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 Dr. Khalifa, Atia E.


Associate Professor 

Director, Measurement & Instrumentation Lab

Coordinator, Thermo-fluids group

Coordinator, Undergraduate Research

Contact Information

Office: BLD 63-Room 305

Office Phone: +966- 13 -860- 1295

 Fax: +966-13-860 -2949 (ME Dept.)


Personal Page address: N/A


Post-Doc.                  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, USA, 2011.

Ph.D.                         King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, KSA, Mechanical Eng., 2009.

M. Sc.                       King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA, Mechanical Engineering, 2005.

B. Sc.                        Menofia University, Egypt, Mechanical power Engineering, 1998. 

Teaching Courses 

  • ME 203                       Thermodynamics
  • ME 311                       Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 315                       Heat Transfer 
  • ME 452                       Measurements
  • ME 495                       Undergraduate Research
  • ME 532                       Advanced Fluid Mechanics (Graduate)
  • ME 606/701/702        Independent  Research (Graduate) 

 Research Areas

  • Water desalination
  • Leak detection in pipelines
  • Pumping machinery
  • Energy systems
  • Combustion

 Representative Publications (Recent appreciated) 

  • Atia Khalifa, "Flux Enhanced Water Gap MD Process- Circulation of Gap Water", Separation & Purification Technology, 231 (2020) 115938.
  • Atia Khalifa, "Flux Enhanced Water Gap MD Process-Circulation and Cooling of Gap Water with Built-in Heat Exchanger", ASME Journal of Energy Resources technology, 2020.
  • Atia E. Khalifa, Performances of air gap and water gap MD desalination modules, Water Practice and Technology (2018) 13 (1): pp 200–209.
  • Atia E. Khalifa, "Pressure Variation and Effective Sensing Zone Around Small Leaks inside Water Pipelines for Reliable Leak Detection", Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E, Volume: 231 issue: 3 (June 2017), page(s): 590-599.
  • Atia E. Khalifa, "Water and Air Gap Membrane Distillation for Water Desalination - An Experimental Comparative Study", Separation and Purification Technology 141 (2/2015) 276–284. 
  • Atia Khalifa, Ahmed Abdelmonem, Experimental Evaluation of Multistage Direct Contact Membrane Distillation System for Water Desalination, Desalination and Water Treatment, 189 (2020), PP 18–29.
  • Atia E. Khalifa, Suhaib M. Alawad, Air gap and water gap multistage membrane distillation for water desalination, Desalination, Volume 437, 2018, Pages 175-183.
  • Suhaib Al-Awad and Atia Khalifa, "Analysis of water gap membrane distillation process for water desalination", Desalination 468 (2019) 114088.
  • Khalifa A., Hafiz A., Antar M., Laoui T., Khayet M., Experimental and Theoretical investigations on Water Desalination Using Direct Contact Membrane Distillation, Desalination, 404 (Feb. 2017) 22-34.
  • Atia E. Khalifa, Suhaib M. Alawad, Mohamed A.  Antar, Parallel and Series Multistage Air Gap Membrane Distillation, Desalination, Volume 417, 1 September 2017, Pages 69–76.
  • A. Khalifa, D. Lawal, M. Antar, M. Khayet, Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on Water Desalination Using Air Gap Membrane Distillation, Desalination, Volume 376, Nov. 2015, Pages 94–108.
  • Bassel A. Abdelkader, Majid Khan, Mohamed A. Antar, Atia E. Khalifa, Performance of Bubble Column Humidification-Dehumidification (HDH) Desalination System, Desalination and Water Treatment, vol. 181 (2020), pp. 101-112.
  • Dahiru Lawal, Mohamed Antar, Atia Khalifa, Syed Zubair, Fahad Al-Sulaiman, Experımental investigation of heat pump driven humidification dehumidification desalination system for water desalination and space Conditioning, Desalination, 475(2020) 114199.
  • Ahmed Yassen, Mohammed A. Antar, Atia Khalifa, M.A.I. El-Shaarawi, Analysis of Absorption Cooling and MD Desalination Cogeneration System, AJSE, February 2019, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 1081–1095
