Carl Frick, Ph.D., is an expert in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering with extensive experience experimentally analyzing materials to determine if they meet specifications such as tensile strength and mechanical stiffness, as well as fracture behavior. He applies his expertise to forensic investigations involving various materials, including polymers (i.e., plastics), composites, and metals.
Dr. Frick has over 12 years of experience as a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming, with the last six years serving as the Department Head. Dr. Frick has led research projects investigating mechanical properties of materials proposed for various applications ranging from carbon fiber-reinforced composites, to plastic orthopedic devices, to 3D-printed gas turbine engine components. His research has addressed the suitability of materials for new applications, material substitutions in existing systems, and failure analysis to identify evidence of abuse, misuse, or material defect. Research projects have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Energy (DOE), as well as industry sponsors.
Dr. Frick received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. To date, Dr. Frick has published 55 peer-reviewed journal articles supported by grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Energy (DOE), as well as industry sponsors.