PhD Students

Armin Abedini, MASc
PhD Student
Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 31810
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3x-3163
Email: aabedini@uwaterloo.ca
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Sante DiCecco, MASc
PhD Student, NSERC PGS D Holder
Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 32413
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3x-3162
Email: sdicecco@uwaterloo.ca
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Kaab Omer, MASc
PhD Student
Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 39130
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3-3105
Email: komer@uwaterloo.ca
Research Interests:

One of the major goals of the automotive industry is to reduce the total weight of its vehicles in order to reduce their fuel consumption and environmental impact. One way to achieve this goal is through using ultra high strength steels (UHSS) such as boron steel, which can be very lightweight. Traditional forming methods are not feasible for boron steel due to its high strength, so instead the hot stamping process is used. My research focuses on the tailored hot stamping process, where a portion of the die is heated to very high temperatures, while other portions are kept cool at room temperature. The advantage to such a process is that it can produce a part containing both stiff and ductile regions. This can be very useful in manufacturing rail components in cars, which need to withstand axial impact during collisions. My research aims to develop numerical models of the manufacturing and crash performance of an axial crush rail with tailored properties, and to perform experiments to verify the numerical model.

Tamjeed Rahmaan, MASc
PhD Student
Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 32413
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3-3101A
Email: trahmaan@uwaterloo.ca
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Nikky Pathak
PhD Candidate

Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 31810
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3x-3163
Email: n3pathak@uwaterloo.ca
Research Interests:

To reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, the automotive industry is focusing on use of advanced high strength steels (AHSS). For steel manufactures, increasing demand for higher strength steel has provided the incentive to develop new technologies and materials. This requires predicting the formability properties of AHSS in order to produce thinner, higher strength components. AHSS are sensitive to edge cracking compared to conventional steels, therefore predicting formability is difficult. The current research is to predict formability in stretch flanging operations by the assessment of the hole expansion test. This research will be carried out using mechanical test, numerical investigation followed by multi-scale material modeling of steel microstructure. The aim is to develop a unique tool to evaluate formability of AHSS that can contribute to optimize the microstructures for stretch flanging operations.


Pedram Samadian, MASc
PhD Student
Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 32310
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3-3101A
Email: pedram.samadian@uwaterloo.ca
Research Interests:

  • Experimenting on sheet metal forming processes for investigating the formability and crashworthiness of different alloys
  • Simulation of thermomechanical processes on sheet metal alloys using finite element software
  • Modeling of plastic deformation behavior of materials by plasticity theories