Sheikh Islam
Title: Dr
First Name: Sheikh
Surname: Islam
Position: Senior Lecturer, Academic Team Lead
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262319
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Dr Sheikh Islam is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Team Lead in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering of the Robert Gordon University. Dr Islam gained his PhD from Robert Gordon University through research on computational fluid dynamics modelling of Proton exchange membrane fuel cell. His research interests include PEM fuel cell as an energy storage device, CFD modelling of multi-phase flows, CFD modelling of wind turbine & heat transfer from finned tube banks, Thermosyphon & fluidized bed heat exchanger for industrial application. Dr Islam is involved in applying computational modelling techniques and optimization to solve some of the most challenging and interesting problems related to emerging energy sources such as fuel cell and wind/ tidal turbine.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Academic Team Lead (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Stage 4 Tutor (Ug Mechanical, Mechanical & Offshore, Mechanical & Electrical)
  • Honours and MEng Individual Project Coordinator

Academic Background

  • Certificate of Open University Professional and Academic Development (OpenPAD), The Open University, UK (2015)
  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods with Distinction, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 2010
  • MSc Space Science & Technology, University of Würzburg, JMUW, Germany, 2009
  • MSc Space Technology, Luleå University of Technology, LTU, Sweden, 2008
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering, Kongju National University (KNU) Republic of Korea, 2006
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2003

Research Interests

  • Fuel cell & Energy storage device (Numerical and analytical model development for performance optimization)
  • Renewable energy (Wind / Tidal Turbine: Development of new design and performance optimization using CFD)
  • Thermosyphon & fluidized bed heat exchanger design (For process heating and waste gas heat recovery- Mathematical and Numerical model development)
  • Reservoir Modelling, Hydrodynamics, Flow assurance, Helideck Wind Environment, Sand Transport using CFD

Current Research

  • Efficiency Improvement of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines with an Upstream Deflector
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Fluid Flow inside Fractured Reservoirs
  • Optimisation of Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Improvement to Hydro cyclone Used for Separating Oil and Sand from Produced Water in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Underbalanced Horizontal Drilling (UBHD) In Low Permeability and Heavy Oil Reservoirs
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Transient Multiphase Flows in Offshore Flow Lines
  • Multiphase Flow Modelling In Vertical Pipes- Emphasis on Modelling of Sand Particle Transport in Vertical Pipes using numerical and Computational Fluid Dynamics Models


Research funded by following councils or centres: Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), IMechE Group Project Award, Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Award, IDEAS Robert Gordon University

Working with Industry including Combined Pumps Ltd, Sureclean, etc.

Professional Memberships

FHEA, The Higher Education Academy, UK

Member, International Association of Engineers 

External / Professional Roles

Reviewer of journal articles (Elsevier)

Oceans'17 MTS/IEEE conference Aberdeen, Scotland June 2017. (Reviewer- Conference Paper)


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Book Chapters

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)

2. Angus Hood , Shaun Slater, Matthew Bouchet, Sheikh Zahidul Islam and Mamdud Hossain, Parametric Study of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Performance Using CFD Modelling, Book chapter in RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE SERVICE OF MANKIND Vol I: Selected Topics from the World Renewable Energy Congress WREC 2014, 2015, Springer International Publishing, pages 159-171

Recent Journal Papers

  1. Hossain, M., Islam S. Z. and Pollard, P., Numerical study of the effect of effective diffusivity coefficient and permeability of gas diffusion layer on fuel cell performance, IMECHE Journal of Power and Energy, 2012, 226(7), pp.907-921.
  2. Hossain, M., Islam S. Z., Davies, A. C. and Adom, E., Water dynamics inside a cathode channel of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, Renewable Energy, Elsevier, 2013, 50, pp. 763-779.
  3. Hossain, M., Islam S. Z. and Pollard, P., Investigation of species transport in a gas diffusion layer of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell through two-phase modelling. Renewable Energy, Elsevier, 2013, 51, pp. 404-418.
  4. Y. Liu, S. Islam, E. Pavlovskaia, and M. Wiercigroch, "Optimization of the vibro-impact capsule system", Strojniški vestnik - Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 62, 430-439, 2016.
  5. Craig Stout , Sheikh Islam, Alasdair White, Scott Arnott, Erald Kollovozi, Morven Shaw, Ghazi Droubi, Yashwant Sinha, Benjamin Bird; Efficiency Improvement of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines with un Upstream Deflector, Energy Procedia, 118, (2017) pp. 141-148.
  6. Roland Tebowei; Mamdud Hossain; Sheikh Z Islam; M G Droubi; Gbenga Oluyemi, Investigation of Sand Transport in an Undulated Pipe using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 162 (2018) pp. 747-762.

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