services for Generation Plants, Substations, Transmission Systems, and Offshore Platforms. Clients have included General Electric, Edison Mission Energy, Pike Energy Solutions,Ford, and BMW.

    Mr. Erwin possesses a wealth of business and engineering experience in managing multiple projects within a specified scope, timeline and budget. His strengths in leading and negotiating have resulted in the creation of substantial shareholder value and significant increase in “bottom-line” profits.

    Mr. Erwin is an ISO 9000 certified auditor and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    Consulting Services Include:

    • Engineering
    • Quality Assurance
    • Proposals
    • Contracting
    • Negotiations
    • Business Development
  • New Project Origination and Development
  • Acquisitions
  • Management of Assets
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Installation
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    T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE
    Principal
    1150 Kelsey Dr.
    Sunnyvale CA 94087
    USA
    phone: 408-203-9443
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    Medical Devices, Biotech, Failure Analysis, Mechanical Eng, Materials, Reliability, Expert Witness

    Kim Parnell Mechanical Engineer Expert PhotoT. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE is a Professional Mechanical Engineering consultant with strong experience in a number of technology areas. He holds PhD and MSME degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and a BES from Georgia Tech. He specializes in the mechanical engineering design and behavior of Biomedical Devices, Superelastic and Shape Memory Metals (Nitinol), Bioabsorbable Polymers, Composites, Fiber-Reinforced Materials, Electronics, and Consumer Products. Dr. Parnell consults actively in these areas using finite element analysis and other advanced technologies to improve designs, to perform failure analysis, and to improve reliability.

    Dr. Parnell served on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Santa Clara University from 2010-2012 and was previously a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. He lectured in the Stanford Composites Design Program, and is a coach and mentor for the innovative Stanford Biodesign Program. He has worked for companies including MSC Software, Rubicor Medical, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, SST Systems, ATT Bell Laboratories, Stanford University, and General Motors.

    Dr. Kim Parnell has experience as a medical device patent litigation expert, as an expert in product liability matters (including heavy truck crashworthiness), and frequently serves as an expert witness and litigation consultant. He has testified in both trial and deposition, and has also authored expert reports. Dr. Parnell's litigation support services are available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Patents and Intellectual Property
    • Medical Devices
    • Medical Instrumentation
    • Composite Materials
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) & Simulation
    • Cell Phones, Personal Electronic Devices
    • Gas Leaks, Pipe Failure, Vapor Cloud Explosions
  • Shape Memory Materials
  • Heavy Truck Crashworthiness
  • Consumer Products
  • Product Design Refinement
  • Piping, Pressure Vessels
  • Failure Analysis
  • Reliability
  • Selected Professional Memberships:
    • Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical), California
    • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Fellow
    • SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), Member
    • IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers), Senior Member
    • ASM International, Member
    • SMST (Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies), Member
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    Rail residual stress distributions can be complex and variable in nature, as different manufacturing techniques produce varying stress magnitudes and distributions. To evaluate the effect of residual stresses on rail integrity, an analysis technique was sought that could quantify the effect of these stresses on web crack propagation.

    The computer program LS-DYNA3D was used to simulate the behavior of a specific, though representative, heavy truck cab-over tractor-trailer vehicle during a full 180° rollover event. These simulations provide a key component in the development of a physical testing procedure for evaluating structural integrity and occupant crash protection system designs in heavy trucks.

    2/18/2014 · Medical
    The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for Class III implantable medical devices requires a 10 year life, or approximately 400 million cycles of service.

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    Anthony G. Micale, Aerospace Engineer, BSME, MBA
    Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science
    Aircraft Design, Operations and Flight Experts
    Global Reach
    Based in Southern California, USA
    Solvang CA USA
    phone: 805-688-5035 (Office) 805-729-5989 (Cell)
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    Micale Partners has over 60 years of combined technical and operations experience in Aircraft Design and Operation, Space Launch Vehicle Design and Operation and Automotive Design. They provide services to clients both nationally and internationally.

