Title: Dr
First Name: Nadimul
Surname: Faisal
Position: Reader
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262438
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Dr Nadimul Faisal (FHEA, CEng MIMechE, MIMMM) is currently a Reader in Mechanical Engineering (Micromechanics & Surface Engineering) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  Previously worked as Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Alfaisal University, Teaching Fellow at University of Strathclyde, Research Assistant at Heriot-Watt University. He has worked as Junior Research Fellow at Surface Engineering Division, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad, India.

Experience includes leading research funded by Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), Centre of Excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). He is Member of IMechE, IMMM and CEng. He is Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is EPSRC Full College member.



Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research Degree Coordinator (Admission & Marketing) for School of Engineering
  • Placement Coordinator (Ug Mechanical, Mechanical & Offshore, Mechanical & Electrical)
  • Year 3 Tutor (Ug Mechanical, Mechanical & Offshore, Mechanical & Electrical)
  • Module Coordinator (Failure Analysis, Engineering Analysis 1&3)

Academic Background

  • Certificate of Open University Professional and Academic Development (OpenPAD), The Open University, UK (2015)  
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK (2010)
  • BSc Engineering (Mechanical), Maulana Azad College of Engineering and Technology (MACET, Patna), Magadh University, India (2001)

Research Interests

  • Thermal spray coatings (e.g. HVOF/APS/Suspension) & thin films
  • Sensor based instrumented mechanical testing
  • Acoustic emission (AE) sensor-based condition monitoring
  • Indentation contact mechanics & nanomechanical testing

Current Research

  • Corrosion monitoring (electrochemical, acoustic emission)
  • Fracture mechanics (Failure Mode-I, II, mixed-mode), adhesive joints
  • Neutron residual strain/stress measurement (Engin-X/STFC) of thermal spray coatings, geological rocks
  • Analytical/Numerical modelling


  • Experience includes leading research funded by following councils or centers: Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), Centre of Excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
  • Working with Industry including AquaMoor Ltd, Corrosion RADAR Ltd, Combined Pumps Ltd, Saudi ARAMCO, SMS Oilfield Ltd, The Stab-in-Pipe Ltd, Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd, etc. 

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the UK’s EPSRC Full College member (2018)
  • FHEA, The Higher Education Academy, UK (2015)
  • CEng MIMechE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (2015)
  • MIMMM, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK (2016)
  • Voting member of committees E07 and E28, ASTM International, USA (2011)
  • Associate Member (AMInstP), Institute of Physics, UK (2013)

External / Professional Roles

  • Approved Assessor, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IMMM), UK
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Nanomaterials (Hindawi) [Materials Properties Characterization by Molecular Dynamics Simulation Techniques], 2015
  • Organising Committee, International Conference on Structural Nano Composites (NANOSTRUC 2014, 2016, 2018)
  • Reviewer of journal articles (about 25 journals; publishers mainly include Elsevier, Springer, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, MDPI, SAGE, Taylor & Francis, etc.)


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Book Chapter 

  1. Nadimul H Faisal, Rehan Ahmed, Sheikh Z Islam, Mamdud Hossain, Matheus F A Goosen, Sai P Katikaneni, Chapter 7: Fuel cells as an energy source for desalination applications, p. 131-145 [RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES FOR WATER DESALINATION, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; ISBN: 978-1-138-02917-0 (Hardbook); ISBN: 978-1-315-64391-5 (e-Book); Editors: Hacene Mahmoudi, Noreddine Ghaffour, Mattheus F. A. Goosen, Jochen Bundschuh] (June 2017)


