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Prof Khamid Mahkamov


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Khamid Mahkamov has MEng and PhD  in Mechanical Engineering  from Bauman Moscow Technical University in the field of Thermal Power Engineering.  Prior to joining Northumbria University in 2011  he worked in the Academy of Sciences (USSR, 13 years),   at Leeds University (Research Fellow, 2 years) and  in the Energy Group of the School of Engineering of Durham University (9 years) where he was Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Thermofluids and Director of MSc in Renewable Energy. 

Professor Mahkamov served as a member of Editorial Board of the Journals of Renewable Energy (Elsevier) and is now with Energetika - Proceedings of CIS Higher Education Institutions (Minsk, Belarus). He is also a member of International Council for Stirling Cycle Machines and a part of Membership Committee of Energy Institute (UK). In 2010 he won IMECHE Harold Disney Prize for the best 2009 paper in the power industry.

He teaches modules related to Thermo-Fluids  and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies.

Since joining Northumbria in  2011 Prof Mahkamov has won, as Principle Investigator, the following externally funded grants for the University: 

Research & Enterprise Projects

  • 2020:  £21,400 - UK/Brazil Workshop on Renewable Energy Technologies, British Council
  • 2019:  £225,000 - LA- SOLAR ENHANCE, The Royal Society, 36 months
  • 2018:  £150,000 - GREEN REFUGE, British Council, 24 months
  • 2017:  £149, 789 - ReFreshTEC, British Council, 24 months
  • 2016:  €4,000,000 – INNOVA MICROSOLAR, EU (Horizon 2020), 48 months (Project Coordinator)
  • 2016:  €195,235 -  THERMOSTALL, EU, 24 months
  • 2014:  €309,235 -  ENTAS, EU, 24 months
  • 2013:  €299,558 - BIO-GREEN IC ENGINE, EU, 24 months
  • 2012:  £128,104 – KTP: Air fan and water pump improvements for automotive applications, TSB & AVID ,  24 months

Learning & Teaching Projects 

  • 2019:  €121,083 -  ERASMUS PLUS/610258, EU, 36 months
  • 2017:  €1,000,000 - ERASMUS PLUS/585849, EU, 36 months (won as a Project Coordinator)
  • 2015:  €1,000,000 - ERASMUS PLUS/561807, EU, 36 months (Project Coordinator)
  • 2013:  €107,000 -  TEMPUS/544339, EU, 36 months
  • 2011:  €172,000 -  TEMPUS/511069, EU, 36 month

Completed PhD supervision (at Northumbria as Principal Supervisor)

  1. Mohammed Ismail, Intensification of Heat Transfer in Thermal Storage Systems with Phase Change Materials, (RDF of Northumbria University).
  2. Atainu Ernest Mbikan, Development of a Small Biomass Gasifier for Production of Synthesis Gas with Enhanced Calorific Value, 2019 (Self-funded, Nigeria).
  3. Nabil Abd A Elsharif, Solar Water Desalination using Multistage Water Stills with Reduced Pressure, 2018 (Libyan Government Scholarship).
  4. Khaled M A Hossin, Dynamic Modelling and Experiments of a Small-Scale Solar Organic Rankine Cycle for Power Generation, 2017 (Libyan Government Scholarship).
  5. Gamal G S Hashem, Development of Solar Cooling Systems Based on a Fluid Piston Converter 2016, (Libyan Government Scholarship).
  6. Ayodeji Olubayo Sowale, Modelling and Optimization of Free Piston Stirling Engine for Micro-CHP Application, 2016 (Self-funded Nigerian student).
  7. Georgios Gkounis, Experimental and Theoretical Evaluation of mCHP Systems Based on Various Technologies, 2015 (Self-funded EU student).
  8. Maher Al-Maglhalseh. Compact Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems using Phase Change Materials, 2014 (Funded by Northumbria).
  9. Athanasious Alexakis. CFD Modelling of Stirling Engines with Complex Design Topologies,   2013 (Self-funded EU student).
  10. Basim Belgasim. Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic Solar Water Desalination Unit, 2013 (Libyan Government Scholarship).
  11. Kwanchai Kraitong. Solar-Powered Low Temperature Difference Stirling Engine with    Optimal Design for Energy Production  in Climatic Conditions of Thailand, 2012 (Thailand Government Scholarship).