    Micale Partners combines expertise in aerospace design, aircraft flight and airline operations. This combination provides the client a consulting resource that understands how a system should be designed, fabricated, assembled and used. The depth and complete knowledge of aviation allow Micale Partners to serve as a formidable expert witness resource. The experts at Micale Partners also provide a diverse background of industry experience ranging from aircraft to automotive to space launch vehicles.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Documentation Review
    • Failure Root Cause Investigation
    • Engineering Corrective Action Definition
    • Transcript Review / Process Review
    • Event, Incident, or Accident Timeline Mapping
  • Event Recreation
  • Design Deficiencies Failure
  • Vehicle Performance
  • Fact Finding Analysis
  • Human Factors Assessment
  • Anthony Micale Aerospace Automotive Engineering Expert PhotoAnthony G. Micale, BSME, MBA, has over 32 years of Aerospace and Automotive Engineering experience, including rigorous Failure Analysis. Mr. Micale is a dual citizen of the Unites States and the European Union. He has Top Secret Clearance TS/SCI – Special Intelligence (SI) / Talent Keyhole (TK)and Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Mr. Micale is also currently employed at The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation where he contributes to US space flight mission assurance. He has specialized in aerospace design and operation of flight and space vehicles with an emphasis on Flight Safety and Mission Assurance. Mr. Micale is a past technical leader of an aircraft accident and incident investigation board comprised of engineers, pilots and legal counsel for a major commercial aircraft manufacturer. In this role he has studied, understood, created reports and defined design changes to resolve aircraft safety issues.

    Over his career, Mr. Micale has conducted numerous analyses of root cause to determine failures attributed to: Design Flaws, Human Error, Human Workload, Improper Manufacturing, and Inadequate Maintenance. He has designed aircraft systems, conducted testing and performed evaluation that have led to aircraft certification with the FAA and the CAA. His experience includes interface with aircraft manufacturers, space vehicle manufactures, commercial aircraft operators and government agencies.

    Anthony Micale has also been employed by Ford Motor Company where he designed automotive vehicle powertrains and vehicle control systems. He has vehicle dynamics training and understands the basis for vehicle stability and car crash dynamics.

    Practice Areas:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Aircraft Engineering
    • Failure Investigation
    • Failure Analysis
    • Aircraft Safety
    • Risk Assessment
    • Flight Controls Systems Design
  • Human Factors
  • Hazardous Operations
  • Space Vehicle Design
  • Fact Finding Event Reconstruction
  • Technical Drawings
  • Throttle Control
  • Anti-Lock Brakes


  • Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science, is an active airline pilot with 26 years of flight experience 13 of which are under FAR Part 121. Specializing in Aviation and Aerospace and Transportation, he has over 7,200 flight hours with multiple ratings.

    A decorated veteran, Mr. Micale has also been forward deployed as a combat pilot with the US Army during 7 years of active duty. He has been a combat pilot in both the C-12 (Beechcraft 200) aircraft and the AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter.

    Mr. Micale's career includes continued service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves where he has been a pilot and commander of flight units. As a military pilot, Mr. Micale has flown fixed and rotary wing helicopter aircraft. His education and experience emphasizes Flight Operations and Safety. He has Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Paul Micale is a licensed civilian Airline Transport Pilot with type rating as Pilot in Command and is currently employed by American Eagle Airlines as a CRJ-700 Pilot and First Officer in the Canadair Regional Jet aircraft with 65 seat occupancy. He is FAA certified for CAT II instrument approaches and to fly in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace. Mr. Micale is type rated for this and other aircraft requiring an FAA type rating. He has a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a specialization in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Practice Areas:
    • Airline Pilot
    • Military Pilot
    • Aviation Pilot
    • Army Aviator / Army Pilot
    • Flight Operations
    • Helicopter Pilot
    • Aircraft Safety Risk Assessment
    • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • FAR 121 Pilot
  • FAR Part 121 Pilot
  • FAR 135 Pilot
  • FAR Part 135 Pilot
  • Flight Safety
  • Aircraft Safety
  • Crewmember Fatigue.
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    Robert R. Odle, PhD
    100 Wedgemont Dr
    Elkton MD 21921
    USA
    phone: 443-616-4339
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    Robert R. Odle, PhD, is an experienced Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 years of experience. The author of 10 publications and inventor of 11 patents, Dr. Odle specializes in the following three areas:
    • Corrosion Engineering - As applied in the selection and evaluation of materials for chemical systems
    • Process Chemistry - As applied in extractive metallurgy, wastewater treatment, metals refining, sulfide metallurgy, recycling of hazardous materials, and corrosive systems
    • Process Economics and Process Development - As applied to evaluating the viability of new extractive metallurgy ventures or chemical processes
    Litigation Support - Dr. Odle serves as an expert witness in cases involving Metal Chemistry, Hazardous Metal Wastes, and Metal Failure in corrosive process environments. His expertise is called upon for Root Cause Investigations and/or Failure Investigations. His services include on-site evaluations, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary. Dr. Odle is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Extractive Metallurgy
    • Waste Water Treatment
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Visual Basic for Applications
    • Electrowinning
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Material & Energy Balance (VBA)
  • Smelting
  • Electro-refining
  • Solid Electrolytes
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    Sam Pendergrass
    President
    160 Bevan Drive
    Mooresville NC 28115
    USA
    phone: 704-663-5108
    fax: 704-662-0898
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    Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. (MTi) is a Metallurgical Engineering Service Laboratory specializing in Forensic Failure Analysis of Metallurgical Components. We also offer testing, analysis, and consulting services. By performing a comprehensive failure analysis, the root causes of failures are identified, metallurgical problems are solved and recommendations are made to prevent future reoccurrences. MTi uses the most advanced analytical equipment and techniques. Test results are interpreted and recommendations are made by licensed professional engineers registered in the discipline of metallurgical engineering.

