Dr Masoud Babaei

Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering

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I was appointed as a lecturer (Sep 2014) at the University of Manchester (UoM), school of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS). Prior to this, I conducted my PhD at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof. P.R. King, (funded by RCUK’s Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award for outstanding students from the developing world) on “The application of multiscale wavelets and upscaling-downscaling of flow and transport from geological scale to flow-simulation scale in porous media”. To do this, I developed an in-house two-phase flow simulator for the numerical modelling of subsurface flow processes such as water displacement and enhanced-oil-recovery (including thermal, surfactant and polymer flooding). I developed an adaptive upscaling and downscaling with significant computational gains for large 3D models of reservoirs with inherent complex heterogeneity.

I applied upscaling for determining optimal, reliable grid resolution for modelling CO2 storage and estimating the dynamic storage capacity of a number of the North Sea hydrocarbon reservoirs as a PDRA at the Minerals, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group (MERG) of Imperial College London led by Prof. S. Durucan. A detailed work on the North Sea reservoir fields was carried out in the MERG group in collaboration with British Geological Survey (BGS). 

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  • 2013 - Doctor of Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London (University of London) (2009 - 2013)
  • 2007 - Master in Science, Reservoir Simulation/Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2005 - 2007)

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