O.E. Simolowo

O.E. Simolowo|tech.ui.edu.ng|University of Ibadan 





Oluwafunbi Emmanuel  SIMOLOWO




Academic and Professional Qualifications

BSc.(Hons)(Ibadan); MSc. (Ibadan); MPhil. (Ibadan); Ph.D. (Ibadan) MNSE; COREN


Area of Specialisation

Solid Mechanics, Design



Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan,




+2348059541882; +2348158594226

E-mail: esimmar@yahoo.com; oe.simolowo@mail.ui.edu.ng




Research Projects/Activities: 

(a)    Completed

(i) Multipurpose Machine for Sieving “Ogi” Slurrry.

In this work, a Suction machine for the sieving of major staple food slurry was conceptualized and fabricated. Performance analysis tests were carried out on the newly designed machine and the results were compared with manual sieving process.


(ii) Prototype Design and Fabrication of a Composite Spanner.

The design of the composite wheel spanner is aimed at reducing the amount of force required to tighten four (4) bolts of a wheel at the same time thereby reducing the amount of time spent in tightening the bolts of a wheel. The device is also aimed at reducing the amount of force required to tighten each and every bolt of a wheel as the force applied from the handle will be transmitted to each driven gears. Applying the force at the handle reduces the risk of getting injured by the device unlike the conventional wheel spanner which can cause damage if not properly used.


(iii) Design and fabrication of a continuous flow multi-purpose and multi-stage grinder

            There are problems associated with single-unit mill grinders. These problems limit their application in continuous grinding processes required for commercial purposes. Their short comings include: (i) Time-consuming process due to repeated turning of the product into the machine to achieve the fineness required (ii) Boredom because the operator keeps adjusting the control screw every time the product is poured into the grinder. This prototype grinder (i) requires less labour, (ii) grinds faster. (iii) Produces finer slurry.





(iv) Design of Beans-particle Separating Machine 

Modifications have been done on a prototype pneumatic separator to improve its efficiency. The effects of the modifications were studied by carrying out performance test analyses on the two blowers and reciprocating sieve mechanism which make up the critical components of the separating machine. The variations in the feed weights of the sieve were analysed to determine the best and most effective screening process. Also, the best and least tilt angles of the blowers were considered to determine the best and least blowing processes to clean the beans.


(b)   In Progress


(i) A Computer-Based Product Classification and Component Detection for Demanufacturing Processes

This research was started 2009 and it is on a novel technique to enhance the automation of recycling processes. The enhancement was achieved by integrating image processing techniques to conduct an end-of-life (EOL) product-content detection and product disassembly analysis. This work focused on the development of repertory software capable of storing and linking product content information from manufactures to demanufacturers. The purpose for this connection is the ability to compare the original components of the artefact with that of the EOL one. The image correlation between original component and the EOL will reduce image and component identification process.


(ii) Disassembly process planning for recycling: Algorithm development for sequence   generation

This work was started 2009 and it is on disassembly processes of End-of-life products. To a high extent disassembly process has been a manual activity and is made difficult as the number of sequences increases exponentially with the increase in the number of components. The need for computer aided disassembly therefore is eminent as automation of the process is pursued. The objectives are (i) to study and compare the different sequence generation methods in disassembly process planning. (ii) To develop algorithm for disassembly sequence generation based on a one the methods method as a case study.


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Curriculum Vitae

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