Expertise DescriptionI have over 30 years experience in Mechanical Engineering with expertise in the impending fossil energy crisis, fuel cells, Stirling engine hybrids, nuclear power, alternative energy sources, machine design, mechatronics, thermal systems design, bio-diesel, wind and water turbine designs, water jacket heater/HVAC systems, fluid mechanics, and turbomachinery. I have over 5 years expert witness experience with 1 deposition, 0 arbitration, and 3 testimony.
Areas of Expertise
I have a PhD in mechanical Engineering specializing in gas turbine thermodynamics and associated performance testing. Research work was undertaken with Rolls Royce, MTU and Turbomeca and involved direct testing of large scale turbomachinery in regards to loss mechanisms and their effect on overall performance. In the 90's, I was a principal engineer at European Gas Turbines/ALSTOM, responsible for turbine aerodynamic design, oil and air systems as well as overall engine performance mapping. During this time, I re-designed the high pressure turbine disc blade cooling system and also the exhaust diffuser for the Tempest industrial gas turbine. Other work included generating models to compare competitor engines, such as those produced by G.E, with Alstom’s industrial engines.
I also consulted in the U.K and spent nine months in Berlin consulting for Rolls Royce and BMW gas turbines. Engines worked on included the RB211 and the BR715 engines and involved air and oil systems as well as assorted engine performance issues. From 1999 to 2001, I was appointed head of Aerospace technology program at an U.K. university and taught Gas Turbine theory, Thermodynamics and assorted other courses.
From 2001 to the present day, I have taught Gas Turbine Design, Machine Design, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics as well as assorted other mechanical engineering courses related to turbomachinery. I am currently a tenured, full Professor and former Chair of mechanical engineering at an university and specializes in consulting on thermodynamics and machine design issues.