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Automotive manufacturing and materials

The automotive manufacturing and materials area seeks to develop new technologies for manufacturing processes that reduce weight, costs and time to produce automotive components and systems. It also strives to improve quality of the manufactured parts, by improving the flexibility and efficiency of manufacturing processes. Specific current research includes sheet metal stamping, welding, lighter weight and composite materials, smart materials (such as shape memory alloys and magnetorheological fluids), better tool designs for machining of automotive parts, robotics, mechatronics and automation.

Faculty members

Selected publications and grants

Kannan S., Kishawy, H. A., Deiab I. M., "Cutting Forces and TEM Analysis of the Generated Surface During Machining of Metal Matrix Composites", Journal of Material Processing Technology, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 2260-2269, 2009, AUTO21 Research Grant.

Islam, M. R., Semeralul, H. O., Rizvi, G. M., "Recyclable, Light-Weight Polymeric Composites for Automotive Applications: Foamed Wood Composites", APMA-AUTO21 Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, 2009.

Ham, M., Jeswiet, J., "Single Point Incremental Forming", International Journal of Materials and Product Technology", vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 374-387, 2008.

Park, C., Pop-Iliev, R., "Reduction of TPO Materials in Class-A Automotive Components through Creation of Fine-Celled Foam Structures", AUTO21 Research Grant, 2007-2008.

Ham, M., "Advanced Manufacturing Applying Incremental Forming Techniques", NSERC RTI Research Grant, 2008.

Pop-Iliev, R., Dong, N., Xu, D., Park, C. B., "Visualization of the Foaming Mechanism of Polyethylene Blown by Chemical Blowing Agents under Ambient Pressure," Advances in Polymer Technology, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 213-222, 2008.

Sun, Q., Rizvi, G. M., Bellehumeur, C. T., Gu, P., "Effect of Processing Conditions on the Bonding Quality of FDM Polymer Filaments", Rapid Prototyping Journal, vol. 14, no. 2 pp. 72-80, 2008.

Zhang, D., Novel Design of Compact Catalytic Silencer for Industrial Engines, E. I. Williams Industries, OCE Research Grant, 2007.

Park, C., Rizvi, G., "Fine-Celled Foam Structures for Automotive TPO Components", AUTO21 Research Grant, 2007-2008.

Kannan S., Kishawy, H. A., "Surface Characteristics of Machined Aluminium Metal Matrix Composites", International Journal of Machine Tool and Manufacture, vol. 46, pp. 2017-2025, 2006, AUTO21 Research Grant.

Kishawy, H. A., Dumitrescu, M., E-G. Ng, Elbestawi, M. A., "Effect of Coolant Strategy on Tool Performance, Chip Morphology and Surface Quality During High Speed Machining of A356 Aluminum Alloy", International Journal of Machine Tool and Manufacture, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 219-227, 2005, AUTO21 Research Grant.