  1. Nadimul Haque Faisal, Lewis Mann, Conor Duncan, Euan Dunbar, Michael Clayton, Mark Frost, Jennifer McConnachie, Ahmed Fardan, Rehan Ahmed, Diametral compression test method to analyse relative surface stresses in thermally sprayed coated and uncoated circular disc specimens, Surface and Coatings Technology, 357, 497-514, 2019 (doi:
  2. R. Ahmed, G. Vourlias, A. Algoburi, C. Vogiatzis, D. Chaliampalias, S. Skolianos, L.-M. Berger, S. Paul, N. H. Faisal, F.-L. Toma, N. M. Al-Anazi, M. F. A. Goosen, Comparative study of corrosion Performance of HVOF-sprayed coatings produced using conventional and suspension WC-Co feedstock [Manuscript accepted, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Oct 2018 (doi:
  3. 3.   Nadimul Haque Faisal, Reza Sanaee, Rao Martand Singh, John Murray, Abbie McLaughlin, David Healy, Tung-Lik Lee, Neutron scattering study for stress-strain behaviour of porous geological rocks subjected to unconfined uniaxial compression, Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis (MPSVA) 2018, IOP Conf. Series: Journal of Physics: Conf. Series, 1106 (2018) 012011 (doi:
  4. Nadimul Haque Faisal, Rehan Ahmed, Saurav Goel, Graham Cross, Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry [Manuscript accepted, Journal of Materials Research, 33(17), 2515-2532, 2018 (doi:
  5. Alasdair Crawford, Mohamad Ghazi Droubi, Nadimul Haque Faisal, Analysis of acoustic emission propagation in metal-to-metal adhesively bonded joints, Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, 2018; 37:33; (doi:  target="_blank">
  6. Mohamad Ghazi Droubi, Alan Stuart, John Mowat, Craig Noble, Anil Kumar Prathuru, Nadimul Haque Faisal, Acoustic emission method to study fracture (Mode-I, II) and residual strength characteristics in composite-to-metal and metal-to-metal adhesively bonded joints, The Journal of Adhesion, 94 (5), 347-386, 2018 (doi:  target="_blank">
  7. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, A. K. Prathuru, S. P. Katikaneni, M. F. A. Goosen, S. Y. Zhang, Neutron diffraction residual strain measurements of molybdenum carbide based solid oxide fuel cell anode layers with metal oxides on Hastelloy X, Experimental Mechanics, 58(4), 585-603, 2018, (doi:  target="_blank"> [Special Issue: Mechanics of Energy Materials]
  8. Mohamad G. Droubi, Nadimul H. Faisal, Fraser Orr, John A. Steel, Mohamed El-Shaib, Acoustic emission method for defect detection and identification in carbon steel welded joints, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 134, 2017, p. 28–37 (doi:  target="_blank">
  9. N. H. Faisal, Anil K. Prathuru, Saurav Goel, R. Ahmed, M. G. Droubi, B. D. Beake, Y. Q. Fu, Cyclic nanoindentation and nano-impact fatigue mechanisms of functionally graded TiN/TiNi film (Special edition on Functional Performance of Shape Memory Alloys, Shape Memory and Superelasticity, 3(2), 149-167, 2017) (doi:  target="_blank">
  10. J. McAfee, N. H. Faisal, Parametric sensitivity analysis to maximise auxetic effect of polymeric fibre based helical yarn, Composite Structures, 162, 2017, p. 1–12 (doi:  target="_blank">
  11. Anil K Prathuru, N. H. Faisal, Sha Jihan, John A Steel, James Njuguna, Stress analysis at the interface of metal-to-metal adhesively bonded composite subjected to 4-point bending: Finite element method (The Journal of Adhesion, 93(11), 2017, p. 855-878; doi:  target="_blank">
  12. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, S. P. Katikaneni, S. Souentie, M. F. A. Goosen, Development of plasma sprayed molybdenum carbide-based anode layers with various metal oxide precursors for SOFC, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 24(8), 2015, p. 1415-1428 (doi:  target="_blank">10.1007/s11666-015-0315-2)
  13. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, A. K. Prathuru, S. Spence, M. Hussain, J. A. Steel, An improved Vickers indentation fracture toughness model to assess the quality of thermally sprayed coatings, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 128, 2014, p. 189–204 (doi:  target="_blank">10.1016/j.engfracmech.2014.07.015)
  14. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, S. Goel, Y. Q. Fu, Influence of test methodology and probe geometry on nanoscale fatigue mechanisms of diamond-like carbon thin film, Surface and Coatings Technology, 242, 2014, p. 42–53 (doi:  target="_blank">10.1016/j.surfcoat.2014.01.015)
  15. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, Y. Q. Fu, Y. O. Elakwah, M. Alhoshan, Influence of nanoindenter shape on DLC film failure during multiple-load cycle nanoindentation, Materials Science and Technology, 28(9-10), 2012, p. 1186-1197 (doi:  target="_blank">10.1179/1743284712Y.0000000039) (invited submission in a focus issue)
  16. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, Y. Q. Fu, M. Hadfield, M. Alhoshan, DLC film behaviour during multiple-cycle repeating nanoindentation, WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences, Tribology and Design II, 76, 2012, p. 43-54, ISSN 1743-3533 (on-line), (doi: target="_blank">10.2495/TD120041)
  17. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, Y. Q. Fu, Nano-impact and fatigue characterization of as-deposited nitinol film, Coatings, 2(3), 2012, p. 195-209 (doi: target="_blank">10.3390/coatings2030195)
  18. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, Acoustic emission analysis of Vickers indentation fracture of cermet and ceramic coatings, Measurement Science and Technology, 22(12), 2011, art no. 125704 (20pp) (doi: target="_blank">10.1088/0957-0233/22/12/125704)
  19. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, R. L. Reuben, Indentation testing and its acoustic emission response: applications and emerging trends, International Materials Reviews, 56(2), 2011, p. 98-142 (doi: (invited review)
  20. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, A review of patented methodologies in instrumented indentation residual stress measurements, Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering, 4(2), 2011, p. 138-152 (doi:  target="_blank">10.2174/1874477X11104020138) (invited review)
  21. N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, R. L. Reuben, B. Allcock, AE monitoring and analysis of HVOF thermal spraying process, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 20(5), 2011, p. 1071-1084 (doi:  target="_blank">10.1007/s11666-011-9620-6) [REF 2014 return]
  22. N. H. Faisal, R. L. Reuben and R. Ahmed, An improved measurement of Vickers indentation behaviour through enhanced instrumentation, Measurement Science and Technology, 22(1), 2011, art no. 015703 (18pp) (doi:  target="_blank">10.1088/0957-0233/22/1/015703) (a featured article)
  23. N. H. Faisal, J. A. Steel, R. Ahmed, R. L. Reuben, The use of acoustic emission to characterize fracture behavior during Vickers indentation of HVOF thermally sprayed WC-Co coatings, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 18(4), 2009, p. 525-535 (doi:  target="_blank">10.1007/s11666-009-9334-1), featured in Advanced Materials & Processes, Vol. 4 (4), Nov 2009, p. 68

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Neutron scattering (residual strain) research

  • Neutron scattering of porous rocks subjected to uniaxial compression in cryogenic conditions for offshore drilling operations in Arctic (2018)

  • Neutron scattering study of stress-strain behaviour of porous geological materials (2017)

  • Residual strain measurement in suspension based thermal sprayed nanostructured alumina coatings (2017)

  • Neutron diffraction residual strain measurements of plasma sprayed solid oxide fuel cells (2015)