The Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) is a facility which operates inside the University of Guelph's School of Engineering. The AML and its team were established in early 2014 and have been providing services and consultation to industrial partners and other academic institutions. The team was constructed and is supervised by Dr Ibrahim Deiab, a professor at the University of Guelph.
The AML lab is well equipped for research on machining, additive manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, material analysis and testing, instrumentation, machine tending and automation. In addition to a suite of commercial and inhouse software packages.
Education and Employment Background
Prof. Ibrahim Deiab received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in 2003. He joined the Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates in 2004. Where he served as Director of the office of research and Mechanical Engineering department head. He joined the University of Guelph in 2014 where he is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering.
Prof. Deiab research is focused on energy – efficient and environment benign machining, Additive manufacturing, machinability, online detection and predictive modelling of tool wear, fixture dynamics, machining dynamics and stability, finite element analysis, Modal analysis of machine tools, experimental study of the Tribological aspects of workpiece/fixture frictional contact, topological optimization, Machine tending and CAD/CAM/CAE. In addition to interest in engineering education and quality assurance. Key areas of focus include:
- Energy-efficient machining. Prof. Deiab is working on reducing the environmental impact of machining process. He is exploring the use of minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) as opposed to flood coolant and is working on replacing synthetic oil with vegetable oil as a lubricating agent. He is also exploring adding Nano particles to the oil to enhance its heat transfer properties and heat capacity.
- Machinability analysis. This involves investigating machinability of difficult to cut materials and super alloys and development of new powder alloy mix for additive manufacturing.
- Intelligent manufacturing. Prof. Deiab has also been exploring the use and application of AI for defect detection and classification and quality control.
- Additive manufacturing technologies. Prof. Deiab is involved in several industrial projects on additive manufacturing of metals and bioplastics that involves topology optimization, development of new alloy mix, microstructure analysis of 3D printed parts and development of thermal- structural models of AM processes (DED and powder bed)
- Industry partnerships. Prof. Deiab has partnered with industry to solve technical challenges related to machinability, manufacturing and AM processes. For example, he has worked with Linamar, Hitachi truck manufacturing, Magna, Genecis, CGL manufacturing, and Tawazun Precision Industries (a part manufacturing for Airbus).
- Letter of Commendation, Journal of Engineering Manufacture Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2017
- NSERC Discovery Grant, 2017
- NSERC Engage Grant, 2015,2017,2018,2019
- NSERC Alliance grant, 2020
- NSERC I2I grant 2020
- Organizing committee for 11th International Conference on Composite Materials and Science, 2017
- Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) VIP I grants, 2015,2017,2018,2019
- Several funded projects from Kuwait foundation for the advancement of science (KFAS)
- Keynote Address at the Laboratoire Quartz, Supmeca, Sain-Ouen, France, 2017