Dr Dan O'Neill

Metallurgical Engineer

Professional Background

10 years' experience in the field of failure analysis and assessment of material degradation, particularly those operating at high temperature and pressure (oxidation, creep and microstructural degradation). Condition/life assessment of components using in-situ testing such as surface replication and oxide thickness testing. Remaining life assessment for components exposed to creep conditions and accelerated creep-rupture testing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Failure investigations and root cause analysis.
  • Assessment of material degradation, particularly those operating under high temperature and pressure (oxidation, creep and microstructural degradation).
  • Component condition and remaining life assessment using in-situ testing such as surface replication and oxide thickness testing, and destructive examinations such as metallurgical analysis and accelerated creep-rupture testing.

Relevant Project Experience

  • Development of a procedure and undertaking of field hardness testing of Grade 91 pipework in a HRSG during commissioning. Identification of welds that were not appropriately postweld heat-treated and development of a plan to replace or reheat-treat and confirm acceptable condition. 
  • Detailed failure investigation of refractory anchors in a cement plant and development of an in-situ testing program to assess the performance of a novel coating technology to improve the life of the anchors.
  • Condition assessment of piping, tubing, headers and welds constructed of various materials (low alloy, Grade 91, stainless steel) using NDT, field hardness testing and surface replication. Recommendations provided for future inspection requirements and identification of components experiencing degradation more advanced than expected.
  • Development of an Excel spreadsheet that predicted the current creep life consumption of key components and allowed prediction of future life consumption as a function of proposed annual plant capacity factors. Development and completion of a creep-rupture testing program to determine the life of a dissimilar metal weld joint from a turbine valve repair.


  • Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering (Physical Metallurgy), The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, 1996.
  • Ph.D. High temperature oxidation, UNSW, Australia, 2002.
"We recommend hrl: wherever possible. They do an amazing and thorough job. The report they provide is so comprehensive. They can identify the smalle...

Chris Andara

What our clients say:

Are you ready to transform your business performance?

Phone 1800 475 832

Latest News

Interview with Inside Waste Magazine on understanding your waste streams

Posted by Nick Miller on 10 May 2018
HRL expert, Nick Miller, recently spoke...
Posted in: Efficiency Sustainability Bio energy Waste Analysis  
< Previous | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Next >

Sign up: newsletter & updates


Our certifications

NATA accredited AtS/NZS ISO 17025, AS/NZS ISO 17020NATA Accredited Laboratories number 561.

ISO 9001 Quality Management certied by BSI under certicate number FS605116.

Ready to transform your business performance?

Contact our technical consultants on -
1800 475 832 or info@hrl.com.au to get started today.

See expertise in action:


Language selector