Hamid Aghighi

Research fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow

Hamid is a researcher in petroleum and mining engineering at the School of Mineral and Energy Resources Engineering, the University of New South Wales. His main area of research is multiphysics processes applied to petroleum, mining, and geothermal engineering. Also, he has extensive experience in the numerical simulation of coupled hydraulic, thermal, mechanical, and chemical processes involved in reservoir engineering, hydraulic fracturing and mining. Hamid has been also involved with the petroleum and mining industries for 20+ years and conducted research on many applied areas such as geomechanics, borehole stability, hydraulic fracturing, fluid flow modelling, formation damage, and gas production from unconventional reservoirs. His most recent industry projects were on stress-dependent permeability, advanced hydraulic fracture stimulation, stress characterization using advanced acoustic logs, and optimisation of gas extraction from coal seams. Hamid has supervised 40+ Ph.D. and MSc theses and taught a variety of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Australia and overseas. 

publications

Journal articles
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Aghighi MA; Lv A; Roshan H, 2021, 'Non-equilibrium thermodynamics approach to mass transport in sorptive dual continuum porous media: A theoretical foundation and numerical simulation', Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, vol. 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103757
2021
Lv A; Cheng L; Aghighi MA; Masoumi H; Roshan H, 2021, 'A novel workflow based on physics-informed machine learning to determine the permeability profile of fractured coal seams using downhole geophysical logs', Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2021.105171
2021
Lv A; Aghighi MA; Masoumi H; Roshan H, 2021, 'The Effective Stress Coefficient of Coal: A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, vol. 54, pp. 3891 - 3907, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00603-021-02476-1
2021
Aghighi MA; Asgari R, 2020, 'Determination of low and high mud weight shear failures at borehole walls using the modified 3-D Mohr–Coulomb failure criterion', Arabian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12517-020-05876-9
2020
Aghighi MA; Johnson Jr. R; Leonardi C, 2019, 'Challenges in modelling of hydraulic fracturing in low-permeability coal seams with complex cleat networks and stress regimes', The APPEA Journal, vol. 59, pp. 166 - 166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/aj18140
2019
Asaei H; Moosavi M; Aghighi MA, 2018, 'A laboratory study of stress arching around an inclusion due to pore pressure changes', Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, vol. 10, pp. 678 - 693, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrmge.2018.01.008
2018
Gholami A; Aghighi MA; Rahman SS, 2017, 'Effect of non-uniform pore pressure fields on hydraulic fracture propagation', Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 159, pp. 889 - 902, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2017.10.021
2017
Ghasempour N; Moosavi M; Aghighi MA, 2017, 'A micromechanical model to estimate borehole collapse pressure', Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, vol. 61, pp. 581 - 589, http://dx.doi.org/10.3311/PPci.9979
2017
Javani D; Aadnoy B; Rastegarnia M; Nadimi S; Aghighi MA; Maleki B, 2017, 'Failure criterion effect on solid production prediction and selection of completion solution', Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, vol. 9, pp. 1123 - 1130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrmge.2017.07.004
2017
Roshan H; Aghighi MA, 2012, 'Chemo-poroelastic Analysis of Pore Pressure and Stress Distribution around a Wellbore in Swelling Shale: Effect of Undrained Response and Horizontal Permeability Anisotropy', Geomechanics and Geoengineering, vol. 7, pp. 209 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17486025.2011.616936
2012
Aghighi MA; Rahman SS, 2010, 'Horizontal permeability anisotropy: Effect upon the evaluation and design of primary and secondary hydraulic fracture treatments in tight gas reservoirs', Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 74, pp. 4 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2010.03.029
2010
Aghighi MA; Rahman SS, 2010, 'Initiation of a secondary hydraulic fracture and its interaction with the primary fracture', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol. 47, pp. 714 - 722, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2010.04.008
2010
Shaik AR; Koh J; Rahman SS; Aghighi MA; Tran NH, 2009, 'Design and evaluation of well placement and hydraulic stimulation for economical heat recovery from enhanced geothermal systems', Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council, vol. 33, pp. 226 - 231
2009
Ravoof SA; Aghighi MA; Tran NH; Rahman SS, 2008, 'An innovative reservoir simulator can help evaluate hot water production for economic development of Australian geothermal reservoirs', Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council, vol. 32, pp. 83 - 88
2008
