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Ahmad Alhamdan  BASc, MASc

Mr Ahmad Alhamdan



Senior Technician

School of Engineering

Queen's Buildings - South Building, Room S/0.45, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


Ahmad is a Structural Engineer currently studying for a PhD in Civil/Material Engineering. 

He is part of the Resilient Structures and Construction Materials (RESCOM) group at Cardiff University.

His research in Materials Engineering is focused on sustainable concrete design and durability of low carbon concrete.  





Previous Research:

During my Masters, I worked on better understanding the shrinkage behaviour of alkali activated binders (geopolymers) under different exposure conditions. I investigated the effect of preparation method (one or two part) on the shrinkage behaviour of alkali activated mortars and evaluated the efficiency of conventional shrinkage mitigation techniques on those materials. I also evaluated the influence of exposure conditions on the efficiency and mechanisms of the applied shrinkage mitigation techniques.


Current Research:

Since ordinary portland cement concrete has a high carbon footprint, I am currently focused on the creation of a novel mix design of concrete incorporating waste plastics as partial aggregate replacement in order to reduce its over all carbon footprint. I am also focused on durability testing to better understand the behaviour of Low-carbon concerte under different types of degradation cycles.



Lead tutorials, lab demonstartions, and marking for the follwing courses:

Structural Analysis and Design EN2400

Structural Analysis EN3302

Concrete Materials and Structures EN3311


  • Low carbon design
  • Waste management, reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Polymers and plastics
  • Cement and Concrete Science
  • Life cycle assessment