ISE Seminar- Fadi Abu-Farha, Clemson University @ 395 Watts Hall
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fadi Abu-Farha Assistant Professor – Automotive Engineering Clemson University – International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) (859) 489-2926

Speaker Biography: FADI Abu-Farha as an Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Fadi’s prime area of research is “Lightweight Materials and their Manufacturing”; his research activities have been targeting greater utilization of lightweight materials in the transportation sector using cost-effective and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques. Particular topics of interest include: advanced material testing aided by digital image correlation (DIC) and optical metrology, sheet metal forming (characterization, constitutive modeling and FE simulations), hot stamping (HB-CD), adhesive bonding and hybrid-material joining, accumulative roll bonding and shear rolling. Fadi received several best poster/paper/presentation awards at several events including NAMRI/SME, SAE World Congress and TMS. Fadi is a recipient of the NSF-CAREER Award, the USCAR Team Award, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the SAE Ralph Teetor Award, and the TMS Light Metals Division Award.

Abstract:With the ever-growing pressure to produce “cleaner” vehicles, lightweighting is still considered one of the most effective means of reducing fuel consumption levels in the transportation sector. The prime material candidates (such as AHSSs, aluminium and magnesium alloys) have technical “deformation & failure” issues that present major manufacturing hurdles, making it harder to implement these materials on a larger scale. To overcome this, an integrated “Mechanics-Processing-Manufacturing” approach is followed, in which we couple: (i) advanced characterization to understand and model complex material behavior, (ii) processing to alter material behavior in a favorable way, and (iii) development of new manufacturing techniques that enable forming lightweight materials. In this seminar, I present three examples of research activities in which this integration is demonstrated, in pursuit of effective, economic and sustainable lightweighting solutions. The seminar will cover: Springback prediction of advanced steels, hot blank–cold die (HB-CD) stamping of aluminium alloy sheets, and friction stir back extrusion (FSBE) of magnesium alloy tubes.


ISE Seminar- Jorge Valenzuela @ 395 Watts Hall
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ISE Seminar- Azadeh Sheidaei @ 210E Baker Systems
Oct 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Seminar by Azadeh Sheidaei
210E Baker Systems
ISE Department Events
Azadeh Sheidaei received her BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University in Michigan. Sheidaei’s main research area is “multiscale characterization and computational modeling of advanced material systems such as polymer reinforced composites”. During her graduate study at MSU (2009-2015), she worked at Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC) where she worked on numerous research and industrial projects. Those span over the areas of structural integrity of composites, development of constitutive models and computational tools to predict the mechanical behavior of novel materials such as nanocomposites, computational modeling of soft tissue and power sources such as lithium-ion battery and fuel cells. She has published 11 ISI journal articles and 12 technical conference paper which have been cited over 185 times. Sheidaei is a member of the American Society of Composite (ASC), Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Sheidaei has received several research and educational grants from NSF, CAAT (Center for Advanced Automotive Technology) and KEEN (The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) within the last year. Sheidaei is a recipient of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, which is presented to women pursuing a doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences and engineering. She has also received dissertation competition award while being selected as the outstanding graduate student by the ME Department at Michigan State University.
ISE Seminar- Aaron Bloom @ 395 Watts Hall
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Seminar by Aaron Bloom
Wed, November 2, 4pm – 5pm
The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS), explores the operational impacts of the wide spread adoption of wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) resources in the Eastern Interconnection. In order to understand some of the economic and reliability challenges of managing hundreds of gigawatts of wind and solar, we developed state of the art tools, data and models for simulating power system operations using hourly unit commitment and 5-minute economic dispatch over an entire year. Using NREL’s high-performance computing capabilities and new methodologies to model operations, we found that the Eastern Interconnection, as simulated with evolutionary change in 2026, could balance the variability and uncertainty of wind and solar PV at a 5-minute level under a variety of conditions. Our simulations achieve instantaneous penetrations that exceed 50% of load while meeting an annual penetration of 30% on an energy basis. In this work, we analyze potentially challenging system conditions that occur in the simulations and identify opportunities for innovation, regulatory reform, and changes in operating practices that require further analysis to enable the transition to a system with more wind and solar PV. We also released our model and a variety of visualization tools to the public.
Aaron Bloom graduated from the John Glenn College in 2005. After earning his Master’s in Public Administration he moved to Washington, DC to work at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where he worked on various rulemakings, market design issues, and NERC standards. In 2012 he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. There he leads an interdisciplinary team of power systems analysts that study the impact of clean energy technologies on power systems using a range of models and tools. His research is focused on power system planning and electricity market design. He very much enjoys his job and loves riding mountain bikes in Colorado with his family.
ISE Seminar- Vahid Tari, Carnegie Mellon University
Jan 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Seminar by Vahid Tari
Fri, January 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm
ISE Department Events
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is the integration of materials information, captured in computational tools, with engineering product performance analysis and manufacturing-process simulation. The tenets of ICME were captured the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) to integrate experiments, computation, and theory. With regards to ICME, in the first part of this presentation, I talk about my research experiences in characterization of different structural materials such as steel, and titanium commonly used in automotive and aerospace industry, and describe the role of materials characterization in design and manufacturing. Afterward I explain a three-dimensional image based modeling technique, and discuss the ability of this technique in the grain-scale prediction of stress/strain localization, facilitating damage nucleation during the mechanical performance that is a bottle neck in engineering applications. Lastly, I summarize the future work on characterization and multi-scale modeling of additive manufacturing materials, talk about future path on ICME in grain boundary engineering of materials, and highlight multi-scale modeling of multiphase polycrystalline materials and advanced composite materials. Vahid Tari is a postdoctoral associate in department of materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his Ph.D. in computational engineering from Mississippi State University. His primary research interests are currently focused on three-dimensional modeling of polycrystalline materials and composites, parallel computing, and materials characterization. He severs as reviewers for publications in some journals such as Materials science and Engineering A and Scripta Materialia.