    Our consultants are experts in their field. An in-depth report of our findings approved by an expert metallurgical engineer typically includes: interpretation of test data, conclusions, opinions, and recommendations to improve performance or prevent future problems. MTi has the experience and ability to provide technical support and expert consulting on Metallurgical Engineering Issues and Cause of Failure in Litigation and Insurance Claims. Our metallurgical engineers have provided expert witness services in litigation regarding metallurgical engineering and failure analysis.

    Services Offered:
  • Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Investigation
  • Spectrometry / Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Metallography
  • Defect Investigation
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Chemical Analysis
  • NDT (Non-destructive Testing)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Weld Engineering
  • Miscellaneous Testing /
  • A cracked XXXXX polymer filament die plate was received for analysis to determine the cause of cracking. Results indicate the die plate cracked as a result of a brittle nitrided case and an insufficient cross-sectional area of the narrow ligament between the cap screw hole and the heater cartridge hole on the inlet face.

    6/14/2013 · Metallurgy
    Two cores from a marine diesel engine oil cooler were received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure via leaking. Results indicate that the cooler core failed due to pitting corrosion initiated on the interior (oil side) at the edge of the fins.

    4/19/2013 · Failure Analysis
    The information contained in this report is confidential property of our client and is intended solely for the use of the named recipient(s).

    3/11/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A fractured input shaft used in NASCAR racing was received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure. Results indicate the shaft fractured due to fatigue progression from an intergranular stress crack, initiated at a dot peen identification marking on the shaft.

    1/16/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A cracked nozzle sleeve stub from XXXX Vessel of the proprietary vaporizer system was analyzed to determine the cause of cracking.

    11/7/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Two blade samples of a cracked ******************* centrifugal blower impeller blade was submitted for metallurgical analysis of the cracks. The cracks in the submitted blade samples were found to have initiated at corrosion pits on the leading edge of the blades.

    8/28/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Two aluminized heater tubes were received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure. Unused tube material also was supplied for comparison. Results indicate that the tubes failed via hot oxidation corrosion at extreme temperatures.

    6/22/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. examined a failed superheater tube from XXXXXX X XXX Boiler #7. The ASME SA-213 Grade T11 tube had been in service for 6 to 8 years until failure. The mode of failure was short-term stress rupture due to significant overheating.

    4/17/2012 · Metallurgy
    The four seized bearings submitted for metallurgical analysis were determined to have suffered deterioration of their grease to the point that it was inhibiting motion rather than enabling. The grease had turned to a thick (viscous) black sludge that was full of particulate. Electrical pitting was found in the seized bearings, especially the inner races. Signs of axial (thrust) loads were noted, mainly in the outer raceways. Larger arc strike regions were found on the balls.

    3/13/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A cracked 316Ti stainless steel preheater tube was analyzed to determine the failure mechanism. A second non-cracked tube section from a different elevation was also analyzed to determine the condition of the tube material.

    9/1/2011 · Metallurgy
    A welded left front spindle/steering arm assembly that had fractured at the fillet weld joint between the steering arm and inner brake boss was received for analysis to determine the mode of failure.

    6/6/2011 · Metallurgy
    Several concentrating still condenser tubes exhibiting pitting were received to determine the cause of pitting. Results indicate the tubes pitted initially from the inner diameter (ID) surface due to microbiological corrosion (MIC). MIC pitting initiated preferentially at the tube seam weld. Additional ID surface pits and significant pit enlargement of MIC pits due to chloride pitting were also observed. The chlorine is likely remains from the hydrochloric cleaning process

    5/4/2011 · Corrosion
    Corrosion is a phenomenon leading to exorbitant losses of materials, energy, and money by causing degradation of products, materials of construction, equipment, and necessitating increased maintenance.

