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Dr. Donald Duvall is a polymer materials scientist with more than 40 years of experience in the plastics industry. He specializes in engineering, testing, and failure analysis of products manufactured from polymeric materials, especially those intended for long-term, load bearing applications. Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Duvall was a project manager and Vice President of Plastics Technology for L. J. Broutman & Associates (LJBA), a consulting, contract research, and testing organization located in Chicago, which specializes in work on polymeric materials and products made from them. He was responsible for managing projects involved with thermoplastic polymer materials, including plastic piping and geosynthetics. He was also in charge of setting up the plastic piping products testing laboratory at LJBA. Before joining Broutman & Associates, he was Technical Service Manager for the Plexco Division of Amsted Industries. There he was responsible for providing technical assistance to the company's sales and production staffs and to customers of their line of polyethylene pipe and fittings and pipeline corrosion coating system. Prior to Plexco, he was employed by Gould Incorporated in their Nickel/Zinc – Electric Vehicle project. Previous to that time, he was a research chemist for The Richardson Company, a manufacturer of thermoplastic molding and extrusion compounds.
Dr. Duvall has also been active in teaching in the fields of polymer science and failure analysis. He has been an adjunct instructor in the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department and the Mechanical, Materials, & Aerospace Engineering Department at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He was one of the creators of the L. J. Broutman & Associates/Bodycote-Broutman Failure Analysis Seminar series presented in conjunction with the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has been a member of the associate staff of the U.S. DOT Transportation Safety Institute/PHMSA Inspector Training & Qualifications Division since 1987, lecturing on plastic gas distribution piping system failure analysis.
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