Argos Forensic Engineering
- Fasteners, latches, hatches, hinges, springs, hardware and
- Products Liability
- Aircraft (and other vehicle) structural
- Aircraft rapid/explosive decompression
- Riveted lap joint behavior
- Wind damage and analysis
- Patent infringement
- Litigation consulting
- Inspections with reports
- Patent infringement and validity opinions
- Deposition and trial testimony
- Structural analysis
- New product development and testing
- Dr. Pratt is an expert in the design and fabrication of aerospace and industrial fasteners, latches and mechanisms.
Argos Engineering was
established to provide
litigation consulting and structural engineering services.
With more than 40 years of aerospace and industrial engineering experience,
Argos Engineering is uniquely positioned to provide failure
analysis, accident investigation, numerical
modeling, and product development services to diverse industries.
Finite element modeling with advanced code from Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) enables comprehensive
analysis of static and dynamic events. Argos Engineering specializes in aerospace fastener and mechanism development services. A specialty is the development of blind fasteners, and in particular blind bolts for aerospace and industrial applications.
principal, Dr. John D. Pratt, has earned 47 United States patents during
his career in the fastener and latching mechanism
businesses. He has served as Chairman of several domestic and
international committees dealing with aerospace hardware and
design allowables. During this time he has led the development
of many aerospace systems, including the terrorist-proof cockpit
door decompression latches used on half of the world fleet
of commercial transport aircraft. Other successes include the
Composi-Lok I and II and Visu-Lok II blind bolt
product lines. See Publications.
Court experience includes testimony in several
patent infringement and products liability suits, as well as
extended testimony before the Federal Trade Commission and United States International Trade Commision.
As Chairman of the
Industrial Fasteners Institute Technical Committee for Aerospace
Fasteners, Dr. Pratt helped lead efforts to draft FAA-TSO-C148,
and subsequently received the first FAA approvals under that
regulation. Dr. Pratt also served as International Chairman
of ISO/TC20/SC4/WG8, the organization for standardization
of aerospace rivets, blind fasteners, lockbolts, and threaded
pin-collar fasteners (e.g., Hi-Lites). In this capacity many
of today's standards for metric aerospace fasteners were established.
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