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Turbines (Combustion / Gas / Steam) Expert Witnesses

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Steven Kushnick
Principal Engineer
P.O. Box 670084
Marietta GA 30066
USA
phone: 770-591-1720
fax: 770-591-7996
Mechanical Engineer - Turbomachinery Expert. Gas turbine engines, steam turbines, jet engines, compressors, pumps, expanders, generators, cogeneration, combustion equipment, diesel engines, and reciprocating compressors. Failure analysis, stress analysis, mechanical design, design analysis, troubleshooting, performance analysis, durability assessment. Access to metallurgical laboratory. Experienced Expert witness.

Please see our Service List at www.sbkushnick.com/servicelist.pdf for a concise description.
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Christopher Lane
President
3219 263rd CT SE
Sammamish WA 98075
USA
phone: 714-801-5229

POWERPLANT Specialists, LLC., (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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Lester B. Engel Jr., PE, CEO
James A. Brusso, PhD, PE
925 Industrial Drive South
Sauk Rapids MN 56379
USA
phone: 1-800-258-7968 -or- 320-253-7968
fax: 320-253-7917
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Engel Metallurgical LTD engineers and metallurgists offer laboratory testing services to determine Material Performance and Material Performance Expectation. All tests are performed according to government and/or applicable industrial standards, including ASTM, military, and other specifications.

Engel Metallurgical clients include attorneys, insurance company representatives and members of a broad range of industries, including chemical, agricultural, aviation, power generation, construction, transportation and manufacturing.

Litigation Support - Attorneys requiring reliable information rely on Engel Metallurgical. Les Engel and his team of specialists sort through intricate details of structural and material failures, accidents, manufacturing defects and other unexpected incidents that lead to lawsuits, with involvement from initial discovery through court appearances, if necessary.

In 2003, Engel Metallurgical earned ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This accreditation officially recognizes Engel Metallurgical proficiency in quality and details, and helps ensure that its findings will carry more weight in clients’ litigation cases.

Engel Metallurgical Ltd. is listed with the Minnesota Association For Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association) as an expert in the field of metallurgy. Their engineers have extensive experience with deposition and trial. Their high ethical and scientific standards complement our expertise in providing sound, unbiased opinions on technical issues, including:

Inspection: Equipment and Components Inspected on Site

Failure Analysis:
  • Root Cause
  • Failure Mode
  • Photographic Documentation
  • Fracture Evaluations
  • Product Evaluation:
    • Quality Control Efforts
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Materials Certification
    • Product Claims, Product Recalls
    • Corrosion Resistance Coatings Selection
  • Product Replacement
  • Non-destructive Testing Procedures
  • Literature Searches
  • US / Foreign Specifications Equivalents
  • Material Property Design Limits
  • Lester Engel Metallurgical Engineering Expert PhotoPrincipal, Lester P. Engel, Jr., PE, is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 years of experience leading the company's detailed, quality-focused testing and services. He oversees the company's lab, continually adding new equipment and techniques.

    Mr. Engel also has experience as the chief metallurgist for Brown Boveri Turbomachinery and as a metallurgical engineer for the Aircraft Engine Group of General Electric, where he focused on material selections for hot aircraft and marine gas turbine components. His GE career began in Nuclear Systems Programs, where his work included serving as the principal investigator on three NASA programs.

    Les Engel specializes in materials application, failure analysis, R & D program management, materials and process specifications, engineering standards and procedures, laboratory design and operation, data analysis and personnel, and budget management. He continues to personally perform failure analysis on aircraft and land turbines, generators, boilers, steel products, metals, cermets, plastics, and other materials.

    With high ethical and scientific standards, Les Engel offers sound, unbiased expert analysis and testimony on technical issues. He provides expertise to insurance companies and counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Jim Brusso Failure Analysis Expert PhotoJames A. Brusso, PhD, PE, has more than 20 years of experience in processing/properties of materials, materials characterization and behavior, materials specifications, mechanical testing, failure analysis, machining of materials, and laboratory design and operation. He is also Engel Metallurgical's Technical Manager and Quality Manager.

