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US Patent Issued


Bekir S. Yilbas, A.F.M. Arif, Cihan Karatas, Abdul Aleem B. Jabbar, “Laser Gas Assisted Nitriding of Alumina Surfaces”, Patent No. US 8,147,926, Date of Patent: April 3, 2012.



US Patent Issued


Bekir S. Yilbas and Abul Fazal M. Arif, “Method of Modeling Residual Stresses During Laser Cutting”, Patent No. US 8,155,933, Date of Patent: April 10, 2012.



Master's Thesis Defended


M. Haris Malik defended his MS thesis, titled "Optimization of impact resistance of composite plates and pipes", in December 2012 with Prof. A.F.M. Arif as thesis advisor.










Professor of Mechanical Engineering, KFUPM

Abul Fazal M. Arif is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan (1985). He earned his MS (1988) and Ph.D (1991) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota, USA. He worked in automobile industry for several years in the area of design and manufacturing before joining academia in 1996 as a faculty member. In 1998, he joined KFUPM as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, where he has risen through the ranks to become a Professor in 2010.

He has taught a number of Mechanical Engineering graduate and undergraduate courses including mechanics of materials, machine design, manufacturing processes, finite element analysis in mechanical design, nonlinear finite element analysis, and finite element analysis in metal forming.

The fields of his research interest include applied computational mechanics; modeling of multi-physics problems; laser assisted manufacturing and surface modification processes; metal forming and other advanced manufacturing processes. His primary area of research is the linear and nonlinear mechanics associated with multi-physics problems. It involves a combination of computational and experimental work. The general aim of the research carried out by him and his research collaborators is to integrate material response under thermo-mechanical loading into governing equations and to solve the resulting equations by numerical techniques, with prime emphasis on the applications of the finite difference and finite element methods. The goals are to develop a more fundamental understanding of the relation between deformation and process parameters during materials processing, and to apply this understanding to product design, tooling design with enhanced life and optimum process control. Processes studied include metal extrusion, metal rolling, laser heating, laser cutting, laser welding, laser shock processing, submerged arc-welding and spin casting. More recent research work includes multi-physics modeling of photovoltaic solar panel with auxiliary concentrator; non-dimensional finite element modeling of thermal problems; and micro-mechanical modeling of thermal barrier coating.

He has authored more than 140 archival technical publications, including 100 journal papers. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and currently serves as ASME/ABET program evaluator for Mechanical Engineering programs. Dr. Arif is recipient of several awards including KFUPM Best Researcher award (2008), KFUPM Best Teaching award (2002, 2009), KFUPM Best Research Project award (2010), Donald Julius Groen award from IMechE’s Manufacturing Industries Division (2007) and Best Compliant Mechanism Paper Award at the ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information (2011).


Recent (Selected) Publications


  • Siddiqui, M. Usama, Arif, A.F.M., Bilton, A., Dubowsky, S., and El-Shafei, M., An Improved Electric Circuit Model for Photovoltaic modules based on Sensitivity Analysis, Solar Energy, 90 , pp. 29-42, 2013. (Abstract)

  • Malik, H.M, Arif, A. F. M., ANN Prediction Model for Composite Plates against Low Velocity Impact Loads Using Finite Element Analysis, Journal of Composite Structures, Accepted for publication, 2013. (Abstract)

  • Pashah, S., Arif, A.F.M., Zubair, S.M., Efficiency of longitudinal composite fins with thermal interface studied through plane thermal nondimensional finite element, Heat Transfer Engineering. 34(7), pp. 629-641, 2013. (Abstract)

  • Yilbas, B.S., Arif, A.F.M., Abdul Aleem, B.J., Laser bending of AISI 304 steel sheets: Thermal stress analysis, Optics and Laser Technology, 44 (2) , pp. 303-309, 2012. (Abstract)

  • Arif, A.F.M., Zubair, S.M., Pashah, S., Thermal-Structural Performance of Orthotropic Pin Fin in Electronics Cooling Applications, Journal of Electronic Packaging, Transactions of the ASME, 134(4), art. no. 041005, 2012. (Abstract)

  • Siddiqui, M. Usama, Arif, A.F.M., Kelley, Leah, Dubowsky, Steven, Three-dimensional thermal modeling of a photovoltaic module under varying conditions, Solar Energy, 86 (9), pp. 2620-2631, 2012. (Abstract)

  • Arif , A.F.M., Al-Omari , A. S., and Al-Nassar ,Y. N., Development of residual stress during manufacturing of spiral welded pipes, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 27 (7) , pp. 738-745, 2012. (Abstract)

  • Akhtar, S.S., Arif, A.F.M., Yilbas, B.S., Influence of multiple nitriding on the case hardening of H13 tool steel: experimental and numerical investigation, Int. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 58 (1-4) , pp. 57-70, 2012. (Abstract)

Teaching Interest

  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes (ME215, ME206)
  • Machine Design (ME307, ME308)
  • Mechanics of Materials (ME487)
  • Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Design (ME489)
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis (ME543)
  • Finite Element Analysis in Metal Forming (ME586)
  • Finite Element Analysis for Large Deformation Problems (ME590)
  • Principles of metal forming (ME580)
  • Plasticity (ME555)


The Mechanical Engineering Department has become a multi-disciplinary department. Its research areas encompass a variety of different topics. Dr. Abul Fazal M. Arif has been working in collaboration with multiple funding agencies and researchers to deliver multitude of research publications.

Contact Information
Office Location: Bldg. 22, Room 234

Address: P.O. Box 1467, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia.
E-mail: afmarif@kfupm.edu.sa
Phone: +966-3-860-2579

Workshops and conferences


10th Workshop on Clean Water and Clean Energy scheduled to be held from 3-5 June, 2013 at MIT, Boston. (link)


19th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM19), July 28- August 2, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. One of the most highly acclaimed conference in the field of composite materials.


ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition will be held in Nov 15-21 at San Diego, CA. The theme is advanced manufacturing (ASME2013)