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Assoc Prof Belal Yousif

Assoc Prof Belal Yousif
Name Belal Yousif
Position Associate Professor (Mechanical Engineering)
Section School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Office Z413
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 5331
Extension 5331
Qualifications MScMEng UKM , PhD Multimedia Uni
Languages Arabic (accredited translator)
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Dr. B.F. Yousif is Associate Professor from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He works previously at the University of Nottingham as Associate Professor. He has 17 years¿ experience in teaching and research. Dr. Yousif has experience in teaching and developing several mechanical courses, which are mainly static, strength of materials, machine design elements, tribology, engineering materials, fibre composites, and internal combustion engines. With regards to his research, Dr. Yousif has outstanding international research recognition. He published more than 80 international articles in reputed international journals with an Hi Index of 19 in Scopus and ISI. He is member of several editorial boards for international journals in UK and US. In addition, he is associate editor and editor of two international journals and led several special issues; the most pronounced one was for Materials and design Journal published by Elsevier with impact factor of 3.2. He is reviewer for more than 20 Elsevier journals. He supervised many PhD and master students. He was involved in several industrial projects and the most pronounced one was with Petronas (Malaysia) on direct injection engines. His current research focuses on sustainable systems, design and tribology which cover the areas of recyclable fibre polymer composites, waste oil as fuel and/or lubricants, and innovative system design. Further information about Dr. B.F. Yousif can be found at ISI web : Scopus : click here Google: Research gate:

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Tribology ( 091309 )
  • Polymers and Plastics ( 091209 )
  • Other Physical Sciences ( 029900 )
  • Other Physical Sciences ( 519900 )
  • Tribology ( 401708 )
  • Polymers And Plastics ( 401609 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Mechanical Engineering ( 401700 )

Research interests
Applied Mechanics, Tribology, Polymeric Composites, Natural fibres

Professional memberships
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Members of the Editorial Board
International Journal of Precision Technology (IJPTECH)

International Journal of Surface Engineering and Interdisciplinary Materials Science-IJSEIMS


1. Guest Editor, for Materials and Design Journal (Ranked A), the special issue will be “Materials, Design, and Tribology which will be issued in Dec. 2012.
2. Member of editorial board of International Journal of Precision Technology, Inderscience, UK.
3. Member of editorial board of Int. Journal of Surface Engineering and Interdisciplinary Materials Science [IJSEIMS], US.
4. Guest Editor : International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), Volume 17 - Issue 4 – 2009, Special Issue on Advances in Manufacturing Processes and Management Techniques, Guest Editors: Prof. V.C. Venkatesh and Belal F. Yousif, Inderscience
5. Guest Editor:, Volume 1, No. 2, 2009 Guest Editors: Prof. V.C. Venkatesh and Belal F. Yousif, International Journal of Precision Technology, Inderscience
6. Guest Editor for Special issue in International Journal of Material Production and Technology, 2008, Advances in Engineering Product Materials to enhance Manufacturing Processes, Inderscience.

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
# MEC1201 - Engineering Materials
# MEC230 - Design of Machine elements

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
11 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
7 Years

Research most recent
Azwa, Z.N., Yousif, B.F. Physical and mechanical properties of bamboo fibre/polyester composites subjected to moisture and hygrothermal conditions (2019) Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications, 233 (6), pp. 1065-1079.

Albdiry, M.T., Yousif, B.F. Toughening of brittle polyester with functionalized halloysite nanocomposites (2019) Composites Part B: Engineering, 160, pp. 94-109

Alshammari, F.Z., Saleh, K.H., Yousif, B.F., Alajmi, A., Shalwan, A., Alotaibi, J.G. The influence of fibre orientation on tribological performance of jute fibre reinforced epoxy composites considering different mat orientations (2018) Tribology in Industry, 40 (3), pp. 335-348.

Research most notable
Yousif, B.F. Design of newly fabricated tribological machine for wear and frictional experiments under dry/wet condition
(2013) Materials and Design, 48, pp. 2-13.

Publications in ePrints

Alotaibi, Jasem Ghanem and Alajmi, Ayedh Eid and Mehoub, Gabrel A. and Yousif, Belal F.ORCID: (2021) Epoxy and polyester composites’ characteristics under tribological loading conditions. Polymer, 13:2230. ISSN 0032-3861

Eayal Awwad, K. Y. and Yousif, B. F.ORCID: and Fallahnezhad, Khosro and Saleh, Khalid and Zeng, Xuesen (2021) Influence of Graphene Nanoplatelets on Mechanical Properties and Adhesive Wear Performance of Epoxy-Based Composites. Friction, 9 (4). pp. 856-875. ISSN 2223-7690

Shalwan, A. and Yousif, B. F.ORCID: and Alajmi, F. H. and Alajmi, M. (2021) Tribological behavior of mild steel under canola biolubricant conditions. Advances in Tribology, 2021:795831. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1687-5915

Alajmi, Ayedh Eid and Alotaibi, Jasem Gh. and Yousif, B. F.ORCID: and Nirmal, Umar (2021) Tribological studies of bamboo fibre reinforced epoxy composites using a BOD technique. Polymers, 13:2444.

Alotaibi, Jasem G. and Alajmi, Ayedh Eid and Yousif, Belal F.ORCID: and Salih, Nbhan D. (2020) Effect of Fibre Content on Compressive and Flexural Properties of Coconut Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 17 (1). pp. 141-155. ISSN 1546-9239

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Tribology ( 091309 )
  • Polymers and Plastics ( 091209 )
  • Other Physical Sciences ( 519900 )
  • Tribology ( 401708 )
  • Polymers And Plastics ( 401609 )