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Research Activities

The research activities of Prof. Arif and his group are in the broad area of applied computational mechanics, modeling of multi-physics problems, manufacturing and surface modification processes. The current focus is on 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. Past activities have included 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

 

Research Interest

 

  • Applied Computational Mechanics
  • Applications of Finite Element Method in Multi-physics Problems
  • Laser assisted manufacturing and surface modification processes
  • Metal forming and other advanced manufacturing processes
  • Multi-physics modeling of photovoltaic solar system
  • Non-dimensional finite element analysis
  • Multi-scale modeling

 

Supervision : Post-Doc / Doctoral / Masters

 

1.       Ovaisullah Khan, "Thermo-mechanical modeling of tool and work-piece interface in metal forming process.", M.S. thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2000 (currently: Post-doc Fellow, Department Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, USA).

2.       Sayyad Zahid Qamar, "Modeling and analysis of extrusion pressure and die life for complex aluminum profiles", Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2004. Co-supervised with Prof. Anwar K. Sheikh. (currently: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman).

3.       Hasan Khurshid, "Effect of bolt layout on the mechanical behavior of bolted joint", M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2004. Co-supervised with Dr. Yagoub Al-Nassar.

4.       Syed Sohail Akhtar, "Analysis and modeling of hot extrusion die for its service life enhancement”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2008. (currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia).

5.       Hussain Muhammad Al-Muslim, "Impact of combined mechanical damage on the integrity of pipelines”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2010. (currently:  Mechanical Engineering Div/Piping Unit, Consulting Services Department, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia).

6.       Ahmed Saleh Al-Omari, "Finite element modeling of ring splitting test to predict residual stresses in spiral welded pipe”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2010. (currently: working with Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia).

7.       Muhammad Usama Siddiqui, "Multi-physics modeling of photovoltaic modules and arrays with auxiliary thermal collectors”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2011. (currently: pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at KFUPM).

8.       Muhammad Haris Malik, "Optimization of Impact resistance of composite plates and pipes”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, December 2012. (currently: pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at KFUPM).

9.       Osama Hasan, "Performance and life prediction model for photovoltaic modules: Effect of encapsulant constitutive behavior”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2012 (In-progress).

 

Thesis Committee Memeber: PhD / MS
 

1.    Arshad Raza, "Visualization with spline using a genetic algorithm”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Computer Science, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2001.

2.    Ali Dhaif Al-Zayer, "Analytical and fe investigation of initial clearance effect on tube-to-tubesheet joint strength”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2001.

3.    Syed Iftikhar Mahmood, "Impact testing of brittle materials using split Hopkinson pressure bar technique”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2004.

4.    Mujahid Ahmed, "Cryogenic drilling of Kevlar composite laminates”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2004.

5.    Jaafer Bin Musa, "Experimental and numerical analyses of mixed mode crack initiation angle”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2006.

6.    Abdulaziz Al-Aboodi, "Finite element analysis of roller expanded tube-tubesheet joints with over enlarged tube sheet holes”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2006.

7.    Abdel-Hadi Al-Yousef, "Improving quality and productivity of casting process by using advanced simulation and rapid prototyping technology”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2012.

 

Funded Research Project

 

  1. Title: Analytical Evaluation Technique for Storage Tanks (ME2205);

Team: M. Sunar, M., A.F.M. Arif, B. Al-Bedoor, N. Hamadan, and Y. Al-Nassar.

Funded by: Saudi Aramco                                             Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 9/2000-12/2001                                               Status: Completed

  1. Title: Prediction Of Required Force For Hot Aluminum Extrusion (FT/2000-11);

Team: A.F.M. Arif, A.K. Sheikh.

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 12/2000-1/2002                                               Status: Completed

  1. Title: Finite Element Analysis of Failure in Heat Transfer Line (PN CER2274);

Team: K. Rehman, A.F.M. Arif,, M.H. Baluch.

Funded by: SABIC                                                             Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 6/2003-1/2004                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Development Of Die Life Enhancement Strategy For Hot Extrusion Of Aluminum Alloys (FT/2001-20)

Team: A.K. Sheikh, A.F.M. Arif,

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 2/2002-5/2005                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Development of a Computational Procedure for the Simulation of Laser Shock Processing (FT/2002-06);

Team: A.F.M. Arif, and B.S.Yilbas

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 1/2003-6/2005                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Strategies To Produce Quality Products In Aluminum Extrusion (ARI-012);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, A.K. Sheikh, K. Raza, M. Inam

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 12/2003-5/2005                                               Status: Completed

  1. Title: Die Life Improvement For Hot Extrusion Of Aluminum Alloys (KACST ARP-23-19);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, A.K. Sheikh, Z. Gasem, M. Younas

Funded by: KACST                                                           Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 11/2004-5/2007                                               Status: Completed

  1. Title: Die Assessing needs and developing an implementation strategy for introducing rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and virtual manufacturing technologies in KSA (FT/2004-06);

