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Meet the EWI Materials Team – Kirk Cooper

August 28, 2012

This is a new “Meet the Team” series focusing on the EWI materials group. The materials group is a key component to what we do at EWI.  After all, it is materials joining. The first installment for the materials group is about Kirk Cooper. Kirk is a Metallurgical Engineer with many years of experience over a wide range of topics.  He also has the well hidden talent of being able to grow a great moustache. Please don’t hesitate to contact Kirk if you have any questions or interests related to EWI or materials related issues. You can reach him at 614.688.5000 or kcooper@ewi.org.


Technical Expertise

Kirk’s background involves a wide variety of materials engineering and joining endeavors spanning several industry sectors over 27 years.  His focus has been on failure analysis, brazing and soldering, materials and process selection and troubleshooting, and product design for ferrous and non-ferrous systems.

Kirk has conducted research on diffusion bonding, and has experience in torch, vacuum furnace, controlled atmosphere, and induction brazing.  He has also done work in conventional and ultrasonic soldering.  Kirk holds U.S. Patent Nos. 6,866,941, and 6,706,415 and international patents on a corrosion-resistant marine coating for compressors; U.S. Patent No. 7,811,071 for a scroll compressor for carbon dioxide refrigerant; and has a patent pending on a method for joining silicon carbide.

Background and Project Experience

  • Diffusion bonding of titanium foil to copper substrate
  • Ultrasonic soldering of metal-ceramic pairs for armor application
  • Failure analysis of large marine vessel lifting lug
  • Microstructural analysis of friction stir welding parameters in high-strength aluminum alloy
  • Finned heat exchanger tube failure investigation
  • Troubleshooting of furnace brazing operations
  • Analysis of failed torch-brazed compressor sub-assemblies
  • Development of process and design for hydrogen furnace brazing of solenoid valves
  • Liquid metal embrittlement evaluation in several metal systems


B.S.            Metallurgical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S.            Metallurgical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Affiliations

ASM International