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Professor Dr Riaz Ahmad Mufti
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

SMME
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12, NUST HQ, Islamabad.
Tel : +925190856055

Specialization
Automative Engineering

Education
PhD (University of leeds) UK

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Consultant with extensive experience in the field of automotive engineering, engine tribology, Instrumentation and lubrication engineering.

Key Attributes

  • Successful track record of achievement in the central research facility of a leading global oil company, British Petroleum UK.
  • 7 years’ experience as a Marine/Mechanical Engineer and 10 years’ as an Automotive and Lubricant Technologist
  • Additional experience in experimental design, sensor technology and technical support.
  • Worked extensively with European automotive OEMs, test houses and universities (including Imperial College, Leeds University and Lancaster University) on lubricant technologies for future engines.
  • Presented technical findings worldwide at conferences and symposiums and filed half a dozen patents.
  • Providing consultancy to a number of National and International Companies.
  • Developed a number of commercial products automotive industry.
  • Established the first and only NI Labview Academy in Pakistan certified by National Instruments USA and Automotive Research Centre.
  • Received a number of Innovation awards and Gold Medals.

Achievements

  • President's Pride of Performance, 2015.
  • President’s Gold Medal for Best Innovation from the President of Pakistan, 2014.
  • Recipient of the HEC Best Innovator Award, 2014.
  • Received FPCCI (Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Achievement Award, Gold Medal, 2014.
  • Awarded Automotive Innovation Award, Innovation Summit 2013.
  • Corporate member Institution of Mechanical Engineers UK.
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK.
  • Certified Labview Programmer NI USA
  • Professional Engineer (Member Pakistan Engineering Council, MECH 21280).

 

University of Leeds, School of Mechanical Engineering                               2003
PhD Automotive Engine (Total and component friction in a motored and firing engine) In collaboration with EPSRC, Shell Global Solutions, Jaguar Cars, Federal Mogul Technology and Ford Motor Company.
 

University of Leeds, School of Mechanical Engineering                               1998

M.Sc. (Eng) Mechanical Engineering (Specialised in Automotive Engineering)

Modules included Experimental and Computational Methods, Automotive Drivetrain Engineering, Engine Tribology, Combustion in Engines, Vehicle Design and Performance, Finite Element Analysis and Robotics.

M.Sc. Thesis: Designed a non-linear multivariable controller for a flight simulator motion system.

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​ Research Area 

  • Tribology
  • Internal Combustion Engines (Gasoline and Diesel)
  • Marine Propulsion Engines
  • Lubricant Technology
  • Engine Instrumentation
  • Sensor Technology 
  • Data Acquisition Systems

Patents

  • Method and apparatus for measuring the torque on the camshaft of an internal combustion engine (Patent No: EP1816456)
  • Method for the measurement of the rotation of a valve train follower and apparatus for carrying out the method (Patent No: EP1835135)
  • Development of engine blow-by meter RAM-BB2, Patent Application No: 854/2011.
  • Oil film thickness measurement system for engine journal bearings using localized capacitive technique, Patent Application No: 188/2013
  • Development of engine blow-by meter based on micro controller, Patent Application No: 190/2013.
  • Technique and apparatus for engine tappet speed monitoring system, Patent Application No: 189/2013.
  • Engine direct acting follower rotational speed measuring system, Patent Application No: 507/2013

Publications:

1. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Experimental and Theoretical Study of Instantaneous Engine Valve Train Friction”, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Tribology 2003, vol 125, pp 628-637.

2. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Experimental Evaluation of Engine Valve Train Friction under Motored and Fired Conditions”, Tribological research and design for engineering systems, Tribology Series 41, ISBN 0 444 51243 8, pp 767-778.

3. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Experimental Evaluation of Piston Assembly Friction under Motored and Fired Conditions in a Gasoline Engine”, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Tribology, 2005, vol 127, pp 826-836.

4. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Experimental and Theoretical Study of Piston Assembly Friction in a Fired Engine”, Annual STLE (Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers) Meeting, New York (USA), 2003.

5. R.A. Mufti, M. Priest and R.J. Chittenden, “Experimental and Theoretical Study of Instantaneous Piston Assembly Friction in a Gasoline Engine”, Proc. ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference 2004, Engine Tribology TRIB2004-64199, pp. 907-921, ISBN 0-7918-4181-2.

6. R.A. Mufti, “Experimental Investigation of Piston Assembly, Valve Train and Crankshaft Bearing Friction in a Firing Gasoline Engine” 11th Mission of Tribology, IMechE, UK, 2002.

7. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Experimental evaluation of engine bearing friction in an Automotive Gasoline Engine using advance data acquisition system”, International Tribology Conference, Tribology of Machine Element / Automotive-Engine Tribology Variant, Kobe, Japan, Book of abstracts pp.22, 2005.

8. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “The measurement of component friction losses in a fired engine, Part I (Experimental method)”, Proc. World Tribology Congress III, Washington DC, ASME, 2005, WTC2005-6425, vol 2, pp 595-596,  ISBN 0-7918-4202-9.

9. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “The measurement of component friction losses in a fired engine, Part II (Experimental Results)”, Proc. World Tribology Congress III, Washington DC, ASME 2005,  WTC2005-64253, vol 2, pp.597-598, ISBN 0-7918-4202-9.

10. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Experimental and theoretical evaluation of simultaneous piston assembly, valve train and engine bearing friction in a real fired engine”, Proc. World Tribology Congress III, Washington DC, ASME 2005, WTC2005-64255, vol 2, pp.599-600, ISBN 0-7918-4202-9.

11. Riaz A. Mufti, Chris Warrens, Gordon D. Lamb, Aldo E. Guiducci, Adrian Jefferies, “Effect of viscosity modifiers on the bearing load carrying capacity of crankcase lubricants”, Proc. IMechE Tribology 2006: Surface Engineering and Tribology for Future Engines and Drivelines, 2006, London, UK.

12. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Analysis of piston assembly friction using the IMEP experimental method to validate mathematical models”, IMechE, Journal of Automobile Engineering, vol. 222, No.08, pp. 1441-1457, 2008.

13. Riaz A. Mufti, Chris Warrens, Gordon D. Lamb, Adrian Jefferies, “Effect of oil formulation on engine journal bearing performance”, Additive 2007, Application for future transport, London, UK.

14. Riaz A Mufti and Adrian Jefferies, “Novel method of measuring tappet rotation and the effect of lubricant rheology”, Tribology International, 2008, vol 41, issue 11, 1039-1048.

15. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Theoretical and experimental evaluation of engine bearing performance”, IMechE, Journal of Engineering Tribology. IMechE, vol. 223, Part J, Journal of Tribology, 629-644, 2009.

16. Warrens, C., Jefferies, A. C., Mufti, R. A., Lamb, G. D., Guiducci, A. E., and Smith, A. G. “Effect of oil rheology and chemistry on journal-bearing friction and wear”, IMechE, Part J, Journal of Engineering Tribology, 2007, 222 (J3), 441-450.

17. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Technique of simultaneous synchronised evaluation of the tribological components of an engine under realistic conditions”, IMechE, Journal of Automobile Engineering, vol. 223, No. 10, pp 1311-1325, 2009.

18. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Effect of engine operating conditions and lubricant rheology on the distribution of losses in an internal combustion engine”, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Tribology, 131(4), 2009.

19. R.A. Mufti, “Experimental technique of evaluating valve train performance of a heavy duty diesel engine”, IMechE, Journal of Engineering Tribology, vol. 223, No. 3, pp 425-436, 2009.

20. V Balasubramaniam, Riaz A Mufti and H A Spikes, “Characterisitcs of tribofilm formed from ZDDP and GMO on DLC/DLC contacts”, Additives 2009, Fuels and Lubricants for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Transport, 27 - 30 April 2009, Park Inn Hotel, York, United Kingdom.

21. J. Benedet, R. Mufti and H. Spikes, “Tribological Characteristics of Ashless Phosphorus and Phosphorus-Sulphur Based Antiwear Additives”, STLE 64th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 17-21, 2009, Disney's Coronado, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (USA).

22. J. Holtzinger, R. Mufti and H. Spikes, “Influence of Viscosity Modifiers on Hydrodynamic Friction”, STLE 64th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 17-21, 2009, Disney's Coronado, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (USA).

23. V Balasubramaniam, Riaz A Mufti and H A Spikes, “Comparison of the Friction Properties of DLC Coatings in DLC/DLC Contacts” STLE 64th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 2009, pp. 347-349, ISBN 978-161567437-4, USA.

24. R. Mufti and A.N.K. Jadoon, “Tribological performance of ring/liner materials and the effect of lubricant chemistry”, 35th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology, 2008, Leeds UK.

25. V.Balasubramaniam, Hugh A Spikes, Riaz Mufti, Gordon D. Lamb, Jonathan H. Green, "Friction properties of DLC coatings", Smart Surfaces in Tribology,  The institute of Physics, London, UK, May 2009.

26. M.A. Malik, S.A, Qasim, M.A. Khan, R. Mufti, “Shear-heating effects on piston skirt lubrication in the initial engine start-up”, World Congress on Engineering, IAENG, UK, ISBN: 9789881701299, 2010.

27. M.A. Malik, M.A. Khan, S.A, Qasim, R. Mufti, “Modelling of piston top ring lubrication by considering cylinder out of roundness in initial engine start-up”, World Congress on Engineering, IAENG, UK, ISBN: 9789881701299, 2010.

