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 Dr. Al-Athel, Khaled Saleh


Dean, College of Engineering and Physics

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office:               Bldg 63-Room 248

Phone:              +966- 13 -860- 2540/7450

Fax:                  +966-13-860 -2949 (ME Dept)

Email: :   

Website :          Personal Page 


Post-doctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT, USA, 2012.

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 2010.

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia, 2005.

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

Courses Taught

  • ME201: Dynamics
  • ME322: Manufacturing Processes I
  • ME413: System Dynamics and Control
  • ME475: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • ME488: System Control Laboratory
  • ME489: Finite Element Analysis in mechanical Design
  • ME495: Undergraduate Research
  • ME583: Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials 

Research Areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Thermal Barrier Coatings
  • Antimicrobial Coatings
  • Composite Materials
  • Metal Foams 
  • Solar Powder Metallurgy 

Representative Publications 

  • Gadelmoula A, Al-Athel K, Akhtar S, Arif A. A Stochastically Generated Geometrical Finite Element Model for Predicting the Residual Stresses of Thermally Sprayed Coatings Under Different Process Parameters. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology. 2020:1-12.
  • Al-Athel KS, Marraiki N, Arif AFM, Akhtar SS, Mostaghimi J, Ibrahim M. Effect of Ni and Zn Elements on the Microstructure and Antibacterial Properties of Cu Coatings. Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology. 2020;142(1).
  • Jaroslav Kováčik NM, Tomáš Dvorák, Jose Rodríguez, Inmaculada Cañadas, Khaled Saleh Al-Athel, Peter Šugár, Jana Šugárová, Štefan Emmer. Preliminary Study on the Application of Concentrated Solar Power in Metallurgy of Titanium. ChemEngineering. 2019;3(4):84.
  • Al-Athel K, Alomari A, Arif A, AlSulaiman F, Malik M. Damage Characterization Using Thermography of Composite Plates Subjected to Low Velocity Impact Loads. J Material Sci Eng. 2019;8(530):2.
  • Akhtar SS, Waqar T, Hakeem AS, Arif AFM, Al-Athel KS. Design and Development of Hybrid Al2O3 Based Composites with Toughening and Self-Lubricating Second-Phase Inclusions. Materials. 2019;12(15):2378.
  • Ibrahim M, Samad MA, Al-Athel K, Arif AF, Olalekan N. Evaluation of tribological properties of thermally sprayed copper and copper alloy coatings. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. 2018;43(9):4899-910.
  • Al-Athel K, Al-Qahtani H, Sunar M, Malgaca L, Omar A. Sensing and control of thermally induced vibrations of stationary blades using piezoelectric materials. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. 2018;43(3):1301-11.
  • Akhtar S, Lemboye K, Arif A, Al-Athel K. Design and Performance Evaluation of Al 2 O 3-SiC Composite for Direct-Bonded Copper Substrate. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance. 2018;27(11):5831-44.
  • Al-Athel KS, Ibrahim M, Arif AFM, Akhtar SS. Effect of composition and thickness on the hardness and scratch resistance of copper and copper alloy coatings. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. 2017;42(11):4895-904.
  • Al-Athel KS, Aly SP, Arif AFM, Mostaghimi J. 3D modeling and analysis of the thermo-mechanical behavior of metal foam heat sinks. International Journal of Thermal Sciences. 2017;116:199-213.
  • Al-Athel KS. Computational assessment of the heat transfer coefficient under forced convection of multiple metal foam fins heat sinks. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. 2017;42(11):4853-61.
  • Al-Athel KS. A computational methodology for assessing the thermal behavior of metal foam heat sinks. Applied Thermal Engineering. 2017;111:884-93.
  • Abubakar AA, Arif AFM, Al-Athel KS, Akhtar SS, Mostaghimi J. Modeling residual stress development in thermal spray coatings: current status and way forward. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology. 2017;26(6):1115-45.
  • Aly S, Arif A, Al-Athel K, Mostaghimi J, Zubair S. Performance of open pore metal foam heat sinks fabricated with thermally sprayed interface. Applied Thermal Engineering. 2016;105:411-24.
  • Al-Athel KS, Arif AFM, Pashah S. Behavior and failure of adhesive bonds in pin fin heat sinks using cohesive zone model. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. 2016;68:397-406.
  • Di Leo CV, Luk-Cyr J, Liu H, Loeffel K, Al-Athel K, Anand L. A new methodology for characterizing traction-separation relations for interfacial delamination of thermal barrier coatings. Acta materialia. 2014;71:306-18.
  • Al-Athel K, Loeffel K, Liu H, Anand L. Modeling decohesion of a top-coat from a thermally-growing oxide in a thermal barrier coating. Surface and Coatings Technology. 2013;222:68-78.
  • Al-Athel K, Gadala M. Volume of Solid (VOS) and surface tracking method for metal forming applications. Computers & structures. 2011;89(1-2):234-45.
  • Al-Athel K, Gadala M. The use of volume of solid (VOS) approach in simulating metal cutting with chamfered and blunt tools. International journal of mechanical sciences. 2011;53(1):23-30.
  • Al-Athel K, Gadala M. Eulerian volume of solid (VOS) approach in solid mechanics and metal forming. Computer methods in applied mechanics and engineering. 2011;200(25-28):2145-59.