Fracture Mechanics and Crack Propagation Expert Consultant Resume
Resume of CWR, Ph.D. Consultant

  • Aeronautics
  • Materials Science
  • Defense
  • Medical

This expert has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.

This expert received a D.M.I.T. in Aeronautics Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.

This expert has a B.Sc. in Physics from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University

Fracture Mechanics and Crack Propagation Expert Consultant Resume

This expert specializes in aerospace materials, advanced strength of materials, advanced mechanics of materials, and advanced fracture mechanics. Further expertise includes biomechanics, experimental methods in solid mechanics, experimental methods in mechanical engineering, and nondestructive evaluation. Other areas of expertise are measurements and instrumentation, mechanics of materials, dynamics, and materials science. Furthermore are mathematical theory of plasticity, mechanics, vibrations laboratory, and response of materials to impulsive loading.

This consultant's areas of expertise include solid mechanics, statics, theory of elasticity, and wave propagation. Other areas are elastic stress distribution at a crack front using scattered light photoelasticity, experimental investigation into interface fracture, constitutive behavior of polycarbonate, and mixed-mode fracture. This expert also specializes in mechanics and mechanisms of fracture in polymeric materials, scattered light photoelastic investigation of three-dimensional stress fields, necking and necking induced molecular orientation on mechanical and fracture behavior of polycarbonate.

Additional experience includes numerical simulation of transient crack growth experiments, mechanical characterization of high temperature superconductors, and brazing of metal-ceramic joints. Other experience includes dynamic crack tip stress field, three dimensionality of crack tip stress fields, ambient uniaxial and biaxial viscoplastic behavior of inconel 718, and superconducting wires. This expert also has experience with nondestructive investigation of the thermal stresses in metal matrix composites using ultrasonic velocity measurements, dynamic mixed-mode fracture, buckling of filament wound tanks under external pressure, and microstructural refinement. Other knowledge and skills this expert has include high strain rate compressive behavior of polycarbonate, confined compression, superconductor precursor nano-particles by infrared spray pyrolysis, and mechanical response of aortic stent.

Other areas of expertise and specialization include dynamic characterization of ni ti shape memory alloy, mechanical behavior of helicoidal composite, viscoelastic materials characterization under multiaxial loading, and mechanical behavior of metals subjected to thermal loading by short duration current pulses. Further specialties include the dynamics of phase transformations, elastic plastic fracture mechanics, deformation localization problems under quasi-static, and dynamic loading. Other areas of emphasis are boundary element methodology for crack path prediction in brittle and quasi-brittle materials incorporating a cohesive zone model.

This associate has expertise in areas related to seeded infiltration and growth, detection of transverse cracking in a hybrid composite laminate using acoustic emission, mesoscale friction tester, and exploring friction at length scales intermediate to atomic force microscopes and macroscale devices. This expert has experience with generating high strain rate loading on materials and structures, drop weight tower, split-Hopkinson pressure and tension apparatus. Further emphasis includes electromagnetic loading stress-wave generator, high speed camera for imaging events at 200,000 frames per second, and high speed digital image acquisition capable of 2 million frames per second.

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc.

Providing aeronautics engineering consulting, materials science consulting, aerospace materials consulting, fracture mechanics consulting, crack propagation consulting, failure analysis, forensic engineering, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients.

Professor, major university

Specialization in Aeronautics Engineering, Materials Science

Professor, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Visiting Scholar, University of Texas at Austin, TX

AFOSR Summer Faculty Research Associate, Edwards AFB, CA

Guest Scientist, IZFP, Saarbrucken, Germany

Associate Professor, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, CA

Graduate Teaching Assistant, California Institute of Technology, CA

Holds multiple U.S. and European patents on the subject of fabrication of superconducting wires and rods, method for fabricating superconducting wires, and the determination of the adhesion strength of HVOF coatings by spherical indentation.

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