Aghighi MA; Chen Z; Rahman SS, 2008, 'A Holistic Approach to the Design and Evaluation of Hydraulic-Fracture Trements in Tight Gas Reservoirs.', SPE Production and Operations, vol. 23, pp. 362 - 372
2008
Book Chapters
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Aghighi MA; Roshan H, 2021, 'Coupled Modeling', in Encyclopedia of Mathematical Geosciences, Springer International Publishing, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26050-7_70-1
2021
Conference Papers
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Adabnezhad P; Aghighi MA; Kadkhodaie A; Rostami A, 2017, 'Three-dimensional modeling of geomechanical units using acoustic impedance in one of the gas fields in South of Iran', in 51st US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2017, pp. 1192 - 1200
2017
Gholami A; Aghighi MA; Rahman SS, 2015, 'Effect of pore pressure on stress reorientation and hydraulic fracture deviation', in 13th ISRM International Congress of Rock Mechanics, pp. 1 - 13
2015
Shaik AR; Aghighi MA; Tran NH; Syed AH; Rahman SS, 2011, 'Dual Continuum Fluid Flow Simulation in Stress Sensitive Naturally Fractured Reservoirs', in Singh DN (ed.), Geomechanics in Emerging Social & Technological Age. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics., Melbourne, Australia, pp. 212 - 219, presented at 13th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (12th IACMAG Conference), Melbourne, Australia, 09 May 2011 - 11 May 2011
2011
Aghighi MA; Rahman SS; Rahman MM, 2009, 'Effect of Formation Stress Distribution on Hydraulic Fracture Reorientation in Tight Gas Sands', in All Days, SPE, presented at Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition, 04 August 2009 - 06 August 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/122723-ms
2009
Shaik AR; Koh J; Rahman SS; Aghighi MA; Tran NH, 2009, 'Design and evaluation of well placement and hydraulic simulation for economical heat recovery from enhanced geothermal systems', in Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, Geothermal Resources Council 2009 Annual Meeting and Energy Plan, Reno, Nevada, USA, pp. 251 - 256, presented at Geothermal Resources Council 2009 Annual Meeting and Energy Plan, Reno, Nevada, USA, 04 October 2009 - 07 October 2009
2009
Shaik AR; Koh J; Rahman SS; Aghighi MA; Tran NH, 2009, 'Design and evaluation of well placement and hydraulic stimulation for economical heat recovery from enhanced geothermal systems.', in GRC Transactions, Volume 33. Geothermal 2009: Making Renewable Energy HOT! (on CD), Geothermal Resources Council, USA., pp. 251 - 256, presented at Geothermal Resources Council 2009 Annual Meeting and Energy Plan, Reno, Nevada, USA, 04 October 2009 - 07 October 2009
2009
Rahman MM; Aghighi MA; Rahman SS, 2009, 'Interaction betwwen induced Hydraulic Fracture and pre-existing Natural Fracture in a Poro-Elastic Environment: Effect of Pore Pressure Change and the Orientation of Natural Fractures.', in Interaction betwwen induced Hydraulic Fracture and pre-existing Natural Fracture in a Poro-Elastic Environment: Effect of Pore Pressure Change and the Orientation of Natural Fractures., Society of Petroleum Engineers Inc., USA, pp. 444 - 451, presented at 2009 Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia, 04 August 2009 - 06 August 2009
2009
Rahman MM; Aghigi A; Sheik AR, 2009, 'Numerical modeling of fully coupled hydraulic fracture propagation in naturally fractured poroelastic reservoirs', in 71st European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2009: Balancing Global Resources. Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2009, pp. 1859 - 1866
2009
Shaik AR; Tran NH; Aghighi MA; Syed AH; Rahman SS, 2008, 'Partially Coupled Fluid Flow Modeling for Stress Sensitive Natually Fractured Reservoirs.', in Shao JF; Burlion N (ed.), Thermo-Hydromechanical & Chamical Coupling in Geomaterials & Applications, 3rd International Conference on Coupled T-H-M-C processes in geo-systems, Lille, France, pp. 277 - 288, presented at 3rd International Conference on Coupled T-H-M-C processes in geo-systems, Lille, France, 02 June 2008 - 06 June 2008
2008
Shaik AR; Aghighi MA; Tran NH; Rahman SS, 2008, 'An innovative reservoir simulator can help evaluate hot water production for economic development of Australian geothermal reservoirs.', in Rocher TD (ed.), GRC Transactions, Volume 32 Geothermal - Gaining Steam., Geothermal Energy 2008 Conference and Expo., Reno Nevada, USA., pp. 97 - 102, presented at Geothermal Energy 2008 Conference and Expo., Reno Nevada, USA., 05 October 2008 - 08 October 2008
2008
Aghighi MA; Valencia KJ; Chen Z; Rahman SS, 2006, 'An Integrated Approach to the Design and Evaluation of Hydraulic Fracture Treatments in Tight Gas and Coalbed Methane Reservoirs. (Paper SPE 102880)', in 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2006, San Antonio, Texas, presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2006, San Antonio, Texas, 24 September 2006 - 27 September 2006
2006
Aghighi MA; Valencia KJ, 2006, 'An Integrated Approach to the Design and Evaluation of Hydraulic Fracture Treatments in Tight Gas and Coalbed Methane Reservoirs.', in 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, pp. 3289 - 3299, presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2006, San Antonio, Texas, 24 September 2006 - 27 September 2006
2006