011114 Chemical, Metallurgical, and Nuclear Engineer

Chemical, Metallurgical, and Nuclear Engineer with more than twenty years' experience. He specializes in forensic engineering accident analysis; materials and metallurgical consulting; industrial materials applications and design failures; electrical fire source determination; and archeo-materials investigations.  He is experienced in multiple engineering disciplines and potential impacts of materials, high temperature, environmental, and circumstantial conditions.

This expert has provided expert testimony as to his findings in courts of law in the United States and internationally.

011116 Nuclear Science and Engineering Consultant

Nuclear Scientist and Engineer is currently Assistant Professor of Thermal Hydraulics in Power Technology at a highly respected university. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, his research interests are in turbulence modeling, unsteady flow phenomena, multiphase flow and boiling, and virtual reactor modeling. While at the Tokyo Institute of technology, he collaborated with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and became familiar with Japanese nuclear technology and design standards. He joined the faculty of MIT after becoming a pioneer in the development of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology for the nuclear industry.  During that time, he worked for an engineering simulation software company CD-adapco, where he was Director of Nuclear Applications. He is currently the deputy lead for the thermal hydraulics focus area in the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL). His research goals include improving the effectiveness and expanding the research of 3-D, first-principles computational tools for nuclear reactor design.

 

011219 Senior Mechanical Engineering Consultant

Senior Mechanical Engineering Consultant for RTI, in addition, he is the Mechanical Engineering Program Leader at a prestigious Canadian university. His field of specialization is Flow-Induced Vibrations of Nuclear Steam Generator Tube Bundles. He is currently a member of the International Flow-Induced Vibrations Scientific Committee and the Canadian Nuclear Society.
He received his PhD from McMaster University and has taught previously at McMaster University, the University of New Brunswick, and the Ontario University Institute of Technology. He has participated in many Funded Research Projects with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. He also has served on many ASME-PVP Flow-Induced Vibration Conference Committees.
A prolific author with numerous publications in ASME and other journals and has made many presentations at ASME Conferences and Symposiums.

011192 Nuclear Engineer and Radiation Health Consultant

Is currently an Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at a well respected State University. Fields of specialization are reactor and steam generator thermal-hydraulics, reactor safety, computational fluid dynamics, multi-phase / multi-species flow and heat transfer. A prolific author and reviewer for technical journals, as well as a peer reviewer of abstracts and papers. He has been successful in being awarded many grants, some from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In addition, this expert is a former US Navy Chief Engineer and later a nuclear engineer at the Dominion Generation Innsbrook Technical Center, supporting both the North Anna and Surry Nuclear Plants.  Through his very active association with the American Nuclear Society (ANS), he has organized and chaired annual meeting sessions on the thermal hydraulics of steam generators.

001111 Principal Forensic Electrical Engineer

Joseph R. Reynolds, PE, MEWI, MAE
Principal Forensic Electrical Engineer


Summary

Joseph R. Reynolds, PE, MEWI, MAE is internationally recognized as a forensic electrical engineer and an authority regarding the investigation and evaluation of utility system incidents and equipment failures including electrical contact accidents, fires and explosions. He has served as the team leader and technical director, as well as principal testifier, in large complex investigations and research. Services to the industry have included: conducting forensic root cause analyses of major power generation, transmission, distribution, and telecommunications incidents, system failures, accidents, fires, and equipment condition and performance audit issues; providing recommendations for improved equipment reliability; assessing the expected life and condition of aging equipment for repair/replace options; and addressing prudence issues related to rate base and regulatory hearings.

Mr. Reynolds is the founder and president of RTI Group, LLC based in the US, as well as the founder and chairman of the London based UK firm Reynolds Technological Inquiries Limited, and RTI Ltd, with offices in South America and the Middle East. The RTI companies are an international consultancy of experienced expert witnesses with a new research centre to determine the cause of electrical, material, and mechanical failures. An advance multimedia studio provides the visuals to effectively present our findings. A highly diversified firm, RTI specialized in accident and failure analysis of various size matters involving aviation, marine, rail, telecommunications, power utilities, and high risk industries.

RTI also provides proactive consulting services from Safety Management and Security Risk Assessment to implementation of controls.

Mr. Reynolds has represented public and government utilities, state regulatory commissions, and insurers in numerous electric power matters, including the following examples:

• Appointed by a utility regulator to serve as lead investigator and team manager for the state’s analysis of a high profile and lengthy outage resulting in recommendations to improve system reliability, which were adopted through the legislative rule-making process.

• Provided testimony at a rate base hearing before a state public service commission involving the utility’s handling of unpredictable and highly unusual nuclear reactor component failure, and evaluation of the resulting repair costs.

• Authored several publications on behalf of the Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI, including a guideline to assist utilities in improving the reliability of power plant electrical equipment as an alternative to the cost of constructing new plants.

• Evaluated the options to restore the performance of a damaged hydroelectric generator station when compared with the availability of replacement power.

Mr. Reynolds has given expert testimony in arbitration hearings and courts of law, and has appeared before state and federal boards, commissions, counsels, press conferences, and international professional forums.