International Collaborative Partner (ICP)

Name Ir. Qua Hock Chye
Qualification BE(Mech)(Hons), M.Eng, Sc., FIEM, P.Eng
Organization TNB Research
UTAR Contact Person Ts. Dr. Chew Kuew Wai,

  • Consultant, JLQ Enterprise, 1998 - present.
  • Technical Director, Profmetal Sdn Bhd, from 2008 - present.
  • In-house consultant & mentor for TNB Research, 2002 - present.
  • Consultant to insurance companies on forensic analysis.
  • Consultant to tin mining industries in Indonesia, 2004 - present.
  • Consultant to metal/foundry/casting industries, 1970s - present.
  • Senior Research Fellow, University of Malaya, 1999 to 2002.
  • Associate Professor in University of Malaya, 1985 to 1999.
  • Tutor, University of Malaya, 1967 to 1968.
Teaching Administration
  • Taught courses such as engineering drawing, hydraulics, strength of materials, mechanical design, wear & corrosion, fracture & fatigue at the University of Malaya from 1970 to 2002
  • Also supervised 4 Master's students during this period.
Research Interests
  • Fracture & fatigue; failure analysis.
  • Foundry technology.
  • Metallurgy of austenitic manganese steels and high chromium irons.
  • Heat treatment of steels.
  • Abrasive/erosive wear.
  • Corrosion under insulation of a very large, multi-layered roof.
Funded Research Projects
  • IRPA funded project on reverse technology, to produce local castings for automotive use, worth about RM 130,000 (1990s).
  • 2.5-year, RM 1.5 million project, funded by Sanko Industrial, to solve corrosion problems at the KLIA roof during fabrication (1999 to 2002).
Professional Membership
  • FIEM
  • P.Eng
Professional Activities
  • Past chaiman of two SIRIM Technical Committees, on Castings and on Lifting Devices respectively. Has produced a few Malaysian Standards.
  • Have been involved in IEM committees.
  • Have a very wide experience in the forensic analysis of engineering failures, covering mechanical, metallurgical and electrical equipment, and steel structures. Have more than 400 reports to my credit.
  • Am conducting professional courses on material related topics for industry.
  • Was expert witness on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Sengkang train derailment in the 1990s.
  • Was the Independent consultant into the collapse of the Putra LRT Launcher in the 1990s.