Woman standing in the laboratory at the Saab ETIC Building.
Fang Lai
Professor Fang S LaiProfessor
  • College
    Francis College of Engineering
  • Department
    Plastics Engineering
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3434
  • Fax
    (978) 934-3089
  • Office
    Ball Hall - 209B
  • Email

Research Interests

Plastics processing, process control and instrumentation, powder technology, industrial hazard assessment, SQC/SPC, & statistical methods

Plastics processing, process control and instrumentation, CAE in plastics processing, powder technology, industrial hazard assessment, SQC/SPC, and statistical methods.

Biography

Dr. Lai is a faculty member in the Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell. He teaches courses in process control, processing theory and CAE. An active researcher in the area of medical devices, computer process control, experimental design and SPC/SQC, Dr. Lai serves as a consultant to companies in the processing field.

Selected Publications

  • Lai, F.S., Yanagi, H., Maekawa, Y. (2006) "Computer simulation and experimental validation of complex thermoforming processes," Journal of the Chinese Institute of Chemical Engineers 37:5 pp. 439-448
  • Lee, J.S., Lai, F.S. (2002) "Investigation for injection molding of long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 60th: pp. 2152-2156
  • Cha, S., Lai, F.S. (2001) "Cracks prediction of thin-wall injection molded part by CAE simulation," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 59th: pp. 714-717
  • Lee, J.S., Cha, S., Lai, F.S. (2001) "Gas-assisted injection molding-with internal liquid cooling," Plastics Engineering 57:12 pp. 42-45
  • Chien, C., Maekawa, Y., Kishikawa, H., Onishi, M., Lai, F.S. (2001) "Influence of processing conditions on the formation of birefringence of optical plastics lens by using 3D CAE," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 59th: pp. 440-444
  • Lee, J.S., Cha, S., Lai, F.S. (2001) "The effect of liquid cooling of gas channel in the gas-assisted injection molding process: Overview," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 59th: pp. 759-763
  • Cha, S., Lai, F.S. (2000) "3-D simulation of thin-wall injection molded part by CAE," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 58th: pp. 739-743
  • Natarajan, V., Chien, C.H., Lai, F.S. (1999) "Investigation of cavity-to-cavity variations in multi-cavity tools," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 57th: pp. 641-645
  • Guan, Q., Lai, F.S., McCarthy, S.P., Chiu, D., Zhu, X., Shen, K. (1997) "Morphology and properties of self-reinforced high density polyethylene in oscillating stress field," Polymer 38:20 pp. 5251-5253
  • Chen, C., Jen, P., Lai, F.S. (1997) "Optimization of the coathanger manifold via computer simulation and an orthogonal array method," Polymer Engineering and Science 37:1 pp. 188-196
  • Guan, Q., Zhu, X., Chiu, D., Shen, K., Lai, F.S., McCarthy, S.P. (1996) "Self-reinforcement of polypropylene by oscillating packing injection molding under low pressure," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 62:5 pp. 755-762
  • Miranda, V., Lai, F.S. (1995) "A study of the effect of gate design on holding time by theoretical calculations, computer flow simulation and experimentation," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 53rd: pp. 411-16
  • Lai, F.S., Wang, Y.S., Tseng, H.H. (1994) "An experimental study of ejection temperature and cooling time for injection molding," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 52nd: pp. 733-7
  • Chen, C., Lai, F.S. (1994) "Processability and thermal properties of blends of high density polyethylene, poly(ethylene terephthalate), and ethyl vinyl acetate compatibilizer," Polymer Engineering and Science 34:6 pp. 472-476
  • Miranda, V., Lai, F.S., Ferdinand, R.L. (1994) "Recycling of painted modified polypropylene auto bumpers by melt filtration," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 52nd: pp. 2888-92
  • Tseng, H.H., Lai, F.S. (1993) "Pneumatic bursting characteristics of plastics films," Polymer Engineering and Science 33:8 pp. 504-512
  • Patel, H.N., Lai, F.S. (1992) "Filtered extrusion of recycled plastic melt through constant pressure filtration system," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 50th: pp. 1192-5
  • Borkar, P., Lai, F.S. (1992) "Melt filtration and characterization of recycled computer casings," Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering 67: pp. 409-10
  • Lai, X.Y., Zhao, D.F., Lai, F.S. (1992) "Novel high-temperature composites: blends of a liquid-crystalline polymer with poly(amide imide)," Annual Technical Conference - Society of Plastics Engineers 50th: pp. 382-4
  • Lai, X.Y., Zhao, D.F., Lai, F.S. (1992) "Phase-Behavior and Rheological Properties of Blends of a Liquid-Crystalline Polymer with Polyamideimide," Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 204:
  • Hubbard, J.D., Lai, F.S., Brabec, D.L., Chung, O.K. (1988) "Dust Explosion Characteristics of Corn Starch in an Oxygen-Deficient Environment," Cereal Foods World 33:8
  • Lai, F.S., Chen, Y., Fan, L.T. (1987) "Authors' reply to comments by J. Kope," Chemical Engineering Science 42:12 pp. 2985
  • Lai, F.S., Chen, Y., Fan, L.T. (1987) "Comments on Modeling and Simulation of a Continuous Fluidized-Bed Dryer - Reply," Chemical Engineering Science 42:12

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Application of CAI in Medical Device Design and Production of Ocular Inserts in t (2010), Contract - NIH-NATL EYE INSTITUTE
    Lai, F.S. (Principal)
  • Application of CAE in Medical Device Design and Production of Ocular Inserts in the Management of Glaucoma (2009), Grant - Vista Scientific LLC
    Johnston, S.P., Lai, F.S.
  • Design of Silicone Mold for Eye Inserts (2011), -
    Lai, F.S. (Principal)
  • ARRAS Flow Through Funds - Application of CAE in Medical Device Design and Produc (2009), Contract - NIH-NATL EYE INSTITUTE
    Lai, F.S. (Principal)