John A. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E.C.F.E.I.President
Emphasis: Electrical Engineering, Fires, and Explosions
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Dr. Palmer brings real life experience and solid academic credentials to his work. This blend of theory, education and in-the-field experience gives him insights and the ability to credibly articulate facts – especially complex concepts to lay people.
Dr. Palmer has extensive experience in cause and origin analysis of electrical accidents, electrical equipment failures, electrical fires, structural fires, vehicle fires, and explosions. He also performs product testing and design review. He has consulted on cases involving electric machinery and systems, elevators, consumer electronics control systems, electric shock and electrocution.
Dr. Palmer’s education and research experience includes a vast array of aspects relating to electrical engineering, electric power and electromechanical systems. An area of particular emphasis throughout his career has been his focus on electric power equipment, including transformers and electric machines and drives. He has conducted fault studies, protective device coordination, and load flow studies. Dr. Palmer’s extensive experience includes electro-magnetic fields and high-voltage systems. His responsibilities and research often include working with thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and liquid dielectrics.
Career research projects include: analytical and computational assessment of overheating of pipe-type underground cables; experimental, analytical and computational assessment of static electricity problems in large power transformers; modeling of pulsed linear induction motors; distributed generation; and optical and ultrasonic diagnostic and monitoring tools for power equipment. Dr. Palmer’s research has led to the development of a controller device for a power transformer cooling system, resulting in a patent. In addition, he has taught principles of electromechanical energy conversion, power systems, power electronics and power quality. He has authored over twenty journal and conference publications.
Dr. Palmer is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the States of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Arkansas, Florida, and Arizona. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.).
Dr. Palmer has provided expert testimony in various jurisdictions across the country. He has been qualified as an expert witness and has provided litigation support in cases involving personal injury, product defects, intellectual property, and class action lawsuits.