Prof. Abir Arbel: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Manufacturing and Materials Processing

18A Nachlat Itzhak St., Box 63, Tel-Aviv, 67448, Israel. Phone: ++972-36956956 Cellular: ++972-52-8363759, Fax: ++972-3-6966736, E-mail: abarbel@post.bgu.ac.il

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I have over 40 years of cumulative experience, at just about all possible professional levels, in a variety of areas related to mechanical engineering, materials science & engineering, manufacturing and materials processing. This experience was gained in U.S. corporations that were and are the world's leaders in various areas of aerospace and of generation & conversion of energy; in leading U.S. academia and a U.S. national laboratory; in an Israeli national laboratory, in Israeli academia and as an independent entrepreneur.

THE SERVICES I OFFER:
  • Consulting and leading research & development (R&D) projects in areas related to mechanical engineering, materials science & engineering, manufacturing and materials processing.
  • Failure analysis of all types of mechanical and materials systems.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
  • Designing mechanical systems that are used worldwide.
  • Designing, at the end of mission oriented R&D, a plant for the cost-effective manufacturing of modern rechargeable batteries.
  • Initiating, designing, establishing and managing R&D facilities and teams in industry, in national laboratories and in academia, in the USA and in Israel.
  • Designing and building unique experimental systems that facilitated the successful conduct of R&D projects.
  • Initiating and leading multidisciplinary development, applied research, mission-oriented research and basic research, in industry, in national laboratories and in academia, in the USA and in Israel, including in the following U.S. corporations: Thermo King, Gould, Honeywell, Westinghouse and Martin Marietta that is part of the current Lockheed Martin Corporation.
  • Establishing and leading, while on a 27-month sabbatical, all new research facility, research program and research group at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • Serving as consultant on subjects related to mechanical, material and process engineering in Israel and in the USA.
  • Doing failure analysis of engineering systems and components.
  • Having formal training and actual experience as expert witness in Israeli courts.

PARTIAL LIST OF UNCLASSIFIED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES:
  • Studying all aspects of mechanical behavior of advanced materials with emphasis on high temperature performance.
  • Life prediction and structural integrity of engineering systems that operate at extreme stresses and temperatures like gas turbines, jet-engines, fighter planes, nuclear and conventional power plants.
  • Formulating the effective diffusion time during rapid thermal processing (RTP). The derived expression is an essential calculating tool for the development and manufacturing of all current and future advanced nano-processors for use in the fastest computers.
  • Developing, in Israel, the process for casting single-crystal superalloy components for the hottest sections of modern jet engines and gas turbines.
  • Electron beam welding and using the unique characteristics of this process for enhancing the mechanical behavior of welded systems.
  • Machining of hard ceramics.
  • Joining dissimilar materials by diffusion.
  • Physical vapor deposition (PVD) of aluminum oxide, (alumina) as a diffusion barrier coating of very strong silicon carbide fibers.
  • Metal forming of special alloys: Theoretical formulation and experimental research.
  • Computational optimization of the cooling processes of large ceramic products to retain their structural integrity during manufacturing.
  • Annealing and recrystallization of special materials.
  • Optimizing thick-wall pressure vessels.
  • Mathematical formulation of the behavior of temperature-compensated magnetostrictive bi-metals to be used as sensors.
A PARTIAL LIST OF ISRAELI ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE OBTAINED MY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, CONSULTING AND FAILURE ANALYSIS SERVICES:
  • Israel Ministry of Defense.
  • Israel Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • Israel Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
  • Israel Ministry of Internal Security.
  • The Israeli Air Force. These services include providing solutions to real-world problems, also in cases where the experts of leading U.S. manufacturers of fighter planes, helicopters and jet engines were not successful in doing so.
  • Israel Navy.
  • Israel Ordnance Corps.
  • Israel Electric Company.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.
  • Soreq Nuclear Research Center.
  • Bet Shemesh (Jet) Engines Ltd.
  • Urdan Industries - Associated Steel Foundries Ltd.
  • Tadea - Huntleigh Ltd.
  • Medtronic - InStent Israel Ltd.
  • Rotem Ampart Negev Ltd. (A division of Israel Chemicals Ltd.).
  • Ashot Ashkelon Industries Ltd.
  • Oris K. S. Industries Ltd.
  • Kalorit Jerusalem Engineering & Trade Ltd.
  • Packer Steel Company Ltd.
  • Oz Thermal Treatment.
  • J. Manas Ltd.
  • Harel Insurance Company
  • Phoenix Insurance Company
ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES:
Teaching over 10 different graduate and undergraduate courses in departments of mechanical and materials engineering in Israel. Supervising academic research projects leading to Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees. Serving, while on a sabbatical, as Visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) of the Ohio State University (OSU). The Department ranked, at that time, as the top one in OSU and among the top 3 MSE departments in the USA.

MILITARY SERVICE:
Served compulsory service in the Israel Corps of Engineers and as a reservist at the R&D entity of Israel Ministry of Defense.