Donald R. Hayes

Independent Consultant

Specialized Professional Competence

Failure analysis and failure prevention in petroleum, petrochemical, chemical, utility, trans-portation, and construction industries. Broad expertise in mechanical engineering, fire and explosion investigation, marine accident investigation, accident reconstruction, and failure analysis of hydraulic systems, marine riser analysis, and offshore terminal analysis, design, and inspection.

Background and Professional Honors

Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, North Carolina State University, 1976

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1969

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1967


Managing Engineer, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates (January 1987-January 2005).

Senior Research Specialist, Exxon Production Research Company (1976-1986).

Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Coast Guard, Naval Engineering Division, USCG Headquarters (1969-1971).

Registered Professional Engineer, Texas #61257

Tau Beta Pi; Phi Beta Kappa; National Science Foundation Fellow

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member); Society of Automotive Engineers (member).



Patent 4,311,327: Universal Joint for Multiple Flowline Systems, issued January 19, 1982 (with J.E. Ortloff and C.F. Stelzer).


Publications and Presentations

“Physical Evidence in Failure Investigation,” Presentation, Texas Chemical Council/Association of Chemical Industry of Texas, Woodlands, TX, June 1997 (with K.O. Harding).


“Analysis of a Polyethylene Plant Explosion,” Presentation, SPT-5 Conference, Vienna, Austria, July 1995 (with S.W. Winder).


“Engineering Analysis of the EXXON VALDEZ Trackline Path and Grounding,” Presentation, SPT-5 Conference, Vienna, Austria, July 1995 (with R. Kadlec).


“Buckling of Beams on an Elastic Foundation,” Ph.D. dissertation, North Carolina State University, 1976.