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Summary of Research Interests

Mohamad joined Teesside University in 2019 after working on various research projects as a Research Associate at Cranfield University and the University of Sheffield.

Mohamad’s research focuses on reducing carbon emissions by utilising heat recovery technologies, particularly heat recovery from sewer networks.  He has special interest in assessing the viability of heat recovery from large sewer networks by developing deterministic computational models. Recovering heat from sewers can create attractive opportunities from economic and environmental perspectives. However, the consequent reduction in wastewater temperatures may compromise its treatment quality. Therefore, simulating the heat transfer processes in sewer networks enables decision makers to determine the amount, time and location of feasible heat recovery operations that can create attractive eco-environmental benefits while maintaining high quality treatment of the wastewater.

Working previously with industrial partners, Mohamad has implemented some of his modelling techniques on a Belgian sewer network (managed by Aquafin) and advised local authorities (Kirklees Council) on effective techniques to enhance heat recovery applications.  

Mohamad is also interested in the water-energy-food nexus. He uses modelling techniques, including agent-based modelling, to quantify the interdependencies within the nexus. His other research interests lie in the area of urban flooding and the development of machine learning techniques to alleviate the urban flood risk.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Mohamad is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is leading the following modules:           

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes (MSc level - ENG4016)
  • Water Engineering (BEng 3rd year - CEN3009)
  • Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems (BEng-Tech 3rd year- MMD3058)
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (BEng 2nd year - CEN2018)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Master, Cranfield University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

Bachelor, University of Leeds

Award Date: 14 Jul 2008

External positions

Research Fellow, Cranfield University

1 Sep 201831 Mar 2019

Research Associate, University of Sheffield

1 Oct 201531 Aug 2018

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Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Potential influence of sewer heat recovery on in-sewer processes

Abdel-Aal, M., Villa, R., Jawiarczyk, N., Alibardi, L., Jensen, H., Schellart, A., Jefferson, B., Shepley, P. & Tait, S., 13 Feb 2020, In : Water Science and Technology. 80, 12, p. 2344-2351 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Anaerobic Digestion of food waste: Eliciting sustainable water-energy food nexus practices with Agent Based Modelling and visual analytics

    Falconer, R., Haltas, I., Varga, L., Forbes, P., Abdel-Aal, M. & Panayotov, N., 10 May 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 255, 120060.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Optimisation of a fuzzy logic-based local real-time control system for mitigation of sewer flooding using genetic algorithms

    Mounce, S., Shepherd, W., Ostojin, S., Abdel-Aal, M., Schellart, A., Shucksmith, J. & Tait, S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Hydroinformatics. 22, 2, p. 281-295 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Developing And Testing A Fuzzy Logic Algorithm To Alleviate The Risk Of Flooding By Controlling A Flow Control Device In A Laboratory Setting

    Abdel-Aal, M., Shepherd, W., Ostojin, S., Mounce, S., Shucksmith, J., Schellart, A., Skipworth, P., Steinhardt, J. & Tait, S., 11 Sep 2017, 14th IWA / IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage . Zenodo, 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access