Mihaela Vlasea

Assistant Professor

Contact InformationMihaela Vlasea

Phone: 519-888-4567 x48329, 519-888-4567 x48329
Location: EC4 1011

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Biography Summary

Additive manufacturing or industrial 3D printing is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. Dr. Vlasea’s research focuses on innovative design, process optimization and adoption of new materials for powder bed fusion and powder bed binder jetting additive manufacturing processes. The research goals are to bridge the technological gaps necessary to improve part quality, process repeatability and reliability.

Research Interests

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Power bed fusion
  • Power bed binder jetting
  • Digital design optimization
  • Process optimization
  • Data analytics
  • Monitoring and controls strategies

Education

  • 2014, Doctorate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 2011, Diploma, Space Studies Program, International Space University
  • 2008, Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Courses*

  • ME 262 - Microprocessors&Digital Logic
    • Taught in 2017
  • ME 561 - Fluid Power Control Systems
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • ME 739 - Manufacturing Processes Topics
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020
  • MTE 262 - Microprocessors Digital Logic
    • Taught in 2016, 2017
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Brock L, Ogunsanya I, Asgari H, Patel S, Vlasea M, Relative Performance of Additively Manufactured and Cast Aluminum Alloys, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 2020
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  • Patel S, Rogalsky A, Vlasea M, Towards understanding side-skin surface characteristics in laser powder bed fusion, Journal of Materials Research, 35(15), 2020, 2055 - 2064
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  • Ertay DS, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K, Thermomechanical and geometry model for directed energy deposition with 2D/3D toolpaths, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 35, 2020
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  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, The effect of reuse cycles on Ti-6Al-4V powder properties processed by electron beam melting, Journal of Manufacturing Letters, 25(2020), 2020, 60 - 63
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  • Wheat E, Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, The Master Sinter Curve and Its Application to Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 142, 2020
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  • Salarian M, Hamed A, Vlasea M., Pore space characteristics and corresponding effect on tensile properties of Inconel 625 fabricated via laser powder bed fusion, Materials Science & Engineering A, 769, 2019
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  • Patel S, Vlasea M, Melting modes in laser powder bed fusion, Materialia, 9, 2019
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  • Rishmawi I, Salarian M, Vlasea M, Tailoring green and sintered density of pure iron parts using binder jetting additive manufacturing, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 24, 2018, 508 - 520
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  • Rogalsky A, Rishmawi I, Brock L, Vlasea M, Low cost irregular feed stock for laser powder bed fusion, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 35, 2018, 446 - 456
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  • Liravi F, Vlasea M, Data Related to the Experimental Design for Powder Bed Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Silicone, Data in Brief, 18, 2018, 1477 - 1483
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  • Wheat E, Vlasea M, Hinebaugh J, Metcalfe C, Data related to the sinter structure analysis of titanium structures fabricated via binder jetting additive manufacturing, Data in Brief, 20, 2018, 1029 - 1038
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  • Ali U, Mahmoodkhani Y, Shahabad SI, Esmaeilizadeh R, Liravi F, Sheydaeian E, Huang KY, Marzbanrad E, Vlasea M, Toyserkani E, On the measurement of relative powder-bed compaction density in powder-bed additive manufacturing processes, Materials and Design, 155, 2018, 495 - 501
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  • Wheat E, Vlasea M, Hinebaugh J, Metcalfe C, Sinter structure analysis of titanium structures fabricated via binder jetting additive manufacturing, Materials and Design, 156, 2018, 167 - 183
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  • Asgari H, Salarian M, Ma H, Olubamiji A, Vlasea M, On thermal expansion behavior of invar alloy fabricated by modulated laser powder bed fusion, Materials and Design, 160, 2018, 895 - 905
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  • Liravi F, Vlasea M, Powder Bed Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Silicone Structures, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 21, 2018, 112 - 124
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  • Sheydaeian E, Fishman Z, Vlasea M, Toyserkani E, On the effect of throughout layer thickness variation on properties of additively manufactured cellular titanium structures, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 18, 2017, 40 - 47
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  • Sheydaeian, Esmat and Vlasea, Mihaela and Woo, Ami and Pilliar, Robert and Hu, Eugene and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Effect of glycerol concentrations on the mechanical properties of additive manufactured porous calcium polyphosphate structures for bone substitute applications, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 105(4), 2016
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  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Pilliar, Robert, Effect of gray scale binder levels on additive manufacturing of porous scaffolds with heterogeneous properties, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 12(1), 2015, 62 - 70
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  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Pilliar, Robert and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Control of structural and mechanical properties in bioceramic bone substitutes via additive manufacturing layer stacking orientation, Additive Manufacturing, 6, 2015, 30 - 38
