Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi

BEng(Hons) PhD(Cambridge) MASCE MCGS FHEA PE

  • Reader in engineering modelling
  • Group Leader, Geotechnical and Geomatics Group

Research groups and centres

Research and expertise

  • Numerical modelling using finite elements (FEM), finite difference, boundary elements (BEM), discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) and the scaled boundary finite element methods
  • Numerical and analytical modelling of static and dynamic soil-structure interaction and wave propagation during earthquakes
  • Adaptive mesh refinement (enrichment and remeshing) for non-linear elastic/elasto-plastic coupled 2-phase flow (fluid continuity and equilibrium equations coupled together) using FEM
  • 2- and 3-D mesh generation
  • Chemical and physical interactions between buried water pipes and the surrounding ground under static and dynamic loads, both internally and externally
  • Developing constitutive models for municipal solid waste
  • Developing surveillance control data acquisition systems( SCADA) for both humans and non-humans
  • Development of converged network systems with VoIP, voice recognition and Wifi for the construction industry
  • Incorporating Internet/web-based technology into the construction industry, with emphasis on intelligent agents and online interactive product libraries
  • Non-destructive testing in civil engineering using advanced technologies
  • Detection of landmines and UXOs using advanced technologies

Recent publications

Postill, H, Dixon, N, Fowmes, G, El-Hamalawi, A, Take, WA (2019) Modelling seasonal ratcheting and progressive failure in clay slopes: A validationCanadian Geotechnical Journal, ISSN: 0008-3674. DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2018-0837.

Gallou, M, Temple, B, Hardwick, C, Frost, M, El-Hamalawi, A (2018) Potential for external reinforcement of insulated rail jointsProc IMechE Part F: J Rail and Rapid Transit, 232(3), pp.697-708, DOI: 10.1177/0954409716684278.

Li, N, El-Hamalawi, A, Baxter, J, Barrett, R, Wheatley, AD (2018) Tuneable diode laser spectroscopy correction factor investigation on ammonia measurementAtmospheric Environment, 172, pp.12-15, ISSN: 1352-2310. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.10.058.

Gallou, M, Frost, M, El-Hamalawi, A, Hardwick, C (2018) Assessing the deflection behaviour of mechanical and insulated rail joints through finite element analysisIMechE Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 232(9), pp.2290-2308, ISSN: 0954-4097. DOI: 10.1177/0954409718766925.


  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College 
  • Elected Chair of the ICE East Midlands Geotechnical Group (Part of the British Institution of Civil Engineers) 
  • Member of the British ICE Education and Training Sub-Committee 
  • Member of the British ICE Midlands Regional Committee 
  • Member on the 'Ground Engineering Advisory Panel' of the national construction body CIRIA 
  • Reviewer for several international journals published by national engineering institutions and publishers such as the ASCE and Elsevier


I joined Loughborough University as a member of faculty at the end of 1999. Previous to that, I did my PhD at Cambridge University and then worked at IGT in ETH-Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) for 2 years. I won the British Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) prize and was one of 5 finalists at the international "J. Melosh Medal" Competition at Duke University (USA) for the best student paper on finite element analysis.

Broad expertise and expertise

  • Numerical and mathematical modelling of static and dynamic soil-structure interaction
  • Adaptive finite element mesh refinement for multi-phase materials
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Incorporating advanced networking, Internet and VoIP/voice-recognition technologies in the construction industry
  • Nondestructive testing in civil engineering using advanced techniques
  • Development of buried landmines and UXOs using advanced technologies

Professional affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer 
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE) 
  • Member of the British Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) 
  • Full Member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) 
  • Member of the International HTML Writer's Guild