Early Stage Researchers

ESR 4: Developing sustainable energy absorbing materials for transportation structures

Suhail Attar

Project: Developing sustainable energy absorbing materials for transportation structures

Nationality: Pakistani

Host Institution: QUB


Supervisors:

  • Brian Falzon (QUB)
  • Biqiong Chen (QUB)
  • Giuseppe Catalanotti (QUB)
  • Sam Wilson (Bombardier)

Start Date: 27 April 2017

PhD Status: Enrolled


Secondments:

  • Bombardier (1 week, Host: Derek Simpson)

Work Package: 2

Email: S.Attar@qub.ac.uk

Professional Experience

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK

Position: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher


  • - Project title: Developing sustainable energy absorbing materials for transportation structures
04/2017 - present

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Position: Assistant Professor


  • - Taught Mechanical Design courses at undergraduate level and graded the students in the courses taught
  • - Took charge of labs to ensure proper functioning and maintenance of lab equipment and related administrative tasks
  • - Acted as the patron of "Science Society" and mentored the students to conduct different events based on scientific themes
  • - Acted as the coordinator of Mechanical Engineering labs to coordinate all activities in the labs, including experiments and exams
  • - Students' counselling on academic matters and policy matters related to their academic and other related issues
09/2014 - 02/2017

Department of Mechatronics Engineering, NUST College of EME, Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Position: Lecturer


  • - Taught Mechanical Design courses at undergraduate level and graded the students in the courses taught
  • - Submitted research proposals to different funding agencies, and coordinated, tracked and monitored the progress of ongoing research projects as the R&D coordinator of the Department
  • - Got involved in departmental committees to provide assistance regarding different administrative matters for organising events like workshops, conferences and contests
  • - Planned and coordinated all activities related to undergraduate final year projects as FYP coordinator
  • - Students' counselling on academic matters and policy matters related to their academic and other related issues
02/2012 - 08/2014

Werrick Health Care, Islamabad, Pakistan

Position: Assistant Engineer


  • - Prepared the production planning documents for the production of plastic injection moulded products
  • - Updated the production schedules and reported production lags due to machine down times to the Production Manager, and redefined production targets and schedules
  • - Routine maintenance and troubleshooting of injection moulding machines during production hours
  • - Maintenance and troubleshooting of auxiliary equipment and utilities to ensure proper functioning of the plant injection moulding machines
04/2007 - 01/2010

Education

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
  • - Project title: Developing sustainable energy absorbing materials for transportation structures
2017 - present

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering
  • - Master thesis: Fatigue life prediction of composite materials based on micromechanics of failure
  • - Conducted student work in the Hanyang Structures and Composites Lab
  • - Multi scale modelling of composites and development of computational models for fatigue life prediction of composite materials
  • - Designed test specimens and testing tools according to ASTM guidelines for conducting experiments for validation of models and composite characterisation
  • - Prepared test specimens in the lab using lab facilities, and performed static and fatigue testing of composites and epoxy resin specimens
  • - Validated the MMF based fatigue life prediction models by using test results and rectified any experimental or modelling problems for better conformance of experimental and modelling results
  • - Manufactured and assembled filament wound composite flywheel rotors to test and verify new design ideas, and measured residual strain of composite flywheel rotors for different rotor designs
  • - Applied MMF based fatigue life prediction tools to wind turbine blades and flywheel rotors to validate the models using real life composite structures
2010 - 2012

Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Taxila, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
  • - Final-year Bachelor project: Investigation of Jet injection into high speed flows for thrust vectoring
2003 - 2006

Research Interests

My research interests include design, development and characterisation of polymers and composite materials for applications like automobiles, rails, airplanes and wind turbines. Polymers and composites have got many good properties that make them a suitable material of choice for these applications, however, these materials still have many shortcomings  that need to be overcome to make them even more suitable for use in areas like transportation, wind energy, sports goods, etc. Polymers and composites must be made more durable, strong, cost effective and environment friendly to fulfil stringent strength, cost and environmental obligations of the present-day industry. Different properties of polymers and composites like impact strength, fatigue life, heat resistance and fracture strength are being improved and extensive research work is being carried out in these areas.

The ICONIC project, therefore, is completely in-line with my research interests where impact and crash strengths of polymers will be improved to enable the development of more crashworthy and impact resistant structures for transportation applications. Development of innovative materials, like nanocomposites, is a crucial requirement for the advancement of technological areas like transportation, wind energy and sports. The new materials, tools and techniques that will be developed in the framework of the ICONIC project will be befitting solutions to the problems faced by the present-day transportation industry. By working on this project I will develop skills and expertise in the development of innovative nanocomposite materials for industrial applications. The ICONIC project will therefore enable me to start and build my career in the area of development of advanced nanocomposites for the transportation industry in specific, and the composites industry in general.

Publications

Outreach

STEM outreach event at Stranmillis Primary School

 

I participated in a STEM outreach event at Stranmillis Primary School in Belfast (UK) on 2nd March 2018, organised by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. I explained the concept of using composite materials in modern planes and organised some fun exercises for the school children.