Tom O’Donnell, PhD, PE

Practice Areas: Engineering Design & Analysis, ASME Design & Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Vibration Analysis, Fatigue Analysis; Failure Analysis, Forensic Engineering

Performs complex thermal, structural, vibration, fatigue, creep, failure evaluation, and finite element analysis of equipment including heat exchangers, vessels and refractory materials – to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (ASME B&PV) and other Code.

He is writing our Blogs – which currently include the topics of Primary Stress, Metallurgy & Failure Analysis.

He is an expert in shock and vibration analysis of equipment. His engineering evaluations and expert witness investigations have included:

  • Design and analysis of equipment including pressure vessels, heat exchangers, retorts, reactors, condensors, steam dumps, mist eliminators, scrubbers, vibrofluidizers
  • Structural analysis per ASCE, ANSI 690, AISC, UBC, IBC and ASME Codes
  • Structural design and analysis of equipment including skids, racks, frames, rail car trucks, dynamic brake system resistor bans, power plant circuit breakers
  • Shock and vibration analyses and design optimization of machinery and components on shipboard applications.
  • Numerous analysis of equipment & components to ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Boiler & Pressure Code.
  • Environmental systems design and analyses.
  • Structural and thermal analyses of a 2000 psi steam end for a chemical facility power plant.
  • Investigation of a failure of a water tower support leg.
  • Stress and fatigue analysis of high temperature bellows for a jet engine test
    facility.
  • Structural analysis of a distillation vacuum tower after damage by a fire.
  • Non-linear elastic-plastic analysis of replacement steam generators.
  • Structural analyses of condensers and heat exchangers for use on submarines.
  • Creep, creep buckling investigations of steel vessels and refractory materials.
  • Test program oversight, Project management, and ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance program oversight.
  • Seismic analysis of tanks, vessels and structures.
  • Tank evaluations according to API Standards.
  • Shock and vibration analyses on structural supports of oily waste systems.
  • Missile strike analyses for nuclear reactor vessel head replacement packages.
  • Seismic and LOCA evaluations of replacement nuclear plant components.
  • Structural reliability and risk assessment analyses of nuclear power plant welds.
  • Product design, development, prototyping, analysis, testing and optimization.
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Tool Prototypes – design, analysis, instrumentation, testing, optimization and procurement.
  • Litigation related engineering engineering investigations and testimony.

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Related Links

Finite Element Analysis
Vibration Analysis
Forensic Engineering
Description of Finite Element Analysis
Background on the ASME Code

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