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Dr. Abdallah ShamiDr Rehan Ahmed, CEng, Fellow HEA.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
Alfaisal University
Riyadh, KSA

Email: rahmed@alfaisal.edu
Tel: (+966 1) 2157763

 

Education:    
Ph.D. 1998 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, London, UK
     


Research Management

Academic Leadership

  • Director of Graduate Program, Engineering Materials Design and Applications, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2005-2010.
  • Director of Year 2 Studies, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2003-2010.
  • Academic Liaison Officer for IMechE at Heriot-Watt University UK, 2007-2010.
  • Chair of Postgraduate Staff Student Committee, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2003-04.
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2007-2010.
  • Subject Leader for Mechanics of Materials, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2008-10.
  • Member of Faculty recruitment, Student Recruitment, Safety and Research Committees at Heriot-Watt University UK.

Professional Memberships

Employment History

  • Apr. 2003 – Dec. 2009 Lecturer B, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK.
  • Aug. 1999 – Mar. 2003 Lecturer A, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK.
  • Feb. 1998 – Aug.1999 Post-Doctorate (Research Associate), University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Mar. 1996 – Feb. 1998 Teaching Assistant, Brunel University, UK.
  • Jul. 1992 – Mar. 1993 Site Engineer, ASIACON Pvt. Ltd in collaboration with F. L. Smith of Denmark.

Industrial Consultancy Work

 

Dr Ahmed acts as a consultant for a number of industrial sectors to help provide solutions for a wide range of engineering problems. These consultancies have involved accidental damage investigations, e.g. for BBC Scotland, defense related projects e.g. with Raytheon Systems UK, design evaluation of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) for sub-sea oil installations. Following is a list of most recent clients.

  • 2008 BAC Group, UK; Fatigue Evaluation of Anode Assemblies.
  • 2008 Weatherford, UK; Creep and Finite Element Modeling of ROV’s Display Unit.
  • 2008 Inframat/(Farmingdale State College, USA); Fatigue of CVD Coatings for Aerospace  Applications.
  • 2007 OPTOS Ltd, UK; Three Dimensional Topography of Bearings.
  • 2007 BBC Radio Scotland, UK; Investigation of Satellite Dish Failure.
  • 2005 Raytheon Systems, UK; Tensile Evaluation of Keenserts.
  • 2005 Raytheon Systems, UK; Structure Property Evaluation of Cu-Ni Alloy.

Current Research Projects

  • Nano- micro-mechanics and modeling of engineering microstructures and nano-composite coatings. Nonlinear Finite Element Modeling (YouTube Channel) and planned Molecular Dynamics Simulations (MDS) of engineering designs provide a comprehensive model base for this research.
  • Design and characterization of optical and dielectric nano-coatings to improve the efficiency of solar cells using Chemical Vapor Deposition coatings.
  • Hydroxyapatite coatings for biomedical implants in orthopedics and dentistry.
  • Optimizing the design of high stress components for energy, oil and gas, aerospace sectors to combat design, durability and failure issues in gas turbines, gears/bearings/cam-tappet arrangements in automotive and transportation industries, and development of new durable alloys for a range of industrial applications.

Patent(s)

Recent Research Grants

  • Ahmed, R., Edwards, L., Oliver, E., Science and Technology Facilities Council, RB810413, Residual strain in thermally sprayed ceramic nano-coatings, 2007.
    (Principal Investigator)

    This collaborative project with Fujmi Incorporated Japan considers the role of residual stress on the structure property relationships of Al2O3 coatings. Evaluations using the state of the art neutron diffraction technique form a major part of this project.
  • Reuben, R. L., Prior, K. A., Moore, A. J., Jones, J., Kar, A. K., Warburton, R. J., Ocone, R., Ahmed, R., Dhariwal, R., Desmulliez, M., Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, Micro-nano fabrication and characterization facility, 2006, Total project cost £1.2Million.
    (Co-Investigator)

Supervision & Examination of Graduate Students

  • Supervised a number of PhD, MPhil and MSc students and have been the external PhD and MPhil examiner for a number of universities in UK.

Selected Journal Publications (last five years)

Selected Refereed Conference Publications (last five years)

Book Contribution(s)

  • R. Ahmed, ASM Handbook, Vol. 11, Section 6E, Failure Analysis and Prevention, Shipley and Becker Edition, ISBN 0-87170-704-7, Nov. 2002.

MicroMechanics and Materials (M3) Research Group

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