Raymond Thompson Phd PE


Raymond Thompson, PhD, PE

40+ years of product liability & laboratory experience
Dr. Thompson serves both plaintiff and defense lawyers as an expert in matters of engineering design, failure analysis and manufacturing methods. He has worked with manufacturers to analyze design, improve processes, & identify problems.



Dr. Thompson received a BSE in general engineering in 1974 and a MSE in materials engineering in 1975 from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1979.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Raymond Thompson has been or is currently a registered engineer in Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and is a Fellow and member in good standing with ASM International and the American Welding Society. He participates in national committees in engineering and reviews articles for technical publications in science and engineering.


Dr. Raymond Thompson taught in the Ceramics Engineering Department at Clemson University from 1978-1981, and taught at UAB in the Department of Materials Engineering from 1981-2002, and Department of Civil Engineering beginning in 2008.

While in these positions, he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in engineering design, fracture mechanics, strength of materials, materials testing, mechanics of materials and manufacturing practice. He has also conducted award winning research in materials science and manufacturing processing and presently continues research in these areas. Dr. Thompson has led various national and international committees in these areas.

In Dr. Thompson’s private professional practice, he has acted as a consultant for industry in the selection and use of many materials. Dr. Thompson continues to be active in research through contracts with the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health.


National Academy of Forensic Engineers

June 2018, National Academy of Forensic Engineers

Forensic Engineering Metallurgical Analysis of PTO Air Compressor Rupture and Fire

The coalescer of an air compressor mounted on a utility truck ruptured, resulting in the expulsion of burning oil onto a nearby employee. An investigation ensued to determine the root cause of the injuries. Many potential contributing factors were examined, including system and component manufacture, design, installation, maintenance, and use.
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nickel-base alloy 718

May 2002 Material Science and Engineering

Interfacial segregation and cosegregation behaviour in a nickel-base alloy 718

The Auger analyses provided clear evidence of sulfur and phosphorus segregation to grain boundaries and carbide/matrix interfaces. The degree of segregation was different for the two elements. Sulfur was preferentially segregated at the carbide/matrix interface while phosphorus was mainly distributed on grain boundaries.
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nano diamond coating

May 2011 Materials Magazine

Synthesis and Characterization of Multilayered Diamond Coatings for Biomedical Implants

With incredible hardness and excellent wear-resistance, nanocrystalline diamond
(NCD) coatings are gaining interest in the biomedical community as articulating surfaces
of structural implant devices. The focus of this study was to deposit multilayered diamond
coatings of alternating NCD and microcrystalline diamond (MCD) layers on
Ti-6Al-4V alloy surfaces using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD)
and validate the multilayer coating’s effect on toughness and adhesion.

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Nondestructive Methods for Material Property Determination, 1984

Inference of Fatigue Crack Closure Stresses from Ultrasonic Transmission Measurements

The nondestructive determination of stress is usually attempted by measuring stress (or strain) related changes in material properties. Included are direct x-ray measurements of lattice constants and indirect inferences of stress or strain from changes in ultrasonic velocities or magnetic properties. However, in problems in which one wishes to determine localized stresses across an interface between two materials, neither approach is satisfactory.
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