CONCEPT NOTES AND RELEVANT DATA IN RESPECT OF REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE RESEARCH GROUP

CONCEPT NOTES AND RELEVANT DATA IN RESPECT OF REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE RESEARCH GROUP

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1.0       NAME OF RESEACH GROUP

Reinforced Polymer Composite Research Group

1.1       DESCRIPTION OF RESEACH

This project is investigating the performance of reinforced polymer matrix composites using synthetic or natural fibers such as glass, carbon, banana stem fibers, sisals etc. The combination of these processed and modified fiber materials and polymer resins can be used as mechanically suitable laminate materials for both domestic and industrial             applications such as in automotive, energy, electrical panels and construction. The methodology involves identification, selection, sourcing, extraction, processing, modification, characterization, mechanical and thermal testing of the fibres and the matrix as to identify areas of possible applications and commercialization.

2.0       JUSTICATION

In the world today, almost all products which were done in steel and other metals(ferrous and non-ferrous) are now produced in Reinforced Composites such as (1) aircrafts- – formerly produced in aluminium is now done in Reinforced Composites because it offers lightweight and does not dent (impact strength). (2) Sea-going vessels ( such as ships, boats, ferries, etc) because Glass Reinforced Composites do not rust neither are they substantially affected by acid or alkaine conditions (salt or acidic waters).(3) Automobiles – in the next 15 years, the age of cars being eaten-up by snow or rust will be over because all cars will be made in Reinforced Composites. The terrible shape loss during impacts/accidents will also be over because GRP can only crack but not dent/mangle and can be relaminated to original shape. (4).The nose cone for entry into space by space ships are produced in carbo-carbon composites and can withstand temperature ranges of over 3000 degrees centigrade. (5). A complete body component for car, boat, etc can be produced/laminated under room temperatures without the expensive high temperature factories required for steel thus reducing production cost by 80 percent. (5) All boilers in industries are now being built in RC to avoid rusting. (6) Even for aesthatics (because very complex shapes can be produced in composites than in steel) it is used in sculpture work, flooring, roofing, computer body parts and anything that is expected to last long due to freedom from rust, impact denting and intention to minimize weight.

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2.1       RESEARCH FOCUS

The group research activities will focus on characterization and modeling of reinforced composites for energy, automobile and low building materials applications including

  • Glass fiber reinforced plastics
  • Natural fiber reinforced polymer composites
  • Carbon fiber reinforced composites
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Hybrid fiber reinforced composites

3.0       COMPOSITION OF THE GROUP

The Group is composed principally of the staff of mechanical/ Metallurgical & Materials   Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The members include

  1. i) S.O Edelugo Prof/Leader                             Mechanical Engineering
  2. ii) I. C Ezema Lecturer1                                 Met. & Mat. Engineering

iii)        Engr. A.D Omah                     Lecturer 1                                Met. & Mat. Engineering

iii)        Engr. C.O.A Agbo                  Lecturer 1                                Mechanical Engineering

3.1       BRIEF CURRICULUM VITAE OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP

ENGR. PROF. S.O. EDELUGO
 

Date of Birth: 5th August, 1960

State and Nationality: Enugu State, Nigeria.

E-mail: mcedeson@yahoo.com; sylvester.edelugo@unn.edu.ng

Tel: +2348037463298

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

EDUCATION
B. Eng (Mechanical/Production Engineering) Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu, 1987.

