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Research interests

My areas of expertise and experience lie mainly within the broad taxonomy of Mechanical Engineering. More specifically my research and teaching background are correlated within the capacity of composite materials, crashworthiness applications, finite element simulations, robotics, computer aided design, modelling and fatigue analysis.


My prime interests lie in designing innovative parts or working machines that have an impact on improving the human life. I have a passion for robotics and experimental design and manufacture of innovative robotic solutions to enhance current technology within industry, which in turn would have a direct impact upon the lifestyle of society. I have taken the lead on and been fully responsible for a number of successful research projects and organising, managing and implementing technical investigations to solve specific engineering problems. A substantial proportion of my work has revolved around engineering design to improve vehicle safety and fuel efficiency. One of the foremost topics which interests me is that of composite materials. Nowadays there is a demand in the use of composite materials and so research into the development and use of such materials using simulation software and experimental testing is of key importance. These composites can be used in crashworthiness applications, which is related to my prime area of research interest.


I have collaborated with the Institute of Sport Malaysia (ISN) as part of the consultation team from Curtin University. The aim of this collaboration was to help make advances in technology or innovate new projects to improve the sporting performance of Malaysian athletes. I proposed a project to design and build an innovative exoskeleton lower-limb robotic prototype, for gait rehabilitation therapy and improve movement performance for athletes whose sport requires a strong lower body muscle movement such as badminton. I took the lead on this project, which required a team of engineers from a variety of different disciplines and I worked toward the coordination of the use of experts and facilities from ISN. This involved a very close liaison with everyone involved and is an ongoing project at Curtin University with which I intend to continue my association and cooperation.


As an active researcher I have published numerous research papers and Journal articles within my fields of interest and have contributed to at least 10 International conferences worldwide, acting as a reviewer at multiple International Conferences on Materials Science and Industrial Engineering across Asia. Now employed at Heriot Watt University, I am endeavouring to further develop my research collaborations internationally across campuses and continue to expand investigations within my fields of study. I am enthusiastic about continuing research in the field of robotics in the future and have begun research into designing and build an innovative exoskeleton lower-limb assistance robotic prototype, for gait rehabilitation, therapy and rehabilitate athletic lower body muscles.


I was born in Iraq and moved to the UK with my family at the age of 2. After spending part of my teenage years attending International Schools across the Middle East, I went on to graduate as one of the top 10 candidates from the University of Technology in Baghdad with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. I also commenced a period of industrial training related to civil engineering for a multinational construction company based in Qatar before ultimately deciding to embark upon further study and begin research within the field of Mechanical Engineering. Following this I obtained an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and subsequently went on to complete my PhD at The University of Nottingham, majoring in applied mechanics with specific research focuses on composite materials and robotics. I was esteemed to have been awarded a Patent (No. PI 2012002538) in recognition of my outstanding research which resulted in the development of a hybrid robotic arm. Throughout this research I coalesced my main areas of research interest to develop an innovative composite material which was then used to create a unique bevel gear. Ultimately this then became a component within the design of a robotic arm with 7 degrees of movement, equal to that of the human arm, which encompasses a variety of industrial applications. More recently I have been working as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering or Curtin University, teaching a variety of subjects including Thermodynamics, AutoCAD and Design for Manufacturing. My responsibilities included development of the Mechanical Engineering Department website and the organisation of academic training related to engineering design softwares. I have been welcomed as a full member of the British Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and am registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council UK. Presently I am working as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Malaysia campus.

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Composite materials Engineering & Materials Science
Energy absorption Engineering & Materials Science
energy Earth & Environmental Sciences
composite materials Physics & Astronomy
energy absorption Physics & Astronomy
tubes Physics & Astronomy
robotics Earth & Environmental Sciences
Gears Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2009 2017

Open Access
hydrodynamic coefficients

Impact of urbanization level on the interactions of urban area, the urban climate, and human thermal comfort

Isima Morris, K., Chan, A., Kwami Morris, K. J., Ooi, M. C. G., Oozeer, M. Y., Abakr, Y. A., Nadzir, M. S. M., Mohammed, I. Y. & Al-Qrimli, H. F. A. Feb 2017 In : Applied Geography. 79, p. 50–72 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thermal comfort
agricultural land

Implementation of XFEM in the study of gear crack propagation behaviour using the SIF on different moments

Hiung, F. Z., Al-Qrimli, H. F. & Morris, K. I. 21 Jul 2017 In : International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling. 12, 3-4, p. 362-368 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spur gears
Stress intensity factors

Numerical investigations on axial and radial blade rubs in turbo-machinery

Abdelrhman, A. M., Abdelrhman, A. M., Leong, M. S., Al-Qrimli, H. F. A. & Rajamohan, G. 8 Jul 2017 In : IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering . 217, p. 1-12 12 p., 012015

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Turbomachine blades

Optimization of ultrasound assisted extraction (UAE) of β-d-glucan polysaccharides from Ganoderma lucidum for prospective scale-up

Alzorqi, I., Singh, A., Manickam, S. & Al-Qrimli, H. F. Mar 2017 In : Resource-Efficient Technologies. 3, 1, p. 46–54 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


ITEX Bronze Medal for invention ROBOTTINARM 001

Haidar Fadhil Abbas Al-Qrimli (Recipient), 16 May 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media