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Expert Details

Metallurgical Engineering

ID: 108489 Minnesota, USA

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Expert has 30 years of experience in providing effective, unbiased forensic and materials engineering and failure analysis. His knowledge enables him to evaluate the data obtained by the latest materials diagnostic evaluation methods. Expert has a comprehensive understanding of failure modes and materials’ characteristics which affect the operation and life of manufactured equipment and products.

Expert has used his extensive experience and knowledge data from gathering methods, combined with technical understanding of materials processing and hands-on experience. He has used his background in support of the legal profession, insurance companies, original equipment manufacturers, and consumers.

The expert has been engaged in support of a law office, and of their client, an OEM heat exchanger manufacturer, in the failure of a large Data Center cooling system. The expert found overwhelming data that exonerated the manufacturer, and all liability claims against the manufacturer were dropped. In another large Data Center cooling system failure, the expert represented the general mechanical contractor who was absolved of all liability related to the heat exchanger failures. In a third case involving complete plumbing and HVAC system failure of a large hotel and resort complex, the expert represented the design engineering firm. The complex was built under a design build contract. The expert was able to identify evidence that the failures were due to installation errors, intentional damage, freezing, and improper, and/or, lack of maintenance of the resort’s water treatment system. The design engineering firm was not involved in the inspection of the facility during construction and was absolved of most of the liabilities involved in the system failures. This case had been going on for over ten years prior to the experts involvement, and was settled in nine months after his involvement began.

The expert has extensive experience in supporting insurance companies in cases involving insurance fraud, on and off road equipment, structures, agricultural equipment, wind turbines and other equipment and structurers. 1) Most of the cases involving insurance fraud were damage to roofs and building cladding caused by storms. As the result the experts evaluation, most of the cases have been denied have not been disputed. One case proceeded to arbitration, with the board ruling in favor of the expert and insurance company. 2) The on road equipment damage cases involved cause and origin of fires, or structural failures of frames and braking systems leading to loss of expensive equipment and cargoes. Many of these have occurred on the first trip after repair and can be subrogated, but they are more often due to failures in other locations than what was repaired, and were due to normal wear and tear and not covered by insurance. 3) There are many old structures that are insured for full replacement cost against all perils. The question that frequently comes up is are they reparable or do they need to be replaced. If they are repaired, were the repairs done properly. 4) Off road and agricultural equipment can be very expensive to replace or to repair. At times, insurance claims are filed to cover the losses due to damage that has occurred during use. These damages need to be thoroughly evaluated to determine if they are a covered loss. 5) Wind turbines are self-destructing machines, and fail within a few weeks to twenty plus years after being installed. The expert has investigated insurance claims on wind turbines ranging in size from 20KW to one megawatt. The claims involved blade damage and breakage, failed bearings, tower collapses, and gear box failures. 6) The expert has been involved in a number of cases where the insured has been clearly negligent and the expert has advised the insurance company to settle to avoid costly legal proceedings.

Expert has extensive experience working with OEM manufactures in evaluating warranty claims, new suppliers, and product failures. In recent years, finding reliable raw materials and semi-finished materials has been a major issue and the expert has aided the manufacturers in these endeavors. Another area of expertise has been welding. The expert has evaluated many failed welds that would not even meet minimums of any standards; failures were often due to lack of knowledge on the part of engineers, and the training skill levels of those welding. The expert’s participation with design engineering and during prototype evaluation has been very helpful to a number of manufacturers.

The expert has limited experience in helping consumers directly due to the high cost of full engineering failure evaluations. A recent consumer case involved a trailer hitch failure that the client’s insurance company denied because the hitch was under recall and the client was supposed to work directly with the manufacturer. The loss resulting from the failure exceeded $100,000. After the expert’s findings were reported to the client’s insurance company, they agreed to settle the claim in full with the client and to subrogate the loss to the hitch manufacturer directly.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1967 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: University of Idaho

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1985 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and Engineer Department:
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1977 to 1985 Employer: Owatonna Tool Company Title: Engineer Department: Head of Metallurgical and Material Engineering
Heat Treating, Welding, Forging, Hazardous Materials, Plating, and Painting
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1974 to 1977 Employer: E.F. Johnson Company Title: Engineer Department: Process Engineering
Materials and Processes, Electroplating, Cleaning, Soldering, Brazing, and Welding
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1970 to 1972 Employer: Olympic Scientific Title: Engineer Department: Chem Lab
Customer support
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1967 to 1970 Employer: Boeing Airplane Company Title: Engineer Department: Manufacturing R&D
Manufacturing Support of 474 wing skin forming development

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of several professional organizations, including ASM International, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and the Metallurgical Society of the AIME. Member of the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design from 1984 to 1993.
Licenses / Certifications
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Metallurgical Engineering: University of Idaho
Metallurgical Engineering: University of Minnesota
Business Training: Mankato State University
Total 350 Semester Hours of Graduate level and Undergraduate level course work.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is gifted at finding defects in parts, equipment, and structures. The expert familiarity with diagnostic test methods, such as metallography, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, chemical analysis methods, and mechanical testing procedures, allows him to characterize and present evidence of the defects and the findings so that are understandable to most people. The expert’s skill in the use of all types of digital photo’s provide a clean and understandable characterization of any defect found. Expert’s reports document evidence found and how it affects the fitness of the part, equipment, or structure. Expert is well versed in working with the legal fields involving litigation, and with insurance companies.

Fields of Expertise

forensic engineering, forensic materials failure analysis, electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, metal mechanical behavior, metallurgy, physical metallurgy, steel annealing, steel corrosion, steel failure, steel failure analysis, steel quenching, steel tempering, grain boundary, heat treatment, ferrous metal annealing, metal property, fracture analysis, fracture mechanics, fracture, fracture stress, fracture testing, metal-stress relieving, metal failure, metal failure analysis, alloy normalizing, stainless steel failure analysis, steel, tempering, clean steel, hydrogen-induced steel cracking, metal heat treatment, steel heat treatment, microstructure analysis, metallography, metallurgical engineering, metallurgical testing, structure-property relationship, welding, x-ray examination, ferrous metallurgy, nonferrous metal heat treatment, macroetching, metal alloy heat treatment, bainite, fatigue failure, ASM International, brittleness, stainless steel heat treatment, metal contamination, destructive analysis, cast iron analysis, hot-rolled steel, metal identification, metal product, cold working, air quenching, welding quality, welding testing, case hardening, corrosion fatigue, stainless steel failure, steel corrosion inhibitor, nonferrous metal corrosion, nonferrous metal corrosion inhibitor, metal component fabrication, metal processing, metal alloy corrosion, steel mechanical property testing, steel mechanical property, nonferrous metallurgy, metal mechanics, steel forming, mechanical metallurgy, welding failure analysis, dissimilar metal welding, brass grain refinement, brittle material fracture, nonferrous metal failure analysis, metal alloy, metal component design, metal material selection, carbon steel corrosion, stainless steel corrosion, batch heat treatment, metallurgical aging, age hardening, analysis technique, powder metallurgy, surface analysis, metal solution treating, metal mechanical property, martempering, gray iron, crystalline structure, box annealing, austenitizing, Auger electron spectroscopy

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