M. Eng (Mech. Engr’g – Design) Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu, 1995.

Ph.D (Mech. Engineering – Design & Production) University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, 2001.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
  • Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE.
  • Member, Association of Consulting Engineers of Nigeria, ACEN.
  • Member, Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering, SAMPE, USA.
  • COREN Registered Engineer (No. R.7310).
  • Nominated for inclusion into the: INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF PROFESSIONALS of the American Biographical Institute, 2011.
OTHER SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Chosen to rank universities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Feb., 2010 by Thomson Reuters International
  • Men of Integrity award, 2010 by the Integrity Group International.
  • Man of the Year, 2011 International Award in Reinforced Composites by the American Biographical Institute.
  • Nominated for inclusion into the: INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF PROFESSIONALS, 2011 by the American Biographical Institute.
  • Award of Excellence in Reinforced Composite, 2012
  • Winner, Africa’s Best Professor of Mechanical Engineering Award, 2013.
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (2010 – Date).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Federal University of Technology, Owerri. (2011 – 2012).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu. (2007 – 2013).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Anambra State University, Uli. (2004 – Date).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Owerri. (2003 – 2012).
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (2005 – 2010).
  • Lecturer I, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (2002 – 2005).
  • Consultant Engineer in-charge, World Bank Funded National Water Rehabilitation Project, Zone F, Kogi State. (1997 – 1998)
  • Director of Operations, McEdeson Consultants Nigeria Limited. (1993 – 1997)
  • Legislator Representing Ebe Community in Udi Local Govt. Area. (1991 – 1993)
  • Works Engineer, Benjimson Engineering, Emene, Enugu. (1988 – 1991)
  • Hydro Power Generation Engineer Jebba, Jebba Dam in the then Kwara State of Nigeria (NYSC). (1988 – 1988)
  • Rural Engineer in charge of Ilorin City, Directorate of Food, Roads And Rural Infrastructure, DFRRI (NYSC). (1988 – 1988)
  • Instructor in machining operations, Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha, Anambra State. (1987 – 1987)
  • Pupillage Training: Projects Development Institute PRODA, Enugu. (1986)
ADMINISTRATIVE AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITIES EXECUTED
  • Ag. Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (August 2011 – July 2013)
  • Special Guest Lecturer and Author to the Young Readers Club Programme, Nigerian Television Authority. (2005 – 2011)
  • Nominated Member, Committee for the Development of Curricula for the Primary and Post Primary Education, Enugu State. (2007)
  • Member, Committee on the Review and Development of New Curricula for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UNN. (Jan. 2007)
  • Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (August 2005 – July 2012)
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Degree Projects, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (2003 – 2005)
  • Member, Departmental Strategic Planning Committee, Dept of Mech. Engrg. UNN. (2003 – present)
  • Member of Adhoc Committee on Development of Courses for the New Masters Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering, UNN. (2005)
  • Member, Utility Sub-committee, for 2008 NUGA Games to be hosted by UNN. (2006)
  • Staff Adviser, Departmental Association of Mechanical Engineering Students, UNN. (2006)
  • Secretary/Coordinator Review of Departmental PhD Course Content. (2009)
  • Chairman, Faculty Board Committee on Refresher Courses. (2008 – 2010)
  • Chairman, Faculty Board Committee on News Magazine. (2010 – 2012)
RESEARCH WORKS
Involved in further research works in the areas of: Fibre Reinforced Composites; Automobile Safety Mechanisms; Fuel Economy Injection Mechanisms.
RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
 

  • S.O. Edelugo and A. N. Enetanya, (2001), ―Effect of Directional Chance Agreement of Fibres Over and Above the Traditional Fibre Volume Fraction Dependence of Composite Strength. Global Journal of Mechanical Engineering. Vol. 2, No. 1, pp 72-76.
  • S.O. Edelugo (2002). ―A Comparison of the Combined Effect of Moisture and Long-Term Elevated Temperature Conditions on the Mechanical Strengths of Three Major Fibre Reinforced Plastic

Laminates. International Journal of Engineering Science and Technology. Vol. 2, No. 1, pp 47 – 50.

