John A. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E., C.F.E.I.

Emphasis: Electrical Engineering, Fires, and Explosions

With an extensive background of real life experience and academic credentials, Dr. Palmer has a unique blend of theory, education, and in-the-field experience. This allows him to provide unique insights and to articulate even the most complex of ideas in clear, precise language.

He has extensive experience in cause and origin analyses of electrical accidents, failures, fires, and explosions, and he is able to perform complete product testing and design reviews. During his years of service, he has provided expert consultations for cases involving electric machinery and systems, elevators, and consumer electronics control systems, as well as electric shock, electrocution and damage related to lightning.

During Dr. Palmer’s educational research, he worked in fields relating to electrical engineering, electric power, and electromechanical systems. His emphasis was on electric power equipment, including transformers and electric machines and drives. He has conducted fault studies, protective device coordination, and load flow studies. His extensive experience also includes work with electromagnetic fields, high-voltage systems, and research in the fields of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and liquid dielectrics.

As part of his engineering career, Dr. Palmer has completed research projects related to a wide variety of applications.

  • 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
  • Optical and ultrasonic diagnostic and monitoring tools for power equipment
  • Thermal modeling and verification of underground heating cables

This research has led to a patent for a power transformer cooling system controller device. Additionally, he has taught principles of electromechanical energy conversion, power systems, power electronics, and power quality, and has authored over 20 journal and conference publications.

Dr. Palmer is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Arkansas, Florida, and Arizona, and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.). Throughout his career, he has provided expert testimonies across the country and has been qualified as an expert witness for litigation support in cases involving personal injury, product defects, intellectual property, and class action lawsuits.

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