Dr Ala Fakhri Hussain AL-Hussany

Dr Ala Fakhri Hussain  AL-Hussany B.Sc, M.Sc M.Phil & Ph.D

Senior Research Fellow

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000
E-mail: ala.al-hussany@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk

ala fakhri hussain

  • Research in computational physics:project involving Modelling of collimated light fluence distribution in normal and cancerous tissue using transient Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element method DRBEM
  • Teaching postgraduate and undergraduate courses. 

I received my M.Phil. degree in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from university of Wales/ Swansea under the supervision of prof. P. Townsend and Dr. M.F. Webster, and my Ph.D. degree in Computational Physics from the same university under the supervision of prof. Anthony J. Davies in  1993 and 1995 respectively.

I am working as a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering, Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales Trinity Saint David since 2010. I am currently engaged in the field of computational physics, and focuses in particular on the numerical solution of the integrodifferential radiative transfer equation using the three dimensional Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element method. In addition, I am involved in teaching and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students.

Between 2007 and 2009, prior to joining University of Wales Trinity Saint David, I was involved on a project related to Waste Treatment Technology: Consortia for Industrial Training Waste Management. The aim of the project was to design a M.SC. Degree in Waste Management by distance learning. My role was to provide a broad overview of the main unit operations associated with the physicochemical waste treatment process; and to give a clear understanding of the science and engineering fundamentals associated with each operation, in order to allow an appropriate choice of equipment based on their limitations and overall cost. The work was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), and my job was based at the School of Engineering/University of Wales Swansea, Swansea.

Between 1998 and 2007 I was working as a Senior Research Officer: Complex Fluids and Complex Flow- Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre/ School of Engineering/University of Wales Swansea, Swansea. The Works was in the fields of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, rheology and cavitation, with special reference to rheology of industrial engineering fluids such as, motor oils, and rheology of dispersive viscoelastic material, such as gelatine. The impact was to improve the performance of these materials in order to improve both the environment and also the profitability of the companies that made the materials.

Between 1996 and 1998 I was working as Research Medical Associate: Medical Physics & Clinical Engineer, Singleton Hospital/Swansea. The work involved the development of a system based on a plane polarized X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to study of the uptake and distribution of platinum administered during chemotherapy of patients with tumours in the head and neck region and the kidney. The work also involved the development of a computer program for in vitro and in Vivo analysis of X-ray fluorescence spectra obtained with high resolution semiconductor detectors.  

Prior to joining University of Wales/Swansea in 1992, I obtained a M.Sc. degree in Nuclear physics from the University of Baghdad/Iraq. I worked as an Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer at the Physics Department/College of Science University of Baghdad/ Iraq. I was involved in a range of teaching activities and have taught courses including: Electricity and Magnetism (lecture & Laboratory courses for second years Physics), Computer Language (FTN77) and Numerical Method (lecture & Laboratory courses for 3rd years Physics), Electronics (lecture & Laboratory courses for 3rd years), Physical Optics (lecture for 3rd years) and Nuclear Detection Methods (lecture & Laboratory courses for 4th years Physics). I was also involved in a range of research projects related to a Computer program for the comprehensive evaluation of complex Gamma Spectra obtained with high resolution spectroscopy system and Experimental and Computational (Monte-Carlo) studies of low energy elastic and inelastic neutron scattering.

During my work at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and  Swansea University, in addition to my research duties, I was teaching the following modules:

Research Methods- MSc Non Destructive Testing:

(Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

This module provides students with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods.  The students (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for planning, design, data reduction and error analysis, and dissemination stages for an effective research project in an area of NDT.

Radiographic Methods- MSc Non Destructive Testing:

(Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

This module provides a broad knowledge of the principle of industrial radiographic inspection or radiography. Students will gain theoretical and practical aspects of X ray, Gamma ray, and Neutron, Radiography and Tomography in NDT application. The module develops the students’ ability to identify, evaluate flaws and problems, through analysing the results gained from radiological NDT systems. 