  • S. O. Edelugo, A. N. Enetanya and A. O. Odukwe, (2002), ―Residual Strength Analysis of Three Most Commonly Used Fibre Reinforced Laminates Following Fatigue Cycling. International Journal of Engineering Science & Technology. Vol. 2, No. 2, pp 21 – 23.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2002), ―Effect of Test Method on the Compression Strengths of Unidirectional Fibre Reinforced Composites. International Journal of Engineering Science & Technology, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp 1- 4.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2004), ―Effect of Reinforcements Combination on the Mechanical strength of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP)Handlay-up Laminates with Regards to Increased Temperature Conditions. Nigerian Journal of Technology. Vol. 23. No. 1. pp 39 – 47.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2006), ―Variation of Stiffness Due to Stacking Sequence in the Analysis of Composite Laminated Plates by the Finite Element Method, Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub. (USA) Vol. 38, pp 68-72.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2006), ―Effective Savings in Production Times and Cost Through the In-depth Knowledge of the Effect of Catalyst, Accelerator, Inhibitor and Temperature on the Gel Times of Polyester Resin. Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub. (USA)Vol. 38 No. 3, pp 3 – 7.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2007), ―A Comparative Analysis of the Effective Elastic Constants of Laminated Composite Plates Obtained by Various Closed-form and Series Solutions. Nigerian Journal of Technology, Vol. 26. No 1 pp.18-25.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2007), ―Application of the Reissners Plate Theory in the Delamination Analysis of a Three-Dimensional, Time-Dependent, Non-Linear, Damage Mechanics of a Uni-Directional, Fibre-Reinforced Composite Structure. Nigerian Journal of Technology. Vol.26 No. 2, pp 37-41.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2007), ―The Optimum Value Index in the Yield of Carbon Through Continuous Increase of Pressure in the Pyrolysis of Pitch-Derived Carbon-Carbon composite. Nigerian Journal of Technology. Vol.26 No. 2, pp 50-55.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2008), ―Application of the Eigen-Value Finite Element Approach in the Determination of Edge Effects in Laminated Composite Plates. Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub. (USA). Vol.40 No. 1 pp 33-40
  • S.O. Edelugo (2008), ―Application of the Tangent-Stiffness Method in the Finite Element Modeling of the Behaviour of Interface Surfaces. Nigerian Journal of Technology, vol. 27, No. 2 pp21 – 35.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2009), ―The Timed Response of Different Types of GRP Laminates on Exposure to Various Strengths of Alkaline and Acidic Environments. Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub.(USA). Vol. 41, No. 2 pp 79-87.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2009), ―Use of the Hybrid-Stress Finite Element Method in the Crack Propagation Analysis of a Uni-Directional, Fibre Reinforced Composite Plate. Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub. (USA)Vol. 41, No. 3 pp 70-81.
  • S.O. Edelugo (2009), ―Axisymmetrical Radial Loading of Multi-Layered, Transversely Isotropic, Cylindrical, Laminated Composite Pipes. Journal of Technology and Development, vol. 11, No. 1 pp 1-7.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2010), ― Reduction of Residual thermal Stresses in GRP Laminates Through Careful Control of Cool-down Path Taken During the Cure Process. Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub, (USA), Vol. 42, No. 1 pp 48-54.
  • S. O. Edelugo (2010), ― The Behaviour of Polymer Composite Plates During and After Cure and Consequent Immersion in Water. Journal of Advanced Materials, JAM, SAMPE Pub, (USA). Vol. 42, 3, pp 25-30.
  • C.C Ihueze, C.E. Okafor and S.O. Edelugo (2010), ―Finite Element Approaches in the Solution of Field Functions in Multidimensional Space: A Case of Boundary Value Problems. Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, USA, Vol. 9, No. 10 pp 929-959.
  • C. A. Mgbemene and S. O. Edelugo (2010), ―The Effect of Sawdust and Iron Filings Additives on Kaolinite Clay. Journal of Applied Clay Sciences, Elsevier Pub. Undergoing the Review Process*
  • I. C. Ezema, A.R.R. Menon, S.O.Edelugo, A.D. Omah I. U. Agbo (2011), ―Ply tensile properties of Banana WStem and Banana Bunch Fibres Reinforced Natural Rubber Composites. Nigerian Journal of Technology, NIJOTECH, Vol. 31No. 1, 2012.
  • P.C. Onyechi, S.O. Edelugo, C.C. Ihueze, N.S.P. Obuka, O.E. Chukwumauanya (2013), ―High Velocity Impact Response Evaluation of a Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) Composite – Amour Body. International Journal of Energy Engineering, Vol. 3 No. 5, pp 242–255.
  • P.C. Onyechi, S.O. Edelugo, C.C. Ihueze, N.S.P. Obuka (2013), ―Finite Element Analysis for Stress-Strain Parameter of Projectile Impeded Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyester (GFRP) Composite. Innovative Systems Design and Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 13, pp 8-24.
BOOKS
  • The Sin of The Flesh – A nearly 500-page literary masterpiece (novel)in character-building. Written for use by final year students in secondary schools. Approved for use, so far, by Ministry of Education in five states: Lagos, Enugu, Edo, Rivers and Ebonyi. Approved also for use in the Readers Club Programme (character-building), Nigerian Television Authority, Abuja. Approved for use by the Federal Ministry of Education, NERD, Abuja. Joint Winner of the Association of Nigeria Authors ANA/JAKARANDA Prize for Prose in Literature, 2006 during the ANA Silver Jubilee programme/Celebrations, Oct. 2006 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Publisher: EldeMak Limited, 2004.
  • A Costly Mistake – Another literary work in character-building (novel). Written for freshmen in universities as target audience. Approved for use in the Readers Club Programme, Nigerian Television Authority, Abuja. Currently in use by the school of General Studies in various Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria. Publisher: EldeMak Limited, 2006.
  • Mechanical Vibrations & The Balance of Multi-cylinder Engines – An Engineering text covering the fourth and fifth year course contents in Mechanical Engineering Vibrations and the Balance of Multi-cylinder Engines. Publisher: De – Adroit Innovation, 2009.
  • When We Were Young & Other Poems – A collection of exciting poems for young people. Under publication.
2   Name :           Engr. Ezema, Ikechukwu Christian