28. A.N.K. Jadoon and R.A. Mufi, "The Tribological Behaviour of Alternate Hypereutectic Al-Si Alloys with different anti-wear Additives" Journal Tribology – Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK, vol 4, pp 61-73, 2010

29. M.A. Malik, M.A. Khan, S.A, Qasim, R. Mufti, “Non-Newtonian effects on lubricant hydrodynamic thin film flows in the initial engine start-up”, World Congress on Engineering, IAENG, UK, ISBN: 9789881701299, 2010.

30. M.A. Malik, A. Usman, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti “Two-Dimensional Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication Fluid Flow Modeling of Piston Ring Considering Elastic Deformation in Initial Engine Startup”,   ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Canada, IMECE2010-37873, 2010. 

31. M.A. Malik, A. Usman, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti “Non-Newtonian Elastrohydrodynamic Lubricantion Fluid Flow Modelling of Piston Skirts Considering Speed Effects in Initial Engine Startup”,   ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Canada, IMECE2010-38439, 2010.

32. M.A. Malik, A. Usman, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti “Elastrohydrodynamic Lubrication of Piston Skirts by Considering Different Viscosity Oils in Initial Engine Startup”,   ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Canada, IMECE2010-38448, 2010. 

33. S.A. Qasim, M.A. Malik, M.A. Khan and R.A. Mufti, “Shear Heating in Piston Skirts EHL Modelling in High Speed Initial Engine Start-up”, ASIA TRIB, Australia, 2010.

34. M.A. Khan, M.A. Malik, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti, “Modeling of Shear Heating in Elastrohydrodynamic Lubrication of Piston Skirts by Considering Different Viscosity Oils in Initial Engine Start Up”, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, vol 7, ISBN 978-0-7918-4444-1, Canada, 2010.

35. M.A. Malik, S.A. Qasim, U.F. Chaudhri and R.A. Mufti, “Non-Newtonian Piston EHL of Two Different Viscosity Oils in Initial Engine Start-up”, ASIA TRIB, Australia, 2010.

36. S.A. Qasim, M.A. Malik, U. Farooq and R.A. Mufti, “Modelling Non-Newtonian Piston Skirt EHL in the Initial Engine Start-up”, STLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, USA,IJTC2010-41054, 2010.

37. S.A. Qasim, M.A. Malik, M.A. Khan and R.A. Mufti, “Shear Heating Effects in Modeling High Viscosity oil piston Skirts EHL in Idling Speeds Initial Engine Start Up”,   ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Honolulu Hawaii, AJTEC2011-44139, 2011. 

38. S.A. Qasim, M.A. Malik, M.A. Khan and R.A. Mufti, “Low Viscosity Shear Heating in Piston Skirts EHL in the Low Initial Engine Start up Speeds”,   Tribology International, vol 44, issue 10, pp 1134-1143, 2011.

39.  SB. Vengudusamy, R.A. Mufti, G.D. lamb, J.H. Green and H.A. Spikes, “Friction Properties of DLC/DLC contacts in base oil”,   Tribology International, vol 44, pp 922-932, 2011.

40. R.A. Mufti and M. Priest, “Effect of Cylinder Pressure on Engine Valve-train Friction Under Motored and Fired Conditions”, IMechE, Journal of Engineering Tribology, vol 226, pp 306-314, 2012.

41. S.A. Qasim, M.A. Khan, M.A. Malik and R.A. Mufti, “Modelling Shear Heating in Piston Skirts EHL Considering Different Viscosity Oils in Initial Engine Start Up”, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol 134, issue 3, 2012.

42. S.A. Qasim, M. Gulzar, R.A. Mufti and M.A. Malik, “Modelling EHL of Rough Piston Skirts Using Different Viscosity-Grade Lubricants in Initial Engine Startup”, ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference, vol 1, ISBN 978-0-7918-4475-5, Puerto Rico USA, July 8-12, 2012.

43. S.A. Qasim, M. Gulzar, R.A. Mufti and M.A. Afzal, “Modeling Rough Piston Skirts EHL at Very Low Initial Engine Startup Speeds - Pressure Flow Factors Effects”, Computational Intelligence and Bioinformatics, 755-065, Pittsburgh, USA, November 7 – 9, 2011

44. M. Gulzar, S.A.Qasim, R.A. Mufti and M.A. Malik, “ Shear Flow Factor in Modeling Skirt EHL at a Low Initial Engine Start-up Speed”. 18th International Colloquium Tribology, 10-11 Jan 2012, Germany.

45. M.A. Ansari, S.A. Qasim, A.Ghafoor, R.A. Mufti, M.A. Malik, “Unsteady Piston Skirts EHL at a Small and a Large Radial Clearances in the Initial Engine Start Up”, Proceedings of the World congress on engineering, Vol III, 4-6 July, 2012, London, UK.

