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 Expert  724853

Expert in Marine: Diesel, Gasoline, Natural Gas Fueled Engines, Heavy Duty Equipment, Power Co-generation


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
USA
Education Work History Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert has studied and worked with most types of engines and engine systems throughout his career. His focus has been in operations, maintenance, reliability and failure investigations and analysis. Engine systems includes all of the ancillary equipment that it takes to support the engine, including control, fuel, air, power transmission, exhaust systems and treatments, and cooling systems for vehicle, marine and stationary equipment. Expert takes a hands on approach, coupled with manufactures documentation to resolve problems with machinery.
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automotive engine

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automotive diesel engine operation specification

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combustion engine

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compression-ignition engine

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diesel engine

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diesel standby generator

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diesel-electric energy generation

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engine

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equipment

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gas turbine technology

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gasoline engine

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marine diesel engine

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marine engine

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marine engineering

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marine propulsion

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marine propulsion system

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gas-turbine generator

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cogeneration

Expert has been very successful with assisting clients with finding RD funding within both state and federal agency's. Expert has headed up many proposal teams for successful proposals in the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), California Energy Commission(CEC), National Renewable Energy Lab(NREL),Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)Tank Automotive Command (TACOM)and others.
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business development

Expert has conducted reliability studies and developed maintenance programs for variety of heavy duty trucks powered by natural gas (CNG and LNG) Some of the vehicles were dual fuel (diesel & natural gas)powered development programs.
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compressed natural gas vehicle

Expert has worked with clients by identifying appropriates test equipment including dynos from 2hp to 600hp. He also has advised on the establishing proper test protocols and maintenance for the equipment
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diesel engine test facility

Expert has developed or has been the leader in developing specific maintenance procedures for a wide variety of mechanical and electronic control systems for sea, land, hover craft equipment. Expert headed up a team that developed and video taped a blade change out procedure for an LM2500 marine gas turbine engine. Expert's supervised and developed calibration procedures for the Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)propulsion and electric power generation program. Expert has investigated equipment failures that were the result of improper maintenance and or operations and developed "get well" operations maintenance programs based on trend analysis.
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equipment specific maintenance

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marine machinery

Expert has developed what seems to be a unique approach to understanding equipment failures. The process includes forensic analysis of all of the evidence, operation, manufacturers documentation, recall history. When one studies failure you must start simple and go complex. You must use all available resources required as is cost effective to determine the root cause. Once the cause is understood determine how to effectively work around the failure and prevent recurrence.
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failure analysis


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Power Plant & Marine Propulsion Engineering, Boilers,...
Steam and Power Plant Engineering, Economics, Operation,...
Biomass Power Generation Technology and Engineering: ...
Cogeneration and Allied Systems

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1983   none   Marine Engineering   US Navy   Senior Chief Petty Officer

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to

 

Expert's Firm

 


 

President/Forensic Engineering Investigator

 

He founded Expert's Firm after the separating from Clean Air Partners, Expert's Firm became an engineering services company. Expert and associates are conducting forensic engineering and due-diligence investigative services, and providing engineering damage and loss appraisals. Expert's Firm is also providing business development services for a variety of clients including identifying state and federal grant money for programs, providing engineering and procurement services for engine test cell equipment, and facilities. Expert's Firm is also providing technical oversight in the restoration, operation and maintenance of a poorly designed 1.2-megawatt cogeneration system.

2000 to 2003

 

Clean Air Partners

 


 

Manager Special Projects

 

he was Responsible for program and project, contract management and facilities security. Conducting reliability and maintainability investigation, conducting failure modes, effects and analysis, providing forensic engineering and investigative services both internally and externally to CAP. The internal investigations conducted included natural gas fuel injection systems and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage systems as found in heavy duty truck applications.

1993 to 2000

 

BKM

 


 

Manager Special Projects

 

Responsible for program and project management, contract management, new business development and facilities security. Developing new business in Dual Fuel Engines (diesel & natural gas) and direct, high-pressure gasoline fuel injection systems for two-cycle engines for a variety of customers. Directly responsible for over $8 million in state and federal grants and contract funding from various OEM, s). Conducting reliability and maintainability investigation, conducting failure modes, effects and critical analysis, providing forensic engineering and investigative services and due diligence studies to a diverse client base (4 major cases). These cases range from rubber tired cranes, aftermarket automotive devices, automotive systems and large power plants. Providing systems engineering expertise on large engineered systems such as cogeneration power plants using large reciprocating and gas turbine engines as prime movers. Program Manager for a US Navy contract for the Shipboard Gage Calibration Program, providing technical and documentation support to US Navy Calibration Teams.

1991 to 1992

 

RCI

 


 

Director

 

He provided project management and technical expertise in developing and producing highly technical documentation for a new Marine Gas Turbine propulsion system and 2,000 KW diesel generator sets. Provided forensic engineering investigative services to the U.S. Navy and provided recommendations as to Government potential for financial responsibility as claimed by the ship builder

1983 to 1991

 

Advanced Technology

 

Marine Engineering

 

Field Office Manager

 

He was Responsible for field office management, marketing, project management and client relations. Development and management of various Marine Gas Turbine, Diesel Engine, Automated Control Systems and cogeneration programs including the RACER cogeneration propulsion system being developed for the US Navy by Solar Turbines Inc. These programs included operations, reliability, maintenance and training programs.

