Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UCLA
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1973
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1971
B.S., University of Alexandria, 1967
Areas of Research
Fusion technology design and analysis, free-surface heat transfer and fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, thermomechanics, particle and radiation transport, tritium production and processing, materials, high-heat flux components; liquid walls; research includes experiments, modelling, design, and analysis.
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Key Professional Activities
Honors and Awards
An award founded by the International Steering Committee for Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT) to be given every three years in recognition of Miya and Abdou's pioneering scholarly research and leadership contributions in laying the technical foundations for and advancing the field of Fusion Nuclear Technology.
Over 300 publications in scholarly journals on fusion nuclear technology, heat transfer, magnetohydrodynamics, tritium production and processing, particle transport, radiation protection, materials, thermomechanical applications, and renewable energy sources. Research covers design, experiments, modeling, analysis, and prototype testing. Several publications on technical planning of R&D for large national and collaborative international technology projects and facilities.
Key Publications (FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, CLICK HERE)
M. Abdou et al., "U.S. Plans and Strategy for ITER Blanket Testing", Fusion Science and Technology, 47:3, 475-487 (2005).
M. Narula, A. Ying, M. A. Abdou, "A Study of Liquid Metal Film Flow, Under Fusion Relevant Magnetic Fields", Fusion Science and Technology, 47:3, 564-568 (2005).
Mohamed Abdou, "Preface to the Special Issue on Innovative High-Power Density Concepts for Fusion Plasma Chambers", Fusion Engineering and Design, 72:1-3, 1-2 (2004).
A.Y. Ying, M.A. Abdou, N. Morley, T. Sketchley, R. Woolley, J. Burris, R. Kaita, P. Fogarty, H. Huang, X. Lao et al., "Exploratory studies of flowing liquid metal divertor options for fusion-relevant magnetic fields in the MTOR facility", Fusion Engineering and Design, 72:1-3, 35-62 (2004).
X. Luo, A. Ying and M. Abdou, "Experimental and Computational Simulation of Free Jet Characteristics Under Transverse Field Gradients", Fusion Science and Technology, 44:1, 85-93 (2003).
S. Smolentsev, M. Abdou, et al., "Application of the 'K-ε' Model to Open Channel Flows in a Magnetic Field", International Journal of Engineering Science, 40: 693–711 (2002).
Z. Lu, M. Abdou, A. Ying, "3-D Micromechanical Modeling of Packed Beds", Journal of Nuclear Materials, 299: 101–110 (2001).
M. Abdou, et al., "On the Exploration of Innovative Concepts for Fusion Chamber Technology [9MB]," Fusion Engineering and Design, 54: 181–247 (2001). [pp. 181–191, pp. 192–200, pp. 201–220, pp. 221–247]
M. Abdou, "Research on Liquid Walls for Fusion Systems", JSAEM Studies in Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics, 9: 151–152 (2001).
M. Youssef, M. Abdou, "Heat Deposition, Damage, and Tritium Breeding Characteristics in Thick Liquid Wall Blanket Concepts", Fusion Engineering and Design, 49–50: 719–725 (2000).
Z. Lu, A. Ying, M. Abdou, "Numerical and Experimental Prediction of the Thermomechanical Performance of the Pebble Beds for Solid Breeder Blanket", Fusion Engineering and Design, 49–50: 605–611.
K. Gulec, M. Abdou, et al., "Novel liquid blanket configurations and their hydrodynamic analyses for innovative confinement concepts", Fusion Engineering and Design, 49–50: 567–576 (2000).
S. Cho, M. Abdou, "Analysis of Tritium Kinetics of SIBELIUS Beryllium", Fusion Engineering and Design, 51–52: 85–91 (2000).
S. Harkness, C. Baker, M. Abdou, et al., "Review of the Fusion Materials Research Program"", Journal of Fusion Energy, 19(1): 45–64 (2000).
M. Abdou and the APEX Team, "Exploring Novel High Power Density Concepts for Attractive Fusion Systems", Fusion Engineering & Design, 45(1): 145–167 (1999).
J. Sheffield, M. Abdou, et al., "Report of the FEAC Inertial Fusion Energy Review Panel", Journal of Fusion Energy, 18(4): 195–211 (1999).
A. Ying, M. Abdou, "Analysis of Thermomechanical Interactions and Properties of Ceramic Breeder Blankets", Fusion Engineering and Design, 39–40: 651–657 (1998).
M. Abdou, A. Ying, and Z. Lu, "Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Ceramic Blanket Particle Bed Materials: Numerical Derivation", Journal of Nuclear Materials, 258–263: 576–581 (1998).
A. Ying, M. Abdou, "Scaling Criteria for IFE Liquid Wall Protection Scheme Simulation", Fusion Engineering and Design, 42: 555–561 (1998).
