Fady Abdelaal

Assistant Professor

Office: Ellis-246

Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineering

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-3352
Fax: (613) 533-2128
fady.abdelaal@queensu.ca

Dr. Abdelaal obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering at Ain Shams University in Egypt. His Master’s research involved the investigation of sand bentonite mixtures as a low hydraulic conductivity barrier soil for municipal solid waste landfill liners as an alternative to traditional clayey soil liners only available on the banks of the river Nile and used for agricultural purposes. 

Dr. Abdelaal travelled to Canada in 2008 to start his Doctoral research at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. R. Kerry Rowe and Dr. Richard Brachman. His Doctoral research involved investigating the chemical durability of plastic (polyethylene geomembrane) liners as part of the composite liner system for municipal solid waste landfills. This research focused on the key factors influencing the degradation of geomembrane liners. His research also included large scale testing of the composite liner under field exposure conditions to investigate the susceptibility of geomembranes to stress cracking.

After obtaining his Doctoral degree in 2013, Dr. Abdelaal worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. R Kerry Rowe at Queen’s University, to investigate the durability of geomembrane liners for use in other emerging areas in the field of geoenvironmental engineering. These applications included low level radioactive waste containment facilities, potable water reservoirs and mining applications (including heap leach pads, tailings storage facilities, and the Bayer process for Aluminum extraction).

Dr. Abdelaal moved back to Egypt in 2015 after his appointment as an Assistant Professor at Ain Shams University. In January 2017, he joined the Civil Engineering Department at Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor.

Academic Experience

January 2017-To date: Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Queen’s University, Canada
October 2015-December 2016: Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt
January 2015-April 2015: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Canada

Industrial Experience

November 2015-November 2016: Project Manager, Ardaman-ACE, Egypt
January 2007–January 2008: Landfill auditor, Engineering and Contracting Department - AMA Arab Environment Company (AAEC), Egypt
December 2004–December 2006: Structural Design Engineer, International Arab Consulting Group, Egypt

Education

September 2008-October 2013: Doctorate, Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Canada
December 2004-April 2008: Master's Thesis, Geotechnical Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt
September 1999-July 2004: Bachelor's, Civil Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt

Professional Membership

  • International Geosynthetic Society (IGS)
  • The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society
  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

Journal Papers

Rowe, R.K., Abdelaal, F.B., Zafari, M., Morsy, M., and Priyanto, D. (2020). An approach to geomembrane selection to meet challenging design requirements. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 57: 1550-1565, dx.doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2019-0572.

Morsy, M., and Rowe, R.K., Abdelaal, F.B. (2020). Longevity of twelve geomembranes in chlorinated water. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Online: https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/10.1139/cgj-2019-0520

Abdelaal, F.B. Morsy, M., and Rowe, R.K. (2019). Long-term performance of a HDPE geomembrane stabilized with HALS in chlorinated water. Geotextile and Geomembranes, 47(6): 815-830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2019.103497   

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2019). Degradation of an HDPE geomembrane without HALS in chlorinated water. Geosynthetics International, 26(4):354-370.

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2017). Effect of high pH found in low level radioactive waste leachates on the antioxidant depletion of a HDPE geomembrane. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 21(1); 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000262, D4015001.

Rowe, R.K. and Abdelaal. F.B. (2016). Antioxidant depletion Stage of a HDPE Geomembrane with HALS in low pH heap leach pad environment. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53: 1612–1627 (2016) dx.doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2016-002.

Abdelaal, F.B., Rowe, R.K, Hsuan, Y.G. and Awad, R. (2015). Effect of high temperatures on the physical and mechanical properties of HDPE geomembranes in air, Geosynthetics International, 22(3):207-224.

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2015). Durability of three HDPE Geomembranes immersed in different fluids at 85oC, ASCE, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE-JGGE), 141(2): 04014106-1.

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2014). Effect of high temperatures on antioxidant depletion from different HDPE geomembranes. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 42(4): 284-301.

Abdelaal, F. B., Rowe, R. K., and Brachman, R. W. I. (2014). Brittle rupture of an aged HDPE geomembrane at local gravel indentations under simulated field conditions. Geosynthetics International, 21(1): 1-23.

Abdelaal, F.B., Rowe, R.K. and Islam, M.Z. (2014). Effect of leachate composition on the long-term performance of a HDPE geomembrane. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 42(4): 384-362.

Rowe, R.K., Abdelaal, F.B. and Islam, M.Z. (2014). Aging of HDPE geomembrane of three different thicknesses, ASCE, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE-JGGE), 140(5): 04014005.

Rowe, R.K., Abdelaal, F.B. and Brachman, R.W.I. (2013). Antioxidant depletion of HDPE geomembrane with sand protection layer, Geosynthetics International, 20(2):73-89.

Full Conference Papers

Zafari, M. and Abdelaal, F.B. (2020). Antioxidant Depletion from Textured Conductive and Non-conductive HDPE Geomembranes in Chlorinated Water. GeoAmericas 2020 Virtual conference.

