Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud

Hisham

Dr. Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud
PhD, MSc, BSc.

Head of Department
Associate Professor

Contact Details: Tel: +60 85 443939 Ext: 2510
Fax: +60 85 443837 
Location: Skylark 3.L2.367

Email: hisham@curtin.edu.my

Academic HIstory

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2012 – Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth – Australia. Title of Ph.D. Thesis: Multiphase Transit Flow in Pipes.
  • Graduate Diploma of Oil & Gas Engineering, 2007 – School of Oil & Gas, University of Western Australia, Perth – Australia.
  • M.Sc. of Engineering studies, 2006 – School of Chemical Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney – Australia. Title of M.Sc. Thesis: Comparative Study of Chelating Ion Exchange Resins for Metal Recovery from Bioleaching of Nickel Laterite Ores.
  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, 1997 – School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tripoli, Tripoli – Libya.

Research Interests

  • Multiphase flow in pipelines
  • Gas hydrate plugging
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Flow Assurance
  • Erosion Modelling
  • Granular Flow Modelling
  • LNG Process Modelling

Publications

Journals:

  1. Shafiq, M.U., Ben Mahmud, H.K., Arif, M. (2018), Mineralogy and pore topology analysis during matrix acidizing of tight sandstone and dolomite formations using chelating agents, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2018.02.057. (Thomson Reuters) 
  2. Van Hong Leong and Hisham Ben Mahmud (2018) A Preliminary Screening and Characterization of Suitable Acids for Sandstone Matrix Acidizing Technique: A Comprehensive Review, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-018-0496-6. (SCOPUS) 
  1. Van Hong Leong and Hisham Ben Mahmud, Ming Chiat Law, Henry Chee Yew Foo, Inn Shi Tan (2018) A Comparison and Assessment of the Modelling and Simulation of the Sandstone Matrix Acidizing Process: A Critical Methodology Study, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 57, 52–67, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2018.06.044. (Thomson Reuters) 
  2. Shafiq, M.U., Ben Mahmud, H.K., Ghasemi, M. (2018) Integrated mineral analysis of sandstone and dolomite formations using different chelating agents during matrix acidizing, Petroleum. DOI: 10.1016/j.petlm.2018.07.002 (SCOPUS) 
  3. c. Leong, V.H., Ben Mahmud, H., Law, M.C., Foo, C.Y.H., Tan, I.S. (2018) A numerical modelling and simulation of core-scale sandstone acidizing process: a study on the effect of temperature, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. DOI: 10.1007/s13202-018-0522-8 (SCOPUS) 
  4. Shafiq, M.U., Chong, Y.J., Mahmud, H.K.B., Hossain, M.M., Rezaee, R., Testamanti, N. (2018) Application of emulsified acids on sandstone formation at elevated temperature conditions: an experimental study, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. DOI: 10.1007/s13202-018-0567-8 (SCOPUS) 
  5. Shuard, A.M., Mahmud, H.B., King, A.J., An optimization approach to reduce the risk of hydrate plugging during gas-dominated restart operations, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering(2017), doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2017.05.024
  6. Shafiq and H. Ben Mahmud, Sandstone Matrix Acidizing Knowledge and Future Development: A Review”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, DOI 10.1007/s13202-017-0314-62017.
  7. Hisham Kh. Ben Mahmud, Ian H. Sheng and Mian U. Shafiq, Evaluate Horizontal Well Production Performance in Heavy Oil Reservoirs, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 11 (24) 2016.
  8. Adrian M Shuard, Hisham B Mahmud, and Andrew J King “Comparison of Two-Phase Pipe Flow in OpenFOAM with a Mechanistic Model” Materials Science and Engineering Journal, 121 (2016).
  9. Mian Umer Shafiq and Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud “An Effective Acid Combination for Enhanced Properties and Corrosion Control of Acidizing Sandstone Formation” Materials Science and Engineering Journal,121 (2016).
  10. Okafor Henry Elochukwu and Hisham Ben Mahmud, “An environmentally friendly solvent mix for asphaltene deposit removalARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences,10 (22) 2015.
  11. Umer Shafiq, H. Ben Mahmud, and M. Hamid Comparison of Buffer Effect of Different Acids During Sandstone Acidizing” Materials Science and Engineering Journal, 78 (2015).
  12. A. Hamed and H. Ben Mahmud“The effects of Concentration and Salinity on Polymer Adsorption Isotherm at Sandstone Rock Surface” Materials Science and Engineering Journal, 78 (2015)
  13. . Hisham Ben Mahmud“Evaluate the Risk of Hydrate Blockage in Bend Flowlines” ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 10 (8) 2015.

