Department of Automotive Engineering

Fadi Abu-Farha

Dr. Fadi Abu-FarhaAssistant Professor

(864) 283-7231
4 Research Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Fadi Abu-Farha, Ph.D., joined Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research in January 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering. He comes to CU-ICAR from Penn State Erie, where he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Fadi received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 2001, followed by a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2007. He worked at the University of Kentucky’s ME department as a post-doctoral scholar and an adjunct lecturer.

Fadi’s prime area of research is lightweight design; his research activities have been targeting greater utilization of lightweight materials in the transportation sector.  Fadi has a history of collaborative research with GM R&D center, with focus on sheet metal forming of magnesium and aluminium alloys, and recently advanced high strength steels. Fadi was awarded the NSF CAREER Award in 2013.  He was also awarded the “Outstanding Paper Award” at the 31st Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRI/SME) in 2003, and the “Young Researcher Fellowship” at the 3rd MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics in 2005.


Capabilities and Particular Topics of Interest

  • Sheet metal forming of magnesium, aluminium & titanium alloys (material characterisation, constitutive modelling, microstructural examination, manufacturing, FE simulation, …)
  • Warm/hot pneumatic forming (including QPF and SPF techniques)
  • Non-isothermal forming of press-hardenable steels
  • Sustainable manufacturing concepts (reverse forming, hybrid forming, reforming, friction stir back extrusion, friction stir forging, ….)
  • Friction-stirring phenomenon (processing and deformation)
  • Advanced material testing (Biaxial deformation mode)
  • Sheet formability at extreme temperatures (forming limit curves and surfaces)

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