Steven Bradley is currently the principal consultant at Bradley Consulting Services having retired after 44 years from UOP-Honeywell as Senior Research Fellow. At UOP-Honeywell, a supplier to the refining and petrochemical industries, he conducted failure analyses for the refining, chemical and petrochemical industries by utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach for the identification of the root cause of the failure.
Some of his areas of specialty include refinery, chemical and petrochemical failures, corrosion caused failures, process modifications to mitigate corrosion issues and identifying and preventing potential issues that might result in pre-mature failure of the process unit. He was actively involved in the commercialization of an austenitic stainless steel alloy that does not sensitize during elevated temperature exposure and thus is not susceptible to polythionic acid stress corrosion cracking.
Steven is an expert in microscopy and advanced characterization utilizing analytical instrumentation and was elected as a Fellow of ASM for developing during his career the unique application of these characterization techniques to the development of catalysts for refinery and petrochemical applications as well as his major contributions in the areas of metallurgy. For his contributions to the ASTM Committee on Catalysts, he was awarded the ASTM Fellow Award of Merit.
He is also membership chair of the ASM Failure Analysis Society and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. He has presented and authored/co-authored over 60 technical papers involving failure analyses of complex systems, materials characterization and advanced electron microscopy of materials and catalysts and holds 16 patents. Steven completed his BSSE and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. In addition to being a member of ASM and ASTM, he is also a member of NACE and ACS.
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