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Dr. Atia E. Khalifa

Assistant Professor  
Contact Information
Office Bldg-22 Room-232      
Office Phone 966-3-860 1295      
Fax 966-3-860 2949 (ME Dept)      
Email akhalifa@kfupm.edu.sa      
Websites Personal Page      
Ph.D. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2009 - Mechanical Engineering      
M.Sc. King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2005 - Mechanical Engineering.      
B.Sc Minoufiya University,  Egypt, 1998 - Mechanical power Engineering      
Courses Taught

Fluid Mechanics


 Thermo-Fluids Labs

Pumping machinery Lab


Research Areas

Experimental and numerical fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermal sciences, turbomachinery, and internal combustion engines.

Representative Publications  

Journal papers

1.       Y. Khulief, M. A. Habib, S. A. M. Said, R. Ben-Mansour, H. M. Badr, M. Anis, and A. E. Khalifa, “Vortex Shedding-free Strainers”, Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E, Volume 226, issue 2, May 2012.

2.       R. Ben-Mansour, M. A. Habib, A. Khalifa, K. Youcef-Toumi, D. Chatzigeorgiou, “Computation Fluid Dynamic Simulation of Small leaks in Water pipelines for direct leak pressure transduction”,  journal of Computer & Fluids (2012), doi:10.1016/j.compfluid.2011.12.016.

3.       Y.A. Khulief, A. Khalifa, R. Ben-Mansour and M. Habib, “Acoustic Detection of Leaks in Water Pipelines Using in-pipe Measurements”, ASCE's Journal of Pipeline Systems - Engineering and Practice. Accepted June 2011, published in May 2012 issue.

4.       Al-Qutub A., Khalifa A., Al-Sulaiman F., “Exploring the Effect of a V-Shaped Cut at Impeller Blades Exit on Flow Induced Vibration and performance of a Boiler Feed Pump”,  J. Pressure Vessel Technol., April 2012, Volume 134, Issue 2, April 2012, 021301 (8 pages), doi:10.1115/1.4004798.

5.       Khalifa A., Al-Qutub A., Ben-Mansour R., “Study of Pressure Fluctuations and Induced Vibration at Blade Passing Frequencies of a Double Volute Pump”, Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering: Volume 36, Issue 7 (2011), Page 1333-1345, DOI: 10.1007/s13369-011-0119-8.

6.       Khalifa A., Al-Qutub A., Khulief Y., Resolving a Problem of High Flow-Induced Vibrations in a Boiler Feed Pump, World Pumps, December issue 2010.

7.       A. Al-Qutub, A. Khalifa,  Y. Khulief , “Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Radial Gap and Impeller Blade Exit on Flow-Induced Vibration at the Blade-Passing Frequency in a Centrifugal Pump,” International Journal of Rotating Machinery, vol. 2009, Article ID 704845, 9 pages, 2009. doi:10.1155/2009/704845.

Conference papers

8.       Chatzigeorgiou D., Ben-Mansour R.,  Khalifa A., Youcef-Toumi K., “Design And Evaluation Of An In-Pipe Leak Detection Sensing Technique Based On Force Transduction”, Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2012-87493, November 9-15, 2012, Houston, TX, USA.

9.       Y.A. Khulief  and  A. Khalifa, “On the In-Pipe Measurements of Acoustic Signature of Leaks in Water Pipelines”, Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2012-86731, November 9-15, 2012, Houston, TX, USA.

10.   Khalifa, A., Ben-Mansour, R., Youcef-Toumi, K., Choi, C., “Characterization of In-Pipe Acoustic Wave for Water Leak Detection”, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE, Denver, Colorado, November 11-17, 2011.

11.   Chatzigeorgiou D., Youcef-Toumi K., Khalifa A., Ben-Mansour R., “ Analysis and Design of an In-Pipe System For Water Leak Detection”, Proceedings of the 37th Design Automation Conference DAC 2011, August 28-31, Washington, DC, USA.

12.   Chatzigeorgiou D., Khalifa A., Youcef-Toumi K.,  “An In-Pipe Leak Detection Sensor: Sensing Capabilities and Evaluation”, Proceedings of the 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications MESA 2011, August 28-31, Washington, DC, USA.

13.   Khalifa A., Ben-Mansour R., Al-Qutub A., The Effect of Radial Gap on Pressure Field in a Double Volute Boiler Feed Pump, 7th International Conference on Computational Heat and Mass Transfer, Istanbul, Turkey, 18-22 July 2011.

14.   S. Mekid, A. Khalifa, R. Mansour,  S. Ho, and S. Sarma,  Water Leaks Detection: Assessment of Wireless Communication through Water and Sand Media in Buried Supply Pipes, 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology-ICEST, Singapore, 2011.

15.   Khalifa A., Chatzigeorgiou D., Youcef-Toumi K., Khulief Y., Ben-Mansour R., Quantifying Acoustic and Pressure Sensing for In-pipe Leak Detection, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Vancouver, 2010.

16.   Chatzigeorgiou D., Kumar S., Khalifa A., Youcef-Toumi  K., Ben-Mansour R., Sarma S., In-pipe acoustic characterization of leak signals for leak detection in water distribution networks, American Water Work Association, AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, ACE10, Chicago 2010.

17.   Khalifa A., Al-Qutub A., Ben-Mansour R., Experiments on Pressure Fluctuations in a High Pressure-Double Volute Centrifugal Pump under Part Load Conditions, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on thermal Energy: Theory and Applications, 2009.

18.   Khalifa A., Al-Qutub A., The Effect of Impeller-Volute Gap on Pressure Fluctuations inside a Double Volute-Centrifugal Pump Operating at Reduced Flow Rates, 7th World Conference on experimental Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 2009.



1.     Atia Khalifa, “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Flow-Induced Vibration in A High Pressure Double Volute Centrifugal Pump”, ISBN 978-3-639-28661-8 VDM, 2010.


1.       Atia Khalifa, Rached Ben-Mansour, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mohamed Habib, Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou, “In-pipe Water Leak Detection Based on Pressure Gradient”,  U.S. Application No.: 13/095135: Filing Date: April 27, 2011,      MIT Case No.:   14660, MIT Docket No.:  14660.110640: Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM, Patent disclosed, November 2010.

2.       Atia Khalifa, Rached Ben-Mansour, Yehia Khulief, Samir Mekid, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, “In-pipe Mobile Cross-Correlation Based System for Leak Detection”, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM, Patent disclosure, August 2011, MIT Case # 15125, U.S. Application No.: 13/364366: February 2, 2012.

3.       Rached Ben-Mansour, Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou, Atia Khalifa,   Changrak Choi, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, " Leak Detection System based on Force Transduction ",  Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM, Patent disclosure, June 2011, US patent application No. 13355659.



Last update: September 2012

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