William Kane
William M. Kane, III, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
  • Philadelphia

Dr. Kane focuses on root cause failure analysis of structural materials and mechanical systems, ferrous and non-ferrous metals analysis, structure/property relationships, chemistry and heat treatment effects on the strength and performance of materials, fracture analysis of plastics and elastomers, fracture mechanics, fatigue and environmental effects on materials. He has examined the mechanical behavior of structures, products, and components regarding issues of strength, stability, friction, and wear.

Dr. Kane’s research includes fracture analysis and microscopy, corrosion, materials selection, analysis of implant and device materials, and the design and failure of welds and welded structures. He provides consultation on cranes and lifts, including wire rope, chain, hook and structural failures, process piping, pressure vessels, industrial and pharmaceutical production equipment including piping, valves, pumps and vessels, railroad components such as tanks, valves, cushions and suspension components, construction equipment, medical devices and implants, elevator components, oil tanks, automotive and trucking chassis and suspension components, fire suppression systems including piping and sprinklers, walkway surfaces and consumer products.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kane pursued materials research at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in brittle failure of high temperature aerospace alloys and power-generation turbine materials. His expertise includes fracture in aggressive environments and microstructure effects on strength and failure.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Ashton Fellowship, 2001–2005

    Wilson S. Yerger Memorial Fellowship, 2001–2002

    Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Appreciation Award, 2001

    M.W. Corbett Scholarship, awarded to a varsity athlete enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1999–2001 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland, #38278

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE079233

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #17477

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #093548

Certified Welding Inspector, Certificate No. 07040261, April 2007

Publications

Kane WM. Science and the future: Environmentally resistant materials. Oxbridge Academic Programs, New York, NY, July 2015.

Kane WM. Mechanical properties and their measurement. ASM International Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist course, Coatesville, PA, November 2014.

Kane WM, Huet R. Failure of a bolted connection in a rotary dryer. Annual Materials Science & Technology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 2014.

Kane WM. Failure analysis for medical device engineers. ASM International, Materials Park, OH, August 2014.

Kane WM. The combination of electron backscatter diffraction and focus ion beam microscopy.

Kane WM. The combination of electron backscatter diffraction and focus ion beam microscopy to determine three-dimensional grain orientation. Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention 2013 Feb; 13:377–380.

Kane WM. Modern microscopy to address the grand challenges of corrosion. Annual Microscopy & Microanalysis Conference of the Microscopy Society of America, Indianapolis, IN, August 2013.

Day J, Gilbert J, Hanzlik J, Higgs G, Kane W, Klein G, Kraay M, Kurtz S, MacDonald D, Martell J, Mont M, Parvizi J, Rimnac C. Method of characterizing fretting and corrosion at the various taper connections of retrieved modular components from metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty. ASTM STP1560: Metal-On-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices, ASTM International, 2013.

Kane WM. Cobalt alloys in the orthopaedic industry. Annual meeting of the Cobalt Development Institute, Vancouver, CA, May 2012.

Kane WM. Materials for hips: Modular interfaces. Annual meeting of OrthoTec, Warsaw, IN, May 2011.

Ianuzzi A, Kurtz S, Kane W, Shah P, Siskey R, von Ooij A, Bindal RK, Ross ERS, Lanman T, Buttner-Janz K, Isaza J. In vivo deformation, surface damage, and biostability of retrieved dynesys systems. Spine 2010 Nov; 35(23):1310-E1316.

Ianuzzi A, Kurtz S, von Ooij A, Bindal RK, Ross ERS, Bohinski RJ, Kane W, Siskey R, Shah P, Villarraga ML. In vivo deformation, surface damage, and biostability of retrieved dynesys components for posterior dynamic stabilization. Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, October 9, 2007.

Krupp U, Wagenhuber PEG, Kane W, McMahon CJ. Improving resistance to dynamic embrittlement and intergranular oxidation of nickel based superalloys by grain boundary engineering type processing. Materials Science and Technology 2005; 21(1):1247–1254, November.

Krupp U, Kane W, Jacobs T, McMahon CJ. On the mechanism of quench cracking in Rene 95 nickel-based superalloy. Materials Science and Engineering A 2005; 402(1–2):42–46, August 15.

Kane W, Krupp U, Laird C, McMahon CJ. Brittle intergranular fracture of a Ni-based superalloy at high temperatures by dynamic embrittlement. Materials Science and Engineering A 2004; 387–389:409–413, December 15.

Kane W, McMahon CJ. Oxygen-induced dynamic embrittlement in nickel-based superalloys. Interfacial Engineering for Optimized Properties III, MRS 2004; 819:111–120.

Krupp U, Kane W, Pfaendtner, Liu XY, Laird C, McMahon CJ. Oxygen-induced intergranular fracture of the nickel-based alloy IN718 during mechanical loading at high temperatures. Materials Research 2004; 7(1):35–41.

Liu XY, Kane W, McMahon CJ. On the suppression of dynamic embrittlement in Cu-8wt%Sn by an addition of zirconium. Scripta Materialia 2004; 50(5):673–677, March.

Krupp U, Kane W, Liu XY, Dueber O, Laird C, McMahon CJ. The effect of grain-boundary-engineering-type processing on oxygen-induced cracking of IN718. Materials Science and Engineering A 2003; 349(1–2):213–217, May 25.


Academic Appointments

Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

  • ENG 101 – Introduction to Engineering, 2010
  • MSE 250 – Nanoscale Materials, 2009
  • MSE 405/505 – Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials, 2009
  • MSE 495/496 – Senior Design, 2012–present
  • MSE 555 – Environmental Degradation of Materials, 2012–present

Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

  • MATE 341 – Defects in Crystalline Solids, 2010–2012

Professional Affiliations

ASM International, 2006–present (member)

American Welding Society, 2006–present (member)

ASTM International, 2007–present (member)

  • Committee A1 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys
  • Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear

International Metallographic Society, Microscopy & Microanalysis Conference Session Chair, 2015

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B—Applied Biomaterials

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, 2011

Journal of Testing and Evaluation

Acta Biomaterialia

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Ashton Fellowship, 2001–2005

    Wilson S. Yerger Memorial Fellowship, 2001–2002

    Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Appreciation Award, 2001

    M.W. Corbett Scholarship, awarded to a varsity athlete enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1999–2001 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland, #38278

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE079233

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #17477

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #093548

Certified Welding Inspector, Certificate No. 07040261, April 2007