grandparents of 7, and growing. Rod was brought up on the east coast, but moved to
California during the beginning of WWII. His family resided in the San Francisco Bay
Area for over 30 years where he graduated from Mountain View Union High School and then
Stanford University. He and his family moved to Utah in 1972 when his girls started to
go to college at Brigham Young University. They moved temporarily to Virginia between
1984 and 1993 when he retired from the Aerospace Industry. He has been a consultant in
various aspects of rocket science and other engineering subjects since then as president
of his company, BeyerCorp, which he established in 1974
His main interests were invested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and
the Boy Scouts of America where he was scoutmaster and other scouting positions for 66
years, so far. He enjoyed tennis, skiing and hunting until he found that he needed to
slow down a little. He is a gunsmith and avid promoter of gun safety among the youth.
He is now involved in establishing a mining company and an energy company, both with new
technology that he is helping to develop. He has no interest in retiring from work or
Church activities, which he needs to keep up with his growing family, consisting of
doctors, dentists, nurses, school teachers, attorneys, managers, and everything except
Mr. Beyer's expertise includes the following excellent engineering/
1 - Chemical Physics ( Rheology ) Research
2- Materials Testing
3- Laboratory Technical Management
4- Equipment Design and Manufacture
5- Precious Metals Refining and Minting
His experience is as far reaching into his field as follows:
1978 to Present - PRESIDENT, BeyerCORP (a Nevada Corporation)
~ Consultant to U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, MD and Atlantic Research Corporation, Gainsville, VA. since 1993.
~Authored textbook: Handbook of Advanced Methods In Physical and Mechanical Characterization of Solid Rocket Propellant.
~Taught classes in rheology and laboratory methods.
~Designed and manufactured laboratory test equipment, including an inexpensive dilatometer to measure volume change in propellant during traction, a cross-link density apparatus, and a tensile creep tester.
~Developed methodology to track the aging behavior of solid motors using micro mechanical testing and analysis.
1984 to 1993 - Atlantic Research Corporation, Gainsville, Virginia
1988 to 1993 - PRINCIPLE RESEARCH SCIENTIST
~Principle Investigator on NASA program to improve reliability of motor bondlines.
~Developed kinetic models for propellant and liner cure.
~Developed constitutive mechanical models for large deformation behavior of propellants.
~Provided significant insight into physical and mechanical behavior of propellants and bondline systems.
~Published over 20 technical papers
~Awarded commendation from SAIC for outstanding technical achievement on NASA Bondlines program.
1984 to 1988 - CHIEF-MATERIAL PHYSICS LAB
~Designed, developed and fabricated new test instruments, such as : dilatometer, cross link density apparatus, electrostatic tester, etc.
~Developed new propellant curing methods resulting in increased average acceptance rates from 30% to 100% on several major production contracts.
1982-1984 - PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR, HERCULES, INC. , MAGNA, UTAH.
~developed inert propellant simulant for the Air Force's Peacekeeper missile.
~Inert formulation effective in numerous large analog motors saving the cost and increasing the safety over using live motors for non-ballistic tests.
~Major production problem resolved resulting in over $50 million of contract continuations.
~Designed and developed a new dilatometer for solid propellants.
~Solved a major problem plaguing manufacturing process causing cracked motors, saving many millions of dollars.
PRIOR TO 1979 - Worked in aerospace and commercial research, and equipment design and manufacture for such organizations as Aurico Mining Co. , Ford, Bacon, and Davis Constructors, Cetec Corporation, United Technologies, and Standard Research Institute.
~Patent awarded for electroplating apparatus which resulted in a $2 million government contract ( 1969 )
~Organized and successfully managed a silver mint with over 100 employees (1972-1974 )
~Lead a team to successfully design a coal gasification plant constructed in Salt Lake City (1976-1978)
~Developed a process for recovering finely-divided gold by a reductive roast method.
~Constructed a coal mining facility in Fallon, N.V.
~M.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1960.
~B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1956.
PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY SOCIETIES -
~American Institute of Chemical Engineers
~American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
~Society of Rheology
~Tau Beta Pi
~Electropating Apparatus, U.S. Patent No. 3715299 (1973)
~Stress Realxation Indentometer (SRI Patent, 1962)
~An Improved Propellant-Case Bond Method (UTC Patent, 1964)
OTHER PATENTS APPLIED FOR -
~Photochemical Production of Titanium Trichloride (1960)
~Photographic Waste Pollution Abatement (1969)
~Method for Propellant Bond (1965)
~Reductive Roasting of Noble Bearing Ore (1979)
Rodney B. Beyer has successfully published over 35 pieces of work regarding his prestigious industry. They can be viewed by logging on to www.prwwr.com