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  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Experimental characterization and numerical modeling of a micro-syringe deposition system for dispensing sacrificial photopolymers on particulate ceramic substrates, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 213(11), 2013, 1970 - 1977
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  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Shanjani, Yaser and Bothe, Annabel and Kandel, Rita and Toyserkani, Ehsan, A combined additive manufacturing and micro-syringe deposition technique for realization of bio-ceramic structures with micro-scale channels, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 68(9-12), 2013, 2261 - 2269
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  • Osborne, Jeffrey and Brunskill, Christopher and Jaguste, Rohan and Johnson, Christopher Daniel and Sharif, Helia and Silversides, Ian and Trey, Bertrand and Vlasea, Mihaela, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Human-Robot Cooperation in Near-Term Exploration Scenarios, Global Space Exploration SSRN 2120256, 2012
  • Bland, Natalie and Brunskill, Christopher and Chen, Jianyu and Chen, Zhaohui and Chu, Chao and Dayas-Codina, Marc and Donici, Valentina and Eggl, Siegfried and Ferrer, Eloi and Ferrer-Desclaux, David and others, CHARM: Cooperation of Humans and Robots for Mars-Final Report, Global Exploration, 2011
  • Vlasea M, Shanjani Y, Basalah A, Toyserkani E, Additive Manufacturing of Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering of Bone and Cartilage, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems, 13(1), 2011, 123 - 141
  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, Powder reuse cycles in electron beam additive manufacturing and their effect on Ti-6Al- 4V powder and layer properties, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2020, Virtual, (8 pages)
  • Ertay DS, Kamyab S, Vlasea M, Azimifar Z, Ma T, Rogalsky AD, Fieguth P, Prediction of Defects Based on Scan Path and Melt Pool Morphology Using Machine Learning for Laser Powder Bed Fusion, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2020, Virtual, (20 pages)
  • van Houtum GJ, Vlasea M, Machine learning applications in laser-based processes., NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2020, Virtual, (8 pages)
  • Wang M, Vlasea M. Literature survey on the application of porous media knowledge in binder jetting. Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Accepted May, 2019. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M. Design of a test artefact to evaluate critical features for Ti-6Al-4V parts manufactured by electron-beam melting (EBM). Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Zhu Y, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Synergy Strategies between Additive Manufacturing and Machining for Designs with High Complexity. Proceedings of the Virtual Machining Process Technology, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Groen A, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Modelling of powder spreading to optimize compaction consistency. Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Patel S, Vlasea M, Prediction of Melting Mode Transition in Powder Bed Laser Fusion, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 5
  • Brock L, Asgari H, Vlasea M, Preliminary work on the selective laser melting of AlSi10Mg for fabrication of an aluminum transmission pump housing, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 11
  • Rishmawi I, Salarian M, Vlasea M, Maximizing Green and Sintered Density of Pure Iron Parts using Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 7
  • Ertay DS, Ma H, Vlasea M, Correlative Beam Path and Pore Defect Space Analysis for Modulated Powder Bed Laser Fusion Process, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2018, Austin, Texas, 272 - 284
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  • Rishmawi I, Salarian M, Vlasea M, Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Water-Atomized Iron, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2018, Austin, Texas, 160 - 170
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  • Ertay DS, Vlasea M, Defect Space Analysis for Invar36 in Powder Bed Laser Fusion Process, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 6
  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, A review of particle packing models - current understanding and future direction, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 5
  • Ertay DS, Erkorkmaz K, Vlasea M, Geometric Modeling of Powder Fed Laser Fusion Process with 2D Toolpaths, Virtual Machining Process Technology, 06 2018, Hamilton, Canada, 1 - 6
  • Ma TP, Vlasea M, Process Mapping of Invar36 Parts made via Powder Bed Laser Fusion Additive Manufacturing, 6th International Conference on Virtual Machining Process Technology (VMPT), 05 2017, Montreal, Canada, 1 - 6
  • Lane B, Mekhontsev S, Grantham S, Vlasea M, Whiting J, Yeung H, Fox J, Zarobila C, NeiraJ, McGlauflin G, Hanssen L, Moylan S, Donmez A, Rice J, Design, developments, and results from the additive manufacturing metrology test bed (AMMT), Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2016, Austin, Texas, 1 - 23
  • Grantham, Steven and Lane, Brandon and Neira, Jorge and Mekhontsev, Sergey and Vlasea, Mihaela and Hanssen, Leonard, Optical design and initial results from NIST's AMMT/TEMPS facility, SPIE LASE, 01 2016
  • Ureten E, Vlasea M, Wilett T, Daim T, Chapter 8: Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technology Assessment for Titanium Hip Implant Fabrication, R&D Management in the Knowledge Era, Springer, , 259 manuscript pages
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  • Vlasea M, Basalah A, Azhari A, Kandel R, Toyserkani E, Additive manufacturing for bone load bearing applications, 3D Bioprinting and Nanotechnology in Tissue Engineering., Zhang LG, Fisher JP, Leong K, , 263 manuscript pages
  • Shanbhag G, Rishmawi I, Vlasea M, Helicopter Tail Boom Redesign proposed for Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), (Accepted in 2018)

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