School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi BEng(Hons) PhD(Cambridge), MASCE MCGS FHEA PE

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Senior Lecturer

Academic programme director (UNITECH)

International exchanges coordinator

Dr El-Hamalawi joined Loughborough University as a member of faculty at the end of 1999. Previous to that, he did his PhD at Cambridge University and then worked at IGT in ETH-Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) for 2 years. Dr El-Hamalawi has 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

Research Interests 

  • 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
  • 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