46. S.A. Qasim, M.S. Ansari, A.Ghafoor, R.A. Mufti, M.A. Malik, “Modeling Transient piston skirts EHL in initial engine start up using different viscosity-grade oils” 15th Nordic Symposium on Tribology, 12-15 June Trondheim, Norway, 2012.

47. M. Gulzar, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti, “ Modelling Surface Roughness Effects on Piston Skirt EHL in Initial Engine Start Up Using High and Low Viscosity Grade Oils”, Proceedings 13th International Conference on Tribology, Serbiatrib 13, Serbia, 15-17 May 2013.

48. R.A. Mufti, J. Aslam, R. Zahid and F. Qureshi, “The Use of Giant Magneto Resistive (Magnetometer) Sensors for Measuring the Performance of Direct Acting Tappets and the Effect of Lubricant Rheology”, 5th World Tribology Congress, Turin, Italy, 2013, Paper WE1-EC6-916, ISBN 978-88-908185.

49. M. Gulzar, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti, “ Analyzing the Surface Roughness Effects on Piston Skirt in Initial Engine Start-up Using Different Viscosity grade oils”, Tribology in Industry, vol. 35, br. 2, str. 141-147, 2013.

50. R.A. Mufti, R. Zahid, F. Qureshi and J. Aslam, "Innovative Technique of Measuring Follower Rotation in Real Production Engine Using Gradiometer sensors and the Effect of Friction Modifier" Journal Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Emerald, 2015, vol 67, issue 4. (Accepted)

51. M. Gulzar, S.A. Qasim and R.A. Mufti, “Modeling the Rough Piston Skirts EHL at a Small and a Large Radial Clearance in the Initial Engine Start up”, Tribology in Industry, vol. 35, No.4, pp. 351-357, 2013.

52. M. Khurram, R.A. Mufti, R. Zahid, N. Afzal, M.U. Bhutta and M. Khan, “Effect of Lubricant Chmistry on the Performance of end Pivoted Roller Follower Valve-train”, 41st Leeds-Lyon Symposium, Integrated Tribology, 2-5 Sept 2014, Leeds, UK.

53. R.A. Mufti, R. Zahid, F. Qureshi, J.Aslam, N. Afzal and M.U. Bhutta, “Effect fo Lubricant Rheology and Operating Conditions on the Rotating Speed of all the Tappets in a Mercedes Benz Engine”, 69th Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers, May 18-22, Florida, USA, 2014.

54. R.A. Mufti, R. Zahid, F. Qureshi, J.Aslam, N. Afzal and M.U. Bhutta, “Measuring the Tribological Performance of all the Tappets in a Production Engine Using Magnetometer Sensors and the Effect of Lubricant Rheology”, " Journal Lubrication Science, Wiley, 2014. (Accepted)

55. S. Jaffery, M. Khan, L. Ali, A. Khan, R.A. Mufti, H.A. Khan, N. Khan and S.M. Jaffery, “The Potential of Solar Powered Transportation and the Case for Solar Powered Railway in Pakistan”, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier. (Accepted)

56. M. Khurram, R.A. Mufti, R. Zahid, N. Afzal, M.U. Bhutta and M. Khan, “Effect of Lubricant Chmistry on the Performance of end Pivoted Roller Follower Valve-train”, Tribology International. (Accepted)

 

Industrial Projects Delivered Since 2012:

  • Engine Health Monitoring System for Light Vehicle. (Millat Tractors Limited)
  • Engine Health Monitoring System for HDD. (United Traders + Pak Army))
  • Radiator Leak Detection System. (KorTech Industries)
  • Engine Dyno Control System (Power Vision System)
  • Engine Blow-by Monitoring System for Power Units (Power Vision System)
  • Audi TDI Engine Valve Train Project (BP UK)
  • Slip Roll Ratio Measurement on Low Friction Valve Train (BP UK)
  • Mercedes Benz OM 646, Project. (Lubrizol USA)
  • Design and Development of Pakistan’s First Engine Test Cell. (Millat Tractors Limited)
  • Design and Development of Low cost Electric Vehicle. (Energen)

Commercial Products

Designed/developed two commercial products for the OEMS.

  • Engine Blow-by monitoring system for diesel engines up to 150kw
    • RAM-BB1 is portable plug and play system which can be connected to any laptop or computer through USB port. (Rs 220,000/-)
    • RAM-BB2 is a standalone system with built-in panel PC specially designed for field applications. (Rs 285,000/-)
  • Engine blow-by indicator for workshops and dealers. (Rs 40,000/-)

A number of reputed companies are using our products. Companies include United Traders, Millat Tractors, Defense, Power Vision.