Current PhD supervision at Northumbria as Principal Supervisor

  1. Mr Hassan Mahmood, Enchaining performance of a small solar thermal  Combined Heat and Power plant (Self-Funded, Pakistan)
  2. John Nkor. Mathematical modelling and optimisation of the design of a solar thermal plant with Fresnel mirror concentrating field(Self-funded, Nigeria).
  3. Abba Mustafa. Improvement of the design of solar field of a small thermal power plant with linear Fresnel mirrors (Funded by Ministry of Energy, Nigeria).



Khamid Mahkamov


  • Engineering PhD January 13 1992
  • CEng UK Engineering Council 2001
  • Member Energy Institute (UK) 2001
  • Member American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2000

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Melting and solidification of PCMs inside a spherical capsule, Kenisarin, M., Mahkamov, K., Costa, S., Makhkamova, I. 1 Feb 2020, In: Journal of Energy Storage
  • Solar Salt Latent Heat Thermal Storage for a Small Solar Organic Rankine Cycle Plant, Costa, S., Mahkamov, K., Kenisarin, M., Ismail, M., Lynn, K., Halimic, E., Mullen, D. 1 Mar 2020, In: Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME
  • Analysis of labour market needs for engineers with enhanced knowledge in renewable energy in some European and Latin-American Countries, Comodi, G., Cioccolanti, L., Mahkamov, K., Penlington, R., Lapuerta, M., Hernandez, J., Lora, E., Venturini, O., Cobas, V., Palacio, J., Freires, F., Torres, E., Da Silva, J., Kafarov, V., Velasco, J., Martinez, J., Salcedo, G., Suárez, I., Jaen, R., Gonzalez, J., Fernandez, M., Faure, L., Oliva-Merencio, D., Reyes, I., Salas, J., Ramírez, C. 2019, In: Energy Procedia
  • Enhancing thermal conductivity of paraffin wax 53–57 °C using expanded graphite, Kenisarin, M., Mahkamov, K., Kahwash, F., Makhkamova, I. 27 Jun 2019, In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
  • Simulation analysis of an innovative micro-solar 2kWe Organic Rankine Cycle plant coupled with a multi-apartments building for domestic hot water supply, Arteconi, A., Zotto, L., Tascioni, R., Mahkamov, K., Underwood, C., Cabeza, L., De Gracia, A., Pili, P., Mintsa, A., Bartolini, C., Gimbernat, T., Botargues, T., Halimic, E., Cioccolanti, L. 2019, In: Energy Procedia
  • Theoretical and experimental study on selection of physical dimensions of passive solar greenhouses for enhanced energy performance, Chen, C., Yu, N., Yang, F., Mahkamov, K., Han, F., Li, Y., Ling, H. 1 Oct 2019, In: Solar Energy
  • Development of a small solar thermal power plant for heat and power supply to domestic and small business buildings, Mahkamov, K., Pili, P., Roberto, M., Leroux, A., Mintsa, A., Lynn, K., Mullen, D., Halimic, E., Bartolini, C., Pirro, M., Costa Pereira, C., Cabeza, L., de Gracia Cuesto, A., Kenisarin, M., Makhkamova, I. 27 Jun 2018
  • Experimental and Numerical Study on Melting of Solar Salt in a Finned Metallic Container, Costa Pereira, C., Mahkamov, K., Kenisarin, M., Ismail, M., Halimic, E., Mullen, D., Lynn, K., Werner, T. 9 Nov 2018, Proceedings of the ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 6B: Energy. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. November 9–15, 2018, New York, American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME)
  • Methods of heat transfer intensification in PCM thermal storage systems, Al-maghalseh, M., Mahkamov, K. 1 Sep 2018, In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

PGR Supervision

  • Atainu Mbikan Mathematical Modelling of a Small Biomass Gasifier for Synthesis Gas Production Start: 30/10/2013
  • Mohammad Ismail Intensification of Heat Transfer in Thermal Energy Storage Systems With Phase Change Materials Start: 06/01/2017
  • Hassan Mahmood Theoretical Modelling of Components of a Solar Thermal Power Plant for Performance Enhancement Start: 01/03/2017
  • Abba Mustafa Start: 01/06/2018
  • John Nkor Start: 01/10/2017
  • Nabil Elsharif Solar water desalination using multi-effect water stills with reduced internal pressure Start: 02/01/2015


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