Osezua Ibhadode, PhD, PEng
Area of Study / Keywords
Design and Manufacturing Topology Optimization Additive Manufacturing Design for Additive Manufacturing Lattice and Porous Structure Design Computer Aided Design Computational Methods Structural Optimization Multiphysics and Multidisciplinary Design
Dr. Osezua Ibhadode joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta in September 2022. He is the Principal Investigator of the Multifunctional Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab (MDAMlab). Dr. Ibhadode's research interest lies in structural design and optimization for additive and advanced manufacturing technologies.
2021-2022: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
2017-2021: PhD, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
2013-2015: MSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos
2006-2011: BEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Benin
My research team is invested in developing design solutions for Industry 4.0, utilizing additive manufacturing and design technologies such as topology optimization and lattice structures. We also further advance these structural design tools to account for multi-physics and multidisciplinary applications. A summary of some research areas are listed below.
Topology optimization provides the best structural configuration of a design for an objective subject to one or more constraints. To generate structurally optimal designs for additive or advanced manufacturing, we are developing new multiphysics and multiobjective methodologies and leveraging existing strategies.
Lattice and Porous Structures
With the advances in additive manufacturing technologies to produce structurally complex yet functional features, lattice/porous/infill structures have become a viable means for design applications that cover lightweighting, composites, meta-materials, bone scaffolds, implants, impact absorbers, etc.
Additive Manufacturing Process Modelling and Constraints
To ensure a design is manufacturable, modeling the process is pertinent to first investigate the structure's response during and after printing (deformation, residual stress). Beyond this, the structural design methodology can capture the process responses to mitigate severe manufacturing defects during and after production.
Structural Design Software Development
A key objective in the multifunctional structural design and additive manufacturing lab is the development of software tools (mainly open source) that can aid teaching and research. We aim to make several nascent design techniques available to researchers, teachers, engineers, and designers to ensure the diffusion of knowledge and obtain feedback for technology enhancement.
Primary manufacturing processes including casting, forming, machining, powdered metallurgy and surface technology, interactions between design, materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites) and processes, selected field trips and laboratory activities. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Prerequisite: MEC E 260.