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Amar Sadun Abdul-Zahra

Mechanical Engineering Department


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Doctor Abdul-Zahra received his Ph.D. in (2015) from Institute for Building Design and Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany. He graduated from University of Technology - Iraq in 2000 and 2006 for his bachelor and master degrees. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology- Iraq. He authored and co-authored nearly 12 papers published in high ranking prestigious international journals and conferences. His research fields focus on renewable energy, building simulation, building efficiency, Heating and cooling system solar Energy.

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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology- Iraq, 2014.

MSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology- Iraq, 2006.

BSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology- Iraq, 2004.

Renewable energy, building simulation, building efficiency, Heating and cooling system solar Energy

1.A. Abdul-Zahra, T. Faßnacht, A. Wagner, "Heating and Electrical Load Shifting in a Building with Photovoltaic Panels and an Electrical Resistance Heater," In: Proceedings Vol. II of International CISBAT Conference (2013), pp. 709-714, 4-6 September 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2. A. Abdul-Zahra, A. Wagner, "Using Renewable Energy Resources in Single Family Houses: Challenges and Solutions," Symposium – EnergieCampus 2013 (Versorgungssicherheit mit den Erneuerbaren), Ulm University, 2013.

3. A. Abdul-Zahra, T. Faßnacht, A. Wagner, "Thermal storage tanks and the building as storage for locally generated renewable electricity," International Conference for Solar Heating and Cooling- Gleisdorf Solar 2014, Gleisdorf, Austria, 25-27 June 2014.

4. T. Faßnacht, A. Abdul-Zahra, A. Wagner, "Modellbasierte prädiktive Regelung für Wärmepumpen zur Integration von Photovoltaik und dynamischen Strompreistarifen," In: HLH Lüftung/Klima, Heizung/Sanitär, Gebäudetechnik Journal, Bd.65, Nr.5, pp.18-24, May, 2014.

5.As one of the team in the project “Temperierte Straße”, this work was published as a book entitled “Temperierte Straße - Machbarkeitsstudie”, Serie: Forschung Straßenbau und Straßenverkehrstechnik H. 1102, 2013, Bonn: Bundesmin. für Verkehr, Bau u. Stadtentwicklung 2013, 97 S.

6. A. Abdul-Zahra, T. Faßnacht, A. Wagner, "Evaluation of the combination of hybrid photovoltaic solar thermal collectors with air to water heat pumps," In: Conference Proceedings EuroSun 2014, France, Aix-les-Bains, 16 - 19 September 2014. Published by International Solar Energy Society (ISES), doi:10.18086/eurosun.2014.16.01

7. A. Abdul-Zahra, T. Faßnacht, C. Glueck and A. Wagner, "Simulation study of solar thermal and photovoltaic collector options for solar-assisted heating of a residential building in Germany," In: Online Proceedings of REHVA Annual Conference 2015, Latvia, Riga, 6-9 May 2015, pp.32-41. doi: 10.7250/rehvaconf.2015.005

8. U. Leibfried, A. Wagner, A. Abdul-Zahra, "SOLINK – PVT-Energieversorgungssystem für Wärmepumpen," 27. Symposium Thermische Solarenergie, OTTI, Bad Staffelstein, 10. – 12.05.2017 Kurzfassung zum Thema: Innovative Wärmeversorgungssysteme Gewünschte Präsentationsform.

9.S. M. Murshed, A. Abdul-Zahra, A. Koch, K. Mainzer, B. Sliz-Szkliniarz, J. Wendel, "Investigating the energy performance of buildings with a 3D city model and thermal simulation: results from the Urban Transition Lab," The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2017 Official Conference Proceedings, Brighton, United Kingdom, July 7th to July 9th, 2017.

10. A. Wagner, A. Abdul-Zahra, U. Leibfried, "Systemuntersuchungen und -optimierung eines solarbasierten Wärmepumpen-Heizsystems mit PVT-Kollektoren," May 2019, DOI: 10.1002/9783433609842.ch20, In book: Bauphysik Kalender 2019.

11. Marcel Schweiker, A. Abdul-Zahra, Maíra André, Farah Al-Atrash, Hanan Al-Khatri, et al. " The Scales Project, a cross-national dataset on the interpretation of thermal perception scales," Nature, ISSN14764687, 00280836, DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0272-6, December 2019.

12.Baraa B. Mohammed, Amar S. Abdul-Zahra, Ahmed A. M. Saleh, " Performance improvement of evaporative cooling system by combine with heat recovery and desiccant," Technology Reports of Kansai University, ISSN: 04532198, Volume 62, Issue 05, June, 2020.

13.Baraa B. Mohammed, Amar S. Abdul-Zahra, Ahmed A. M. Saleh, " Design and Manufacture of a High Efficiency Plate Heat Exchanger," Al-Nahrain Journal for Engineering Sciences NJES 23(4)345-351, 2020, ISSN 2521-9154, eISSN 2521-9162 .

14.Abdul-Zahra, A. S., & Al Jubori, A. M. (2021), " Potential evaluation and analysis of near-to-net zero energy building in hot and dry climate". Energy Conversion and Management: X, 12, 100146.

15. Majeed, S. H., Abdul‐Zahra, A. S., & Mutasher, D. G. (2022). Performance evaluation of different types of ground source heat exchangers in a hot and dry climate. Heat Transfer.

16.Hind M. Taresh,, Amar S. Abdul-Zahra, Ahmed A. M. Saleh (2022). "Study the Performance of a Novel Desiccant Heat Exchanger." Engineering and Technology Journal 41(1): 45-59.

For MSc Level:

Advance Air Conditioning

A/C system and Equipment

Research methodology course

For BSc Level:

Air-Conditioning Systems Design

Renewable energy


Many certificates of appreciation from the Minister of Higher Education and the President of the University of Technology.