Background and activities
Background. Welo holds a MSc. and a Ph.D. within plastic bending behavior of aluminum alloy structures from NTH, Department of Structural Engineering. His working experience includes Sintef Production Engineering, Sintef Materials Technology, Hydro Automotive Structures in both US and EU, the latter in combination with an adjunct professorship at Department of Engineering Design and Materials (IPM), NTNU. Since 2007 he has been full time professor within Design and Manufacturing at IPM. Over the past two decades, Welo has experience from different roles in boards, committees, task groups and associations, mainly in metal forming, automotive and aluminum industries.
Research Fields. Metal forming in general - bending of aluminum profiles and related technology development in particular - are the most central research areas. His research fields also includes product development; particularly Lean Product Development, focusing on the process of generating and generalizing knowledge that can be used (and reused) by product developers to create a recipe to produce an attractive product with maximum customer value (i.e. benefit-to-cost ratio). The (inter)relationship between design, function and manufacturability are important issues in lean product development.
Entrepreneurship – Innovation. Welo has been central in developing models and tools for designing metal forming dies (dimensional stability), as well as new forming technologies (methods) (3D bending/forming, stretch forming, mechanical calibration, adaptive bending, etc.). He has also been heading and coaching product development teams developing light weight solutions in the automotive industry, including aluminum space frames, subframes, cockpit frames, engine cradles, seat frames, seat tracks, bump and front end structures, crush cans, etc. for a number of European and US car models and platforms.
Publications. Most open publications are within metal forming problems related to aluminum, including extrusion, hot and cold forming, calibration and bending. Many of these are available in data bases such as Frida, ScienceDirect, etc.
Teaching – Courses.
TMM4500 -TMM4 In-depth course, Analysis of Metal Forming Processes (fall
TMM4505 In-depth course (fall)
TMM4112 Design of Machine Elements (spring)
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2022) On the fatigue properties of a third generation aluminium-steel butt weld made by hybrid metal extrusion & bonding (HYB). International Journal of Fatigue. vol. 155.
- (2021) Protobooth: Gathering and analyzing data on prototyping in early-stage engineering design projects by digitally capturing physical prototypes. Artificial intelligence for engineering design, analysis and manufacturing. vol. 35 (1).
- (2021) Analytical springback assessment in flexible stretch bending of complex shapes. International journal of machine tools & manufacture. vol. 160.
- (2021) Effect of Stretching on Springback in Rotary Stretch Bending of Aluminium Alloy Profiles. Key Engineering Materials. vol. 883.
- (2021) The impact of thermo-mechanical processing routes on product quality in integrated aluminium tube bending process. Journal of Manufacturing Processes. vol. 67.
- (2020) Influence of innovation, complexity and newness on success in new product development projects: a survey in Norwegian manufacturing industry. Proceedings of the Design Society. vol. 1.
- (2020) Concept evaluation in new product development: A set-based method utilizing rapid prototyping and physical modelling. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. vol. 18 (5).
- (2020) On the mechanical integrity of AA6082 3D structures deposited by hybrid metal extrusion & bonding additive manufacturing. Journal of Materials Processing Technology. vol. 282.
- (2020) Additively manufactured CrMnFeCoNi/AlCoCrFeNiTi0.5 laminated high-entropy alloy with enhanced strength-plasticity synergy. Scripta Materialia. vol. 183.
- (2020) In-line Springback Measurement for Tube Bending Using a Laser System. Procedia Manufacturing. vol. 47.
- (2020) A feasibility study of continuous grain refinement of sheet metal. Procedia Manufacturing. vol. 48.
- (2020) Finite element modelling of the filler wire feeding in the hybrid metal extrusion & bonding (HYB) process. Journal of Advanced Joining Processes.
- (2020) Exploring the Influence of Pre/Post-Aging on Springback in Al-Mg-Si Alloy Tube Bending. Procedia Manufacturing. vol. 47.
- (2020) A new mechanical calibration strategy for U-channel extrusions. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. vol. 110.
- (2020) Fatigue properties of AA6060-T6 butt welds made by hybrid metal extrusion & bonding. Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures (FFEMS). vol. 43 (10).
- (2020) Flexible 3D Stretch Bending of Aluminium Alloy Profiles: An Experimental and Numerical Study. Procedia Manufacturing. vol. 50.
- (2020) An overview and evaluation of alternative forming processes for complex aluminium products. Procedia Manufacturing. vol. 48.
- (2020) Managing exploratory projects: A repertoire of approaches and their shared underpinnings. International Journal of Project Management. vol. 38 (2).
- (2020) Conceptualizing resilience in engineering systems: An analysis of the literature. Systems Engineering. vol. 23 (1).
- (2019) An experimental study on interference friction welding process. Procedia Manufacturing. vol. 41.