Engineering Science II – Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing, Level 4. (Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

This module introduces the students to the subjects of material science and engineering, and provides them with the key concept of the three aspects of material science: processing, structure and properties of materials. The module also provides an introduction and overview of the chemical and physical properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors.

Engineering Science II – Electrical Engineering, Level 4 & 5.

(Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

This is an introductory module in electrical engineering, starting from basic passive and active circuit elements, DC and AC current and voltage law, and introducing DC and AC network problem and electric circuit analysis.

Advance Numerical Methods (B.Eng. & M.Scs.)

(Swansea University)

This module focuses on numerical schemes suitable for the approximate solution of nonlinear ODEs and PDEs. The module provides the students with a review of linear algebra Matrices, Ill-conditioning, Stability and Error Analysis in numerical methods. Many standard numerical methods for initial and boundary value problems are presented such as 4th order Runge-Kutta, Finite difference and Finite elements methods.   

May academic research of  interests can be summarised as :

  • Modelling of propagation of light in biological tissue.
  • Theoretical and Experimental study of Cavitation phenomena in Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluid.
  • Rheology of dispersive viscoelastic materials.
  • Invasive and non-invasive trace elements analysis.
  • Modelling of Gas discharge in low and high voltage systems, (High resolution Finite Difference Method-HRFDM).
  • Modelling of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian flow.
  • Modelling of electron, photon and neutron transport (Monte-Carlo Method-MCM).
  • Numerical Analysis of High Resolution Gamma- & x-ray Spectra:
  • Nuclear detection systems, Elastic and Inelastic scattering of Gamma-rays and neutron.
  • Physicochemical waste & wastewater treatment processes

My professional expertise are  in the following areas:

a) Computational Physics and Computational fluid dynamics (CFD),

this includes:

  • Solution of highly non-linear ordinary and partial differential equations numerically by Conventional and Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element method (BEM & DRBEM), Conventional and high Resolution Finite difference methods, Finite element methods, and Adaptive Runge-Kutta method
  • Data reduction and error analysis techniques, optimisation (minimisation and maximisations), and Monte-Carlo simulation method.

b) ON & OFF line data acquisition and signal processing of an electrical signal derived from detectors, transducers, pressure gauges, and temperature sensors.

c) Rheology of complex fluid.

d) Cavitation.

e) Nuclear Counters, Nuclear radiation and instrumentation, Elastic and Inelastic neutron scattering study.

I am working in close cooperation with Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies ASTUTE, and Institute for Sustainable Design ISD at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Al-Hussany and Kelvin E. Donne:“ An investigation of the influence of polyethylene glycol (PEG6000) on the destructive force of cavities and its implications in Medical Field”, under review 2014.

Kelvin E. Donne, Arnaud Marotin and Ala Al-Hussany: “Modeling of collimated light fluence distribution in normal and cancerous prostate tissue for photodynamic therapy”, Under review2014.

Kelvin E. Donne, Arnaud Marotin and Ala Al-Hussany:” Modified Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element Modelling of Collimated Light Fluence Distribution in Normal and Cancerous Prostate Tissue during Photodynamic Therapy”, 34th International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods, Split, Croatia, 2012.

Kelvin E. Donne, Arnaud Marotin, Ala Al-Hussany and Gwenaelle M. Daniel: “Modified Boundary Element to Model Radiative Transport in Biological Turbid Medium” to be publish in International Journal of Engineering simulation, IJES 10th Anniversary Issue 2011

E.A. Brujan a, A.F.H. Al-Hussany, R.L. Williams, P.R. Williams,

“Cavitation erosion in polymer aqueous solutions”, Wear 264 (2008) 1035-1042.

R.L. Williams, P. Rhodri Williams, H.H. Chan, R. Brad & A.F.H. Al-Hussany,

“The effects of temperature and rate of dynamic stressing on the tensile strength of monograde and multigrade oils” SAE Technical Paper Series, Paper 06SETC-131, 1-6, Soc. of Automotive Engineers, (2006).