Morsy, M.S., Abdelaal, F.B., and Rowe, R.K. (2019). Performance of blended polyolefin and LLDPE geomembranes in Heap Leach Pads based on OIT. Geosynthetics 2019 Conference, Houston, TX, USA.

Samea, A. and Abdelaal, F.B. (2019). Chemical durability of bituminous geomembranes in heap leaching applications at 55oC. Geosynthetics 2019 Conference, Houston, TX, USA.

Zafari, M. and Abdelaal, F.B. (2019). Antioxidant depletion from single-sided and double-sided textured geomembranes in two different immersion solutions. Geosynthetics 2019 Conference, Houston, TX, USA.

Priyanto, D., Whitelaw, B., Rowe, R.K., Barone, F., Abdelaal, F., Zafari, M., Buckley, J. (2019) Implementation of R&D results in the design of liner system for the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF). WM2019 Conference, March 3 – 7, 2019, Phoenix, Arizona, US.

Abdelaal, F.B., Rowe, R.K., and Brachman, R.W.I. (2018). Effect of liner temperature on the long term stress cracking of HDPE geomembrane sunder simulated field conditions. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of Geosynthetics. Seoul, Korea, September 2018, 7p.

Morsy, M.S., Rowe, R.K. and Abdelaal, F.B. (2016). Antioxidant depletion from HDPE and LLDPE geomembranes in chlorinated water. 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, Geo-Americas 2016, 10-13 April 2016-Miami Beach, USA.

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2014). Effect of chlorinated water on the antioxidant depletion of HDPE geomembrane without HALS. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Berlin, September 2014 CD-ROM Paper #83, 7p.

Abdelaal, F.B., and Rowe, R.K. (2014). Application of a four-parameter exponential decay model for modelling antioxidant depletion in HDPE geomembranes. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Berlin, September 2014 CD-ROM Paper #274, 8p.

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2014).  Antioxidant depletion from a LLDPE geomembrane in an extremely high pH solution. Proceedings of Geosynthetics Mining Solutions2014. 8-11 September 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada, CD-ROM, pp. 225-235.

Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2013). Antioxidant depletion of HDPE geomembrane without HALS in an extreme environment. Proceedings of Geosynthetics 2013 Conference, Long Beach, CA, USA. CD-ROM, pp. 127-133.

Abdelaal, F.B., Rowe, R.K., Smith, M., Brachman, R.W.I. and Thiel, R. (2012). Antioxidant depletion from HDPE and LLDPE geomembranes without HALS in and extremely low pH solution. The 2nd Pan American Geosynthetic Conference and Exhibition, GeoAmericas2012, Lima, Peru, CD-ROM, 9p.

Abdelaal, F.B., Rowe, R.K., Smith, M. and Thiel, R. (2011). OIT depletion in HDPE geomembranes used in contact with solutions having very high and low pH. Proceedings ofthe 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Toronto, Canada, CD-ROM, 7p.

Rowe, R.K., Abdelaal, F.B., Islam, M.Z., and Hsuan Y.G. (2010). The strange effect of increasing temperature in accelerated ageing of HDPE GMBs immersed in liquids. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Guaruja, Brazil, pp. 793-798.

Eid, M.M., Abdelrahman, M.T., and Abdelaal, F.M.B. (2009). Sand bentonite mixture as secondary liners in landfills. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Alexandria, Egypt, 2009, pp. 225-228.


2019 Geosynthetics International Award for the best paper published in the journal in 2019: Abdelaal, F.B. and Rowe, R.K. (2019). Degradation of an HDPE geomembrane without HALS in chlorinated water. Geosynthetics International, 26(4):354-370.
2015 Geosynthetics International Award for one of the best three papers published in the journal in 2014: Abdelaal, F. B., Rowe, R. K., and Brachman, R. W. I. (2014a). Brittle rupture of an aged HDPE geomembrane at local gravel indentations under simulated field conditions. Geosynthetics International, 21(1): 1-23.
2014 Geosynthetics International Award for the best paper published in the journal in 2013: Rowe, R.K., Abdelaal, F.B. & Brachman, R.W.I. (2013). Antioxidant depletion of HDPE geomembrane with sand protection layer. Geosynthetics International, 20, No. 2, 73-89.
2012 Graduate Student Presentation Award: National Canadian Geotechnical Society’s (CGS) Competition for 2012 (2nd Prize). http://www.cgs.ca/awards-2012.php

Courses

Undergraduate courses:

-  Materials for Civil Engineers (CIVL215): Winter 2017-Present

-  Geotechnical Engineering I (CIVL340): Fall 2019- Present. 50% responsibility

-  Geotechnical Engineering II (CIVL341): Winter 2019


Graduate courses:

-  Polymer Microstructure and Testing in Civil Engineering Applications (CIVL849)