MATERIAL FORENSICS, LLP
Contact us whenever you must have a scientific explanation for how a material caused a failure, catastrophic damage, an accident, fire or an explosion. We will provide you with sound advice and professional guidance every step of the way ...from site inspection to legal testimony.
Remember that regardless of whether the failure was caused by stress, heat, electrical overload, or chemical reaction, in the end,
...it is always the material that fails.
We have the knowledge and experience to uncover subtle clues about how a product or structure failed, then explain the cause and origin in simple terms. Whether the material is metal, ceramic, polymer, or composite, we offer a variety of services customized to fit your specific needs. We can serve as your materials expert, perform reviews of other expert witness data, and provide guidance on new product design.
Learn more about how we can assist you with claims and legal matters by contacting us today.
ATTORNEY EXPERT WITNESS
Selected Prior Cases
Daniel P. Henkel, PhD, PE, FASM
Dr. Henkel was formerly a NASA scientist, materials research director, innovation leader, and corporate executive with over 30 years in advanced manufacturing processes and materials engineering. He has numerous publications, obtained four patents, authored a textbook entitled Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials, taught graduate school in applied science, won the prestigious Engineering Materials Achievement Award, and is an elected Fellow of ASM International (FASM).
He completed his MS and Ph.D. at Lehigh University, where his research areas were physical metallurgy, forensics, and non-destructive evaluation. He is also a graduate of Pennsylvania State University in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer (PE).
Dr. Henkel’s materials processing expertise includes additive manufacturing (3D printing), welding, casting, injection molding, forming, sintering, heat treatment, and microstructural optimization. He developed commercial products using thin film membranes, catalytic nanoparticles, sol-gel coatings, ductile cast iron, and porous ceramics. His product experience spans diverse industries such as industrial filtration and separation, chemical processing, high/low voltage electrical switches, high vacuum equipment, fuel cells, medical devices, space flight, petrochemical, industrial piping, microelectronics, bridges and highway structures, municipal water systems, and aerospace.
Dr. Henkel’s materials expertise includes carbon and stainless steels, aluminum alloys, copper/brass, nickel base superalloys, titanium, intermetallics, carbon-reinforced composites; CPVC, PVC, acrylic, polycarbonate, nylon, acetal, and asphaltic polymers; paints, concrete, wood, glass, and engineering ceramics. He also has experience with material characterization of unknown substances performed with FTIR, TGA, GC-MS, and SEM/EDS. His corrosion experience includes microbially-induced corrosion (MIC), sulfidation, selective leaching, cavitation, sensitization, oxidation, carburization, erosion, chloride stress corrosion cracking, and crevice corrosion.