R.L. Williams, P. Rhodri Williams and A. Al-Hussany,

 “The tensile strength of water as a function of temperature”, Proceedings of the 2005 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, FEDSM2005-77163, 1-6, ASME Fluids Engineering Division, New York, (2005)

R. Jones, K. Hawkins, P. Rhodri Williams, R.L. Williams and A. Al-Hussany,

“Assessment of dispersion-induced errors in shear wave propagation measurements”, Paper RE39, 1-3, Proc. XIVth International Congress on Rheology, Seoul, Publ. Korean Society of Rheology, (2004).

R.A. Jones, S. Ravji, K. Hawkins, A. Al-Hussany, P.R. Williams and R.L. Williams,

“Assessment of errors induced by the anomalous dispersion of high frequency shear waves in rheometrical measurements on gelling systems”, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics

Volume 124, Issues 1-3, 15 December 2004, Pages 11-24

M.S.Barrow, W.R.Bowen, N.Hillal, A.Al-Hussany, P. Rhodri Williams, R.L.Willams and C.J. Wright,

“A study of the tensile properties of liquids in confined spaces using an atomic force microscope”.Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A(2003)459, 2885-2908

M.S. Barrow, A. Al-Hussany, R.L. Williams and P. Rhodri Williams,

“Cavitational film-splitting of lubricants”, SAE Technical Paper Series, Paper 2003-01-3118, 1-8, Soc. of Automotive Engineers, (2003).

P. Rhodri Williams, R.L. Williams and A. Al-Hussany,

“Cavitation phenomena in thin films of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids due to rapid bubble expansion”, Simulations in Biomedicine V. Eds. Arnez, Z.M., Brebbia, C.A., Solina, F. and Stankovski, V. WIT Press, Southampton, ISBN 1-85312-965-8, pp. 89-100, (2003)

Rogers D Williams, P Rhodri Williams, R L; Williams, P M, Barrow, M S and Al-Hussany, A,

“Cavitation and the development of static and dynamic tensions in doubly metastable liquids', in Computational Methods in Multiphase Flow, Advances in Fluid Mechanics Series”, (eds. Mammoli, A and Brebbia, C), WIT Press, Southampton, 37, 2003, 407-14.

Williams, P Rhodri Williams, R L and A. Al-Hussany,

“Cavitation phenomena in thin films of Newtonian, non-Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids due to rapid bubble expansion under pulses of negative pressure”, ASME 4th ASME-JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, Paper FEDSM2003-45001, Amer. Soc. Mech. Engineers, New York, 2003.

D. Rogers, P. Rhodri Williams, R.L. Williams, P.M. Williams, M.S. Barrow and A. Al-Hussany,

“Studies of Liquids under Tension in a modified Berthelot Tube”, Proc. 6th European Conference on Rheology (eurorheo 2002) Erlangen. Eds. Munstedt et al. ISP Erlangen 2002

M. S. Barrow, W.R. Bowen, N. Hilal, A. Al-Hussany, P. Rhodri Williams, R.L. Williams and C. Wright,

“A study of cavitation phenomena using an Atomic Force Microscope”, Liquids Under Negative Pressure, NATO Science Series II - Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Eds. Imre, A.R., Maris, H.J. and Williams, P.R., Kluwer Academic Publishers B.V., Dordrecht, 84, 243-254, (2002)

P. Rhodri Williams, R.L. Williams and A. Al-Hussany,

“Measurements of the cavitation threshold of liquids under dynamic stressing by pulses of tension”, Liquids Under Negative Pressure, NATO Science Series II - Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Eds. Imre, A.R., Maris, H.J. and Williams, P.R., Kluwer Academic Publishers B.V., Dordrecht, 84, 285-300, (2002).

P. Rhodri Williams, R. L. Williams, R; Jones, A. Al-Hussany and S, Ravji

“New techniques in sol-gel characterization-mechanical measurements and fractal characteristics”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids. 293-295, (2001) 731-745.