Gasser Abdelal joined Queen’s in 2012 as a new academic, and has since begun a new research theme on lightning strike damage on composite panels, building on his extensive experience in multi-physics simulation. Dr Abdelal completed his PhD in 2000 (West Virginia University, USA), on the modelling of damage micromechanics in composite materials and has spent more than eight years working for the aerospace sector. Before joining Queen’s he spent two years as an industrial consultant at the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC-Daresbury, University of Liverpool) where he led a number of research projects with a large range of aerospace companies. He led a major project with AIRBUS-UK to numerically and experimentally understand and predict aircraft panel deformations during manufacturing. He led a number of multidisciplinary projects, including one with BISN-UK, an independent engineering consultancy to the oil industry, to validate a patent which employs thermite to melt a unique alloy to cap oil wells in deep water. Based on engagement with a number of UK manufacturing companies the PI developed a finite element model to simulate conventional autoclave curing of thermoset composites, transferring the methods to the companies and publishing the work in a number of research articles. The PI also has experience of novel composite manufacturing methods, having developed a new modelling method for the thermal analysis of steered fibre composite laminates (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands). Dr. Abdelal has published a book with SPRINGER, which studies the application of the finite element method in mechanical design, qualification testing, and manufacturing simulation of satellite structures. The book reflects Dr Abdelal’s eight years of aerospace industrial experience in Ukraine ,Egypt, and UK.
Dr Gasser Abdelal’s research expertise covers composite material multiscale and multiphysics modelling. Composite material multiscale modeling is applied in the areas of damage characterization under static-dynamic loads and manufacturing simulation, such as autoclave or fusion deposition modelling (FDM). Multiphysics modelling is applied to simulate composite performance under extreme environment, such as lightning strike (thermal plasma), or to simulate composite altered mechanical-thermal properties under low-radiation exposure, such as nonthermal plasma or ion beam. The composite material multiscale and multiphysics codes are integrated to simulate/validate complex loading environment and to explain the involved physics, which can be used for design optimization or manufacturing development.