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Design Analysis Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.887

Rhode Island

Education:

BSME, 1969 University of New Haven
    MSME, 1972 University of Rhode Island
    P.E. Licenses: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, NC, Maine, New Hampshire, NY
    Florida, & National PE

Summary of Experience:


Thirty Five Years’ experience in the design analysis, inspection and auditing of piping, pipe supports, pressure vessels, tanks and other mechanical products. Extensive experience in performing design reviews, failure analysis, field inspections and reviews, rate cases, and expert witness testimony. Experience on Power Plants, Industrial Facilities, Chemical Plants and Manufacturing Facilities.


15 years -  Experience in developing litigation rate-case exhibits and detailed supporting testimony for utilities and law firms.  Areas involved were: piping, pipe supports, valves, pumps, structural failure of products, failure analysis, seismic analysis, fire protection, pressure vessel, tanks, construction, fire protection, heat transfer analysis, environmental qualification of equipment, welding, product design, and patent information.

5 years - Experience in quality assurance and related disciplines.  I have performed numerous technical NRC & DOE audits to assure compliance with ANSI N45.2.11, ASME Section III licensing requirements. I have been a consultant to the Department Of Energy concerning the Hanford Wastewater treatment facility.

10 years   Experience in design, analysis and field engineering of piping, supports, structures Pressure vessels and mechanical equipment considering thermal, deadweight and earthquake in accordance with ASME, ANSI, AWS, and NRC requirements.  As Director of Research, Development and Engineering, was responsible for the development and qualification testing of a new line of hydraulic snubbers designed for extended life.

5 years   Experience performing system design and analysis for naval nuclear submarine piping systems.  Duties included on board system evaluation during sea trials. 

TYPE OF EXPERT WITNESS WORK PERFORMED

  • Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on underground piping load bearing insulation failure. Issue with construction delays due to insulation replacement
  • Scope included reviewing the integrity of the structural steel on the Marble Hill Project and product failure.  Expert opinions included, Project Management, Construction delays, Structural steel integrity, and Code compliance.   Also reviewed design of the ductwork to precipitator for design Errors & Omissions.
  • Retained as technical experts to support rate case.  Testified as expert witness for piping and pipe support issues to the Public Utility Commission.  Project overruns due to changes in ASME regulation.
  • Retained as technical experts to support overall rate case, pipe support, construction issues, etc.  Testified as expert witness.
  • Retained as technical expert for review of the effect of Mark II changes on the design of the reactor during litigation.
  • Retained as technical expert to support gas well accident which injured two people. Case involved structural steel failure.
  • Prepared for Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearings for granting of operating license to Comanche Peak Nuclear Station.  Provided testimony at hearings.
  • Retained as expert witness on a storage tank failure.  Provided expert testimony relating to tank design adequacy.
  • Retained as expert witness on a valve failure in a high pressure steam piping system which resulted in the death of three people.
  • Patent infringement case involving an industrial door hinge design.  Retained as expert witness.
  • Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on pressure vessel analysis and attachments.
  • Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on the design and construction of building structures.
  • Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on pressure piping failures at Major Power Plant.
  • Performed evaluation on piping & manhole failure
  • Issued expert report.
  • Retained as expert to present case to the Springfield school district for tax assessment appeal on Limerick power plant.
  • Accident involving a hot water heater
  • Accident involving a fireplace space heater
  • Accident involving dryer, fire resulting
  • Accident involving a stove, fire resulting
  • Accident involving a safety belt.  Improper design of safety buckles led to fall from tree.
  • Accident involving a gas grill explosion. 
  • Wall steamer case, Kathleen Potter VS Rental Of Boston, Stant Enterprises
  • Rhode Island Power plant Fire
  • Due to welding on plant outer structure
  • Pressure reducing valve failure during repair activities
  • Freezing/water loss. Line to humidifier froze and burst, damaging dwelling and contents.
  • ASME Pressure Vessel case involving detail testimony concerning the design and construction of a 200 ft.  vessel.
  • Evaluation of structural issues related to a power plant.  Wrote detailed report which was use in the final negotiation.
  • Case involved a power plant accident.  Pipe failed and injured a number of personnel. 


