Vibration & Rotating Equipment Team Leader
Senior Engineer II

Years of Experience: 5

Education & Licenses:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA

Areas of Specialization:

  • Practice Lead for Vibration Fatigue Assessments of Structures and Piping
  • Diagnostic, Performance, and Root-Cause Failure Assessments of Rotating and Reciprocating Equipment
  • Level 3 Fitness-For-Service Evaluations using API 579-1/ASME FFS-1
  • Root-Cause Failure Investigations using Design by Analysis Methods
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Transient and Steady-State Heat Transfer Analysis using Finite Element Analysis
  • Fracture Mechanics and Explicit Flaw Modeling
  • High-Temperature Creep and Creep Fatigue Simulations
  • Weld Residual Stress Simulations using Finite Element Analysis Techniques
  • ASME Code Compliance Calculations and Pressure Vessel Design per ASME Section VIII and Section III and other International Codes
  • Fitness-for-Service Assessments of Storage Tank Distortion and Ground Settlement using Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • Providing Troubleshooting, Problem Solving, Inspection Recommendations, Life Cycle Management Strategies, and Technical Support for Plant Shutdowns

Overview:

Dr. Bifano is a consultant in the chemical and petrochemical industries performing Fitness-For-Service (FFS) evaluations of in-service equipment using the rules of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1.  He serves as the E2G Technical Authority on vibration measurements, diagnostics, and vibration fatigue assessments.  Dr. Bifano specializes in dynamics and vibrations analysis, transient thermal-mechanical fatigue analysis, elevated temperature creep and creep-fatigue simulations, and fracture mechanics using analytical and computational techniques.  His responsibilities include leading the Vibration Fatigue and Rotating Equipment Consulting Services Group in the Mechanical Engineering Section.

Prior to joining E2G, Dr. Bifano worked as a graduate research fellow in the Nanomechanics Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University.  He has four years of research experience in the field of heat transfer, vibrations, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).  As part of his dissertation at Case Western Reserve University, he has published multiple papers on guided waves and wave confinement effects and their role in heat transfer through nanotubes/fibers.

Publications:

  1. Dewees, D.J., Prueter, P.E., Kummari, S.R., Brown, R.G., Smith, K.J., Bifano, M.F.P., Osage, D.A., “Development of Revised Weld Residual Stress Guidance for Fitness-For-Service Assessments in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1,” The Welding Research Council, Inc., NY, 2014.
  2. Kummari, S.R., Bifano, M.F.P., Dewees, D.J., “Large Eddy Simulation – Based Mixing Tee Analysis and Comparison with in-Service Failure Data,” AIChE 2103 Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety, San Antonio, TX, 2013.
  3. Park, J., Bifano, M.F.P., Prakash, V., “Sensitivity of Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotubes to Defect Concentrations and Heat-Treatment,” J. Appl. Phys. 113, 034312, 2013.
  4. Kaul, P., Bifano, M.F.P., Prakash, V., “Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube–Epoxy Composites for Thermal Energy Management,” J. Composite Mater. 47, pages 77-95, 2013.
  5. Bifano, M.F.P., Park, J., Kaul, P., Roy, A.K., Prakash, V., “Effects of Heat Treatment and Contact Resistance on the Thermal Conductivity of Individual Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using a Wollaston Wire Thermal Probe,” Journal of Applied Physics 111, 054321, 2012.
  6. Park, J., Bifano, M.F.P., Prakash V., “Thermal Transport in 3D Pillared CNT-Graphene Nanostructures,” IMECE-89612, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 IMECE, Houston, TX, 2012.
  7. Bifano, M.F.P., Park, J., Prakash, V., “Sensitivity of Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotubes to Defect Concentrations and Heat-Treatment,” IMECE-89625, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 IMECE, Houston, TX, 2012.
  8. Bifano, M.F.P., Prakash, V., “Thermal Properties of Nanowires and Nanotubes with Acoustically Stiffened Surfaces,” Journal of Applied Physics 111, 034319, 2012.
  9. Prakash, V., Kaul, P., Park, J., Bifano, M.F.P., “A Novel Device for In-Situ Nanomechanics of 1-D Nanostructures,” JOM. 63, 9, 2011.
  10. Bifano, M.F.P., Prakash, V., “Thermal Properties of Nanotubes and Nanowires with Acoustically Stiffened Surfaces,” IMECE-13302, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 IMECE, Denver, CO, 2011.
  11. Bifano, M.F.P., Kaul, P., Prakash, V., “Thermal Conductivity of Heat Treated and Non-Heat Treated Individual Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes,” IMECE-65406, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 IMECE, Denver, CO, 2011.
  12. Bifano, M.F.P., Kaul, P., Prakash, V., “Application of Elastic Wave Dispersion Relations to Estimate Thermal Properties of Nano-Scale Wires and Tubes of Varying Wall Thickness and Diameter,” Nanotechnology, 21, 235704, 2010.
  13. Bifano, M.F.P., Kaul, P., Prakash, V., Roy, A.K., “Application of Elastic Dispersion Relations to Estimate Thermal Properties of Nano-Scale Rods and Tubes of Varying Wall Thickness and Diameter,” Proceedings of the ASME 2009 IMECE, IMECE-13302, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 2009.

Industry Activities:

  • Contributing Member of the ASME FFS Joint Committee (API 579-1/ASME FFS-1)
  • Contributor to the development of Fitness-For-Service Methodologies in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-For-Service updated weld residual stress guidance
  • Contributor to the development of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-For-Service guidance for the assessment of vibration fatigue in piping and piping components