Areas of Research:

The theme of my academic research work is shedding the light on different aspects of local and national vital technical issues. Examples of the issues of interest are:

    Characterization of renewable energy in the area
    Material performance in the local environment
    Evaluation of existing energy processes (desalination)
    Energy consumption patterns
    Advanced composite structures (NDT, Mechanical and Thermal characterizations)



Faleh A. Al-Sulaiman, Yagoub N. Al-Nassar and Esmail M.A. Makheimer, "Numerical Prediction of the Thermal Conductivity of Fibers", submitted to Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

Y.A. Khulief, F.A. Al-Sulaiman and S. Bashmal, "Modeling of Stick-Slip in Multibody Drilling Systems", Proceedings of IDETC/CIE 2005, ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Sept. 2-28, 2005, Long Beach, California, U.S.A. , (accepted)

Al-Sulaiman, F.A., and Yilbas, B.S., “Laser Heating of Carbon/Carbon Reinforced Composite”, Laser in Engineering, Vol 14, pp. 000-000, 2004. (accepted).

Faleh A. Al-Sulaiman, Esmail M. A. Mokheimer and Yaagoub N. Al-Nassar, "Pre-diction of the Thermal Conductivity of the Constituents of Fiber  Reinforced Composite Laminates", Heat and Mass Transfer (accepted).

Faleh A. Al-Sulaiman, Yaagoub N. Al-Nassar and Esmail M. A. Mokheimer, Pre-diction of the Thermal Conductivity of the Constituents of Fiber Reinforced Composite Laminates: Voids Effect", submitted to the Journal of Composite Materials. (accepted)

Faleh Al-Sulaiman, Anwar K. Sheikh and Abdul Baseer, “Empirical Models of Mechanical & Electrical Drilling Power of Mild Steel”, submitted to Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B, No. 9, Vol.218, pp 1181-1189, Sept. 2004.

Faleh Al-Sulaiman, Abdul Baseer and Anwar K. Sheikh, “Use of Electrical Power for Online Monitoring of Tool Condition”,  Journal of Materials Processing Technology. (accepted)

Z. Ahmad, F. Al-Sulaiman, B. Abdulaleem, “Corrosion Behaviour of Carbon Reinforced Plain-Weave Laminates,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics & Composites (In Press)..

A.N. Shuaib, F.A. Al-Sulaiman and F. Hamid, “Machinability of Kevlar 49 Composite Laminates While Using Standard TiN Coated HSS Drills” International Journal of Machining Science and Technology , Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 449-467, 2004.

Faleh Al-Sulaiman, “Date Palm Fibre Reinforced Composite as a New Building Material” International Journal of Energy Research, 27: 1293-1297, 2003.

Faleh Al-Sulaiman, “Evaluation of the Performance of Local Fibers in Evaporative Cooling,” Energy Conversion & Management Journal, Vol. 43, 16, p. 2267-2273, 2002.

Faleh Al-Sulaiman, “Mechanical Properties of Date Palm Fiber Reinforced Compos-ites,” Applied Composite Materials, 9(6): 369-377; Nov. 2002.

Rehan Khan, Z. Khan, F. Al-Sulaiman, & N. Merah, “Fatigue Life Estimates in Woven Carbon Fabric/Epoxy Composites at Non-Ambient Temperatures,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 36, No. 22, 2002.

Khan, Z., Al-Sulaiman, F. A., Farooqi, J. K., and Younas, M., “Fatigue Life Predict-ions in Woven Carbon Fabric/Polyster Composites Based on Modulus Degradation,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 20, No. 05, (2001), pp 377-398.

Al-Sulaiman, F.A., “Mechanical Properties of Date Palm Leaves,” Journal of Rein-forced Plastics and Composites, (2000) Vol. 19 No. 17/2000 pp. 1379-1388

Khan, Z., Al-Sulaiman, F. A., and Farooqi, J. K., “Fatigue Damage Characterization in Plain-Weave Carbon-Carbon Fabric Reinforced Plastic Composites,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, (1998) Vol. 17, No. 15, pp.1320-1337.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., and Ismail, B., “Estimation of Monthly Average Daily and Hourly Solar Radiation Impinging on a Sloped Surface Using the Isotropic Sky Model for Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,” Renewable Energy, (1997) Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.257-262.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., “The Thermodynamic Property Entropy and The Holy Quran,” Hamdard Islamicus, (1997) Vol. 40, No. 4, pp.51-56.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., and Zubair, S. M., “A Survey of Energy Consumption and Failure Patterns of Residential Air-Conditioning Units in Eastern Saudi Arabia,” Energy, (1996) Vol. 21, No. 10, pp.967-975.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., and Ahmed, Z., “The Assessment of Corrosion Damage to Automobiles in the Eastern Coast Area of Saudi Arabia,” Proc. Instn. Mech. Engrs., (1995) Vol. 209, pp.3-8.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., and Ismail, B., “Exergy Analysis of Major Recirculating Multi-Stage Flash Desalting Plants in Saudi Arabia,” Desalination, (1995) Vol. 103, pp.265-270.

