Metallurgical & Materials Forensic Failure Analysis - Consulting & Expert Witness
Materials Engineering Solutions offers the following services:
Engineering Solutions and Consulting
• Metallurgy, Corrosion, and Materials Science
• Materials Failure and Fracture Analysis
• Engineering 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
Forensic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Metallurgist Expert, Remaining Life Assessment, Manufacturing Defects.
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 40 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.
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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," http://rdcu.be/tIOR
"Fatigue Failure Analysis Case Studies," Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 2015, http://link.springer.com/journal/11668/15/6/page/1#page-1.
“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.
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
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.Read Article
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.Read Article