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Manufacturing Processes


There is 1 laboratory under the Manufacturing Processes Group:

  • Manufacturing Processes Lab (HW3-01-02)  

Research Projects

Validity of Scaling Laws for Physical Gels
The scaling concepts have been widely accepted in polymer physics. Some scaling laws are applied to polymeric gels, but they are not always valid. This project is being carried out in order to find (a) what gels obey the scaling laws and why and (2) what gels don’t obey the scaling laws and why through rheological studies.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Li Lin


Manufacturing of high performance components by PIM and µ-PIM
Powder injection molding (PIM) is a well-established, cost effective method to fabricate small-to-moderate size metal and ceramic components. The applications of PIM have been broaden to µ-PIM. This research project aims to study the PIM of titanium alloys and µ-PIM of metallic components with micro features.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Loh Ngiap Hiang


Characteristics of belt linishing –Phase III
The work in abrasive linishing processes used in Fan Blades is aimed at removal of surface imperfections on the pressure and suction surfaces. The objectives are to translate hand dressing skills to automated adaptive processing, and to perform tool selection and identification of key performance parameters.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Yeo Swee Hock


Complaint abrasive process model and integrated tool trajectory planning
Coated abrasive tools are used extensive but these are not well placed in mechanized process. The aim is to develop material removal models to predict shapes of material removed for complaint abrasive tools, and to develop a methodology to predict tool motion trajectories based on the shape of material removed.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Yeo Swee Hock


Advanced finishing of internal channels
Finishing of difficult-to-access channels requires a new development of a novel and advanced finishing process. Engagement of ultrasonic principle with various horn design is an important aspect to be explored for finishing using abrasive slurry on side walls of channels which is made of high-heat resistant materials.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Yeo Swee Hock


Process cycle time improvement in vibratory finishing process
Vibratory finishing is normally adopted with limited knowledge of its processing characteristics, which is often limited to propriety of manufacturers. The project involves a comprehensive study on vibratory media interaction with a specially designed reconfigurable vibratory bowl system to understand the underlying flow mechanism.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Yeo Swee Hock


Fabrication of Nano-composites Using Friction Stir Processing

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Tan Ming Jen


Formability Improvement of Lightweight Alloy

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Tan Ming Jen


Heat Treatment Repair Technology for Aerospace Materials

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Tan Ming Jen