Al-Sulaiman, F., and Zaman, S., Actuator Placement in Lumped Parameter Systems Subjected to Disturbance,” Computers & Structures, (1994) Vol. 52, No. 1, pp.41-47.

Ahmed, Z., and Al-Sulaiman, F. A., “Corrosion of Cars in Eastern Coastal Environment of Saudi Arabia,” British Corrosion Journal, (1993) Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 112-116.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A. and Jamjoum, F. A., “Application of Wind Power on the East Coast of Saudi Arabia,” Renewable Energy, (1992) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp.47-55.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., “Variation of Wind Speed with Elevation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,” Proc. World Renewable Energy Congress VI, Brighton, United Kingdom, 1-7 July 2000.

Zafarullah Khan, Al-Sulaiman, F.A.,  and Farooqi, J., “Fatigue Damage Characteriza-tion in Plain-Wave Carbon-Carbon Fabric Reinforced Plastic Composites,” Proc. 5th International Symposium on Advanced Materials, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1997, p.512-518.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., “On Active Suspension Design of Ground Vehicles Using Observers,” Proceedings of the IASTED International Symposium, Grindelwald, Switzerland, Feb. 1987, p.337-340.

Al-Sulaiman, F.A., “Slip Ring Design for High Speed Rotating Equipment,” Proceedings of Workshop on Vibration in Rotating Machinery, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, April 2000, 239-245.

Zafarullah Khan, Al-Sulaiman F. A., and Farooqi, J., “Fatigue Life Predictions for Woven Carbon Fabric/Polyester Composites,” Key Note Presentation, 6th Inter-national Symposium on Advanced Materials, Islamabad, Pakistan, 19-23 Sep 1999.

Al-Sulaiman, F. A., and Al-Baya, M., “Radiation Properties of Wind Glasses Used in Saudi Arabia,First Saudi Symposium on Energy, Utilization and Conservation, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1990



  Funded Projects:

1.         Title            Investigating the cost effectiveness and engineering efficiency of
                   domestic and green-house evaporative cooling using local fiber pads

            Status              Principal Investigator

            Project #         AR-23-10 

            Duration         36 months   

            Budget            SR.891,000

           Funding           King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST)            Agency

Summary        The primary goal of this investigation is to evaluate the performance of pads made of local plant fibers in terms of their cooling efficiency, durability, and economy with that of known commercial ones. The use of brackish water in evaporative cooling instead of the scarce and expensive soft water will also be evaluated. A three-dimensional computer model will also be developed for air movement and heat transfer of evaporative cooling system in a greenhouse. This model will be used to enhance the cooling efficiency and cost effectiveness of greenhouse evaporative cooling.

                        This is a three-year project addressing the cost effectiveness and energy efficiency of the proposed pad materials, made from local plant fibers, in evaporative cooling greenhouses. Specific objectives of the study include:

1)      Collecting information on the types and major applications of evaporative cooling systems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the types of commercial cooling pad materials and associated operational and technical problems that affect their performance.

2)      Evaluating the performance of evaporative cooling pads made from local fibers such as luffa cylindrical sponges and date palm fibers in terms of their cost effectiveness and cooling efficiency in comparison with the commercially available aspen wood excelsior and cellulose pads.

3)      Monitoring and assessing the rate of deterioration in the cooling performance of the cooling pads with time for both fresh and brackish water as a result of the accumulation of minerals (as the water evaporates), dirt and growth of bacteria, algae and molds on the pads and inside the evaporative cooling unit. Tests will be carried out in experimental setups as well actual greenhouses to assess the performance of the pads.

4)      Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of remedial solutions to the technical problems associated with the deterioration in cooling pad performance from mineral and scale deposits and algae, mold, and bacteria growth.

5)      Formulating and implementing a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer (CFDHT) model for a tunnel-type greenhouse, fan ventilated and equipped with evaporative cooling pads. 

2.         Title                Drillstring Vibration Diagnostics for Improving Drilling                                      Performance

             Status              Co-Investigator

             Project #         AR-22-11

             Duration         24 months

            Budget            SR.269,600

             Funding           King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology


            Summary        Continuous improvement of drilling performance poses a

Challenge to the oil industry. It is well known that drillstring

Vibration is one of the major causes for a deteriorated drilling performance , and if left untreated may result in a complete failure of the drilling process. Failure of a drilling operation is time consuming and can be extremely costly, especially when occurred at a later stage into drilling.