  TYPE OF ENGINEERING SERVICES WORK PERFORMED

  • Performed PSAR review of Safety Report issued by Bechtel.  Review included, Ventilation Systems (HVAC), All Water, Steam and air Systems,Seismic Analysis on Mechanical Equipment & Structures, Piping, Tanks and Vessels, Melter Shell & Handling Cranes & Bogies, Offgas from Melter,Basemat, Piping & Pipe Supports, Canister Drops & Glass Spills, Liquid Spills, Thermal evaluation of equipment Important To Safety Fire Protection system,Vessel Vent System, Primary cooling water and chilled water system, Natural Phenomena Hazards and Spray Leaks
  • Designed structural components and managed construction of mechanical equipment.
  • Performed Construction management function for installation of mechanical equipment. 
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis in accordance with General Letter 89-10 Motor Operated Valves (MOV). Developed seismic qualification software in accordance with  specified requirements.
  • Design and analysis of the ECCS Strainers Flanges in accordance with NRC Bulletin 96-03. Responsible for construction management of project.
  • Design and analysis of the ECCS Strainers in accordance with NRC Bulletin 96-03,  including all necessary supports and structures.
  • Provided design and analysis for all piping 12" and above for Deer Island Gallery C CP-260 Project.  Also located, designed and analyzed all pipe supports for piping 12" and above and provided typical support designs for piping 1/2" thru 10". Provided project management for piping, and major components on project.
  • Provided a complete analysis of the piping system and pipe supports for the new oil transfer pipeline at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
  • Performed piping and pipe support stress analysis of the proposed main steam system at the Crosby Valve Company.  Provided assistance in the piping layout and performed a system walkdown.
  • Performed a structural analysis of the Cumberland Engineering Model 108 rotor to determine natural frequencies, mode shapes and maximum static deflections.
  • Provided engineering services to evaluate the existing piping and structures affected by the Generic Letter on the ECCS Suction Strainer issue. 
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis in accordance with General Letter 89-10 Motor Operated Valves (MOV).  In addition, developed seismic qualification software in accordance with Duke specified requirements.
  • Performed independent evaluation of pipe support guidelines developed by Washington Public Power Supply System.  Project involved detailed review of design guidelines along with confirming all code qualifications.
  • Acted as independent consultant to M&E for resolution of technical items pertaining to piping structures, pipe supports and interface on piping and structural issues.
  • Performed piping analysis in accordance with ANSI B31.1 to qualify piping and design supports for the piping system in place.
  • Developed Seismic Qualification Software to qualify nuclear valves in accordance with ASME Seismic Qualification requirements.
  • Performed Piping and Support Design and Analysis for a twin boiler unit facility. 
  • Evaluated a  4-inch acid line vibration condition including performing piping analysis, redesigning pipe supports in order to reduce vibration of line.  In addition, participated in operational testing of line for final recommendations of piping and pipe support issues.
  • Performed independent design investigation on mechanical and structural components of plant emphasizing piping and pipe support issues.
  • Performed Piping Analysis in accordance with ANSI B31.1 including performing design analysis of all necessary pipe supports for the project.
  • Performed Piping Analysis in accordance with ASME Codes, qualified existing piping and pipe supports.
  • Designed Piping System including performing all necessary walkdowns at site.  Performed thermal deadweight analysis on piping system to comply with ANSI B31.1 Piping Code.
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis for their Generic Letter 89-10 program
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis for Generic Letter 89-10 program. Re-analysis for VOTES testing.
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis for their Generic Letter 89-10 program.
  • Reviewed the IEB 79-14 program.
