Dr Hamid Aghighi
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Hamid Aghighi

PhD in petroleum engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
MSc and BSc in mining engineering, University of Tehran

Mineral and Energy Resources Engineering

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. 

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Lv A; Ali Aghighi M; Masoumi H; Roshan H, 2022, 'On swelling stress–strain of coal and their interaction with external stress', Fuel, vol. 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2021.122534

Most recent projects (since 2018) 

  1. Acoustic log-based estimation of stress re-distribution in coal strata due to degassing-dewatering (Aug 2019 – May 2020, status: completed)
  2. Designing pre-drainage holes based on stress variation and gas flow behaviour in coal seams (March 2020 – to date, status: in progress)
  3. Pressure/stress Dependent Permeability (in southern Queensland coal basins)
  4. Advanced Modelling in Support of Completion and Stimulation Designs for Naturally Fractured, Low Permeability Coals