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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
Usa
phone: 845-677-3091
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Wood Advisory Services (WAS) is a wood science consulting company specializing in the Engineering Uses of Wood and Wood-based Products. They have been pioneers in the development of full-size structural lumber testing procedures, design properties, and statistical distribution and reliability simulations.

WAS provides a wide range of consulting and testing services in virtually every aspect of Wood Science and Wood Construction Technology across the United States and Internationally. WAS professionals frequently assists architectural firms, major corporations, building contractors, trade associations, government agencies, building owners, insurance companies, and home owners in the design of wood structures and specification of wood materials. In addition, they often advise contractors and material suppliers on the interpretation of wood construction specifications, perform building evaluations, and provide research and development on wood construction technology.

WAS services include the standardized testing (i.e. ASTM, AWPA, APA, etc) of wood and wood-based materials including lumber, timber, structural composite lumber, utility poles, piles, decking, siding, trim, solid flooring, and engineered wood flooring.

Principal, Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Wood Science/Engineering and Construction Technology. Dr. DeBonis served as the Manager of Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at 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.

Dr. DeBonis has authored numerous articles and delivered seminars and presentations on topics within his area of expertise. Subjects have include the application of wood-based materials, the evaluation of wood piles, and the preliminary investigation of structural wood components.

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Amitkumar Dharia, PhD
8418 Sterling St., Suite A
Irving Texas 75063
USA
phone: 972-915-0516
fax: 972-915-0518
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Transmit Technology Group, LLC was founded in 1999 to assist small and medium size Plastics Industries and sole proprietors in their day to day problem solving and short –term product and process development needs.

Clients come to Transmit Technology Group, LLC from a broad range of plastic industries (Fortune 500 to sole proprietors) and job functions including process engineers, QA/QC professionals, CTOs, CEOs of start-up companies, individual inventors, production managers, corporate marketing managers, lawyers, and R&D specialists.

Transmit Technology Group, LLC is an independent laboratory which provides a wide range of services, including:
  • Plastic Testing
  • Polymer Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Product Development
  • Contract Research and Development
  • Technical Marketing
  • IP Development
  • Equipment Modifications / Process Modifications
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Raw Material / Equipment Sourcing
  • Ideation or conceptualizing
  • Technical Representation
  • Principal, Amitkumar Dharia, PhD has over 27 years of direct experience in new Plastics and Polymer product and process, research and development, market research and analysis, product and project management, and commercialization.

    After working with various organizations throughout the United States, Dr. Dharia founded Transmit Technology Group, LLC in 1999. Since then, he has helped numerous clients in conceptualizing, exploring through experimentation, and screening best and novel alternatives, in connecting and coordinating external resources to drive concepts to commercialization. In 2006, he developed a novel testing equipment, Technoform, to determine the thermoformabiltiy of thermoplastics materials. Technoform has been used in over 60 industrial projects related to thermoforming.

    During 1999-2014, Dr. Dharia was named inventor or co-inventor on six US and international patents and is named a co-inventor on two pending applications. A patent agent registered with USPTO, he himself has been issued 21 United States patents and has been responsible for more than 30 disclosures of inventions. He has also authored over 24 technical publications.

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    Time-Variable Systems, LLC
    Jamie Chapman
    Principal
    500 Throckmorton St
    MS 2101
    Fort Worth TX 76102-3808
    United States
    phone: 6175138429
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    Jamie Chapman, PhD, has over 35 years of broad technical, engineering, operational, and economic expertise in the areas of Renewable Energy and Power Conversion Systems. Principal at Time-Variable Systems, LLC, Dr. Chapman provides strategic, technical, and engineering consulting services to law firms, technology-driven companies, federal laboratories and agencies. Recent clients have included law firms, Exro Technologies, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and technology-intensive product development companies in the United States and internationally.

    Consulting Specialties 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
    Dr. Chapman's career and activities have spanned the industrial, academic, governmental, and legal arenas in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has been heavily involved with clients in program definition and funding together with the associated development of technology-intensive, multi-disciplinary product 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.

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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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    Bransford Pickett, PE
    PE Mechanical Engineering
    1356 Santa Olivia Road
    Chula Vista CA 91913
    USA
    phone: 619-977-7693
    fax: 619-781-8752
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    Bransford Pickett, PE, BSc, MScBA, has over 25 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. A California Registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Pickett holds a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a MScBA in Finance from San Diego State University. His Materials Handling and Engineering Consulting Services are offered to insurance and end user companies nationally and internationally.

    The combination of field expertise, engineering, and regulatory compliance experience provide Mr. Pickett's clients with a complete package of services. The depth and breadth of his expertise covers many successful design projects including commercial and military ships, many complex material handling activities, testing requirements of shipboard system, and development and implementation of compliance programs.

    Many of the major projects include first of a kind challenges such as the Exxon Valdez post - accident docking and structural repairs, commission testing of navy auxiliary ships’ equipment including fueling systems, the US Navy Shughart Class Container Ship Conversion program, as well as shaft and appurtenance handling on the US Navy Watson Class ships. Included in these projects were planned engineered multi - crane lifts that reached in excess of 400 tons. These projects focused on safe, economic, simple designs compliant with applicable state and federal regulations, and national standards.

