Timothy Morse
Timothy L. Morse, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Managing Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Natick

Dr. Morse specializes in the engineering analysis and experimental testing of thermal and flow processes and equipment. His project experience has included turbines, compressors, valves, heat exchangers, boilers, furnaces, autoclaves, heat transfer systems, flammable liquids, cryogenic liquids, and medical devices. Dr. Morse has performed engineering analysis for the oil and gas industry, ranging from natural gas extraction facilities to retail motor fuel stations. He also has experience with offshore facilities. Dr. Morse has performed analysis on wind farms and investigated wind turbine failures and wind turbine fires. He has also applied his expertise to intellectual property matters involving thermal or flow processes.

Dr. Morse also applies his expertise to the investigation and prevention of fires, explosions, and equipment failures. He has conducted fire origin and cause investigations involving electrical appliances, consumer products, boilers, furnaces and other combustion equipment. Dr. Morse has also investigated the origin and cause of fires in motor vehicles, including post-collision motor vehicle fires. Dr. Morse has experience in the testing and analysis of HVAC systems and components, including the analysis of the production and spread of carbon monoxide. He has significant experience with instrumentation and experimental measurement techniques in flow and thermal systems, including flow visualization and flow velocity measurement with laser diagnostic and acoustic diagnostic methods.

Dr. Morse has investigated flow-induced vibration issues over a wide range of applications including heat exchanger tube bundles, pipelines, and offshore structures. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Morse was a researcher in the Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratories at Cornell University where he conducted research on the wakes of stationary and oscillating structures in a flow and particularly on how flow-induced vibration due to vortex shedding causes fatigue and failure of structures.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2007
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Cooper Union, 2003, summa cum laude
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, 2004–2008

    National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2004–2007

    Cornell University Graduate Fellowship, 2003

    Tau Beta Pi Fellowship, 2003

    New York Association of Consulting Engineers Scholarship, 2002

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2002

    Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 2002

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #35464

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, New Hampshire, #13976

Licensed Professional Engineer, Kansas, # PE24740

Licensed Professional Engineer, Massachusetts, #52419

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE084735

Licensed Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #PE.0011724

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators

Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification, 29 CFR 1910.120

Publications

Morse TL, Kytömaa HK. The effect of turbulence on the rate of evaporation of LNG on water. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries 2011; 24:791–797.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Steady, unsteady, and transient vortex-induced vibration predicted using controlled motion data. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 2010; 649:429–451.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Prediction of vortex-induced vibration response by employing controlled motion. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 2009; 634:5–39.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Fluid forcing, wake modes, and transitions for a cylinder undergoing controlled oscillations. Journal of Fluids and Structures 2009; 25(4):697–712.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. The effect of Reynolds number on the critical mass phenomenon in vortex-induced vibration. Physics of Fluids 2009; 21(4):045105.

Somandepalli V, Morse TL. PIV in combustion systems. Laser Diagnostics in Combustion. Lackner M(ed), Verlag ProcessEng Engineering GmbH, 2009.

Morse TL. Investigating phenomena in vortex-induced vibration of a cylinder using controlled vibration. Ph.D. Thesis, Cornell University, 2008.

Morse TL, Govardhan RN, Williamson CHK. The effect of end conditions on the vortex-induced vibration of cylinders. Journal of Fluids and Structures 2008; 24:1227–1239.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Understanding mode transitions in vortex-induced vibration using controlled motion. Proceedings, 9th International Conference on Flow-Induced Vibrations (FIV-2008), Prague, Czech Republic, 2008.

Kysar JW, Gan YX, Morse TL, Chen X, Jones ME. High strain gradient plasticity associated with wedge indentation into face-centered cubic single crystals: Geometrically-necessary dislocation densities. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 2007; 55(7):1554-1573.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Understanding mode transitions in vortex-induced vibration using controlled vibration. Proceedings, 5th Conference on Bluff Body Wakes and Vortex-Induced Vibration (BBVIV-5), Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, 2007.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Employing controlled vibrations to predict fluid forces on a cylinder undergoing vortex-induced vibration. Journal of Fluids and Structures 2006; 22:877–884.