1963 to 1983

 

U S Navy

 

various

 

Senior Chief Petty Officer

 

Expert enjoyed a very successful 20-year career, serving on various ships and shore stations, including a three-year tour as Senior Member of the Gas Turbine Mobile Training Team, evaluating ship's Engineering Department readiness and conducting in-depth material condition inspections on both diesel and gas turbine powered ships. Other noteworthy duties included a four-year tour teaching diesel engine propulsion systems and a brown water tour in Viet Nam with Coastal River Division 113.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1963 to 1983   US Navy   Senior Chief Petty Officer   He enjoyed a very successful 20-year career, serving on various ships and shore stations, including a three-year tour as Senior Member of the Gas Turbine Mobile Training Team, evaluating ship's Engineering Department readiness and conducting in-depth material condition inspections on both diesel and gas turbine powered ships. Other noteworthy duties included a four-year tour teaching diesel engine propulsion systems and a brown water tour in Viet Nam with Coastal River Division 113.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He is currently the principal investigator in a Class Action Suit (certified January 07) against a Marine Diesel Engine Manufacturer. The case involves failure(s) of the marine engine aftercooler assemblies and the ingestion of metal contaminates and sea water by the engines resulting in premature failure.. Our team conducted the investigation that was directly responsible for uncovering the latent defects leading to these failures.
  • He conducted an investigation a 3 engine, 1,125kW natural gas fueled cogeneration power plant that has failed to meet contract performance specifications. Our team was directly responsible in determining a number of installation, operations and maintenance defects in the systems. This case went to arbitration and was found in favor of the plaintiff. Expert's Firm has been retained to provide technical oversight in the restoration and operation of the cogeneration system.
  • Expert and his associates are conducting a due-diligence investigation for a group of investors. The technology under investigation is a diesel fuel and gasoline enhancing technology. Our team is directly responsible for approving test protocols and securing proper engine testing facilities and services as well as laboratory services for chemical analysis of the fuel after it passes trough the device. Expert's Firm is then tasked to provide a comprehensive technical report of its findings
  • Expert was the designated engine expert for the plaintiff in a case involving excessive engine vibration in two CAT 3406Es installed in a 61' motor yacht. This case settled in September 04. Expert participated in the settlement conference on behalf of the plaintiff.
  • Expert was the primary investigator and case manager in the case of Evan's Cooling Systems vs. General Motors. The case included Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation (black box agreement). Expert was instrumental in the discovery of tampered evidence and bogus test results. Expert developed and carried out numerous tests to demonstrate Evan's trade secret.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Engine Suitability Review.
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  • Marine engine electronics control expert for consulting.
  • Diesel engine reliability expert for consulting on diesel engine development and risk indicators.
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  • Oil and gas expert for consulting on manufacturing and distribution product assesment.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has provided testimony in 5 depositions He has participated in 3 arbitration hearings He is very experienced in deposition process (both being deposed and assisting attorneys with technical issues He has conducted 15 major forensic engineering investigations
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Marine engine expert in California needed for consulting on engine failure.
  • Pleasure boat expert for consulting on presence of asbestos on pleasure crafts.
  • Expert for consulting on defective starter solenoid.
  • Expert for consulting on in Maintenance of Diesel Truck Engine.
  • Expert for consulting on damaged to marine diesel engine.
  • Expert in asbestos in pleasure craft boats for consulting on defense of asbestos personal injury case.
  • Boat engine repair litigation expert for consulting on Faulty engine repairs.
  • Expert in marine engines for consulting on Caterpillar marine engine failure.
  • Expert in marine generators for consulting on patent analysis.
  • Naval architecture expert for consulting on failure of MTU Series 60 marine engines.
  • Mack truck engine expert for product defect litigation.
  • Power generation expert for consulting on power generation brokerage business.
  • Expert in cogeneration power plants for litigation involving an accident at the plant.
  • Expert in internal combustion engines for consulting on crankshaft rotary torsional vibration.
  • Boat engine expert for consulting on caterpillar engine failure.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
20 + years in commercial and government business development

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He taught marine diesel & engineering for four years. including curriculum development and training aids for the US Navy. He was assigned to various shipboard training staffs for gas turbine and diesel propulsion systems, including Fairbanks Morse and Colt Pielstick engines. While with Advanced technology and RCI He was responsible for the development of various maintenance and operations training programs of calibration of highly complex electronic control systems and the development of video training materials

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has and currently is providing engineering and procurement services for engine test cell equipment, and facilities. Expert's Firm is also providing technical oversight in the restoration, operation and maintenance of a poorly designed 1.2-megawatt cogeneration system.

Other Skills and Services

40 + years Commercial and Naval Engineering Experience; 20+ years program and project management experience; 20+ years experience in the operations and maintenance of gas turbine engines used as prime movers (marine & generator sets); 35+ years experience in the operations and maintenance of diesel engines (marine & automotive); 15+ years experience with spark ignited natural gas fueled engines (co-generation applications); 10+ years experience with dual fuel (CNG & LNG), piloted ignition engines (power generation & automotive)


 

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