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis in accordance with GL 89-10 for Motor Operated Valves (MOV).
  • Performed Weak Link Analysis in accordance with GL 89-10 for Motor Operated Valves (MOV).
  • Design analysis and installation review for pipe supports, mechanical components, cable trays, conduit electrical equipment, etc.
  • Review existing documentation for code qualified piping and pipe supports.
  • Code qualification of all Seismic Class 1,2 & 3 piping, pipe supports and mechanical equipment including modifications, as-built walkdowns, outage support, and construction management.
  • Review and establish project plan for re-evaluation of IEB 79-14 and 79-02.
  • Code qualification of various piping and pipe support systems, PhaseI , 500 pipe supports.
  • Performed design verification of battery casing, rack, and fuel cells, including fracture mechanics.
  • Member of numerous inspection teams to evaluate FSAR compliance, operational readiness, responses to NRC Bulletins, etc.
  • Provided life extension engineering services to evaluate condition of piping and pipe supports and recommend corrective action.
  • Third-party review of technical and prudency aspects of Mark 1 Torus-Attached Piping Configuration and Verification Program.
  • Developed piping and pipe support procedures for IE Bulletin 79-02 and 79-14 walkdowns.
  • Performed independent Design Investigation for mechanical components as part of inspection for the restart of Unit 2.
  • Retained as technical experts to evaluate fire protection (Appendix R) environmental qualification of equipment and TMI impact on engineering and construction.
  • Review and establish project plan for re-evaluation of IEB 79-14 and 79-02.
  • Code qualification of various piping and pipe support systems, PhaseI , 500 pipe supports.
  • Performed design verification of battery casing, rack, and fuel cells, including fracture mechanics.
  • Member of numerous inspection teams to evaluate FSAR compliance, operational readiness, responses to NRC Bulletins, etc.
  • Provided life extension engineering services to evaluate condition of piping and pipe supports and recommend corrective action.
  • Third-party review of technical and prudency aspects of Mark 1 Torus-Attached Piping Configuration and Verification Program.
  • Developed piping and pipe support procedures for IE Bulletin 79-02 and 79-14 walkdowns.
  • Performed independent Design Investigation for mechanical components as part of inspection for the restart of Unit 2.
  • Retained as technical experts to evaluate fire protection (Appendix R) environmental qualification of equipment and TMI impact on engineering and construction.
  • Pipe support design, analysis and field engineering for control rod drive system.  Thermal, Deadweight and Seismic.  Field engineering.
  • Containment atmosphere control system.  Torus purge air.  Thermal, Deadweight and Seismic.  Field Engineering.
  • Piping and pipe support design and analysis.  Thermal and Deadweight.
  • High temperature piping and pipe support design and analysis.  Thermal and Deadweight.
  • Electrical, conduit, and support design and analysis.  Deadweight and Seismic.  Field engineering.
  • Piping stress analysis and field engineering.  Thermal, Deadweight and Seismic.
  • Large bore snubber evaluation and qualification for NRC requirements.
  • Special pipe clamp design and analysis.
  • 79-14 pipe support verification and field engineering.
  • Piping stress analysis and pipe support design analysis for all II/I piping systems.  Piping and pipe support issues.
  • Pipe stress analysis.  Thermal, Deadweight, Seismic and Wind Load analysis.
  • Snubber reduction project and pipe support redesign.
  • Piping stress analysis and pipe support design and analysis, water hammer analysis.
  • Piping analysis.  Thermal, Deadweight, and Seismic.
  • Electromatic relief valve blow analysis, field engineering.
  • Piping analysis and support design.
  • Engineering review of all engineering standards to design pipe supports.
  • Design review on large bore snubber design.  Review of installation and testing procedures.
  • Special snubber supporting system.
  • Piping design and analysis.  Pipe support design and analysis.  Field engineering. 
  • Special pipe clamp design and analysis Section III Subsection NF.
  • Piping analysis, water hammer analysis, force time history analysis.



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