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Dr. Almon Chai Wei-Yen

Senior Lecturer (Coordinator, Robotics & Mechatronics Program)
BEng (Hons) (UK), MSc (UK), PhD (Mal)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 663
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E102, Building E, FECS
Email: achai@swinburne.edu.my
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Biography

After returning from abroad, Almon worked for a couple of years in the ceramics manufacturing industry as a maintenance engineer. His work scope covered both preventive and corrective maintenance for the manufacturing production lines. During that time, Almon discovered that energy conservation could be performed on a certain section of the manufacturing facility which involved drying by kilns. It is due to his interest in this matter further research was pursued. Almon commenced his doctoral research onto the drying of ceramics via means of computational simulations and completed in 2007. Almon now has research interests in computational simulations on drying technology such as solar and mixed-mode, and forced-convective drying, especially mesh generation and mesh type. He also has interests in robotics and mechatronics systems.

Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics;
  • Computational Techniques on Robotics;
  • Energy Conservation;
  • Solar and Mixed-mode Drying;
  • Drying Technology;
  • Robotics and Mechatronics;
  • Publications

Publications

  • Journal Paper C.Y. Lau and A. Chai, 2012, Development of a Low-Cost Pneumatic Air-Muscle Actuated Anthropomorphic Robotic Hand, J. Procedia Engineering, Elsevier (to be published)
  • Journal Paper A. Chai, 2012, Computational Simulation of Single and Double Tray Forced-Convective Dryer, Int. J. Modeling and Optimisation, ISSN 2010-3297 (to be published)
  • Conference Paper S.Y. Wong and A. Chai, 2012. Monthly Average Daily Global Solar Radiation Estimation in Sarawak, Malaysia. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Engineering and ICT (ICEI2012), Melaka, Malaysia.
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, 2011, Simulation of Cabinet-type Forced-Convective Dryer, Proceedings of International Meeting on Advances in Thermofluids (IMAT2011), Melaka, Malaysia (http://www.springer.com/materials/nanotechnology/book/978-3-540-73605-9)
  • Conference Paper A. Chai and A. Vakhguelt, 2011, Simulation on Effects of Porosity Pattern Arrangement of Porous Media During Drying, Proceedings of International Meeting on Advances in Thermofluids (IMAT2011), Melaka, Malaysia
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, 2010, Small-Scaled Forced Convective Dryer, Proceedings of International Conference on Mechanical and Electrical Technology (ICMET2010), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, 2009, Conceptual Design and Simulation of a Bi-Wave Power Generation Turbine, Proceedings of Computations on Designs in Engineering (CODE2009), Seoul, Korea
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, and A. Vakhguelt, 2009, Computational Simulation of Wave Propagation Energy Dissipation in Liquid-Gas Medium, Proceedings of Computations on Designs in Engineering (CODE2009), Seoul, Korea
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, 2009, Enhanced Drying with Altered Temperature Distribution using CFD, Proceedings of International Conference on Recent and Emerging Advanced Technologies in Engineering (iCREATE2009), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, and A. Vakhguelt, 2009, Design of Solar-Based Pepper-Berries Dryer using CFD, Proceedings of International Conference on Recent and Emerging Advanced Technologies in Engineering (iCREATE2009), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, and A. Vakhguelt, 2007, Improvement Performed on Industrial Roller Kiln via CFD Modelling, Proceedings of 5th Asia-Pacific Drying Conference (APDC), Hong Kong
  • Conference Paper A. Chai, and H. H. Ung, 2007, Conceptual Design of a Portable Horizontal Gasifier, Proceedings of 5th Asia-Pacific Drying Conference (APDC), Hong Kong