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Electronic Circuitry, Motor, and Engine Computational Design Expert

Technical Consultant #2452


Expertise

  • Computational design using optimization, coupled with simulation for the energy, transportation, deep space industries and military.
  • Electronic circuit design and construction.
  • Analysis and research 3D automatic finite element meshing algorithms.
  • Design and development of high-speed hull jet drives.
  • Overview and analysis of electro-magnetic epicyclic motion motors; Micro UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) of systems integration and aerodynamic configurations; Micro Gas Turbine: Thermo -aerodynamic design. And, MEMS: Pressure, velocity and displacement sensor design.
  • Design and analysis of electro-magnetic components of switched reluctance motors.
  • Design and analysis of rotating combustion chambers for ceramic gas turbines.
  • Multi discipline analyst and solver of complex difficult problems
  • Software algorithms for CAD, integral mechanics and data mining.
  • Analysis, research and selection of high strength and high temperature materials.
  • Patent writing, searches, cross analysis, validation and due diligence.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Provided test equipment for a seat belt impact test for litigation.
  • Built a prop for a road tanker asphyxiation case.
  • Provided expert opinion on a marine salvage law suit.
  • Due diligence confirmation on inventions, technology for startups and legal entities.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Owner and NSW Director, 1998 - Present

  • Engineering consulting and software development company for various industries and military.
  • Developed a 3D Hexahedral meshing software program, CheetahSTC.

Projects - CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering)

  • Fan design and analysis for refrigeration application, noise and efficiency targets: Wellington
  • Diesel to LPG conversion of an Actros truck, included CFD engine simulation: VPAC
  • Ceramic Gas Turbine: Design and analysis of a rotating combustion chamber, (undisclosed client)
  • Non-linear hyper elastic rubber suspension system for a railroad car: Queensland Rail
  • Electromagnetic design of a switched reluctance motor: U.S. Navy
  • Soybean genetic crop modelling and optimization: Syngenta
  • Drag reduction coatings for U.S. Air Force: Lockheed Martin
  • Lung Irritation modelling: (undisclosed client)
  • Instant Ice making machine: Pepsico
  • Microwave Susceptor: Pepsico
  • Acoustic levitation of snacks: Pepsico

EET, Sydney Australia, NSW, Chief Technical Officer, 2013 - 2016

  • Responsible for startup company by inventing, designing and building a tidal energy turbine.
  • Managed the mechanical design of the turbine, blades, electrical generator, water seals, support structure, testing equipment.
  • Designed and built the test barge, conducted ocean tests, collected performance data.
  • Computational CAD model design to optimize the performance and design of a new class of turbine that set a new COP record for a freestream turbine. Wrote two patents, both granted.

OceanLinx, Sydney Australia, NSW Senior Turbine Engineer, 2010 - 2013

  • Responsible for the design and manufacture of a wave energy air turbine in the 1 to 5 MW class.
  • Filed and granted a Patent on a bidirectional turbine.

Orbital Engine Company, Balcatta WA, Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer

  • Design and analysis of air assist direct fuel injection using both Lagrangian two phase and FreeSurface VOF models.
  • Injection and combustion modelling of in-cylinder flows with conjugate heat transfer. Two and four stroke engine moving mesh simulation.

James Cook University, Queensland Australia, Mechanical Engineering Instructor

  • Lecturer and Course Instructor for subjects: Materials handling, Dynamics, Mechanical Engineer, Project Design and Management.

Sarcos Research Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT Management

  • Project Manager overseeing electro-magnetic Epicyclic motion motors.
  • Systems integration and aerodynamic configurations of Micro UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle): Micro Gas Turbine.
  • Provided Thermo -aerodynamic design. MEMS: Pressure, velocity and displacement sensor design for Department of Defense and U.S. Navy.

Mercury Marine, Oshkosh WI, Project Engineer

  • Managed design and development of high-speed hull and jet drives. Craft stability and control dynamics.

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Contract, Ph.D. Research.

  • Conducted research in the field of 3D automatic finite element meshing algorithms.

Brigham Young University, Provo UT, Educator and Technician

Assisted classes in: Compressible Fluid Flow, Composites, Materials, Finite Element Method, Aircraft Design and Stability.

  • Prototype machine shop technician.

Institute of Astronomy, Manoa, HI, Electronics Technician

  • Designed and constructed electronic circuits for pointing control of Astro-telescopes.

Australian National Line, Victoria, Australia

  • Marine Engineering Officer.

Honors & Publications


Achievements

  • Invented a free stream turbine applicable for wind and tidal flow that exceeds the Betz efficiency.
  • Invented a new mathematical Monolith CAD definition and method that enables computational CAD for solids and fluid mechanics.
  • Discovered and designed a new bidirectional reaction turbine for low pressure flow with 90% efficiency.
  • Developed a 3D Hexahedral meshing program to generate high quality meshes. Formulated new mathematical methods for solving complex meshing geometries and developed a new definition for n-dimensional continuum space.
  • Designed and developed a Super Sonic Shockwave dual fluid injection nozzle with CFD analysis tools which yielded a 47% improvement in Sauter Mean Diameter on first bench tested prototype.
  • Discovered the Spatial Twist Continuum (dissertation). A dual representation of the all hexahedral finite element mesh that solves the global connectivity problem allowing for the creation of robust fully automated all hexahedral meshing algorithms.
  • Owner of a successful business designing and manufacturing high performance engine parts for Jet skis, Snowmobiles and Motorcycles. Supplied precision titanium transducer components for x-ray machines.

Credentials

  • CFD: Star-CD, OpenFoam, XFlow, Nektar++ FEA: Nastran, Abaqus, LS-Dyna, Scan&Solve.
  • CAD: ProE, SolidWorks, Rhino3D.
  • Programming: C/C++ , C#, Fortran, Cuda, OpenCL, Java, GWT, GXT, Python, VTK, openNURBS.
  • Coding: Algorithm development in C#, CFD solver development in C++
  • Interface Coding: Website design and Java programming. GUI interface programming design and code implementation.
  • Mathematics: Development of Cad methodologies in n-dimensional Euclidean space.
  • Composite materials: Component design, stress analysis, tooling design and manufacture.
  • CNC: Programming and machining experience.
  • Materials: Steels, super alloys, ceramics and composites.

Publications and Patents

  • Author, Co-Author and Journalist for peer reviewed venues.
  • Inventor of 11 U.S. patents.

Education

  • Ph.D. Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
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