Dr. Bryan Hauger
Plastic Pipe Consultant and Failure Analysis Expert
Dr. Hauger has a long history of providing a specialist insight to plastic material manufacturers, converters, and the plastic pipe industry with a variety of focus areas including failure analysis of plastic materials, compounded materials, extrusion support, joining of plastic piping and plastics testing. Bryan's background includes more than 25 years of professional experience including polyolefin catalyst research, additive stabilization of polymers, interaction of chemicals with plastics, extrusion production of plastic pipe, plastic pipe material technical service and plastic pipe system component testing. As a result of those efforts, Bryan holds several United States patents, has published several technical papers and have authored two different technical standards for ASTM International. End use applications in which Bryan is a plastics expert include corrugated plastic pipe, water distribution and plumbing systems, oil and gas production, plastic gas pipe, and conduit. Dr. Hauger is also available as an expert witness on widely varying subjects relating to plastic piping and participates in several industry organizations including API, SPE, PPI, CSA, AGA, AWWA and ASME. Bryan served for a decade as chair of ASTM F17.61 Subcommittee on Water Piping Systems.
March 2014 - present
President; Bryan Hauger Consulting, Inc., Boulder, Colorado
Formed consulting firm to serve the needs of plastic material manufacturers, convertors and pipe system owners with a focus on plastic pipe materials, extrusion support for manufacturers, failure analysis and joining of plastic piping and plastics testing. Authored a book chapter, a standard for ASTM International and a 70 page report for EPRI. Presentations given at SPE ANTEC and Polyolefins Conference. Served 10 years as chair of ASTM F17.61 Subcommittee on Water Piping Systems. Received the Special Service Award from ASTM F17 Committee on Plastic Piping Systems in Nov. 2015 and in Nov. 2017.
April 2012 - February 2014
Technical Director; Microbac Laboratories, Hauser Division, Boulder, Colorado.
Direct and coordinate activities of a technical team to prepare test reports on plastic materials and piping system components, products, and assemblies. Provide consulting services on a broad array of technical projects including plastic materials and codes/standards revisions.
December 2011 – April 2012
Pipe Technical Service Supervisor; Chevron Phillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Led a team of technical service engineers to provide experience and expertise on wide variety of technical issues confronting pressure pipe and non-pressure pipe convertors.
2001 – December 2011
Pipe Material and Development Specialist; Chevron Phillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Analyzed manufacturing technologies to create innovative products in a variety of end-use applications. Worked in a cross-functional team of developmental specialists having responsibility for development of new durable applications including thermoforming, large-part blow molding, sheet, geomembrane, corrugated pipe, pressure pipe and black, blue, and yellow concentrates. Developed new pipe resins. Provided technical service for PE pipe fabrication. Company representation at industry organizations including ASME, CSA, and ASTM.
2000 – 2001 Polymer Stabilization Chemist; Chevron Phillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma:
Served as internal expert for resin development, manufacturing, technical service, purchasing and licensing. Developed analytical methods and qualified additives for polyethylene manufacturing. Provided technical and financial analysis of new additives.
1996 - 2000 Polymer Research Chemist; Phillips Petroleum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Supported polyethylene manufacturing and licensing business from R&D group during new catalyst and product introductions. Scaled-up lab versions of polyethylene catalysts.
Scripps Research Institute - La Jolla, California. Postdoctoral Fellow 1995 - 1996
Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana. Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry, 1995.
Hope College - Holland, Michigan. B. S. in Chemistry, 1990.
SELECTED PAST AND PRESENT AFFILIATIONS:
American Gas Association – Plastic Materials Committee Ex-officio Member
American Petroleum Institute
ASME – Contributing Member of the Working Group on HDPE Materials
ASTM International – Committee on Standards Member 2017 - 2019
American Water Works Association
Plastics Pipe Institute
Society of Plastics Engineers – Technical Program Chair, Plastic Pipe and Fittings SIG
ASTM Standards Leadership:
ASTM F3034-13, “Standard Specification for Billets made by Winding Molten Extruded Stress-Rated High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)”.
ASTM E3063-16, “Test Method for Antimony Content Using Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA)”.
Author of ASTM F3203 Precision and Bias, “Standard Test Method for Determination of Gel Content of Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipes and Tubing”.
ASTM F2634 Precision and Bias, “Standard Test Method for Laboratory Testing of Polyethylene (PE) Butt Fusion Joints using Tensile-Impact Method”’
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