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Academic Biography

Professor Nabhani has been course leader for several MSc programmes such as MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Advanced Manufacturing and MSc Engineering Management. He is currently the MSc course leader for Mechanical Engineering. His previous positions, before joining Teesside University, include Research Fellow at the University of Hull after completing his PhD, working with De Beers Company and British Aerospace industry on the project of Machining of Aerospace alloys. Prior to that he was working with WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) at University of Warwick where he did his MSc in Manufacturing Systems.

Professor Nabhani is a Professional Engineer and member of the Engineering Professors' Council of the UK and also Senior Member of the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has written over 60 journals and 120 refereed conference papers, including a contribution to various chapters in Lean Manufacturing and Biomechanical books, which were based on studies with some companies.

Professor Nabhani has been a member of the editorial boards of 4 journals: “Robotic and Computer Integrated Manufacture”, “Journal of Machines”, “Journal of Industrial Mathematics” and “Manufacturing Research”. Professor Nabhani is nationally and internationally known for his research in the field of Manufacturing and Biomechanics. He was the organizer and Chair of FAIM International Conference 2009 (Flexible Automation and Integration Manufacturing).

Summary of Research Interests

Professor Nabhani is an active member of the school research staff and his research over the past years has resulted in the publish of 60 journal papers and 120 refereed international conference papers. Since his joining Teesside University, 26 PhD programs have been successfully completed under his supervision, with 2 more PhD students ready to be examined in the spring of 2018. Currently he is involved in supervising 7 PhD students.

PhD research programs completion since 2010

  • Edward Bradley, “Optimisation of femoral neck fracture fixation”
  • Christopher John Connor, “Finite Element and Contact Analysis of the Talus Bone” - 2010
  • Abbas Ali Jasim, “Corrosion Behaviour of Low Carbon Steels at Different Aqueous Solutions” - 2010
  • Ali Reza Shokri, “Application of a Six Sigma methodology in food distribution SMEs” - October 2011
  • Mohamad Swessi, “Monitoring and Control Instrumentation of Gravity Crude Separator” – March 2012
  • Pierre Lagadec, “A real-time simulation of the anthropomorphic limbs during strenuous activity: real-time estimation of muscle forces” - January 2013
  • Khalid Tariq, “Development of a novel investment casting moulding” - July 2013
  • Amal Mahdi Metak, “The Potential Effects of Nanocomposite Food Packaging on Safety and Shelf-life” - March 2014
  • David Hughes, “Biomechanical Evaluation of Optimal Humeral Fracture Fixation Devices” – February 2014
  • Yuosef Adraider, “Surface Engineering - Through Laser Induced Reaction of Sol-Gel Chemical Coatings” - April 2014
  • Martin McKie, “Research and Development of Sustainable Technology Improvement Model for the Foundry Industry” - January 2015
  • Temilade Ladokun, “Stress Analysis and material Optimisation of Pressure Vessel” - February 2015
  • Christian Uhl, “Methodical approach for the development of a purchasing strategy with integrated variance-analysis and -optimization at the automobile supplier industry” - Examination February 2018
  • Hadi Parvizi, “Hydraulic Fracturing Optimisation in Tight Gas Reservoirs” - Examination March 2018

Professor Farhad Nabhani's research interests include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Designing mechanical aids
  • Effect of flooring in reducing hip fractures
  • Developing novel mechanical test rigs for hips, spines lumbers and patella bones
  • Creating 3D computer models of bones and stress analysis using FE methods
  • Manufacturing systems and design process
  • ERP implementations, benchmarking, materials process technology
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Supply chain management and Six Sigma

Research Projects & External Funding

Current Research Projects

  • Application of “Lean Six Sigma” to promote Lean and Green food supply chain: an innovative resource efficiency strategy to reduce environmental impact of food life cycle.
  • Methodical approach for the development of a purchasing strategy with integrated variance-analysis and-optimization at the automobile supplier industry.
  • Parametric Design of Transformers and Inductors Subjected to Higher Order Harmonics of Significant Amplitudes.
  • Experimental characterization and parametric computer modelling of a spray paint deposition process.
  • Manufacturing methodologies for ultra-low cost and highly functional micro-bioreactor.
  • Evaluating & Implementing a new Quality Strategy at the Automotive Industries.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Optimisation in Tight Gas Reservoirs.
  • Healthcare product optimization using metal/plastic additive manufacturing technology.