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    C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE
    1146A LeRoy Stevens Rd.
    Mobile AL 36695
    USA
    phone: 251-639-3433
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    C Kendall Clarke Expert PhotoC. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE, has 40 over years of experience as a degreed and registered professional engineer in the field of Metallurgy and Material Science. He offers expertise specifically in the areas of metallurgy, fracture mechanics, corrosion, and welding.

    Dr. Clarke has expertise estimating failure stresses from fractures to produce an engineering root cause failure analysis. Examples include a cruise ship breakaway, exhaust stack cracking, aircraft fuselage fatigue, and pressure vessel explosions.

    Dr. Clarke has industrial experience in ship building, chemical plants, paper mills, and manufacturing. He is published in the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, among others. He is an active member in the Alabama and National Societies for Professional Engineers, the National Association Corrosion Engineers, and American Society for Testing and Materials.

    Litigation Support - Retained over 400 times, Dr. Clarke is a testifying expert with experience in writing thorough reports and defending them in deposition and trial. He is qualified to testify in state and federal courts. Dr. Clarke's goal is to provide solid engineering testimony in deposition thus to help in case settlement. He works with attorneys to educate them on the technical issues and to help produce mediation and trial presentations of complex issues on a layman's level for the jury.

    General Areas of Litigation Case Experience (multiple cases):
    • Accident Investigation & Failure Analysis
    • Axle Failures / Fractures
    • Corrosion
    • Fasteners (Rivets, Bolts, Blind Fasteners)
    • Fracture Mechanics
    • Industrial Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Metals – Strength & Fatigue
    • Product Liability
  • Stress Fractures
  • Welding / Spot Weld Failures
  • Wheel Failure
  • Pressure Vessel Failure Reconstructions
  • Truck Under Ride Bar Failures
  • Tree Stands for Hunting
  • Heat Exchanger Failures
  • Maritime Components
  • Equipment Fires
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    Dr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE
    President
    315 Commerce Park Road
    North Kingstown RI 02852
    USA
    phone: 800-672-6721 or (401) 290-8823
    fax: (401) 667-0993
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    Materials Science Associates, LLC provides Expert Witness services for complex Materials, Mechanical, and Biological Systems legal cases. The engineers and scientists at Materials Science provide honest and accurate analysis of alleged Product Failures, Personal Injuries, and Manufacturing Processes. Experts in Biomedical Engineering, Forensics, and Pathology the Experts at Materials Science can assist with retrieval and storage of devices. Materials Science Associates specializes in Multi District Litigation (MDL), Class Action, and Consolidating cases. Materials Science Associates LLC provides the following services to legal teams worldwide:
    • Implant Retrieval
    • Products Liability
    • Medical Devices
    • Evidence Storage
    • Orthopaedic Implants
  • Surgical Devices
  • Transdermal & Fentanyl Patches
  • Controlled Delivery Devices
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Process Review
  • John JarrellDr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in the analysis of complex designs and failures involving materials, mechanical and biological systems. He has been a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, since 1996 and actively involved in Engineering Analysis, Design, Product Development, and Research. He earned three degrees from Brown University, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Biology, Medical Science and Engineering and received Medical training in histology, physiology, microbiology and pathology.

    Dr. Jarrell has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has several US and foreign patents issued or pending covering Photoactive Materials, Active Delivery Films and Coatings for Green Energy and Medical Applications.

    Jay VincelliJay M. Vincelli, M.Sc, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in Computational Analysis of Biomechanical Implants and Aviation Components, Fracture Analysis, and Chemical and Metallurgical Analysis of steel, aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys. With expertise in Medical Device Retrieval, Wear Analysis, and Aviation Failure Analysis, he is actively involved in engineering analysis, design, product development and research.

    Mr. Vincelli has filed for a provisional patent covering a miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass circuit for transgenic mouse testing. He is the author of a peer reviewed publication on a study of laser cleaning and pulsed gas tungsten arc welding of titanium alloy tubes. His collaborative work has been published with investigators at the University of Virginia Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center in Cherry Point, NC.

    Donald MongDonald L. Mong, PI, is a highly experienced Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, Private Investigator, Forensic Photographer, and Certified Master Diving Instructor. He is a 22 year Veteran Police Officer with 15 years of experience as a Traffic Officer. He has investigated over 2,000 traffic accidents, including many fatalities and serious injuries involving automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. He spent 10 years as a Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Instructor.

    Mr. Mong has been qualified and testified as an expert witness in Rhode Island Superior Court and Vermont District Court for cases involving Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Motorcycles. He has assisted multiple jurisdictions with investigations involving fatalities, serious injuries and police collisions. Donald L. Mong has conducted extensive hands-on research and training in traffic accident reconstruction, including conducting over 20 low, medium and high speed crash tests.

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