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Zuhair Mattoug Asa’d Gasem, Phd

Associate Professor, Chairman, ME Department .

Zuhair Gasem is a Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983-1989) in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He earned his Master of Science (1989-1992), Mechanical Engineering Department, from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. and Doctor of Philosophy (1994-1999), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

He has experience in sophisticated research techniques and technologies: His research focuses on characterization and understanding of the relationship between microstructures and fatigue (low cycle fatigue as well as fatigue crack growth) and fracture behavior of engineering alloys and composites

Corrosion and environmental cracking of engineering alloys: His interest aims to gain mechanistic understanding of the interaction between a corrosive environment and the crack tip processes that influence the kinetics of cracking in engineering alloys.High temperature corrosion of materials and coatings: His area of interest includes oxidation of alloys, hot corrosion of super alloys, and degradation of thermal barrier coatings.

Corrosion of Metal Matrix Composites: His research in this area focused on characterizing corrosion behavior of Aluminum alloys reinforced with particulates and protection by conversion coatings.


Recent (Selected) Publications


  • Z.M. Gasem, S. S. Ali, Low-cycle fatigue behavior of powder metallurgy 6061 aluminum alloy reinforced with submicron-scale Al2O3 particles, Materials Science and Engineering A 562 (2013) 109-117.

  • A.S. Hamdy, F. Alfosail, Z.M. Gasem, Electrochemical behavior of a discontinuously A6092/SiC/17.5p metal matrix composite in chloride containing solution, Electrochimica Acta 88 (2013) 129-134.

  • Z.M. Gasem, Fatigue crack growth behavior in powder-metallurgy 6061 aluminum alloy reinforced with submicron Al2O3particulates, Composites: Part B Engineering 43 (2012) 3020–3025.

  • I.B. Obot, E.E. Ebenso, Z.M. Gasem, Eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors: Adsorption and inhibitive action of ethanol extracts of chlomolaenaodorata l. For the corrosion of mild steel in H2So4 solutions, International Journal of Electrochemical Science Volume 7 (2012) 1997-2008

  • Adeel Khalid, Zuhair M. Gasem, Effect of Vanadium Contaminated Fuel on Bond Coat and Bond Coat/Top Coat Interface of Thermal Barrier Coatings, Applied Mechanics and Materials Vols. 110-116 (2012) 886-891.

  • Z. M. Gasem, N. Merah, M. J. Adinoyi, and Z. Khan, The Effects of Clay Content and Sonication Time on Water Uptake in Epoxy-Organoclay Nanocomposites, Advanced Materials Research Vol. 445 (2012) 509-513.

  • M. J. Adinoyi, N. Merah, Z. Gasem, and N. Al-Aqeeli, Effect of Sonication Time and Clay Loading on Nanoclay Dispersion and Thermal Property of Epoxy-Clay Nanocomposite, Key Engineering Materials Vols. 471-472 (2011) 490-495

  • M. J. Adinoyi, N. Merah, Z. Gasem, and N. Al-Aqeeli, Variation of Mechanical Properties of Epoxy-Clay Nanocomposite with Sonication Time and Clay Loading, Key Engineering Materials Vols. 471-472 (2011) 496-501.

Teaching Interest

  • Materials Science and Engineering (ME 205 and ME 215)
  • Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory Mechanics of Materials  
  • Corrosion Engineering (ME 472)
  • Physical Metallurgy (ME 474)
  • Non-Metallic Materials (ME 476)
  • Finite Element Analysis for Large Deformation Problems
  • Special Topic in Materials and Manufacturing (ME 498): Materials Selection in Mechanical Design (with CES EduPack Software)
  • Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials (ME 579)
  • Advanced Materials Science (ME 574)
  • Advanced Corrosion Engineering (ME 575)
  • Fatigue and Fracture (ME 583)
  • Thermodynamics of Materials (MSE 502)


The Mechanical Engineering Department has become a multi-disciplinary department. Its research areas encompass a variety of different topics. Dr. Zuhair Mattoug Asa’d Gasem has been working in collaboration with multiple funding agencies and researchers to deliver multitude of research publications.

Contact Information
Office Location:Bldg.63,Room 205-1

Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia.
E-mail: zuhair@kfupm.edu.sa
Phone: +966-13-860-2540
Fax: +966-13-860-2949

Workshops and conferences


Z.M. Gasem and B.M. Al-Jarallah Effect of Sensitization on Corrosion Fatigue Crack Propagation of Type 304 Stainless Steel in 3.5% NaCl, NACE-International Corrosion Conference Series, Volume 6, 2012, pages 4885-4890, Corrosion 2012, 13-16 March 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.)


Z. Gasem, A. Khalid, Hot corrosion of air-plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings used in land-based gas turbines, 14th Middle East Corrosion Conference and Exhibition, February 12-15, 2012, in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.


Ihsan-ul-haqToor and Z. M. Gasem, “Problem of stress corrosion cracking and its prediction based on repassivation kinetics”, 14th Middle East Corrosion Conference, 12~15 February, 2012, Kingdom of Bahrain.)