The proposed research project aims at developing a drillstring vibration analysis and diagnostic scheme that possess the basic requirements of generality, accuracy and reliability. A quantitative analysis would require a detailed model incorporating many degrees of freedom that accounts for variable geometry, fluid-structure interaction, damping, and string/borehole interaction. In this regard. Various types of vibration can be distinguished, each having its own specific adverse effects. A special three-dimensional finite element model will be developed to account for the effect of the variable string geometry, drillstring rotation, the added mass and damping effects.  The scheme also calculates the impulsive response due to the subsequent impacts between the drillstring and the borehole. The proposed model admits solutions to both vertical and inclined drillstring configurations. Laboratory experiments  will be performed on an experimental drillstring to determine the effect of the drilling fluids on the drillstring vibrations. Computer simulations and experimental testing are then combined to obtain correlations between the different vibration mechanisms and the drilling parameters. It is anticipated that the outcome of this project is a reliable vibration diagnostic scheme that can be applied to existing and future field drilling. The scheme will help in tuning the drilling parameters, thus improving the drilling performance by reducing drilling time and cost.

3.         Title                 Effect of Environmental Conditions on the Performance of QF QF                    Reinforced/Vinylester Thermoset Pipes

             Status              Co-Investigator

             Project #         ME 2236

            Duration         60 working  months

             Budget            SR.1,643,855

             Funding           Saudi Aramco


            Summary        This project is to investigate the effect of environmental conditions            

on the performance of glass fiber-reinforced/vinyl ester thermoset pipes.  The focus of this study will be to determine the degradation of the mechanical and physical properties of 6-inch diameter glass-fiber reinforced/vinyl ester pipes exposed to both natural and accelerated environmental conditions. A full spectrum of exposure conditions ranging from dry heat, humidity, seawater, UV radiation, and natural conditions will be studied. The exposed pipes will be tested to determine the effect of the above exposures on a full range of mechanical and physical properties.  Tensile, fatigue, impact, fracture toughness, stress-rupture, hydrostatic burst, glass transition temperature, and weight gain behavior will be studied. It is expected that well over 3000 mechanical and physical property tests will be performed during the course of the proposed study.

It is hoped that the data generated from this study and subsequent results will serve as guidelines for Saudi Aramco to make correct and critical decisions in the application, operation, and maintenance of the glass fiber reinforced/viny ester thermoset composites pipes for oil transportation.

4.         Title                Effects of High Vane Passing Frequency of the Turbine  Boiler
                       Feed Pump (BFPT) on Damaging Other Related/Connected

             Status             Principal Investigator

             Project #         CER 2289

             Duration         18  months

             Budget            SR.465,884

             Funding           Saudi Electric Company


            Summary        This project is to investigate the vibration problem in the boiler

Feed pump, to determine the root causes, address the damage effects of such vibration levels, and to suggest methods to reduce the vibration amplitudes to acceptable levels by optimally utilizing the available resources and/or suggesting modifications to the existing systems. The problem was stated by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) as follows:

“From data collected on turbine boiler feed pumps at Qurayyah Power Plant, it was found that there are high vibration amplitudes at harmonic frequencies 5th and 10th (Vane Passing Frequency). The amplitudes generated from the impeller and causing damages on the instrument equipment such as gauges and also welded pipes connected to the pump. Different trials were made to reduce the vibration level, such as conducting hot train alignment and replacing one pump cartridge with a new one, but the vibration behavior had not changed much”.

The proposed  study intends to perform a root-cause analysis leading to the cause of the aforementioned vibration problem, and to suggest corrective  actions including any necessary modifications if needed. The study will proceed simultaneously in two directions, namely (a) field measurements and data acquisition, and (b) mathematical modeling and simulation of the related flow-structure interaction mechanisms. Correlations between measurements and numerical predictions will be established in the light of possible causes of high-level vibrations at the VPF. Other possible causes may become evident from information to be gained from the problem history, field visits, field data collection, and online machine measurements. The developed scheme will be used for diagnostic purposes. Several hypothesis and possible causes will be studied. The vibration effects on pumps, turbines and compressor parts and components can also be predicted using the proposed scheme.

5.         Title                Assessing  Needs and Developing an Implementation Strategy
                        for Introducing Rapid Prototypingk, Rapid Tooling and Virtual
                        Manufacutring Technologies in Saudi Arabia

             Status              Co- Investigator

             Project #         FT/2004-16

             Duration         12  months

            Budget            SR.61,800

            Funding           KFUPM


           Summary        This purpose of this development project is to assess the needs of

modern manufacturing technologies such as Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Virtual Manufacturing in Saudi Arabia using a properly designed survey form and personal interaction with local industry. Data will be collected and analyzed to determine the need of such technologies and assess the current level of awareness of these technologies and potential applications. Based upon these results, a vision will be articulated for introducing these technologies in Saudi Arabia. Three different development proposals will be developed as an outcome of this project and a strategy will be outlined how the establishment and running of these facilities can be realized in an efficient manner.

6.         Title                Laboratory Testing of Insulating Materials

             Status              Co- Investigator

            Project #         ME 2250

            Duration         3  months

            Budget            SR.20,000

            Funding           Arnon Plastic Industries Co.


            Summary        Measure the thermal conductivity under different pressures (simulating situations where compressive loads are applied). Subject the samples to real outside environmental conditions (under share) and measure the changes in thickness and thermal conductivity on periodic basis.