Team: A.K. Sheikh, A.F.M. Arif, M. Faisal, F. Sulaiman, M. Ahmed

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Co- Investigator

Duration: 9/2004-10/2005                                               Status: Completed

  1. Title: Effects of high vane passing frequency of the turbine boiler feed pump on damaging other related components. (CERN 2289);

Team: F. Al-Sulaiman, Y. Khulief, A. Al-Qutub, A.F.M. Arif, R. Ben Mansoor

Funded by: Saudi Electric Co.                                       Role: Co- Investigator

Duration: 1/2005-6/2008                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Optimization of Repair Sleeve Design (ME 2272);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, A.S. Eleiche, Y. Al-Nassar, S. Khan., H. Al-Gahtani

Funded by: Saudi Aramco                                             Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 10/2006-6/2009                                               Status: Completed

  1. Title: Effect of Billet Quality on the Hot Extrusion Die Life (SB070023);

Team: A.F.M. Arif, and A.K.Sheikh

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 5/2007-5/2008                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Numerical & Experimental Investigation of Thermal Stress Development during Laser Cutting of Sheet Metal (SB070014);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, and B.S.Yilbas

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 5/2007-5/2008                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Effect of Surface Preparation and profile Geometry on the Case-Hardening of H13 Tool Steel (SB080002);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, and A.K. Sheikh

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 5/2008-5/2009                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Numerical Modeling of Laser Welding Process using Volumetric Moving Heat Source (SB080003);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, and B.S. Yilbas

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 5/2008-5/2009                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Thermal-Structural Performance of Advanced Composite Materials for Pin Fin Applications (SB090009);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, S.M. Zubair and M. Inam

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 3/2009-3/2010                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Rapid casting’s of non ferrous and ferrous parts by deploying innovative pattern and mold making technologies using green sand, plaster/ceramics and polymers(AM-08-2008);

Team: A.K. Sheikh, A.F.M. Arif, Y. Al-Nassar, H. Bahaiderah, H. Iqbal

Funded by: KACST (NSTIP 1st cycle)                           Role: Co Investigator

Duration: 3/2009-12/2011                                               Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Laser Bending of Sheet Metals: Metallurgical Changes and Stress Analysis (SB090003);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, B.S. Yilbas, B. Aleem

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 3/2009-3/2010                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Characterization of Thermal and Structural Performance of Thermal Interface Materials (SB100004);

Team: A.F.M. Arif, S.M. Zubair, M. Inam

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 3/2010-6/2011                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Performance Enhancement of fins (FT100016);

Team: S.M. Zubair, A.F.M. Arif,, M.T.Mustafa, M. Inam

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Co- Investigator

Duration: 3/2010-6/2011                                                                 Status: Completed

  1. Title: Effect of Composite Fin Profile on Thermal-Structural Performance of Heat Sinks (FT101007);

Team: A.F.M. Arif,, S.M. Zubair, S. Pashah, M. Inam

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 3/2011-3/2012                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Residual Stress Prediction for Spiral Welded Pipes (SB101009);

Team: Y. Al-Nassar, A.F.M. Arif,, M. Anis, A. Al-Omari

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 3/2011-9/2012                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Design and Manufacturing of Solar Power Systems and Devices for Challenging Environments (R6-DMN-08);

Team: (From KFUPM) A.K.Sheikh (PI), A.F.M. Arif,, P. Gandhidasan, El-Shafai,  H. Bahaidrah; (From MIT) S. Dubowsky,

Funded by: KFUPM/MIT                                 Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 9/2008-8/2013                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Performance Evaluation and Life Prediction Modeling For Thermal Barrier Coatings Used In Industrial Gas Turbines (R9-CE-09);

Team: (From KFUPM) A.F.M. Arif, (PI), Z. Gasem, K. Alathel, S. Akhtar; (From MIT) L. Anand

Funded by: KFUPM/MIT                                 Role: Principal Investigator

Duration: 9/2009-8/2013                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Development of optimization guidelines for extrusion die profiles with improved service life (SB111002);

Team: S.S. Akhtar and A.F.M. Arif,

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 3/2012-3/2013                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Study of combined heat and mass transfer from composite annular and pin fins (SB111004);

Team: S. Pashah, A.F.M. Arif,, S.M. Zubair and M. Anis

Funded by: KFUPM/SABIC                                            Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 3/2012-3/2013                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Fitness for service analysis for pipe with metal loss defect using non-dimensional FEM (IN111043);

Team: S. Pashah, A.F.M. Arif, and Y. Al-Nassar

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Co-Investigator

Duration: 6/2012-6/2013                                                                 Status: In-progress

  1. Title: Modeling anisotropic cycle behavior using FEM (JF111007);

Team: Jafar Bin Mousa and A.F.M. Arif

Funded by: KFUPM                                                          Role: Consultant

Duration: 6/2012-6/2013                                                                 Status: In-progress

 

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The Mechanical Engineering Department has become a multi-disciplinary department. Its research areas encompass a variety of different topics. Dr. Abu Fazal Arif has been working with multiple funding agencies to deliver multitude of research publications. /p>