Alireza Nouri, PhD, PEng

Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 492-9660
6-295 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Petroleum Engineering


My research activities are primarily in the area of petroleum geomechanics. My current focus is on developing numerical and physical model tests for the prediction of sand production, hydraulic fracturing, caprock integrity, and wellbore stability.

My research interests include:

  • Numerical prediction and physical model testing of sand production from producer and injector wells
  • Numerical simulation of hydraulic fracturing
  • Linked hydraulic fracturing and proppant transport model in the simulation of frac-pack placement
  • Geomechanics of oil shale and gas shale reservoirs
  • Geomechanics of SAGD and CSS reservoirs
  • Surface subsidence or heave
  • Continuous rock failure prediction and model calibration
  • Caprock integrity analysis for thermal and non-thermal reservoirs
  • Numerical modelling of sand production from CHOPS wells
  • Wellbore stability and formation damage issues
  • Physical and mathematical modeling of borehole breakouts

Current Research

  • Laboratory investigation of sand production
  • Numerical and physical model investigation of failure mechanism and geometry around an oil well in relation to rock properties
  • Numerical modeling of sand production from producer wells
  • Numerical simulation of hydraulic fracturing around injector wells
  • Numerical simulation of frac-packing operation
  • Numerical simulation of SAGD caprock integrity
  • Rock degradation around injection wells
  • Numerical simulation of sanding from injector wells in weakly consolidated sandstone formations
  • Constitutive model development for weak sandstones
  • Coupled geomechanical and reservoir modeling of cold heavy oil production with sand
  • Investigation of sand consolidation under field conditions
  • Numerical modeling of sand production using Discrete Element Method
  • Study of regularization methods and their implementation in numerical analysis


PET E 366 - Petroleum Production Operations

Land units in Western Canada, types and characteristics of well completions, perforating, wellbore damage and simulation, combined inflow and well performance analysis, multiphase flow through conduits, oil well pumping, gas lift, surface facilities and flow measurement, applied mass transfer. Prerequisite: CH E 312.

PET E 373 - Fundamental Reservoir Engineering

Rock properties (porosity, permeability): definition, measurement and models. Rock-fluid interaction (wettability, relative permeability, interfacial tension, capillary pressure): definition, measurement and models. Single and multiphase flow through porous media Darcy equation and diffusivity equation: Derivation and solution for different coordinates and boundary conditions. Prerequisite: PET E 275. PET E 373 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in PET E 473.

PET E 694 - Advanced Topics in Petroleum Engineering

An advanced treatment of selected petroleum engineering topics of current interest to staff and students.

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