Phillion Lab members:
Understanding Metallurgical Processes
& Developing Industry Leading Solutions
André Phillion is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. His research interests focus on mathematical modelling of materials and processes and 3D imaging and image analysis. The main focus of the research is to experimentally investigate and numerically simulate solidification across multiple length scales in order to develop new relationships linking heat transfer and fluid flow at the macro-scale with microstructure and defects. Dr. Phillion received his PhD from the Department of Materials Engineering at The University of British Columbia in 2007, where he combined high temperature experimental methods with multi-scale modelling to investigate solidification processes and casting defects. He also worked at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2008-2009), and UBC’s Okanagan campus (2010-2015). In 2014, he was awarded the Brimacombe Award by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.
Stefan Heugenhauser (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Farheen Ahmed (Graduate Student)
Khaled Abu Samk (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Ruifeng Dou (Visiting Scholar)
Niloufar Khodaei (Graduate Student)
Mohammad H. Ghoncheh (Graduate Student)
Pengfei Fu (Undergraduate Student)
Kelly Lau (Undergraduate Student)
Ben Stubina (Undergraduate Student)
Ryan Prager (Undergraduate Student)
Hamid Azizi (Research Associate)
Robert Cicoria (PostDoc)
Reza Ghiaasiaan (PostDoc)
Kohei Furumai (Visitor; JFE Steel)
Kaelah is a Level II undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at McMaster University. She is a research assistant with a focus on high temperature tensile stress testing and limiting the effects of creep in various steel manufacturing processes.
Felicia is a Level III undergraduate Materials Engineering student. She is working as a summer research student with Coleton Parks, assisting him with metallography and XCT analysis.
Mahbuber is a Level IV undergraduate Bachelor of Technology student at McMaster University. He is a front-end web developer for the solidification simulation process. His research focuses on simulating an output environment of a sample steel using inputs from backend C++ code.
Md. Mahbuber Rahman
Youssef is a MASc student who is interested in understanding the underlying damage mechanisms of AlSi10Mg fabricated through selective laser melting (SLM) for the space industry. Youssef is also optimizing the effect of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) on the damage evolution and mechanical properties of AlSi10Mg. Various in-situ mechanical testing techniques will be used to relate the damage evolution to the microstructure. This project is being co-supervised by Dr. David Wilkinson and Dr. André Phillion. Youssef received his undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering from McMaster University in 2021.
Talha is an MASc student whose research focuses on the numerical modelling and experimentation of High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) of aluminum alloys for automotive applications. His research interests include solidification, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element analysis. He received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from McMaster University in 2021.
Prabhakar completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. His research interest include modelling and simulation, scientific computing, solidification and additive manufacturing.
Cole is an MASc student whose research deals with the development of a digital twin model of continuous casting of steel plate. The focus is on developing a 2-D thermal-mechanical model, which will be used for stress/strain predictions and alloy segregation. He received his undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering from McMaster University in 2020.
Kai is a first year PhD student whose research interests include simulation, modeling and 3D imaging in solidification and microstructure in Additive Manufacturing. Kai received a B.S. in Materials and Engineering at University of Science and Technology Beijing, and a M.S. in Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Olajide is a PhD student whose research centers on the in-situ and ex-situ investigation of solidification microstructures in Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS). He obtained a double master’s degree in Functional Advanced Materials Engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP-Phelma), France, and the University of Augsburg, Germany under the Erasmus Mundus label. Before this, he received his bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. His research interests include solidification, processing - transformations - microstructure - property relationships, composites, materials modelling, and additive manufacturing.
Araf is a PhD student whose research focuses on segregation in continuous casting process. His research interests include numerical modelling, solidification and computational fluid dynamics. He received his Master’s degree from Keio University, Japan in 2020 and his bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2015, both in Mechanical Engineering.
Araf Al Rafi
Kaamil is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on developing a model to simulate nozzle clogging in a submerged entry nozzle used in continuous casting. His main research interests include solidification simulation, computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis. Kaamil received his Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia in 2015 and his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong in 2012.
Kaamil Ur Rahman Mohamed Shibly
Coleton’s PhD research focuses on the brazing of nickel superalloys as a means to repair cracks and defects in turbine blades. He is using differential scanning calorimetry as well as 3D X-ray tomography to characterize and analyze the morphology evolution of the alloy during the brazing process.
Angshuman is a PhD student who is working currently on modelling of inclusions in Si-Mn killed steel. He completed his undergraduate studies in Jadavpur University and obtained his Masters from IIT Bombay. His research interests include modelling and analysis, thermodynamics and steel metallurgy.
Zhen is a first year PhD student whose research interests include additive manufacturing and modeling of processes. Zhen received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Beihang University, China. His Master’s research mainly focused on welding of copper alloy and Finite Element Modeling of this process.
Pardis is a PhD student whose research topic deals with Solidification Fundamentals and Microstructure Evolution in Additive Manufacturing: Experimental and Modelling. Her present research focus is how to develop Microstructure Processing and Selection Maps in additive manufacturing applications.
Gerald completed his PhD in science (physics) education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Currently, he serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the PIVOT in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Morteza is a Postdoctoral Fellow whose research work focuses on Additive Manufacturing of non-castable β-Ti alloys for landing gear applications. His research interests revolve around the additive manufacturing of tool steels, thermomechanical simulations, process-structure-property relationships, and developing Functionally Graded Materials. Morteza received his PhD from McMaster University in 2021.
Muhammad is a Postdoctoral Fellow with experience in high temperature experimentation. His research work involves investigation of non-metallic inclusions in various steel grades, in situ observation of inclusions in liquid steel and evolution of steel’s microstructure, high temperature tensile testing, and thermodynamic modeling. Muhammad received his PhD in applied process metallurgy from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His PhD work was focused on characterization of micro-particles observed at different stages of iron and steel making processes.
Yi is a Postdoctoral Fellow whose research focuses on improving the process quality of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) fabricated through continuous casting. Her main research interests include solidification simulation related to hot tearing, finite element analysis, in-situ solidification investigation and phasefield simulation. Yi received her Bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering in Northeastern University, China, in 2014. She worked as a research assistant in the Lab of Continuous Casting in Northeastern University since 2014, and received her Master’s degree in 2016.
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Phillion Lab Members:
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