Position:           Lecturer I

Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

E-mail:                                 ikeezema@gmail.com;     ikechukwu.ezema@unn.edu.ng

M/Phone:                            +2348148320961

Brief Biography

Engr. Ikechukwu Ezema is a Lecturer in the Department of metallurgical & Materials Engineering. He was an Exam Officer and also a Supervisor of undergraduate Students. His research interests include nanoscience and nanotechnology, composite, nanocomposites, Bio polymers for corrosion nanocoatings for oil & gas / power plant installations. Materials for building particularly low cost materials for rural dwellers, Experimental and computational research in polymer, metal and ceramics matrix composites, Welding of Materials, Materials Modeling, Simulation and Quality control.

He has published many papers in several local and international journals and has been awarded a number of research grants: World Bank Step-B, IOT 2009 Award

Other Scholarly Activities:

  • COREN Registered Engineer
  • Member Nigerian Society of Engineers
  • Member Material Research Society of India (MRSI)
  • Student Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • INSA-JRD-TATA FELLOW, 2010 – (NIIST Trivandrum, Kerala India)
  • World Bank Step –B IOT awardee 2010

Research Interest

Core/Primary Research Areas;

Bioicomposites for building and engineering applications.

Polymers,Hybrid Composite Materials for Energy, Environment and Biomedical Applications.

Nano-polymeric coating for welding and corrosion controls of facilities in the oil and gas industry

Computational Materials Modeling.

3       Name: ENGR. OMAH AUGUSTINE DINOBI

       Email Address: dinobi2002@yahoo.com

       Phone Number:+2348033863639 or +2348059851374

     Contact Address:Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Brief Biography

Omah Augustine Dinobi is a Lecturer in the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering. He is the academic adviser of the 200level student. His research interests include: physical metallurgy, dielectric materials, electronic materials and Welding of materials. He has published many papers in several local and international journals.

Core/Primary Research Areas;

Dielectric composites for energy transmission and communication.

Polymers,Hybrid Composite Materials for Energy, Environment and Biomedical Applications.

Computational Materials Modeling.

 

4          AGBO, CORNELIUS OGBODO

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Tel: +2348033579868
E-mail: agbocoa@yahoo.co.uk; cornelius.agbo@unn.edu.ng

PERSONAL:
Date of Birth:  22ND JANUARY, 1964.
State and Nationality: Enugu  State, Nigeria.
Marital Status: Married.
EDUCATION:
M.Eng (Mechanical Engineering) 1998, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
B.Eng (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering) 1990, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
West African School Certificate (1986)  Mbu Boys Secondary School Mbu.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Member Nigerian Society of Engineers(MNSE).:
WORK EXPERIENCE:
1984-1985: Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company Limited, Enugu Auto Mechanic-     In-Training.
1989: Nigerian Railway Corporation, Enugu, Industrial Attachment
1990/1991: NYSC, UNICEF Watsan Projects, Calabar.
1992–1996: Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company Limited, Enugu,  Mechanical          Engineer.
1996¬2006:  Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company Limited, Enugu, Mgr (Instructor   SVR TTG).
2008—To Date: Mechanical Engineering Dept, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka, Lecturer I
SERVICE TO GOVERNMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC BODIES:
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH:
            1.Agbo, Cornelius O. A. “A critical evaluation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturing in            Nigeria”. Nigerian Journal of Technology. Vol. 30, No. 1, March 2011. pp 8 – 16.
2.Agbo, C. O. A. ”Recycle Materials Potential of Imported Used