Thanks for your challenging question.
Although there were no consultants listed that mentioned specific
expertise with scandium alloys, there is certainly a wealth of
expertise available on aluminum processing and metallurgy.
Your best starting place for information about consultants in the
aluminum industry is probably a site known as Aluminpro:
ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS Inc.
Their list of consultants -- although focused on the upstream part of
the business -- also includes a heavy focus on manufacturing
experience. For instance, take note of the following experts:
A. Michael Barr - Alumina Process Engineer
Career Profile: Broad international involvement for 31 years in the
alumina industry with emphasis on process engineering. Positions
include technical specialist, technical manager, process control
superintendent, senior process engineer, production superintendent and
process engineer. Expertise spans bauxite resources, digestion,
clarification, filtration, and precipitation areas of alumina
Bernard L. Cousineau - Gen. Mngt. Bauxite & Alumina Operations
Career Profile: Chief Executive Officer / General Manager with a
consistent record of major step change improvements . International
experience in mining and manufacturing, with strong focus on
government and customer relations gained over a 30 year career in the
Phillip Fournet - Environmental - Aluminum & Chemical
Career Profile: Mr. Fournet has extensive experience in bauxite
refining operations, and design and operation of several chemical
plants. Positions included production manager in bauxite refining
operations and plant manager of chemicals plants. As a corporate
environmental manager, represented Kaiser in commenting on and
negotiating Federal Guidelines for NPDES permitting for all of it's
point source categories, including aluminum, chemical and agricultural
chemical. Provided corporate environmental oversight for all of
Kaiser's domestic manufacturing facilities. Represented Kaiser's
interests on PRP groups for a number of superfund sites and supported
legal efforts in recovery of insurance funds for environmental
Colin J. Campbell - Refinery Operations Improvement & Commissioning
Career Profile: Extensive, hands-on operational experience in alumina
refineries. Played a leading role in both the start-up of a new
refinery and the largest refinery expansion to date. Responsible for
the debottlenecking of existing facilities. Achieves a constant high
refinery operating-factor through personnel training and the
re-engineering of maintenance management practices. Works alongside
operators, process engineers and front line supervisors to improve
plant reliability and reach production targets.
Dr. David R. Chinloy - Process Consultant
Career Profile: With over twenty years in the bauxite-alumina
industry, Dr. David Chinloy has wide experience in plant operations,
process control, cost minimization strategies, energy reduction and
computer applications. Having spent one-half of his career in research
and development and the other half in operations, David has a deep
understanding of the Bayer process technology, particularly bauxite
extraction, desilication, lime chemistry, heat exchange, solid-liquid
separation and impurity removal systems.
B.J. Foster - Alumina Technology & Engineering
Career Profile: Mr. Foster has 40 years industrial experience with
proven ability in the management of production, technical and
engineering units. BJ has over 30 years experience in the alumina
industry with Kaiser Aluminum in Gramercy and Alpart, most recently as
VP and GM Engineering and Technology before becoming a consultant in
late 2002. He started his alumina career in 1971 and assumed many
management and technical roles, including operations manager,
technical manager, process development manager and engineering
manager. Since 1986 he had overall Engineering and Technical
responsibility for the Bauxite and Alumina group of Kaiser worldwide
and added responsibility for smelters to this in 2001.
Another site sith a fairly deep list of consulting expertise is Secat Inc:
Secat, Inc., established in August of 1999, is dedicated to the
research and development of innovative technologies and products for
the aluminum and automotive industries.
The first of its kind, Secat performs cutting-edge research and
delivers commercially viable technologies and processes on behalf of
the aluminum industry.
Secat's consultants include:
Finley J. Bush
Adam Gesing, PhD.
Aluminum Scrap Recycling & Process Technologies
John Green, PhD.
Product & Process Mgmt.
Wayne Hayden, PhD.
Product & Process Mgmt.
Gilbert J Kaufman
Product & Process Mgmt.
Market Assessment & Business Analysis
Jim Morris, PhD.
Jim O' Donnell, PhD.
Aluminum Metallurgy & Failure Analysis
Aluminum Rolling & Can Making
Arvind Thekdi, PhD.
A few aluminum manufacturers offer in-house design and consulting services:
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
Indalex's Technical Services professionals provide market-leading,
Customized Alloy Products
Our customer service and sales engineers understand the technical
needs of our customers. We get involved early, assisting at the
conceptual and design stages. We provide everything from material
selection and testing to analysis of finished parts. By partnering
with our customers in this way we can assure reliable information and
The link below is focused on experts that can provide testimony in
court cases, but includes quite a number of broad-based consultants
with expertise in aluminum processing:
Richard F. Lynch, PhD
Location: New Jersey
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Richard F. Lynch is an expert
witness/consultant in nonferrous and steel metallurgy including
failure analysis, metallurgical investigation, and test interpretation
for the legal profession. He is an expert in all areas of metallurgy
Thomas L. Read, PhD
Areas of Expertise: Read Consulting has over 25 years of manufacturing
experience in electronics, processing and materials engineering, and
over 25 years of experience as a consultant to attorneys in failure
analysis, materials failure analysis, product liability
Mr. Thomas J. Bertone
Areas of Expertise: Thomas J. Bertone is an internationally recognized
metallurgist, author, lecturer, and expert in failure analysis with
over 46 years of practical shop experience combined with 30 years
teaching metallurgy at the college level.
Dr. David J Coates
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Coates is a licenced Professional
Metallurgical Engineer with over 20 years experience in materials
failure analysis. He has extensive litigation experience including
both trial (over 25) and deposition (over 100) testimony.
Dr. VIJAY GUPTA
Areas of Expertise: World Famous UCLA Professor with titles of
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Professor of
Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical
Engineering, IDP, with over 120 publications, 200 presentations
David N Kobernuss
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: David Kobernuss has 40 years' experience in the
primary metals industry. He has designed, installed, started up, and
maintained rolling mills, slitting lines, annealing furnaces, etc., -
any and all of the machines in metal rolling mills
Mr. Gregg S Perkin
Areas of Expertise: Engineering Partners Int'l, Inc. ("EPI") is
staffed with a dedicated team of multi-state, licensed Professional
Engineers, Scientists, Technicians and diversified consultants.
A company called ALMEX offers in-house consulting services that
include access to a piot-scale aluminum cast house, in case this is of
interest to you:
For alloy development work, ALMEX has designed a dedicated R & D cast
house where very small production runs of 1.5m Tons per casting can be
The R & D facility is a micro version of full fledge cast house
complete with tilting melting furnace, LARS? system, CFF Filtration,
D. C. Casting with CASTRIGHT II? automation.
The facility is located in Anaheim, California and work carried out so
far consists of development of new chemical compositions for several
I trust this list of consultants fully meets your needs. However,
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Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further, and I'm at
All the best,
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