Professor Nabhani’s research income have been over the past years has exceed one million pounds (£1,000,000), the following are some examples of the projects he has been involved with:

  • Thermal Transfer Ltd, KTP, 2004, £99,000.
  • Hedley Purvis Ltd, KTP, 2004, £99,000.
  • Direct Line Supply Ltd, KTP, 2005, £99,000.
  • Stockton Casting Ltd, KTP, September 2006, £99,044.
  • Stanley Vickers Ltd, KTP, June 2008, £100,544.
  • Cottam Brush Ltd, KEI (12 Months), £33,000, September 2009.
  • RFID project with One North East – to research the implementation of RFID and Six Sigma at Stanley Vickers Ltd. The grant level was £48,000, July 2010.
  • Cummins Engine Ltd, KTP, August 2011, £120.000.
  • Peel Jones Cooper Ltd, KTP project, October 2017 (Jointly with Dr David Hughes), £120,000.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Professor Nabhani’s area of research interest would be the following:

  • Biomechanics
  • Designing mechanicals aids
  • Effect of flooring in reducing hip fractures
  • Developing novel mechanical test rigs for hips, spines lumbers and patella bones
  • Creating 3D computer models of bones and stress analysis using FE methods
  • Manufacturing systems and design process
  • ERP implementations, Benchmarking, Materials Process Technology
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management and Six Sigma

A number of PhD students are currently carrying out research in the above fields.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Postgraduates Programme Examinations:

Internal examiner to 12 PhD programmes

External examiner to 8 PhD Programmes

MSc External Examiner:

University of Lincolnshire – MSc Advanced Materials – 2000 -2005

University of Huddersfield – MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Automotive Engineering, MSc Engineering Management and MSc computer Design Engineering – 2014 – Present

Member of Teesside IMechE Committee

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Machines

Editorial Journal of Industrial Mathematics

Member of Cleveland Institution of Engineers

Member of North East Automotive Association

External Research Collaborations

The current research of optimizations of the purchasing variance through a lean-driven method: the variance cube of purchasing - an on-going international project between Teesside University, the University of Ravensburg / Weingarten (Germany) and the global company Bosch Ltd. (a Tier 1 supplier) in Germany.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Professor Nabhani was a part of the extended senior management team within SSE for 7 years (from 2010 to March2017) with responsibility for leading the Enterprise and Business Engagement across the School, particularly for Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and Knowledge Exchange Internship (KEI) and consultancy. He is currently assisting and liaising closely with the Associate Dean on a fortnightly basis to discuss the school business engagement and enterprise.

Professor Nabhani has successfully completed 11 KTP/KEI projects over the past years, of which more than 60% of them have been rated as outstanding with grade “A”.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Professor Nabhani is member of Mechanical Engineering section within the Engineering Department in the School of Science, Engineering and Design. Apart from his current responsibility of MSc course leader, he also teaches various modules at the MSc and BEng/MEng level.

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1999 2018

Comparison of impact energy absorbance by various combinations of hip protector and flooring material

Hughes, D. & Nabhani, F., 1 Nov 2018, In : Current Orthopaedic Practice. 29, 6, p. 579-584 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hip
Deceleration
Hip Fractures
Home Care Services
Wounds and Injuries

Increased Composite Hand-Layup Repeatability Using End-End Design And Manufacture Simulation Software.

Hughes, D. & Nabhani, F., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Composite materials
Production control
Geometry
Standardization
Laminates

Modeling the Risk of Commercial Failure for Hydraulic Fracturing Projects Due to Reservoir Heterogeneity

Parvizi, H., Rezaei Gomari, S., Nabhani, F. & Dehghan Monfared, A., 17 Jan 2018, In : Energies. 11, 1, p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Hydraulic fracturing
Hydraulics
Modeling
Uncertainty
Discount

Purchasing manages and optimises existing product variance

Nabhani, F., Uhl, C. J., Kauf, F. & Shokri, A., 16 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. 29, 3, p. 430-448

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Purchasing
Industry
Railroad cars
Commercial vehicles
Automotive industry

Aligning plastics component manufacturers with OEM driven 4.0 initiatives in the automotive sector

Hughes, D., Nabhani, F. & Uhl, C., 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review