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Materials Engineering Solutions, LLC

Materials Engineering Solutions, LLC

Orchard Park Drive
Frisco, Texas 75034

Phone(469) 777-6684


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Materials Engineering Solutions LLC provides metallurgical failure analysis, corrosion analysis, materials selection for design, engineering product design, engineering solutions, expert consulting, expert witness in litigation support, and engineering education assessment. Knowledge based understanding of fracture mechanisms in various materials in micro and macro scales and application of fundamentals of engineering and fracture mechanics in support of failures analysis. Effects of fatigue stress, time dependent loading, and environment on the crack-growth rate assist in evaluation and estimation of life assessment and root cause of failure in products.


Materials Engineering Solutions offers the following services:

Engineering Solutions and Consulting
• Metallurgy, Corrosion, and Materials Selection
• Materials Failure and Fracture Analysis
• Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing
• Engineering Solutions

Education and Training
• Engineering and Technology Education
• Accreditation and Curriculum Assessment Review
• Workshop and Training

Litigation Support and Expert Consulting
• Product Liability Review
• Intellectual Property
• Forensic Engineering Documentation
• Metallurgical Engineering Expert Witness
• On-Site Engineering Investigation

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Corrosion Engineering, Corrosion Risk Assessment, Materials Testing, Materials Selection in Design, Galvanized Steel, Manufacturing Defects, Pipelines.


Materials Engineering Solutions, an independent metallurgical engineering consulting firm, provides services in forensic metallurgical engineering and materials failure analysis, mechanical testing and characterization, materials selection and manufacturing processes for products and industrial equipment, welding failure analysis, and corrosion and surface failure investigation.

Dr. Reza Mirshams is the Founder and earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer with 45 years of combined industrial and academic experience. Dr. Mirshams is a tenured full professor in engineering technology and has taught courses in the areas of metallurgy, manufacturing processes of materials, failure analysis of materials, fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep, engineering product design and development, engineering mechanics, materials selection, and mechanical behavior and fracture mechanisms.

Areas Served

All States

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Professional Experience

Performed several forensic materials failure, metallurgical engineering analysis, expert witness testimony, and consulting in the support of investigations and litigation cases locally and nationally.


Registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas, Certificate No. 89086


The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)


Ph.D. degree in Industrial Metallurgy.
Licensed professional Engineer (PE).
Tenured Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Seminars & Training

1. Corrosion Mitigation and Failure Prevention Workshop, Denton, October 2015
2. “Nuclear Energy Materials,” Oak Ridge national Laboratory, July 2010
3. “Leadership Workshop,” for UNT Deans, Associate Deans and Chairs, March 2008.
4. “Joint 2002 Contractors Meeting in Metallic Materials and Ceramic Materials,” Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Bar Harbor, Maine, August 12-14, 2002.
5. “Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)-Fabrication and hot topics,” MRS Workshop, November 2000.
6. “Measuring mechanical properties in nanometer regime,” MRS Workshop, Boston, November 2000.


"A Case Study on Using Corrosion Analysis in Forensic Engineering,"
"Fatigue Failure Analysis Case Studies," Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 2015,
“Effect of Pile-Up on Nanoindentation Measurements of Polycrystalline Bulk Metals,” Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 853, (2014), pp. 143-150.
“Mechanical Properties of D2 and A2 Tool Steels Evaluated using Nanoindentation,” ECTC Proceedings ASME Early Career Technical Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 2013.
"Intraspecimen Nanomechanical Properties Across the Femoral Cortex Parallel Compositional Measures," SAMPE Tech Proceedings, Fort Worth, Texas, October 2011.
“Characterization of Grooves in Scratch Resistance Testing,” Polymer Engineering and Science, (2008), pp. 2060-2065.

Professional References

The University of Birmingham, UK
University of North Texas


Ph.D., Industrial Metallurgy, University of Birmingham, UK, 1980
M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Tehran. 1973

Articles Published by Materials Engineering Solutions, LLC

Link A Review of Oil and Gas Pipelines Corrosion Risk Assessment

Pipelines are among the most common means used for transporting hazardous gases and liquids in the United States. However, underground pipelines are aging and are at risk of corrosion failure due to coating degradation/disbondment, pitting corrosion and stress corrosion cracking.

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Link Fatigue Failure Analysis Case Studies

Fatigue fracture can occur in many components such as fasteners and tubular pole structures. In this paper, fatigue failure mechanisms have been described and the application of the principles for failure analysis for each case will be presented. Cyclic loading at stresses above the fatigue limit of the material can initiate cracks at the surface or at internal defects.

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