Nikhil Kar

Nikhil Kar, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Managing Consultant

Dr. Nikhil Kar’s expertise is in the fields of mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy, failure analysis, mechanical/materials behavior, laboratory testing, contamination analysis, and equipment function to determine cause(s) of failure. His consulting projects include the failure analysis of medical implants, consumer products, and automotive components. He also consults on patent infringement matters and is a licensed Professional Engineer in California in both the mechanical and metallurgical disciplines. As an adjunct assistant professor of engineering practice, Dr. Kar teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He has qualified as an expert witness in both State and Federal Court.


  • The Complimentary Use of 3D X-ray Micro-Computed Tomography with Traditional Metallography, Advanced Materials and Processes, January 2022
  • An Atlas of Various Fractographs Using Photography, Light Microscopy, and Scanning Electron Microscopy for Use in Failure Analysis Investigations, ASM Handbook, Volume 12, Fractography, January 2020
  • Metallurgical and Mechanical Failure Analysis of an Aftermarket Flywheel, Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, January 2020
  • Failure Analysis of a Composite Rudder Stock Using 3D X-Ray Microcomputed Tomography, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, January 2019
  • Metallurgical and Materials PE Exam Solved Problems, PPI Publications, January 2017
  • Failure Analysis of a Ti6Al4V Used in a RASL Procedure, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, January 2016
  • Failure Analysis of a Polymer Centrifugal Impeller, Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis, January 2015
  • Transverse Compression Failure of Unidirectional Composites, Journal of Polymer Composites, January 2014
  • Tension-Tension Fatigue Behavior of Layer-to-Layer 3-D Angle-Interlock Woven Composites, Mater Chem & Phys, January 2013
  • Diametral Compression of Pultruded Composite Rods, Composites Science and Technology, January 2012
  • See CV for further publications

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