Lecturer in Polymers and Composites
Telephone: (01792) 295878
Room: Open Plan Office - B216
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Educated to PhD level with 5 years of research experience in the field of advanced composite materials. Possessing sound knowledge and experience in accelerated weathering, mechanical testing and characterisation of carbon fibre composites.

As well as excellent experience in nano-composites production and characterisation. Considerable experience in teaching and student supervision.

The main focus of my research is on the long-term lifetime behaviour of polymers composites. I am currently working on industrial research projects studying moisture absorption and its effect on mechanical and physical properties of carbon fibre reinforced epoxy and carbon fibre reinforced phenolic composites. Mechanical testes include tensile, compression, shear, strain energy release and interlaminar shear. A variety of analysis techniques (DSC, TGA, FTIR, DMA) for investigation of physical properties.

Areas of Expertise

  • Composite materials
  • Moisture absorption
  • Nano-composites
  • Materials characterisation
  • Mechanical testing
  • Finite element analysis
  • Thermosets and Theromoplastics


  1. & Directional diffusion of moisture into unidirectional carbon fiber/epoxy Composites: Experiments and modeling. Polymer Composites
  2. & An investigation of the long-term water uptake behavior and mechanisms of carbon fiber/977-2 epoxy composites. Polymer Engineering & Science
  3. & Water absorption and low-energy impact and their role in the failure of ±45° carbon fibre composites. Polymer Composites
  4. & (2015). Directional diffusion of moisture in carbon fibre-epoxy composites: experiments and modelling. Presented at 20th International Conference on Composite Materials, Copenhagen, 19-24th July 2015,
  5. & An assessment of methods to determine the directional moisture diffusion coefficients of composite materials. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 55, 120-128.

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  • EG-182 Manufacturing Technology I

    Manufacturing makes a major contribution to the world economy and engineering processes help solve some of the most serious challenges facing society today. The role of engineers in the manufacturing sector is crucial to generate sustainable high economic value products and jobs. To meet this ever-changing role, new graduates require an understanding of established and advanced processes. The module provides students with a holistic view of current, emerging and integrated manufacturing processes, providing a wide range of techniques required for producing product specifications based on process/technology selection. The taught material builds together with knowledge gained from materials and design modules. The topics are delivered by means of traditional lectures in each of the areas below

  • EG-281 Polymers: Structure and Processing


  • EG-287 Materials Practicals 2b: Applied examples in polymeric and metallic materials

    Materials Practicals 2b: Applied examples in polymeric and metallic materials - identification and assessment of microstructures of a variety of non-ferrous alloys and polymeric materials. The module will explore the link between microstructure and mechanical properties and show how processing treatments can radically alter the microstructure and behaviour of materials.

  • EG-M73 Composite Materials

    A detailed coverage of current polymer, metal and ceramic matrix composite systems for applications in gas turbines focusing on their performance envelope, advantages and limitations. The units will cover the following: The components and their attributes - an overview (reinforcements, matrices and interfaces), Properties of the matrix materials (Thermosets/thermoplastics, metals, ceramics, structure and mechanical behaviour), Properties of fibres and particles (Glass fibres, organic fibres, carbon fibres, ceramic particles and fibres; processing, structure, mechanical response), Composite manufacture (Piles, weaves, performs, moulding pultrusion, filament winding, powder metallurgy, casting spraying), Mechanics of reinforcement (Rule of mixtures, anisotropy, laminate structures, stress- strain response), Basic stress analysis and failure mechanisms (Stress transfer and partitioning, multiple failure events, progression of fracture, toughness), Fatigue design considerations (Damage progression, reinforcement effects); Calculations.

  • EGA301 Composite Materials

    This module provides a detailed coverage of the structure, properties, processing and applications of composite materials. It focuses particularly on their engineering use in applications such as the automotive, marine and aerospace sectors. The module covers polymer, ceramic and metal matrix composites.

  • EGF309 Advanced Materials

    This module will cover the detailed mechanical behaviour of both metallic alloys and fibre composites. It will start with a recap of tensile failure mechanisms, but extend to compression and shear failures. Fracture mechanics will then be introduced as applied to metallic materials and be extended to damage accumulation methods for composite materials. Creep, fatigue and impact will be covered as will the effects of elevated temperature and external environmental conditions.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
January 2012 December 2013 Research Associate Haydale, Ensinger, DTR Medicals & Swansea Uni
January 2014 June 2014 Research Associate ASTUTE
July 2014 Present Research Associate Swansea University
November 2016 Present Teaching Tutor Swansea University

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2004 B.Sc Chemical Engineering Al-Baath University, Syria
2005 Postgraduate Diploma in Polymers Engineering Al-Baath University, Syria
2012 PhD in Materials Engineering Swansea University

External Responsibilities

Journal Papers

  • “An assessment of methods to determine the directional moisture diffusion coefficients of composite materials”. Composite Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. Authors: Arnold. J. C, Alston. S. M, and Korkees. F.
  • “Directional diffusion of moisture in carbon fibre / epoxy composites: experiments and modelling”.  Korkees. F, Arnold. C, and Alston. S. Submitted to Journal of Polymer Composites
  •   “Water absorption and low-energy impact and their role in the failure of the ±45̊ carbon fibre composites”. Authors: Korkees. F, Arnold. C, and Alston. S. Submitted to Journal of Polymer Composites


  • 20th International Conference on Composite Materials.  Copenhagen, 19-24th July 2015. (Presentation)
  • ECCM15- 15th   European Conference on Composite Materials, Venice, Italy, Jun 2012.
  • ACCIS Annual Conference 30th September 2011- University of Bristol.
  • Composites UK 10th Annual Conference (Innovation in Composites) 5th May 2010 –Birmingham.
  • Welsh Composite Center (WCC) Annual Conference (Composites for SMEs)  23rd March 2010   Swansea  University. (Presentation)
  • Materials Netwok Wales (MNW) Conference (Structure-Critical  Materials for the Oil and Gas Industries)  29th October 2009- Pembrokeshire.
  • Materials Network wales (MNW) and Materials and Design Exchange (MADE) conference (Polymers for Life).   26th  November 2009- Swansea