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Mohsen
Mosleh

Contact

Office: 
L.K. Downing Hall, Room 2022
Phone: 
202-806-6222
Email: 
mmosleh@howard.edu

Faculty Details

Rank: 
Professor
Education: 

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, 1996
(Fellow, ASME)

Subjects Taught: 

Continuum Mechanics, Advanced Dynamics, CAD/CAM, Manufacturing Processes

Research: 

Surface Engineering and Tribology, Lubrication, Nanofluids and Nanolubricants, Manufacturing Processes

Detailed Information

About Me: 

The main thrust of Dr. Mosleh′s research is surface engineering, surface treatment, wear mechanisms, and lubrication. The role of surface texturing, near surface and bulk characteristics, and mechanics of surface interactions at nano, micro and macro scales are investigated. Other research activities include development of novel nanolubricants and nanofluids for thermal and lubrication management, study of the role of surface defects and topography of ceramics such as silicon nitride on fatigue failure, development of metal and ceramic matrix composites for improved mechanical and thermal properties.

Surface Engineering and Nanofluids Laboratory (SENL)

Dr. Mosleh is the founder of Surface Engineering and Nanofluids Laboratory (SENL) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Research in SENL focuses on understanding the interactions of contacting surfaces in different scales and devising innovative engineering solutions to reduce/eliminate their degradation over time. Surface engineering techniques are being used in a variety of applications including automotive, aerospace, power, electronic, biomedical, textile, petroleum, chemical, machine tools and construction industries. The main thrusts of research include cutting nanofluids for manufacturing processes, nanofluids for thermal and lubrication management, nanolubricants for energy efficiency in engines and transmissions, vehicle tribology, rolling contact fatigue, hybrid bearings, surface texturing, contact mechanics, and nanotribology.

During the past several years, numerous master and doctoral graduates have conducted their research in this laboratory under the PI’s supervision. Some of the major equipment/instrumentations are:

  • Koehler TR-30H four-ball tester (10,000 rpm and 10,000 N) for ASTM standards D-2783, D-2266, D-
    2596, D-4172 and D-5183 and IP-300 standard tests
  • Nano DeBEE High Pressure Homogenizer with 3 lt/hr capacity and pressure of 45,000 psi
  • Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS with particle size range of 0.3 nm -10,000 nm
  • ThermTest TPS 500 for thermal conductivity & diffusivity of solids, fluids, pastes, and particles
  • Cambridge Viscosity VISCOlab 3000 for measurement of viscosity up to 175 C
  • Retsch Planetary Ball Mill PM200
  • Other equipment such as polishing machines, microbalances, rotary and back and forth tribotesters, a planetary ball mill and computers for data acquisition and computational needs

Major Grants and Contracts (2001-2018)
Total Funding: Over $2.25 million as PI, Over $3.5 million co-PI

  • Department of Education, “Industry-Research Inclusion in STEM Education (I-RISE)”, (PI: 2019-2022)
  • Department of Defense, “Acquisition of a PET/CT Imaging System for STEM Research and Education”, (Co-PI: 2017-2018)
  • The Boeing Company, “Novel nanofluids for High speed drilling, orbital drilling and sheet metal
    forming”, (PI: 2007-2018)
  • National Science Foundation, “MRI: Acquisition of a Biaxial Test System to Advance Research, Education, and Training at Howard”, (Co-PI: 2012-2013)
  • Army Research Laboratory, “Characterization and Analysis of Novel Composite Materials for Armor Applications”, (PI: 2007-2010)
  • National Science Foundation, “CCLI Phase I: Increasing Student Design-Build Experiences via the GENIUS Innovation Lab”, (Co-PI: 2009-2012)
  • Army research Office, “Interdisciplinary computational research”, (Co-PI: 2001-2005)

Patents
1- M. Mosleh, Surface conditioning nanolubricants”, US Patent No. 9,644,166, 2017
2- M. Mosleh and John H. Belk, Methods and compositions for reducing wear of surfaces in contact with one another, US Patent No. 9,605,228, 2017
3- M. Mosleh and M. Ghaderi, Gelling nanofluids for dispersion stability”, US Patent No. 9,840,679, 2017
4- M. Mosleh, Hybrid nanolubricants, US Patent No. 9,434,905, 2016.

