Metallurgist, Foundry, Cast Metals Expert Consultant
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  • Foundries
  • Metallurgical
  • Oil and Gas
  • Industrial Transport
  • Mining
  • Defense
  • Automotive

This expert earned a B.S. in Metallurgy from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Additional education of this expert includes:

ASNT SNT-TC 1A Level 3 in Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing

ASNT SNT-TC 1A Level 2 in Liquid Penetrant Testing

Metallurgist, Foundry, Cast Metals Expert Consultant
 

This expert provides technical consulting to foundries and OEMs. This expert has knowledge in foundry turnarounds. This consultant provides expert witness services. This expert also has experience in training, arc and induction melting operations evaluation, furnace cost reduction, and plant operations review.

This consultant also specializes in cold lap and porosity defect elimination, plant quality, productivity and profitability improvement, and melting and pouring operations evaluation. Other areas this expert has knowledge in include electro technology and casting quality improvement, low alloy steel, stainless steel and white iron operations review, and porosity and macro inclusion elimination. Furthermore, this expert has experience in micro alloys research and development, melting, heat treatment, sand system, metallurgical lab and casting design, and casting shrinkage elimination.

Additional areas of expertise this consultant has include electric ladle preheating technology, cope surface macro inclusion reduction, stainless steel and nickel based casting quality improvement, and austenitic manganese steel casting failure analysis. This consultant also has knowledge in design, development and operation of DC Plasma furnace, manufacturing cast iron pipe and fittings, powder metallurgy plant melting operations evaluation, ultrasonic testing and evaluation of steel pins.

This expert has extensive knowledge regarding new steel casting counter gravity pouring technology development, ladle metallurgy practice development, technology development for plasma melting of aluminum, and marketing and sales of heat treatment simulation software. Furthermore, this expert has knowledge in outsourcing castings, e-training, e-learning, ISO auditing, clean steel technologies, and flux technology. Melting, pouring, heat treatment and welding of steels and gray iron, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant and magnetic particle inspection techniques for steel castings are other areas of interest this expert has.

This expert has conducted numerous studies in areas including casting failure analysis, tensile tests, spectrographic and combustion analyses, design, installation and development of new liquid metal refining technology for foundries. Other areas of study this expert has been involved in are low alloy, stainless and austenitic manganese steel casting failure analysis, radiographic testing of steel castings, and austenitic steel alloy cracking investigation. Molding, induction melting, gating and risering, heat treatment and inspection, and austenitic manganese field failures are other areas of interest this expert has. This expert also has knowledge in low alloy steel field failures, foundry asbestos litigation, focused transducers, and inspection of steel castings. This expertise also has experience in economic analysis of acid and basic melting, low-dross melter, and refractories and slags.

Additional areas of related expertise this consultant has include clean steel using the cruciform nozzle, investigation of cracking and microstructure, focused transducers, and new inspection techniques for steel castings. Also included in this expert's knowledge is cracking phenomena review, heat treatment of heavy section castings, ultrasonic testing of steel castings, and sound of quality castings. This expert also has involvement with development of plasma ladle furnace for steel applications, economic analysis of acid and basic melting, cast steel metallurgy, clean metal technologies, and ultrasonic testing of steel castings.

Areas of interest this expert has include refractories and slags, plasma arc ladle refiner, mechanical properties of plasma refined cast steels, and specification tips for purchasing steel castings. Additional areas of interest this expert has include electric ladle preheating, plasma ladle refining, control of hydrogen and nitrogen, and interpretation of ASTM specifications to product quality castings. This expert also has experience in cost savings in steel foundries, low alloy cast steels, and effects of chemistry and processing on mechanical properties

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc.

Providing project management, metallurgical and process consulting, foundry consulting, cast metals consulting, failure analysis, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients.

 

Project Manager, Metallurgist, Foundry Consultant, Cast Metals Consultant, Failure Analysis, Expert

Technical consulting (to foundries and OEM's), foundry turnarounds, expert witness, and training. Alliances include Advanced Technology Institute – Technical consultant to the casting team for government castings; MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc. Business partner to market and sell MAGMAsteel heat treatment simulation software; Intellectual Capital Exchange, LLC – Outsourcing castings, e-training, e-learning, ISO auditing; Nuflux, LLC – Clean steel technologies – Flux technology consultant for foundries.

 

VP Technology, Process Metallurgy International, Inc.

Metallurgical & Process Consultant, Nupro Corporation

Chief Metallurgist, Maynard Steel Casting Company

Managment Managed a department of approximately 20 people, including superintendent, supervisor and hourly employees. Responsible for cost saving through process improvement. Metallurgical Set-up procedures and trained personnel for melting, pouring, heat treatment and welding of steels and gray iron. Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Set-up procedures for ultrasonic, liquid penetrant and magnetic particle inspection techniques for steel castings. Performed ultrasonic testing of castings, radiographic testing using Cobalt 60 and X-rays, magnetic particle testing and liquid penetrant testing. Failure Analysis Performed numerous failure analyses on a wide variety of castings from varied industries including oil related, trucking, mining, cement, defense, railroad and automotive. Analysis was conducted on austenitic manganese, carbon, low alloy and stainless steel castings. Responsible for conducting the analysis, interpreting the results and determining the cause of failure. Review of Purchase Orders and Requests for Quotation (RFQ) Reviewed purchase orders to ensure compliance with specifications. Also reviewed more than 5,000 RFQ's with engineering drawings and designated the proper metal type, heat treatment and quality specifications to meet customer requirements. Metallurgy Lab Performed numerous tensile tests, spectrographic and combustion analyses. Examined hundreds of microstructures for quality control purposes and for research. Typical cast microstructures examined were austenitic manganese, carbon, low alloy, stainless steel and grey iron. Plasma Refining Technology Project manager for design, installation and development of new liquid metal refining technology for foundries.

 

Technical Officer, Steel Castings Research and Trade Association

Failure Analysis Conducted numerous metallurgical investigations involving low alloy, stainless and austenitic manganese steel castings from member foundries. NDE Performed radiographic testing including filmless radiography of steel castings. Investigated the applications and limitations of various non destructive methods for locating and sizing discontinuities such as shrinkage and cracks. Research Investigated various austenitic steel alloys to determine the heat treat temperatures for promoting the solution of carbides. The susceptibility of such alloy castings to cracking due to grain boundary carbide precipitation was also investigated. Various molding sands were studied with different thermal conductivities and expansions. Lead investigator on "cracking" project. Casting Experience Learned hands on casting operations including molding, melting, gating and risering, grinding, welding, heat treatment and inspection. Consulted to several foundries and observed casting operations at several foundries. Executive Presentations of research reports to industry professionals and to Government (DTI) executives.

Quality Issues: Steel Castings For Off-Shore Application

This expert has authored numerous publications related to inspection and testing of steel casting, cast steel metallurgy, clean metal technologies, refractories, steel foundries, cassting production issues and solutions, and more.

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