Applied Mechanics Dr. Frishmuth is available to work with you or your engineering staff to provide expert applied mechanics support in areas such as finite element analysis, fracture mechanics evaluations, or failure analysis.
Dr. Ron Frishmuth, P.E. / Consulting Engineer
Fracture Analysis
Finite Element Analysis
Structural Design
Specialized test Equipment Design

Applied Mechanics Engineering Consultant





Frishmuth Consulting Services, LLC
Dr. Ronald Frishmuth, P.E.
P.O. Box 1624
Boerne, TX 78006


Cell: (281) 770-3598 (Preferred)

Phone: (281) 807-0203
FAX: (210) 549-2541
For further information:


Structural Analysis
Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
Failure Analysis
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Oil Field Equipment Manufacturing
Gas Turbine Industry
Basic Metal Supplier
Consulting and Testing Business


Ph. D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, 1974
M. S., Engineering Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1969
B. S., Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 1967

Professional Engineer (Texas)

Member: ASME and ASTM Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture of Materials


July 1996 - Present           CONSULTING ENGINEER, Houston, Texas

            Independent Consulting Engineer

Sole proprietor of a consulting practice specializing in applied mechanics, material behavior studies, fracture mechanics, fatigue and stress analysis, structural design and finite element analysis.

April 1995 - June 1996     ENGINEERING CYBERNETICS INCORPORATED, Houston, Texas

            Senior Consulting Engineer

Performing engineering analysis on a consulting basis using computer software marketed by the company. Provide technical support for customers using the software sold through the company. ECI is a “value added reseller” of engineering software and computer hardware.

February 1995 - April 1995     CH&A CORPORATION, Houston, Texas

            Consulting Engineer

Performing engineering analysis and consulting services for insurance company investigations and expert witness services for attorneys involved in litigation. Subject matter included mechanics of materials analysis related to fatigue, fracture mechanics, and creep of materials.

August 1994 - January 1995     CONSULTING ENGINEER, Houston, Texas

            Independent Consulting Engineer

Sole proprietor of a consulting practice specializing in applied mechanics, material behavior, fracture mechanics, stress analysis and structural design. Designed structural support tower for CAMCO coiled tubing drilling operation on the North Slope, Alaska

1988 - 1994     ABB VETCO GRAY INC., Houston, Texas

           Analysis Manager, Analysis and Testing  Services Group

Managed a group of engineers and technicians performing stress analysis on mechanical equipment and structures.  The group provided analysis services for ABB Vetco Gray groups and external customers on a contract basis. Services included fundamental stress analysis calculations, finite element analysis, fatigue and fracture evaluations, ASME and API code interpretation. This group also was responsible for maintaining hardware and software for the computer network used by the Western Hemisphere R & D functions.

1986 – 1988    CORTEST LABORATORIES, INC., Cypress, Texas

           Engineering Leader, Engineering Mechanics Group

Engineering Mechanics Group consisting of one Engineer and two senior technicians. This group provided fracture mechanics testing and consulting services, stress analysis services, and design and construction of specialized mechanical testing systems. Managed the mechanical equipment portion of a $350,000 contract for the construction and utilization of a hydrogen gas test facility for material testing.

1984 – 1986    CORTEST APPLIED MECHANICS INC., Cypress Texas

           President and Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for total operation of a contract testing and consulting business including marketing, bookkeeping, and conduct of work for customers. The majority of the work performed by this company involved fracture mechanics testing, consulting, and training for customers. The company also designed and constructed several specialized testing systems and provided consulting services for analysis of mechanical equipment failures.

1982 – 1984    CAMERON IRON WORKS, Houston, Texas

Senior Mechanics of Materials Engineer, Oil Tool Division, Metallurgy Department

Responsible for providing technical consulting and materials data to engineers and management concerning the mechanical behavior of materials. Duties included teaching several in-service courses on fracture mechanics and material behavior. Directed a major project valued at $500,000 that clearly established a Cameron alloy as the best alternative among several materials for oil field critical service equipment.

1972 – 1982    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Schenectady, New York (8 Years) and ALCOA LABORATORIES, Alcoa Center, Pennsylvania (2 Years)

Positions held during this time period ranged from Engineer to Senior Engineer and Group Leader

Duties during this period included development of fatigue and fracture materials data for design engineers, providing mechanics of materials consulting service and managing an engineering properties testing laboratory. Another assignment involved managing a measurements and diagnostic services group. This group would instrument and measure stresses, loads and temperatures on mechanical equipment or structures. This data was then used to diagnose and correct problems with the equipment.



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