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H. Bhowmik, A. Faisal, “Experimental analyses of natural convection and radiation heat transfer
               from a horizontal cylinder”, 10  International Conference on Thermal Engineering: Theory and
               Applications, Muscat, Oman, February 26-28, 2017.

               F. Ahmad, F. Abbassi, J. W. Hong, “Numerical simulation of impact resistance of CFRP plates with
               different fiber  angles”, 11   International  Conference  on  Composite  Science  and  Technology,
               Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 4-6, 2017.

               F. Abbassi, F. Ahmad, C. Garnier, “Numerical and experimental damage analysis of carbon/PPS
               composite under uniaxial and biaxial loading”, International Symposium on Advanced Material
               Research, Seoul, South Korea, March 17-19, 2017.

               F.  Abbassi  and  F.  Ahmad,  “Experimental,  numerical  and  theoretical  forming  limit  diagrams
               development for sheet metal”, International Conference on Applied Mechanics and Industrial
               System, Muscat, Oman, December 6-8, 2016.

               Externally Funded Research:
               F. Abbassi, S. Grami, “Natural Fractures Reactivation and its impact on Enhanced Oil Recovery,
               funded by TRC, in process.

               The ever-increasing energy demand and decline in number and size of new oil discoveries have
               set the stage for advanced research on new technologies including Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
               This technology, which involves the injection of fluids into hydrocarbon reservoirs to increase its
               pressure, proved to be economically viable and environmentally friendly to a large extent. In
               Oman, this technology allowed to increase oil production by 17% in 2009 after a decrease of 27%
               between 2001 and 2007. EOR is particularly mature in conventional reservoirs, as it has been
               used extensively for decades. However, it still needs an extensive research work to adapt it to
               naturally fractured reservoirs. The purpose of this project is to investigate fractures’ reactivation
               due to fluids injection at different levels of temperature and pressure and identify the impact of
               such operations on the performance of fractured reservoirs. This research work will use advanced
               coupled multi-physics for reservoir modelling to optimize production from fractured reservoirs.
               It will also include novel continuum damage mechanics approaches to describe the initiation,
               evolution  and  coalescence  of  fractures  within  geological  materials.  Mathematically,  such
               problem is governed by a fully coupled thermal-hydraulic-mechanical processes. Therefore, a
               high resolution is needed, which takes into account the intrinsic length and time scales of the
               involved processes.  We intend to solve this problem using High Performance Computing. The
               solution  method  relies  on  massively  parallel  numerical  models  based  on  the  finite  element

               S.  Grami,  A.  Wazwaz,  “Improved  Design  Parabolic  Trough  Collector  for  Electrical  Power
               Generation”, funded by TRC.

               All parabolic trough collectors in use today are of open configuration type. This meant that the
               trough is open and therefore is subjected to the ambient conditions. Consequently, the trough
               remains  exposed  to  wind  effects  which  exacerbate  heat  loss  problem  by  convection  and

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