Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing are offering master by research and PhD. There is a wide selection of research project that currently offered for these programmes. You are advised to contact the potential supervisor should you have any enquiry or interest to apply the research under specific title listed below.

Table: Research Opportunities
No. Details Potential Supervisor / Contact Person
1

Research Title: The development of flight dynamics and automatic flight controller system for a fixed wing UAV with VTOL capability

Level of Research: PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research: An autonomous unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is an instrumented aircraft that is capable of performing given missions autonomously through the use of on-board flight sensors and control system. There has been a substantial increase in number of military and civilian applications that use UAS throughout the past few decades. Current rotorcraft based UAS technology (i.e. helicopter, quadcopter etc.) has the great potential for use in surveillance and reconnaissance mission, but typically rotorcraft are limited in speed, endurance, and payload capacity. As the technology develops, there is a growing interest to merge the vertical take-off and landing capability of small-scale rotorcraft based UAS with the speed and efficiency advantages of fixed wing aircraft. The goal of this project is to develop a proof of concept design for a fixed-wing UAS with VTOL capability along with improved endurance and payload. Within this cross-disciplinary project, the prospective research student will develop novel contribution in flight dynamics development, the flight controls and algorithms required for VTOL flight, aerodynamic airframe design, system integration and flight testing.

Research Affiliation (Research Center/ Research Group): Aircraft System and Design Research (ASDR)

Research Duration: 3-4 years

Research Funding: Science Fund, CREST
 

Dr Syariful Syafiq Bin Shamsudin

(syafiq@uthm.edu.my)

2

Research Title: Hip Implant Wear Modeling

Level of Research: Master / PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research:The motivation of this project is to have a novel wear model/equation which incorporated plasticity accumulation terms so that a better wear prediction can be made which leads to better lifing prediction of Ti-6Al-4V aeroengine components.The objectives are:

  • To investigates the mechanisms accumulation of plasticity in wear process
  • To investigate the correlations of test paramaters plasticity accumulation induced wear quantification.
  • To derive a novel plasticity induced wear model/equation.

Project will be conducted at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. The project will focus on experimental work, microstructural analysis and the developmentof wear modelsStudent will be a member of the Structural Integrity and Monitoring Research Group (SIMReG) under the center of research Mechanical Failure Prevention and Reliability (MPROVE). Further information on the group can be found at http://fkmp.uthm.edu.my/v4/content/structuralintegrity-and-monitoring-re...

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A second class upper degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related field;
  • Experience in laboratory experimentation, with a preference for mechanical testing of materials; Skills in SEM and material preparation is added advantage
  • Knowledge or experience of modelling in mechanics of materials; Skills in ABAQUS and FORTRAN is added advantage
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; English IELTS 6.0 or MUET band 3 or higher  Data analysis using Matlab;
  • Computer simulation of mechanical or materials systems, particularly finite element analysis . 

 Candidates should send the following documents to abdlatif@uthm.edu.my

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

Research Affiliation: SIMReG

Research Duration: 1-2 years for Master / 3-5 years for PhD

Research Funding: Research Grant 

Student Allowance: RM1,000.00 – RM2,300.00 

Dr. Mohammad Zulafif Rahim

(zulafif@uthm.edu.my)

Dr. Abdul Latif bin Mohd Tobi

(abdlatif@uthm.edu.my

3

Research Title: Design, Test & Build of Aerial Spraying System

Level of Research: Master / PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research:
The project deals with the design, build and test of a simple spraying system for agricultural application. The spraying system is to be attached on a very small aircraft. We need student with some experience on CAD (Solidworks, CATIA, etc) and interested in the product design development.

Research Affiliation: ASDR

Research Duration: 1 to 2 years

Research Funding: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)- RM133,200.00

Student Allowance: RM1,000.00 – RM2,300.00

Assoc. Professor Dr. Zamri bin Omar

(zamri@uthm.edu.my)

zamriomar.wixsite.com/zamri

4

Research Title: Parameter Correlation and Mechanism in Catalytic Erosion of Polycrystalline Diamond

Level of Research: Master / PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research:
The aim of the project is to adopt a creative approach to develop fundamental knowledge and processes for high efficiency electrical discharge machining of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) cutting tools. The focus is to significantly reduce machining time by applying new machining theories.This is a potential research project for Master and PhD study.

