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Dr Ibrahim Abdalla

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Centre for Engineering, Science and Advance Systems

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8484

E: iabdalla@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Dr. Abdalla obtained his first degree in Mechanical Engineering at Khartoum University, Sudan where he graduates at the top of his batch with 2.1 BSc degree. Sponsored by the German Academic exchange serve, Dr. Abdalla completed his MSc degree in the field of Thermo-fluids at Nairobi University, Kenya, where he graduated with distinction. After a couple of years working both in academia and as a mechanical engineer in the industrial sector in Dubai, Dr. Abdalla was offered a scholarship to do his PhD studies at the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department at Loughborough University, where he obtained his Ph.D in 2003. His field of studies in the PhD is turbulence modelling using the large-eddy simulation (LES) method.

Immediately after graduation, he joined a research centre at Queens University Belfast as a research visitor before taking the post of a research fellow at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University in 2004. In 2007 he joined the Department of Engineering as a senior lecturer.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Engineering Science and Advanced Systems (CESAS)

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Biofuels: establishing the thermophysicochemical properties, energy from their combustion and rates of emissions on different platforms.
  • Developing advanced reaction mechanis for modelling the combustion of conventional and Biofuels based on Large-eddy simulation (LES) and Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) approach (transitional/turbulent multi-phase reactive flows).
  • Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) of transitional and turbulent flows. Aerodynamic of bluff bodies, flow stability and transition.
  • LES/RANS of Two-phase spray combustion.
  • LES of environmental and the built environment flows.
  • Emissions from Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) and related combustion systems.
  • The use of alternative fuels, blends & emulsions as fuels for ICEs.
  • General interests in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and numerical methods.
  • Development of Parallel Codes based on the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and running such codes on shared and distributed memory supercomputers.
  • Thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer.
  • Engineering Graphics.

Areas of teaching

Thermofluids (fluids, heat and mass transfer), Computational fluid mechanics, Energy and Combustion, Conventional and BioFuels, Environmental fluid mechanics.

Qualifications

8/8/2000 - 19/1/2004: Ph.D., Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough
University, Loughborough - U.K. Thesis title: Numerical Studies of Separated
Boundary Layer Transition on a Flat Plate with a Blunt Leading Edge.

1994-1996: M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Nairobi University, Nairobi - Kenya.
Thesis title: Numerical computations of heat and mass diffusion at various temperature
gradients in a flow field

1986 - 1991: B.Sc. (2nd upper) Mechanical Engineering, Khartoum University, Khartoum - Sudan. Final year project Title: utilisation of biomass as a primary fuel for CIEs.

15/09/2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education. In progress, expected completion date 10/05/2011.

Courses taught

BEng

Engineering science 1 (ENGD1005)
Thermofluids (ENGD2005)
Thermal plant and sustainability (ENGD3036)
Engineering mathematics (ENGD1001)

MSc taught course

Advanced thermodynamics and heat transfer ENGT5141

Honours and awards

  • Khartoum University prize for best performance in fourth year Mechanical Engineering.
  • Lite Sarkis Izmerlian (Sudan Steel Industries) Prize for best fourth year student in Mechanical Engineering - Khartoum University
  • National Electricity Corporation - Sudan Prize for best final year student results in the department of Mechanical Engineering - Khartoum University.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for M.Sc. in Nairobi University - Mechanical Engineering.
  • Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering - Loughborough University scholarship for Ph.D.

Membership of external committees

  • Member of the international scientific advisory committee, reviewer and invited speaker for the Fourteenth International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM 2009, 2011).
  • Member: The International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal hydraulics (NURETH). NURETH webpage: http://nureth14.org/.

Membership of professional associations and societies

ASME (2000)

IMECHE (Under Process)

Forthcoming events

The international scientific advisory committee, reviewer and invited speaker for the Fourteenth International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM2013).

Conference attendance

Fourteenth International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM 2009), 10 - 12 July, 2009, Algarve, Portugal.

Roomvent 2007 conference proceeding, paper 1009. 13-15 June 2007 Helsinki, Finland.

Thirteenth International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM 2007), 2 - 4 July, 2007 Prague, Czech Republic.

Eleventh International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements, (CMEM 2003). Halkidiki, Greece.

“Seventh Triennial International Symposium on Fluid Control, Measurement and Visualisation”, Sorrento, Italy, August 25-28, 2003.

International Arab Conference on Information Technology, December 16th - 19th, 2002, Doha - Qatar.

Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ireland conference, April 1 − 4, 2004, Armagh, Northern Ireland.

2nd European and African Conference onWind Engineering. Genova, Italy, June 22 - 26, 1997, Vol. 1, PP. 467 - 474

Consultancy work

Judson college project, 2007. The IESD.

Current research students

Names of research students currently supervised:

PhD - Ayadh AlAjami
Mode, supervisory role (1st supervisor)

PhD - Alexander Gurevich
Mode, supervisory role (2st supervisor)

PhD - Abdullah AlAjami
Mode, supervisory role (2st supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

Project title: ‘Numerical and Experimental Studies of the Combustion of Biofuels on Different Platform’

Funding agency: EMDA

Type of project: Research

Start date: October 2009

End date: June, 2010

Role in project: Principal investigator

Collaborators: Loughborough University

Professional esteem indicators

  • Editor: The International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM).
  • Editor: Journal of Information Technology & Software Engineering.
  • Reviewer: international journal of heat and mass transfer.
  • Reviewer: United Kingdom ‘Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)’.
  • Reviewer: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.
  • Reviewer: The Open Numerical Methods Journal.
  • Reviewer: Environmental Engineering Science Journal.
  • Member of the international scientific advisory committee, reviewer and invited speaker for the Fourteenth International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM 2009, 2011).
  • Reviewer: The International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal hydraulics (NURETH). NURETH webpage: http://nureth14.org/.

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