Dr. William O’Donnell, PhD, PE
Practice Areas: Power Plant Design, ASME Code Development, ASME Design & Analysis, Failure Analysis, Forensic Engineering
Founder and President of O’Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc., began his professional career at Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, where he helped develop components for the nuclear Navy under Admiral Rickover. He has extensive professional experience in the analysis of components including fatigue and fracture safety evaluations and failure analysis. He has developed methods for evaluating fatigue, stress corrosion cracking and safety margins of components, and is an expert in complex failure modes which occur under cyclic loads.
Bill, Sr. is currently active on the ASME Subcommittee on Design, and serves as a Contributing Member of the ASME (BPV III) Working Group on Fatigue Strength.
He received the ASME Award for the “Best Conference Technical Paper” in 1973 and again in 1988. He was named “Engineer of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Section of the ASME in 1988. He was awarded the national PVP Medal by the ASME, and received the University of Pittsburgh Mechanical Engineering Department’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996, as well as Pittsburgh’s “Who’s Who in Engineering 2000.”
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A few of the cases he has testified in include:
- Collapsed ductwork in a Pittsburgh Public School
- Structural collapse and fire of a paper rack structure after two months in service (PDF)
- Coke oven battery construction issues in the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) in a $590 Million binding arbitration
- Failure of electric heating elements
- Boiler tube failures occurring a maintenance outage in a power plant
- Post weld heat treatment issues on vessels in a refinery
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In addition to publishing numerous technical papers, and chapters on various topics as metallurgy, fatigue, fracture, pressure vessel design and solar energy, he recently published – “Handbook of Lessons Learned in Engineering, Design, Manufacturing and Construction from 50 Years of Failure Experience.” It is available for purchase on Amazon.