    Engineered Material Handling Design and Review:
    • Services include single and multi-crane lift plans, material transport, and equipment testing. Design, review and analysis of supporting calculation of stresses imposed on lifting, supporting structure, and material handling equipment, and rigging gear. Equipment specification scope and review
    Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering:
    • Perform intact, damage and probabilistic damage stability, and structural analysis on marine structures including barges, ships, and complimentary structures in accordance with regulatory bodies; ABS, Federal or State government
    Training and Compliance:
    • Operator training compliance to National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, NCCCO, requirements for tower crane, mobile crane, overhead crane, articulating crane operator training and certification, signal person, and rigger certification
    • Compliance covers applicable national and international standards that include the ABS, ASTM, ASM, ASME, ANSI, WSTDA, ALI, etc. and DIN, EN, FEM to list a few. National regulations include state and federal OSHA requirements as well as DOE, military specifications and standards
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    Luis R. Carney, PhD, PE
    President
    11977 Marbon Meadows Dr.
    Jacksonville FL 32223
    USA
    phone: 904-233-3660
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    Southeastern Metallurgy was established in 2014 to meet the technical needs of the legal, industrial and manufacturing communities which seldom have ready access to experienced Materials Engineering talent. While the roots of the firm lie in decades of solving Aviation, Mechanical Systems, and Industrial Metallurgy issues, neither its expertise or focus is limited to these fields.

    Southeastern Metallurgy is equipped with or has access to all equipment and facilities necessary to perform a complete metallurgical analysis. In addition, we are able to work with local machine shops, mechanical testing facilities, chemical analysis laboratories and The Major Analytical Instrumentation Center (MAIC) at The University of Florida to complete the most complex and demanding materials engineering work. We understand you need quick results at an affordable price--time and cost estimates can be provided.

    Services:
    • Fractography
    • Metallography
    • Optical Microscopy
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy
    • X-Ray Microanalysis
  • Hardness Testing
  • Material Properties
  • Microhardness Testing
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Material & Heat Treat ID
  • President, Luis R. Carney, PhD, PE, is a practicing Metallurgist and Professional Engineer with over 28 years of experience in failure analysis, design, manufacturing and component repair for the United States Navy. In this capacity, he has worked with industrial giants such as Boeing, Lockheed, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines to reach mutually acceptable solution. As such, he has earned a well-deserved reputation for clear reasoning, trustworthy advice and effective results. We look forward to evaluating your issue.

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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
    fax: 214-614-4955
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    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...


    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:

    CREDENTIALS. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support

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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
  • As "water hammer" (i.e. liquid impact) has the potential to cause glass bottle failure, Read Consulting LLC created two such failures to study the resulting fracture surface details.

    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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    Stephen J. Callan
    44 Alley Lane
    Climax Springs MO 65234
    USA
    phone: 636-394-1480
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    Polymer Testing of St. Louis, Inc. offers rapid definitive failure analysis of all forms of Polymeric Materials. With over 1,500 plastics and coatings test procedures, they can help identify, manipulate, and advance state of the art technology for all applications. Clients include the automotive, adhesive, paper, medical, aerospace, environmental, packaging, electronics, and plastics industries.

    Polymer Testing of St. Louis, Inc. provides three levels of competitive product evaluation:
    • Identify main polymeric components
    • Perform partial deformulations with identification of source for major formulation components
    • Provide quantitative reverse engineering including generation of complete mass balance sheets, locating sources for raw materials, setting production parameters and development of QC programs
    Areas of Specialization:
    • Formulation
    • Deformulation
    • Research and Development
    • Failure Analysis
  • International FDA Compliance Certification
  • Routine and Non-routine Testing
  • Methods Development
  • Data Interpretation
  • Stephen Callan Plastics Polymers Expert PhotoStephen J. Callan, Founder, President & Technical Director of Polymer Testing of St. Louis, Inc., has a 40 year career in Polymer Chemistry. He has personally conducted more than 3,000 Military and Industrial Failure Analyses.

    A renowned expert in his field, Mr. Callan has been retained as an Expert in Polymer Chemistry / Materials Analysis/Failure Analysis & Reverse Engineering by 64 Independent Testing Laboratories, 35 Automotive Component Manufacturers, 26 Coatings / Adhesives Manufacturers, 30 Composite / Aerospace/ Military Manufacturers, 12 Environmental / Agricultural Product Manufacturers, 20 Packaging Manufacturers, 14 Electronics Manufacturers, more than 260 Plastic Manufacturers / Raw Material Suppliers, The U.S. Navy, The U.S. Army, and NASA.

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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 Device, Biotech, Failure Analysis, Mechanical Eng, Materials, Design, Reliability, Consultant

    Kim Parnell Mechanical Engineer Expert PhotoParnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC) is a high-tech Mechanical Engineering Consultancy located in the heart of Silicon Valley. PEC focuses on providing technical support for early stage medical device and technology companies nationally and internationally.