  • Medhat A. Nemitallah*, Ibrahim B. Mansir, Mohamed A. Habib and Atia E. Khalifa, "Experimental study on combustion characteristics and lean blow-out limits of non-premixed oxy-methane flames in a porous-plate reactor", Heat and mass transfer, Accepted on May 13, 2019, First Online: 02 June 2019.
  • R. Ben-Mansour, M. A. Habib, A. Khalifa, K. Youcef-Toumi, D. Chatzigeorgiou, "Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation of Small leaks in Water pipelines for direct leak pressure transduction",  journal of Computers and Fluids, v 57, p 110-123, March 2012.
  • Y.A. Khulief, A. Khalifa, R. Ben-Mansour and M. Habib, "Acoustic Detection of Leaks in Water Pipelines Using in-pipe Measurements", Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, v 3, n 2, p 47-54, May  2012. (J. Pipeline Syst. Eng. Pract. 2012.3:47-54).
  • K. A. Khalid, M. A. Antar, A. Khalifa, and O. A. Hamed, Allocation of thermal vapor compressor in multi effect desalination systems with different feed configurations, Desalination 426 (15 Jan-2018) 164–173.
  • Dahiru Lawal, Mohammed Antar, Atia Khalifa, Syed Zubair and Fahad Al-Sulaiman," Humidification-Dehumidification Desalination System Operated by a Heat Pump", Energy Conversion and Management, Energy Conversion and Management 161 (1 April 2018) 128–140.
  • Habis Al-Zoubia, Fahad Al-Amri, Atia E. Khalifa, Ahmad Al-Zoubi, Muhammad Abid, Ebtehal Younis, Tapas Kumar Mallicke, A Comprehensive Review of Air Gap Membrane Distillation Process, Desalination and Water Treatment,110 (April  2018) 27–64.
  • Ibrahim B. Mansir, Medhat A. Nemitallah, Mohamed A. Habib, and Atia E. Khalifa, "Experimental and numerical investigation of flow field and oxy-methane combustion characteristics in a low-power porous-plate reactor", Energy, Volume 160, 1 October 2018, Pages 783-795.
  • Khalifa A., Al-Qutub A., Ben-Mansour R., "Study of Pressure Fluctuations and Induced Vibration at Blade Passing Frequencies of a Double Volute Pump", Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering: Volume 36, Issue 7, November 2011, Page 1333-1345, DOI: 10.1007/s13369-011-0119-8.
  • Al-Qutub A., Khalifa A., Al-Sulaiman F., "Exploring the Effect of a V-Shaped Cut at Impeller Blades Exit on Flow Induced Vibration and performance of a Boiler Feed Pump", J. Pressure Vessel Technol., April 2012, Volume 134, Issue 2, April 2012, 021301 (8 pages), doi:10.1115/1.4004798.
  • Khalifa A., Al-Qutub A., Khulief Y., Resolving a Problem of High Flow-Induced Vibrations in a Boiler Feed Pump, World Pumps, December 2010.
  • Y.A. Khulief, A. Khalifa, R. Ben-Mansour and M. Habib, "Acoustic Detection of Leaks in Water Pipelines Using in-pipe Measurements", Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, v 3, n 2, p 47-54, May  2012. (J. Pipeline Syst. Eng. Pract. 2012.3:47-54). 

Awarded Patents 

  • Atia Khalifa, "WATER GAP MEMBRANE DISTILLATION MODULE WITH A CIRCULATING LINE", US patent # US10596521B2-Issued 24 March 2020.
  • Atia Khalifa, Rached Ben-Mansour, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mohamed Habib, Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou, "In-pipe Water Leak Detection Based on Pressure Gradient",  US9335233B2-Issued May 10-2016.
  • US8925590B2- issued JAN 06-2015.
  • Mohamed Antar, Lawal, Atia Khalifa, Zubair, Fahd, "Desalination and Climate Control System", Patent no. US10493373, Issued 03 Dec 2019.
  • Rached Ben-Mansour, Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou, Atia Khalifa,   Changrak Choi, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, " Leak Detection System based on Force Transduction ", US patent No. 8869599, Issued  Oct. 28, 2014.
  • Dimitrios Chatzigeorgiou,  Samir Mekid, Rached Ben-Mansour, Atia Khalifa, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, " Leak Detection Apparatus", U.S. Patent 9,285,290, March 15, 2016.