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Research Activities

My research activities are in the broad area of materials and manufacturing, surface modification processes, applied computational mechanics and modeling of multi-physics problems. The current focus is on materials modeling using phase field method; Applications of finite element method in multi-physics problems; laser-assisted machining and surface modification of engineering materials & laser welding; and analysis & modeling of thermal barrier coatings. Past activities have included modeling and analysis of metal forming processes particularly hot extrusion dies with emphasis on die failure mechanisms, surface treatment and effect of billet quality on the die service life.

 

Research Interest

  • Applied materials

  • Manufacturing and computational mechanics

  • Metal forming and other advanced manufacturing processes

  • Surface engineering

  • Laser assisted manufacturing and surface modification processes

  • Material characterization using modern techniques

  • Materials modeling using phase field method

  • Applications of finite element method in multi-physics problems

MS Thesis Supervision

  1. Abba Abdulhamid Abubakar, "Analysis and Modeling of Thermal barrier coatings”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Completed in May 2014).

  2. Lemboye Kareem, "Computational and Experimental Aspects of Additive Manufacturing", M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (in-progress).

MS Thesis Committee Memeber

  1. AbdulRahman Salman Al-Merbati, “Thermal Analysis of Thermoelectric Power Generator; including Thermal Stresses” M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, (Completed in May 2012). .

  2. Gbadamosi, Aliyu Arisekola, "Evaluation of Fuel-additives to Mitigate Vanadium-induced Hot Corrosion in Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC’s)”, M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Completed in Dec. 2013).

  3. Khalid Naseem, "Numerical and Experimental Analysis on Thermal Stress Measurement of Spiral Welded Pipes" M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Completed in Nov. 2013).

  4. Muhammad Luqman, "Multi-Physics Modeling of The Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) Process" M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Completed in March 2014).

 

Funded Research Project

   

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Role

Die Life Improvement For Hot Extrusion Of Aluminum Alloys (KACST ARP-23-19); Team: A.F.M. Arif, A.K. Sheikh, Z. Gasem, S.S. Akhtar, M. Younas

KACST

11/2004-5/2007

Completed

PhD Student

Effect of Billet Quality on the Hot Extrusion Die Life (SB070023);

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

KFUPM /SABIC

5/2007-5/2008

Completed

PhD Student

Effect of Surface Preparation and profile Geometry on the Case-Hardening of H13 Tool Steel (SB080002)

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

KFUPM /SABIC

5/2008-5/2009

Completed

PhD Student

Laser gas Assisted Nitriding of Alumina Surfaces (SB100011)

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

KFUPM /SABIC

3/2010-2/2011

Completed

Co-Investigator

Investigation into Laser Treatment of Zirconia Surface (SB101012)

Team: B. S. Yilbas, S. S. Akhtar, A. Mathews

KFUPM /SABIC

3/2011-

9/2012

Completed

Co-Investigator

Laser Surface Treatment of Phosphorous Bronze (SB111003)

Team: B. S. Yilbas, S. S. Akhtar, B. J. Aleem

KFUPM /SABIC

3/2012-

8/2013

Completed

Co-Investigator

Development of Optimization Guidelines for Extrusion Die Profiles with Improved Service-Life (SB111002)

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

KFUPM /SABIC

3/2012 -2/2013

Completed

Principal Investigator

Performance Evaluation and Life Prediction Modeling of Industrial Gas Turbine Blade Coatings Used in Saudi Arabia (R9-CE (DSR # MIT 11101))

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

KFUPM

/MIT

9/2009-8/2013

Completed

Co-Investigator

Laser Cutting of Sharp Edge Geometries into Alumina Tiles: Thermal Stress Analysis (SB121012)

Team: S. S. Akhtar, B. S. Yilbas

KFUPM /SABIC

4/2013-9/2014

Completed

Principal Investigator

Modeling and Analysis of Nitriding Process in AISI H13 Steel using Phase Field Approach Coupled with Finite Element Method (SB121015)

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

KFUPM /SABIC

5/2013-10/2014

In progress

Principal Investigator

Development of High Performance Cost Effective Hybrid Alumina Based

Ceramic Nanocomposites for Cutting Tool Applications (KAP AR-34-3)

Team: N. Saheb, N. Al-Aqeeli, T. Laoui, A. F. M. Arif, S. S. Akhtar, A. Bazoune

KACST

3/2014-3/2016

In progress

Co-Investigator

Numerical and Experimental Study of Aluminum-Ceramic Metal Matrix Nanocomposites using Spark Plasma Sintering (12-NAN2374-04)

Team: A. F. M. Arif, N. Saheb, S. S. Akhtar, Y. Al-Nassar, A. Hakeem, M. Anis

NSTIP

9/2013-9/2015

In progress

Co-Investigator

Enhancing Quality and Integrity of Metal Cast Products of Saudi Foundries

Through Advanced Simulation Tools

Team: Anwar Sheikh, S. S. Akhtar, Sulaman Pashah, I. Toor, Muhammad Younas, Hassan Iqbal

NSTIP

 

Proposal submitted

Co-Investigator

Study of Microstructure and Surface Mechanical Properties of Hard Coatings synthesized using Physical Vapor Deposition Process

Team: Anwar Ul-Hamid, A. F. M. Arif, S. S. Akhtar, B. J. Abdulaleem, Musawar A. Malik, Hatim Dafalla

NSTIP

 

Proposal submitted

Co-Investigator

Residual stress in thermal spray coating and its impact on interfacial adhesion

Team: Khaled Al-Athel, A. F. M. Arif, S. S. Akhtar

KFUPM/ SABIC

 

Proposal submitted

Co-Investigator

Development and evaluation of coatings and surface conditions for antibacterial and easy-to-clean properties on materials frequently touched by pilgrims.

Team: Khaled Al-Athel, A. F. M. Arif, N. Al-Aqeeli , S. S. Akhtar, Najat A. Y. Marraiki, Javad Mostaghimi

NSTIP

 

Proposal submitted

Co-Investigator

                       

 

 


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