L. Zhang, M. Abdou, "Kerma Factor Evaluation and its Application in Nuclear Heating Experiment Analysis", Fusion Engineering and Design, 36: 479–503 (1997).
M. Abdou, et al, "Results of an International Study on a High-Volume Plasma-Based Neutron Source for Fusion Blanket Development,[9MB]", Fusion Technology, 29: 1–57 (1996). [pp. 1–27, pp. 28–57]
S. Ho and M. Abdou, "Exploration and Assessment of Design Windows for a Tokamak-Based Volumetric Neutron Source", Fusion Engineering and Design, 31(4): 323–332 (1996).
R. Abelson and M. Abdou, "Experimental Evaluation of the Interface Heat Conductance between Roughened Beryllium and Stainless Steel Surfaces", Journal of Nuclear Materials, 233–237: 847–851 (1996).
M. Abdou, "A Volumetric Neutron Source for Fusion Nuclear Technology Testing and Development", Fusion Engineering and Design, 27: 111–153 (1995).
M. Abdou et al., "Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute/United States Integral Neutronics Experiments and Analyses for Tritium Breeding, Nuclear Heating, and Induced Radioactivity [5MB]", Fusion Technology, 28(1): 5–38 (1995). [pp. 5–21, pp. 22–38]
N. Morley and M. Abdou, "Modeling of Fully-Developed, Liquid Metal, Thin Film Flows for Fusion Divertor Applications", Fusion Engineering and Design, 30(4): 339–356 (1995).
M. Abdou, et al., "Evaluation of the Prediction Uncertainty in Tritium Production based on Results from Experiments on an Li2O Annular Blanket surrounding a 14 MeV Simulated Line Source", Fusion Engineering and Design, 28: 673–682 (1995).
H. Maekawa and M. Abdou, "Summary of Experiments and Analyses from the JAERI/USDOE Collaborative Program on Fusion Blanket Neutronics", Fusion Engineering and Design, 28: 479–491 (1995).
M. Abdou, et al., "Critical Technical Issues and Evaluation and Comparison Studies for Inertial Fusion Energy Reactors [5MB]", Fusion Engineering and Design, 23(4): 251–297 (1993). [pp. 251–275, pp. 276–297]
M. Abdou and L. Waganer, "PROMETHEUS Designs for Laser-Driven and Heavy-Ion-Driven Fusion Reactors", Fusion Technology, 2: 1653–1657 (1992).
M. Abdou, "ITER Test Program: Key Technical Aspects", Fusion Technology, 19: 1439–1451 (1991).
M. Abdou, M. Tillack, and A. Raffray, "Thermal, Fluid Flow and Tritium Release Problems in Fusion Blankets", Fusion Technology, 18(2): 165–200 (1990).
M. Abdou, et al., "Technical Issues and Requirements of Experiments and Facilities for Fusion Nuclear Technology", Nuclear Fusion, 27(4): 619–688 (1987).
M. Abdou, et al., "Deuterium-Tritium Fuel Self-Sufficiency in Fusion Reactors", Fusion Technology, 9: 250–285 (1986).
M. Abdou, et al., "A Study of the Issues and Experiments for Fusion Nuclear Technology", Fusion Technology, 8: 2595–2645 (1985).
Presentations, Seminars and Keynote Addresses
Over 300 presentations given at various conferences, symposia, workshops, and planning meetings; invited keynote speaker at numerous highly regarded international conferences; seminars given at leading institutes, government agencies, and universities.
Key Presentations (FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PRESENTATIONS, CLICK HERE)
"Fusion Nuclear Technology: Grand Challenges with Exciting Opportunities for Young Researchers", keynote remarks presented at the 7th Int'l Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology, 22-29 May 2005. [Powerpoint]
"Fusion: The Energy Source for the XXI Century", keynote remarks presented at the 9th Int'l Cairo Conference on Energy and Environment, 13-17 March 2005. [Powerpoint]
"Fusion: Basic Principles, Current Progress and ITER Plans", plenary talk presented at the 9th Int'l Cairo Conference on Energy and Environment, 13-17 March 2005. [Powerpoint]
"ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) and ITER Nuclear Science and Engineering", presented at the VLT/USIPO meeting, PPPL, Princeton NJ, 20-21 October 2004. [Powerpoint]
"Overview of Principles, Concepts, and Key Issues of Fusion Nuclear Technology", KAERI/KBSI, Korea, April, 2004. [Presentation]
"Overview of Fusion Nuclear Technology", KAIF/KNS, Seoul, Korea, April 27, 2004. [Presentation]
"Plasma Chamber Systems", General Atomics, San Diego, March 2, 2004. [Presentation]
"Briefing to DOE Office of Science on Fusion Chamber Technology", Washington D.C., June 3, 2003. [Presentation]
"Chamber Technology (CT), Why Now?", VLT-PAC Meeting, General Atomics, San Diego, CA, February 25, 2003. [Presentation]