Mr Omar Al Fakir
My PhD project, ‘Lightweight Materials for Low Carbon Vehicle Structures’, comprises one of the work packages of the TARF-LCV consortium, funded by an EPSRC grant. The aim of this consortium, whose members include research teams from 8 universities in the UK, is to support and reinforce the move Towards Affordable, closed-loop Recyclable Future Low Carbon Vehicle Structures (TARF-LCV), by developing new lightweight materials and manufacturing methods.
My work covers both recycled aluminium and magnesium alloys, and requires a characterisation of their properties in terms of ductility and formability for material modelling purposes, and an optimisation of their forming parameters when used in the Hot Forming and cold-die Quenching (HFQ) process, invented by Professor Jianguo Lin. As such the feasibility of using these lightweight materials, which can lead to a mass reduction of over 40% in the body structure of a vehicle, can be assessed.
- Magnesium alloy AZ31
- Recycled aluminium
- Mechanical testing
- Material modelling
2011: MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London