KOU Senior Lecturer Published a Research Article with Elsevier

Journal of King Saud University, Engineering SciencesAssistant Professor Dr. Taghreed Khaleefa Mohammed Ali at the Department of Architecture Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University with a research group from other Iraqi University, published a research article entitled “Fresh and hardened properties of lightweight self-compacting concrete containing walnut shells as coarse aggregate” in the  Journal of King Saud University – Engineering Sciences . The paper presents the mechanical properties of sustainable SCC made by using ground walnut shells. The Journal of King Saud University – Engineering Sciences is indexed by SCOPUS with Quartitle: Q1.


About the reaserach article:

Title: Fresh and hardened properties of lightweight self-compacting concrete containing walnut shells as coarse aggregate

Recently the application of self-compacting concrete (SCC) has emerging in construction structures due to its good abilities to improve durability and decrease bleeding with good bonding with rebar. On the other hand, large amount of aggregates is required for the production of SCC. However; replacing natural aggregate in SCC with waste materials can led to discover ecological building materials. Walnut shell (WS) is one of the agriculture waste materials which can be used as a substitution of aggregate in SCC. In this research, WS was used as a replacement of coarse aggregate for constructing SCC by employing ten different volume fractions from 5% to 50% with each increment of 5%. Fresh and hardened properties of SCC were investigated for all mixes and control one. The results showed that all tested properties decreased by increase WS volume fraction. However; the lightweight self- compacting concrete (LWSCC) can get at fraction volume of WS equal and or more than 35%. Where, slump flow diameter (SFD), compressive and bond strengths were 560 mm, 35 MPa and 6.55 MPa respectively achieved at 35% ratio of WS.


Koya University (KOU) is located in the city of Koya (Koy Sanjaq) which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region of F.R. Iraq. It is on the foothills of beautiful high mountain. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful mountainous nature. . There are 4 Faculties and 2 Schools in KOU; Faculty of Engineering (FENG), Faculty of Science and Health (FSCH), Faculty of Education (FEDU), Faculty of Humanities and Social Silences (FHSS), Shcool of Physical Education (SPHE) and School of Medicine (SMED). Also, there are two research centers; Genome Center and Malai Gawra Center. Moreover, at KOU there is an English Language Center (BELC) at KOU has been opened with the sponsorship of IREX and American embassy in Baghdad as well as with the support of Spring International Language Center of The University of ArkansasKOU has two Scientific Journals; ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, which is indexed by Clarivate Analytics (ESCI), and Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (KUJHSS). KOU is a proactive member of Erasmus/ Marhaba Project and Erasmus+. KOU signed many Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with many International Universities, e.g., The University of Arkansas (June 2015). The Lulea University in Sweden (April 2014), The University of Nottingham in the UKThe University of Buckingham in the UK (Oct 2008), Belkin University in Turkey (Sep 2009) and The University of Greenwich in the UK.


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