Research Affiliation: PREMACH

Research Duration: 1.5 to 3 years

Research Funding: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)- RM131 750

Student Allowance: RM1,000.00 – RM2,300.00

Dr. Mohammad Zulafif Bin Rahim

(zulafif@uthm.edu.my)

5

Research Title: Determination of tribological characteristic of modified jatropha oil mixed with ionic liquid as an additive for sustainable lubricant in machining process

Level of Research: Master/PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research:Reduction of energy and cutting fluid are some of the environmental concerns in machining processes. The environmental burden due to the application of coolant in machining is estimated by the eco-toxicity of the chemicals used. Minimization or possible elimination of cutting fluids substituting their functions by some other means is emerging as a thrust area of research in machining. Therefore, a bio-based lubricant is considered as a potential substitute to the petroleum based lubricant for machining process. The blended bio-based lubricant will be tested on the tribology and lubrication properties according to ASTM standard. Then, it will be evaluated on machining performance in term of cutting force, cutting temperature and tool wear with employed minimum quantity lubrication technique. It is expected that a newly develop of bio-based MWFs will improve the lubrication and tribological properties that provide high strength lubricant film to reduce friction and wear in machining process. It is expected that, this project will significantly support the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) in 11th Malaysian plan to drive economic growth by increasing downstream.

Research Affiliation: PREMACH

Research Duration: 1.5 to 3 years

Research Funding: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)- RM136 000

Student Allowance: RM1,000.00 – RM2,300.00

Mr. Kamaruddin Kamdani

(kmarudin@uthm.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erween Abd Rahim

(erween@uthm.edu.my)

6

Research Title: The influence of nozzle designs and input parameters on the characterization of SCCO2 flow pattern that affects the machining performance

Level of Research: Master/PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research:
Sustainable manufacturing that comprises of reduction of energy and the usage of cutting fluids during machining processes are some of the main environmental concerns in achieving “green manufacturing environments. The application of coolant in machining processes has become an environmental burden due to the eco-toxicity of the chemicals used. Alleviating the consumption of cutting fluids by means of minimization or possibly eliminating the metalworking fluids leads to the substitution of their functions by some other emerging means as a thrust area of research in machining and other metalworking applications. Cryogenic lubrication techniques such as CO2 are being anticipated to have high potentials that can contribute to the goals of energy independence and cleaner manufacturing environments. However, its performance will rely on several factors including nozzle design and other related input parameters. Each nozzle design will give different spray characteristic and subsequently impair the machining performance. Therefore, it is essential to study the characteristic of spray flow pattern by comparing with an actual and simulation spray. From this, the evaluation of machining performance will be conducted to confirm that the defined spray characteristic is applicable machining process..

Research Affiliation: PREMACH

Research Duration: 1.5 to 3 years

Research Funding: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)- RM 96 800

Student Allowance: RM1,000.00 – RM2,300.00

Mr. Zazuli bin Mohid

(zazuli@uthm.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erween Abd Rahim

(erween@uthm.edu.my)

7

Research Title: Finite element analysis of Machine development

Level of Research: PhD

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research: The machine dynamics has been investigated including a static analysis, machine tool-loop stiffness, modal analysis, frequency response function, etc, carried out for both the machine structure and the piezo-actuator device. The instrumentation implementation mainly includes the design of the desktop vibration assisted machining system and its control system. The machining system consists of a piezo-driven XY stage, air bearing spindle, jig, workpiece holder, PI slideway, manual slideway and solid metal table to improve the system stability. The control system is developed using LabVIEW 7.1 programming. The control algorithms are developed based on theoretical models developed by the author.

Research Affiliation (Research Center/ Research Group): PREMACH

Research Duration: 3 YEARS

Dr Mohd Rasidi Bin Ibrahim

(rasidi@uthm.edu.my)

 

8

Research Title: Precision Manufacturing in Ultrasonic Vibration assisted Machining

Level of Research: Master

Short Explanation / Concise Abstract of the Research:
Increasing demand for precision components made of hard and brittle materials such as glasses, steel alloys and advanced ceramics, is such that conventional grinding and polishing techniques can no longer meet the requirements of today's precision manufacturing engineering. Particularly, in order to undertake micro-milling of optical glasses or other hard-machining materials, vibration assisted machining techniques have been adopted. However, it is essential and much needed to undertake such processes based on a scientific approach, i.e. the process to be quantitatively controlled and optimized rather than carried out with a trial-and-error manner.

Research Affiliation (Research Center/ Research Group): PREMACH

Research Duration: 1.5 years

 

Dr Mohd Rasidi Bin Ibrahim

(rasidi@uthm.edu.my)

 

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