Researcher Portfolio

Chua Beng Wah (Dr)
Associate Research Scientist
Forming Technology
Introduction:Dr Chua Beng Wah’s research expertise is in the area of metal forming and liquid forging of non-ferrous alloys and composites and powder processing of ceramic materials. He has also done work in the area of powder processing of nanostructured non-ferrous materials such as Mg alloys to study the change in deformation mechanism at the nano grain regime. Currently, Beng Wah is the principal investigator for the commercialisation effort of liquid forging technology. He is responsible for the translation of the research output into marketable products and/or process for the industry adoption.
Research Interest:Metal forming, liquid forging and material characterisation of non – ferrous alloys and composites, powder metallurgy of piezoelectric ceramics, non – ferrous nanostructured materials.
BioNotes:PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Div), NUS 2006
MEng in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Div), NUS, 2000
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, NUS, 1998

1.   B. W. Chua, L. Lu and M. O. Lai, “Influence of SiC particles on mechanical properties of Mg based composite”, Composite Structures, vol. 47, pp. 595-601, (1999).

2.   L. Lu, M. O. Lai, B. W. Chua and M. Gupta, “Improvement of microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91/SiC composite by mechanical alloying”, Journal of Material Science, vol. 35, pp.5553-5561, (2000).

3.   B. W. Chua, G. H. L. Wong and L. Lu, “Processing of thermally stable doped perovskite PZT ceramics’, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, vol. 113, pp.450-455, (2001).

4.   L. Lu, B. W. Chua and M. O. Lai, “Reduction in grain size of doped PZT ceramics for miniature sensors and actuators by ball milling technique”, Materials Science Forum, vol. 360, pp.615-622, (2001).

5.   S. X. Zhang, B. H. Hu and B. W. Chua, “Investigation of microstructure of magnesium AZ91HP alloy for semi-solid forming”, Materials Science Forum, vol. 437, pp.431-434, (2003).

6.   B. W. Chua. L. Lu and M. O. Lai, “Effects of complex additives on toughness and electrical properties of PZT ceramics”, Journal of alloys and compounds, vol. 381, pp.272-277, (2004).

7.   B. W. Chua, L. Lu and M. O. Lai, “Investigation of complex additives on the microstructure and properties of low temperature sintered PZT using the Taguchi method”, Journal of alloys and compounds, vol. 386, pp.303-310, (2005).

8.   C. W. Su, B. W. Chua and L. Lu, “ Properties of severe plastically deformed Mg alloys”, Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 402, pp.163-169, (2005).

9.   B.W. Chua, L. Lu and M.O. Lai, “Creep behavior of nanostructured Mg alloy at ambient and low temperature”, Materials Research Bulletin, vol. 41, pp.2102-2110, (2006).

10. B. W. Chua, L. Lu and M. O. Lai,”Deformation behaviour of ultrafine and nanosize-grained Mg alloy synthesized via mechanical alloying”, Philosophical Magazine, vol. 19, pp.2919-2939, (2006).

11. B. W. Chua, L. Lu and M. O. Lai, and S. H. Lim, “From waste to high strength alloy - recycling of magnesium chips”, Zeitschrift Fur Metallkunde, vol. 97, pp.169-173, (2006).

12. B. W. Chua, Y. W. Tham, K. B. Lim, K. K. Tong and M. S. Yong, “Effect of Al and Ca addition on the oxidation, microstructures and mechanical properties of AZ91 alloys”, The 5th International Conference on Materials Processing for properties and performance (MP3),vol. 5, pp.241-244, (2008).

13. K. K. Tong, B. W. Chua, T. Muramatsu, A. Danno and M. S. Yong, “Squeeze casting of Al alloys for higher formability in cold forging”, International Journal of Cast Metals Research, vol. 21, pp.1-4, (2008).

14. B. W. Chua, M. K. Ho, C. W. Su and R. Ong, "A Liquid Forging Process For Producing Net-Shaped High-Aspect Ratio features", Patent filed and pending, US Patent Application No:61/164,060, March. 2009.

Awards:Recipient of National Technology Award - 2008.