Recent Journal Publications

  • M. Mosleh, W. Hu, J. Rostami, “Introduction to Rock and Soil Abrasivity Index (RSAI)”, Wear, Volumes 432–433, 15 August 2019, 202953
  • M. Mosleh, K.K. Bradshaw, K.A. Shirvani, S.T. Smith, J.H. Belk, “Roughness Effect in Micropitting and Rolling Contact Fatigue of Silicon Nitride”, Ceramics 2019, 2, 135–147
  • M. Mosleh, K.A. Shirvani, S.T. Smith, J.H. Belk, Gary Lipczynski, “A Study of Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) by Nanofluids in Orbital Drilling and Tribological Testing”, J. Manuf. Mat. Process, 2019, 3(1), 5
  • M. Mosleh, M. Ghaderi, K.A. Shirvani, J. Belk, D. J. Grzina, “Performance of Cutting Nanofluids in Tribological Testing and Conventional Drilling, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Volume 25, (2017), pp. 70–76.
  • K.A. Shirvani, M. Mosleh, S.T. Smith, “Nanopolishing by colloidal nanodiamond in elastohydrodynamic lubrication”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, (2016) 18:248

Recent Engineering Education Publications

  • Mosleh, M. and Smith S., “Mentoring and Fit Attributes Enhancing Minority Doctoral Degree Completion in Engineering”, ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference, Washington, Dc, April 6-7, 2018.
  • Mosleh, M. and Shirvani K., “Design, Build, and Test Projects in an Engineering Materials Laboratory”, ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference, Berks, PA, October 6-7, 2017.
  • Mosleh, M. and Marin, C., “Impact of Engineering Ambassador Program on Academic Attainment of Minority Students in Engineering”, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH, June 25-28, 2017.
  • Mosleh, M. and Thom, M., “Design-Build, Project-Based Learning in an Engineering Materials Laboratory”, Proceedings of the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 7-8, 2017 [BEST PAPER AWARD].
  • C. Marin C., M. Mosleh, “Stimulation of Scientific Interest and Higher Confidence Through the Engineering Ambassador Programs Experience”, Proceedings of the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference, New York, NY, October 21-22 2016.

Recent Dissertation/Thesis Advised

- Mousab Ahmed, “Investigation of temperature-sensitive alcohol-based organogels”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2019.

- Keron K. Bradshaw, “Investigation of Surface Roughness Effects on the Rolling Contact Fatigue Life of Ceramic and Steel Hybrid Bearing Elements”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2017.

- Khosro Shirvani, “Nanopolishing by nanolubricants in elastohydrodynamic lubrication”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2015.

- Onovughakpor Kedienhon, “Dispersion stability of nanoparticles in mineral oil”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, December 2012

- Keron Bradshaw, Rolling contact fatigue life of hybrid bearings, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, summer 2011

- Neway D. Atnafu, “Tribological properties of sheet metal forming fluids modified with dispersed nanoparticles”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2009

- Sriram Gopalan, “Efficient production of hydrogen through recuperative solid oxide electrolysis”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, August 2008

- Ansah, Isaac, “Friction Force microscopy of silicon <111> (phosphorous doped) and silicon carbide (3c & 6H)”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, October 2007

- Gabre, Thomas, “Tribological properties of silver nanocomposite coatings”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, December 2007

- Allen, Christopher, “Machine condition monitoring based on the analysis of wear particles in the lubricating fluid”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2006

- Jamal Thompson, “Hydrogen production through CPV Electrolysis”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2005

- Bomani Ajamu Khemet, “A new surface topography design for cleaner disc brakes”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, 2003

- Vijay Thomas John, “Characterization of wear particles produced during abrasion of UHMWPE by surfaces with artificial asperities”, ME Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, 2003

-Anthony D. Belvin, "Investigation of fiber/matrix interaction in ultra high molecular weight polyethylene homocomposites", MS Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, May 2000.

-Reeshemah K. Burrell, "The effect of fiber length on the mechanical properties of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) homocomposites", MS Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, August 2000.

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