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 Dr. Al-Athel S. Khaled


Associate Professor                  

Contact Information

Office              Bldg-63 Room-248                           
Phone              966-13-860 7450                                      
Fax                  966-13-860 2949 (ME Dept)                                 
Websites          Personal Page                            


Post-doctoral Associate           Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT, Cambridge, USA 

Ph.D.                                       (Mechanical Engineering) The University of British Columbia, Vancouver,Canada, 2010      
​M.Sc.                                       (Mechanical Engineering) King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals,Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2005                              

B.Sc                                        (Mechanical Engineering) King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2002                               

Courses Taught

  • ME 201            Dynamics
  • ME 413            Systems Dynamics and Control Laboratory
  • ME 322            Manufacturing Processes I
  • ME 475            Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • ME 488            System Control Laboratory
  • ME 489            Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Design

Research Areas

  • Computational Mechanics, Simulation of Manufacturing Processes, Applications of Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering, Adhesive bonding and joints, Modeling and Simulation of composites and nanocomposites, Vibration Analysis and Control, Piezoelectric Actuators/Sensors

Representative Publications       

Journal Publication

  • K.S. Al-Athel and M.S. Gadala, "Eulerian Volume of Solid (VOS) Approach in Solid Mechanics and Metal Forming", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 200, Issues 25-28, pp. 2145-2159, 2011. [IF 3.949]
  • K.S. Al-Athel and M.S. Gadala, "Volume of Solid (VOS) and Surface Tracking Method for Metal Forming Applications", Computers and Structures, Vol. 89, Issues 1-2, pp. 234-245, 2011. [IF 2.847]
  • K.S. Al-Athel and M.S. Gadala, "The Use of Volume of Solid (VOS) in Simulating Metal Cutting with Chamfered and Blunt Tools", International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 23-30, 2011. [IF 2.884]
  • M. Sunar, K. Al-Athel, B. S. Yilbas, H. Al-Qahtani and T. Ayar, "Modeling and Placement of Thermopiezoelectro-Magnetic Materials", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 445, pp. 520-525, 2012.
  • K. Al-Athel, K. Loeffel, H. Liu and L. Anand, "Modeling decohesion of a top-coat from a thermally-grown oxide in a thermal barrier coating", Surface & Coatings Technology, Vol, 222, pp.68-78, 2013.
  • C. Di Leo, J. Luk-Cyr, H. Liu, K. Loeffel, K. Al-Athel, L. Anand, "A new methodology for characterizing traction-separation relations for interfacial delamination of thermal barrier coatings", Acta Materialia, Vol. 71, pp. 306-318, 2014.
  • K.S. Al-Athel, A.F.M. Arif, and S. Pashah, "Behavior and failure of adhesive bonds in pin fin heat sinks using cohesive zone model", International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Vol. 68, pp. 397-406, 2016.
  • SP Aly, AFM Arif, KS Al-Athel, J Mostaghimi, SM Zubair, "Performance of open pore metal foam heat sinks fabricated with thermally sprayed interface", Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 105, pp. 411-424, 2016.
  • Abba A. Abubakar, Abul Fazal M. Arif, Khaled S. Al-Athel, S. Sohail Akhtar, and Javad Mostaghimi, "Modeling Residual Stress Development in Thermal Spray Coatings: Current Status and Way Forward", Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 26, pp. 1115-1145, 2017. [IF 1.568]
  • K.S. Al-Athel, M. Ibrahim, A.F.M. Arif, and S.S. Akhtar, "Effect of Composition and Thickness on the Harness and Scratch Resistance of Copper and Copper Alloy Coatings", Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 2017. (DOI 10.1007/s13369-017-2661-5)
  • K.S. Al-Athel, "Computational Assessment of the Heat Transfer Coefficient under Forced Convection of Multiple Metal Foam Fins Heat Sinks", Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 2017. (DOI 10.1007/s13369-017-2656-2)
  • Khaled S. Al-Athel, and Moayed Al-Harbi, "Effect of Fin Orientation and Forced Convection on the performance of metal foam fins using a μ-CT scan based 3D CFD model", Metallic Foams, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-14, 2017.
  • K.S. Al-Athel, S.P. Aly, A.F.M. Arif, and J. Mostaghimi, "3D Modeling and Analysis of the Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of Metal Foam Heat Sinks", International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Vol. 116, pp. 199-213, 2017.
  • K.S. Al-Athel, "A computational methodology for assessing the thermal behavior of metal foam heat sinks", Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 111, pp. 884-893, 2017.
  • M. Ibrahim, M. Abdul Samad, K. Al-Athel, A.F. Arif, and N. Olalekan, "Evaluation of Tribological Properties of Thermally Sprayed Copper and Copper Alloy Coatings", Arabian Journal for Science and Technology, 2018. (
  • K.S. Al-Athel, H.M. Al-Qahtani, M. Sunar, L. Malgaca, and A. Omar, "Sensing and control of thermally induced vibrations of stationary blades using piezoelectric materials", Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, Vol. 43, pp.1301-1311, 2018. (DOI 10.1007/s13369-017-2832-4)

Conference Publications

  • AFM Arif, BS Yilbas, K Al-Athel, "Effect of Recoil Pressure Intensity and Duration on the Residual Stresses Induced By Laser Shock Processing", Proceedings of IMEC2004, International Mechanical Engineering Conference, December 5-8, 2004, Kuwait.
  • K.S. Al-Athel and M.S. Gadala, "Eulerian FEA with Volume of Solid (VOS) Application in Metal Forming", Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition IMECE2010, November 12-18, 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • M. Ibrahim, K. Al-Athel, and A.F.M. Arif, "Strength and Hardness Assessment of Copper and Copper Alloy Coatings on Stainless Steel Substrates", Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition IMECE2016, November 11-17, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • K.S. Al-Athel, S.P. Aly, A.F.M. Arif, and J. Mostaghimi, "Thermal Behavior of Aluminum Alloy Metal Foam Heat Sink: A Compuational and Experimental Approach", Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems, InterPACKICNMM2015, July 6-9, 2015, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • S.P. Aly, K.S. Alathel, A.F.M. Arif, J. Mostaghimi, "Computational modeling and calibration of a 3D metal foam heat sink", in: Proc. of CANCAM, 2015.
  • K.S. Al-Athel and A.F.M. Arif, "Evaluation of thermal conductivity of CNT composites using a modified representative volume element (RVE) approach", 15th European Conference on Composite Materials, Venice, June 2012.