    T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE, Principal and Founder of PEC, is a Mechanical Engineering consultant with strong experience in a number of technology areas. Dr. Parnell 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.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Device / Biotechnology - Cardiovascular, Orthopedic, Orthodontic
    • Patents & Intellectual Property
    • Plastics, Molding, & Manufacturing
    • Composite Materials Design & Damage
    • Materials & Metallurgy
    • Failure Analysis & Reliability
    • Fracture & Fatigue
    • System Specifications & Test Procedures
    • Telephone Set Design; Keypads
    • User Experience & System Interaction
    • User Interface Design
    • Software Design, Development, QA
    • Green Energy: Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles, Battery technology, Solar
    • Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, & Thermodynamics
    • Finite Element Analysis of Structures and Fluid / Heat Transfer (FEA/CFD)
    • Piezoelectric components
    • Transducers, Accelerometers, MEMs
    • Vehicle & Heavy Truck Crash Worthiness
    • Shock & Vibration Sensitivity
    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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    Bill O'Donnell
    2940 South Park Road
    Bethel Park PA 15102
    USA
    phone: 412-835-5007
    fax: 412-835-5017
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    O'Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc. (OCE) provides engineering, failure analysis, metallurgy, and expert witness services. Providing analytical, design, testing, and technical problem solving services for more than 30 years, our extensive experience gives us credibility in expert witness testimony. Our results are based on quantified engineering principles and analysis- not just opinions. We have testified in International, Federal, and State Courts, presenting comprehensive technical reports, models, and simulations that are easily understood by Judges and Juries.

    Services Offered:
  • Mechanical Engineering: Design and analysis services including finite element analysis. Troubleshooting and providing design repair solutions.
  • Failure Analysis: Metallurgy, analysis, and testing of components to determine root cause of structural failures and fires/explosions.
  • Product Liability & Patent Infringement


    Sample Cases:
  • Power plants
  • Petrochemical facilities
  • Dams
  • Heat exchangers
  • Piping
  • Pumps
  • Valves
  • Machine tools
  • Welded structures
  • Appliances
  • Sport equipment

    "We are often asked to solve simple to complex engineering problems - the key to our effectiveness has been our ability to integrate interdisciplinary talent in materials science and engineering" - Bill O'Donnell, President
  • The largest storage rack/ retrieval system, larger than two football fields and eighty feet wide was constructed to store 108 million pounds of paper products. On July, 2002, after two months of use, the facility collapsed and sparked a fire that destroyed the entire structure and 45 million pounds of paper. Nearly 50 fire departments responded to the inferno, which burned for three weeks. The owner of the facility sued a number of companies that included the contractor that designed and built the structure, a subcontractor, and the company that supplied the 110 foot steel columns.

    4/5/2013 · Engineering
    A comprehensive engineering analysis was performed on a coke oven battery roof and heating walls. Coke oven batteries are constructed with refractory bricks.

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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 consultant resource. The Micale Partners also provide a diverse background of industry experience ranging from aircraft to automotive to space launch vehicles.

    Consulting Services:
    • Aircraft Design, Certification, Safety, Incident and Accident Corrective Action, Maintenance, and Operation
    • Space Launch Vehicle Design, Construction, and Operations
    • Design, Manufacturing, Machining, and Inspection
    • Commercial and Military Aircraft Operations
    • Flight Operations and Safety
    • Automotive Development
    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 United Kingdom. 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 Engineer
    • Aircraft Engineer
    • 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 Major 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
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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 and Consultant with over 40 years of experience. With an international clientele, he provides consulting on the viability of new ventures in the extractive metallurgy field especially with magnesium and non-ferrous projects in either pyrometallurgy or hydrometallurgy. His experience enables him to quickly identify the critical steps of the process and the shortest path to proving that step. He usually has experience based opinions on the reasonableness of budgets and time tables for process development. He enjoys some hands on work on a project to get a sense for what is real and what is just wishful thinking.

    He also has extensive experience in corrosion and the selection of materials especially in chemical systems. When required, he works in conjunction with Corrosion Testing Laboratories to do both corrosion tests and failure analysis. He has experience with H2S corrosion in high pressure compressors (Dresser-rand).

    He has extensive project management experience and engineering experience as a process engineer. He is flexible in using his skills to help a project succeed. Long term rate structures are available on interesting projects.
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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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    Metallurgical Consulting is a consulting engineering firm located in Mobile, Alabama. Started in 1977, the company has offered consulting services to a wide range of industrial and manufacture ring companies in need of Equipment Failure Prevention. Projects range from routine Failure Analyses of small components to large projects involving extensive analysis and testing.

    Metallurgical Consulting specializes in:
    • Fracture Mechanics
    • Failure Analysis
    • Metallurgy and Materials
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  • Welding
  • Fitness for Service Evaluations
  • Laboratory Facilities - Facilities for examination and testing are housed in a 4000 square foot office and laboratory. Microscopes are available. Saws and other specimen preparation equipment handle a wide range of specimens in size and material. Full scale testing equipment includes a hydraulic rams, load cells, and multichannel high speed data acquisition instrumentation.

    C Kendall Clarke Expert PhotoPrincipal, C. 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, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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