Dr. Afzaal Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Palakkad. His research interests broadly centers on the non-coventional machining, hybrid machining, deep hole drilling, laser based surface alloying and metal additive manufacturing (AM).
Dr. Ahmed has been involved in multiple projects funded by Agency of Science Technology and Research (A*Star), Singapore and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) that focussed on development and implementation of hybrid processing techniques for Large Format Machining of Nickel based superalloys. During the PhD, he developed a novel hybrid electrical discharge and arc machining process (HEDAM) for the efficient and ultrafast machining of difficult-to-cut superalloys such as Inconel 718, Ti-6Al-4V etc. His research expertise also include evaluation of machined surfaces via roughness, microhardness, microstructure with various microscopic and spectroscopic techniques like SEM, EDS, XRD, AFM, TEM and XPS.
PhD - Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. Thesis title: A study on the compound EDM-Arcing and deep hole drilling of Inconel 718
M.Tech - Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur, (W.B), India. Dissertation title: Surface modification of Aluminium by electrical discharge coating in EDM
B.E - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University (Pt.RSSU), Raipur, (C.G), India.
Worked as Research Fellow in Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML) Department of Mechanical Engineering at NUS Singapore. The post-doc position involved working on an A*Star Singapore funded project, Large Format Machining of Inconel 718 for Oil and Gas Industry.
1. Received ‘Best Paper Award” for the paper titled ‘A novel approach in deep hole drilling of Inconel 718’ at the 7th International Conference of Asian Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (ASPEN) held at Seoul, South Korea in Nov 2017.
2. The 30th Innovation & Research Award (IRA 2016) by Faculty of Engineering (FoE) NUS Singapore in the category of ‘High Achievement’.
3. Awarded with NUS Research Scholarship for the duration of four years.
4. Bagged 9th position overall & 5th in Mechanical Engineering in Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University Raipur (C.G.) at U.G. level.
5. Ranked among Nation’s top 1.6% in GATE - 2007.
6. Awarded Merit Scholarship for excellent academic performance in 3rd and 4th semester at U.G. level.
7. Awarded Merit Scholarship for excellent performance in 5th and 6th semester at U.G. level.
8. Bagged 2nd prize in National Level Technical paper presentation (2006)
9. Awarded with Prime Minister Trophy Scholarship by SAIL for successive four years at U.G.
Ahmed, A., Fardin, A., Tanjilul, M., Wong, Y. S., Rahman, M., & Kumar, A. S. (2018). On the design and application of hybrid electrical discharge and arc machining for enhancing the drilling performance in Inconel. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (accepted).
Ahmed, A., Fardin, A., Tanjilul, M., Wong, Y. S., Rahman, M., & Kumar, A. S. (2017). A comparative study on the modelling of EDM and hybrid electrical discharge and arc machining considering latent heat and temperature-dependent properties of Inconel 718. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 1-9.
Tanjilul, M., Ahmed, A., Kumar, A. S., & Rahman, M. (2018). A study on EDM debris particle size and flushing mechanism for efficient debris removal in EDM-drilling of Inconel 718. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 255, 263-274.
Ahmed, A., Dhakar, B., Kaul, R., Palai, R., Roy Choudhury, A., & Chatterjee, S. (2017). Hardfacing of AISI304 steel: fabrication of oxide-boride-nitride ceramic matrix composite layer by laser-assisted high temperature chemical reaction. Transactions of the IMF, 95(4), 207-216.
Ahmed, Afzaal. "Deposition and Analysis of Composite Coating on Aluminum Using Ti–B4C Powder Metallurgy Tools in EDM." Materials and Manufacturing Processes 31.4 (2016): 467-474.
Afzaal Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, A. Senthil Kumar; A novel approach in deep hole drilling of Inconel 718; The 7th International Conference of Asian Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, 14-17 Nov 2017, Seoul, South Korea.
Afzaal Ahmed, S. B. Sabtu, M. Rahman, A. S. Kumar; EM drilling of Inconel 718 using copper tube electrode; The 14th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (euspen); 2-4 June 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Afzaal Ahmed, Syafiq Ab Rahman, A.S. Kumar, M. Rahman; Enhanced surface integrity and dimensional accuracy in micro-EDM drilling using D-shaped electrode; 4M 10th International Conference 08-10 October, San Sebastian, Spain 2013.
Afzaal Ahmed, A.S. Kumar, M. Rahman;. An experimental investigation of micro-EDM drilling capability for Inconel 718 against SUS 304 stainless steel in deionized water; 9th International Conference on Micro Manufacturing (ICOMM), Singapore 2014.