Dr. Ahmed Alkaabi joined Khalifa University (KU) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering in 2016. He received the Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Colorado School of Mines, Colorado, USA, in 2015.
Dr. Alkaabi's main areas of research interest are thermal hydraulics in nuclear systems, nuclear reactor kinetics, reactor fuel heat transfer, and nuclear reactor safety. His Ph.D. thesis was about predicting thermal hydraulics parameters including complicated fluid flow and heat transfer within the US Geological Survey TRIGA Reactor (GSTR) core using a range of US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, and commercial codes (including RELAP5/MOD3.3, RELAP5-3D, TRACE, and COMSOL Multiphysics). He is the third supervisor of a Ph.D. student about examining the possibility of using accident tolerant fuels in APR1400 reactor by studying their impact on the plant’s operation and safety parameters. Currently, he is investigating the possibility of safely coupling a nuclear reactor to a phase change material (PCM) based thermal energy storage (TES), from thermal hydraulics point of view, numerically and experimentally.