Gan YX, Kysar JW, Morse TL. Cylindrical void in a rigid-ideally plastic single crystal II: Experiments and simulations. International Journal of Plasticity 2006; 22(1):39–72.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Employing controlled vibrations to predict fluid forces on a freely vibrating cylinder. Proceedings, 4th Conference on Bluff Body Wakes and Vortex-Induced Vibration (BBVIV-4), Santorini, Greece, 2005.

Presentations

Morse TL, Ellison AD, Kytömaa HK. Electrical fault damage to corrugated stainless steel tubing in a house fire. International Symposium on Fire Investigation, University of Maryland, September 2014.

Morse TL, Whittlesey RW. Wind turbine fire origin investigation. International Symposium on Fire Investigation, University of Maryland, September 2014.

Marr KC, Verghese PM, Braff WA, Morse TL. Analysis of arc erosion on thermal switch contacts. International Symposium on Fire Investigation, University of Maryland, September 2014.

Morse TL, Ponchaut NF, Bigham GN. Gas extraction from Lake Kivu: The dynamics of the degassed water plume. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. Portland, OR. June 2014.

Ellison AD, Morse TL, Kytömaa HK. Lightning related structure fires. International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, University of Maryland, October 2012.

Morse TL, Ibarreta AF, Kytömaa HK. Explosions in transformer tanks due to arcing events. AIChE Spring Meeting, 8th Global Congress on Process Safety, Houston, TX, April 2012.

Morse TL, Kytömaa HK. Variations in the evaporation rate of a cryogenic liquid on a water surface. Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 2010 International Symposium. College Station, TX, October 2010.

Morse TL, Kytömaa HK. The effect of turbulence on the evaporation of cryogenic liquid spills on water. AIChE Spring Meeting, 10th Topical Conference on Natural Gas Utilization, San Antonio, TX, March 2010.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Understanding mode transitions in vortex-induced vibration using controlled motion. 9th International Conference on Flow-Induced Vibrations (FIV-2008), Prague, Czech Republic, 2008.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Understanding mode transitions in vortex-induced vibration using controlled vibration. 5th Conference on Bluff Body Wakes and Vortex-Induced Vibration (BBVIV-5), Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, 2007.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Employing controlled vibrations to predict fluid forces on a freely vibrating cylinder. 4th Conference on Bluff Body Wakes and Vortex-Induced Vibration (BBVIV-4), Santorini, Greece, 2005.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. An investigation of wake mode transitions and amplitude jumps in vortex-induced vibration using controlled vibration. 60th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics, Salt Lake City, UT, 2007.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Understanding mode transitions in vortex-induced vibrations of a circular cylinders using controlled vibration. 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics, Tampa, FL, 2006.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Predicting the response of a cylinder undergoing vortex-induced vibration using controlled vibrations. 58th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics, Chicago, IL, 2005.

Morse TL, Williamson CHK. Forces on a cylinder with periodic transverse motion in a free stream. 57th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics, Seattle, WA, 2004.


Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

National Fire Protection Association

National Association of Fire Investigators

American Wind Energy Association

  • Wind Standards Committee Member

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Physics of Fluids

Journal of Fluids and Structures

Journal of Wind Engineering

International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow

Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2007
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Cooper Union, 2003, summa cum laude
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, 2004–2008

    National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2004–2007

    Cornell University Graduate Fellowship, 2003

    Tau Beta Pi Fellowship, 2003

    New York Association of Consulting Engineers Scholarship, 2002

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2002

    Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 2002

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #35464

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, New Hampshire, #13976

Licensed Professional Engineer, Kansas, # PE24740

Licensed Professional Engineer, Massachusetts, #52419

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE084735

Licensed Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #PE.0011724

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators

Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification, 29 CFR 1910.120