    Dr. Brusso brings keen expertise to Engel Metallurgical and its clients, performing failure analysis; rendering expert opinions, giving depositions and testimony for litigation support; providing technical support for materials and process development and improvement; and developing and reviewing various product designs, materials, and process details.

    Dr. Brusso has worked with Engel Metallurgical since 2000. Prior to that, he held several positions with The Timken Company in Ohio, where his responsibilities included establishing the company’s machinability testing laboratory, team leader for product development projects, managing the company's application metallurgical laboratory, and providing technical review of internal processing and testing standards to satisfy ISO 9000 / QS 9000 registration.

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    C L Sandberg Associates LLC
    Chet L. Sandberg
    Owner, Principal Engineer
    758 Torreya Ct.
    Palo Alto CA 94303
    USA
    phone: 650-493-2770
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    Chet L. Sandberg received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He is a professional engineer in the state of California and an IEEE Fellow.

    Background Experience - Mr. Sandberg joined the Chemelex Division of Raychem Corporation where he managed technology projects for 30 years. He held various positions at Raychem including Engineer, Product Manager, Consumer Products Division Manager, and Chief Engineer. For the next 6 years, Mr. Sandberg managed the development of a downhole, self-regulating electrical heater technology for Shell Oil. In 2009, he founded C L Sandberg & Associates, a consultancy specializing in Energy Projects.

    Mr. Sandberg is now associated with Electrical Energy Storage EPRI, ESA, Sandia, and PNNL, as well as providing due diligence expertise for venture capital and private equity companies on their technical prospective investments. He has been granted 30 United States Patents and has authored over 70 technical papers on energy usage, electric heat tracing, ground fault technology, fiber optics, sensor technology, and personal computers as design tools.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Sandberg is a Heat Transfer Expert with successful litigation in Steam and Electrical Heat Tracing. He has written papers on thermal insulation, LNG tank protection, heavy oil production, and appliance heat transfer. He has court room experience, including testifying before the ITC in Washington DC. Mr. Sandberg is available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Novel Battery Technology
    • Energy Storage
    • Electrical Ground Fault Protection
    • Powerline Carrier Technology
    • Heat Transfer
    • Backup Power Supply
    • Oil Field Heating and Instrumentation Engineering
    • Safety Requirements in Nuclear Power Generation
  • Hazardous Safety of Explosive Gases
  • Process Control Software
  • Instrumentation Hardware
  • Fiber Optic Data Transmission
  • Fiber Optic Sensors
  • Nitinol
  • Heat Tracing
  • Economic Analysis of Energy Usage
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    The 18650 cell has become the workhorse of the lithium ion battery industry and is a good candidate for analysis of most lithium ion batteries properties. Tesla automobiles, laptop computers, e-cigarettes, scooters, and grid energy storage all use the 18650. The 18650 cell is a leader in cost reduction, stored energy has been continually increasing and over 2 billion cells were manufactured in 2016. Lithium ion cells are truly a marvel of chemistry and electrical engineering.

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    Ole Haaland, PE
    626 Admiral Drive
    C-537
    Annapolis MD 21401
    USA
    phone: 410-703-9002
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    Ole Haaland Power Plant Mechanical Expert PhotoOle E. Haaland, PE, has thirty four years experience in Power Production, Design, Construction, and Commissioning, with 30+ years managing people and projects. Mr. Haaland's experience is in conventional, nuclear, and alternate fuel power plant mechanical and electrical systems. He has performed as Project Manager, Construction Manager, and Commissioning Manager for several Greenfield power projects.

    Mr. Haaland held a senior reactor power operator's license and a number of senior engineering positions at the New York Power Authority prior to joining ANNA. Mr. Haaland received his BSME from the New York Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in many states. He was recently elected to the EGSA Board of Directors for 2015-2017.

    Litigation Support - Ole Haaland conducts root cause analysis investigations for counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense. When needed, he provides expert witness testimony for power plant design, construction, and operational failure issues and for parties involved in contract disputes.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Switchgear
    • Voltage Regulators
    • Turbine Generators
    • Control Systems
    • Hydro Generators
    • Diesel Generators
  • Condensate Polishers
  • Feed Water Heaters
  • Main Condensers
  • Moisture Separators
  • Electrical Breaker Failures
  • Operational Failures
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