Conferences:

  1. Van Hong Leong, Hisham Ben Mahmud, Ming Chiat law, Chee Yew Henry Foo, Inn Shi Tan, A study on the effect of acid concentration at various temperatures on sandstone acidizing: a numerical simulation, Proceedings of One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference (OCPC) 2018, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 26-28, 2018.
  2. Shattia Arumugam, Hisham Ben Mahmud, Tommy Tan, Ausama Giwelli, Abel Tan, A Numerical Investigation of Low-Salinity Waterflooding Capability to Enhanced Oil Recovery, Proceedings of One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference (OCPC) 2018, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 26-28, 2018.
  3. Adeline Norlee, Tan Inn Shi, Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud, Henry Foo Chee Yew, Mian Umer Shafiq, Investigating the Effectiveness of Emulsified Acid on Sandstone Formation under High Temperature Conditions, Proceedings of One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference (OCPC) 2018, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 26-28, 2018.
  4. T. Sabila, H.K. Ben Mahmud, W.M. Mahmud, M.I.J. Van Dijke, Two-Phase Oil-Water Empirical Correlation Models for SCAL and Petrophysical Properties in Intermediate Wet Sandstone Reservoirs, 11th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Malaysia, 26–28 November 2018.
  5. Ndubi Mathews Kevin and Hisham Ben Mahmud, Optimization of nano-silica in enhancing the properties of synthetic based drilling fluids for tight gas reserrvoir conditions, 11th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Malaysia, 26–28 November 2018.
  6. Leong Van Hong, Hisham Ben Mahmud, Tan Inn Shi, Henry Foo Chee Yew, Law Ming Chiat, The Effect of Acid Concentration at Various Temperatures on Sandstone Acidizing: A Numerical Simulation, 11th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Malaysia, 26–28 November 2018.
  7. Leong Van Hong,Hisham Ben Mahmud, A Critical Review of Current Sandstone Matrix Acidizing Techniques and Future Work Recommendation, International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, April 20 – 21, 2017
  8. Mian Umer Shafiq, Hisham Ben Mahmud, Reza Rezaee and Nadia Testamanti, Investigation of Changing Pore Topology and Porosity During Matrix Acidizing using different Chelating Agents, International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, April 20 – 21, 2017
  9. Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmudand Aman Abdullah, Investigate a gas well performance using nodal analysis, International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, April 20 – 21, 2017
  10. Mian Umer Shafiq, Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud, Reza Rezaee, New Acid Combination for a Successful Sandstone Acidizing, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, December 1 – 3, 2016.
  11. Umer Shafiq and H. Ben Mahmud, “A Novel Acid Combination for Sandstone Acidizing to Remove Production and Completion Damage”, Offshore Technology Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd– 25thMay 2016.
  12. Shuard, H. Ben Mahmud, and A. King, Comparison of Two-Phase Pipe Flow in OpenFOAM with a Mechanistic Model, 10thCUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 6th– 7th November 2015. 
  13. Umer Shafiq and H. Ben MahmudAn Improved Acid Combination for Enhanced Properties and Corrosion Control of Acidizing Sandstone Formation, 10thCUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 6th–7th November 2015.
  14. Ben Mahmudand Z. Khatir “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Investigation of Flow Pattern Risk on Hydrate Formation in a Bend Pipeline” 5th Brunei International Conference on Engineering and Technology BICET 2014 – Institut Teknologi Brunei, Brunei Darussalam, 1st– 3rd November 2014.
  15. Umer Shafiq, H. Ben Mahmud, and M. Hamid “Comparison of Buffer Effect of Different Acids During Sandstone Acidizing” 9thCUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 3rd– 4th December 2014.
  16. A. Hamid and H. Kh. Ben Mahmud“The effects of Concentration and Salinity on Polymer Adsorption Isotherm at Sandstone Rock Surface” 9thCUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 3rd– 4th December 2014.
  17. Ben Mahmud, H. Kh., R. Utikar, M. O. Tadé and V. K. Pareek; CFD modeling of pressure drop and liquid holdup of gas-liquid two-phase flow in horizontal pipes, paper presented at 4thInternational Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Applied Optimization, April 19th – 21st, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  18. Ben Mahmud, H. Kh., R. Utikar, M. O. Tadé and V. K. Pareek; CFD simulation of gas –water in horizontal pipes, paper presented at 5thInternational Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes, July 25th– 28th, 2010, Singapore, Singapore.

Industry and Research Experience

  • Chemical Engineer/Researcher, 2001 – 2003: Chemical Engineer/Researcher at the Polymer   Research Centre, Tripoli, Libya.
    1. Develop and control quality standards of polymer and regulate their activities in order to serve the various economic sectors, where industrial or service and work on compatibility and evolution with international developments in the areas of science, and technical.
    2. Identification of applications problems and recommendation of technical resolutions.
  • Research Assistance, 1998 – 2001: Research assistance at the Libyan Petroleum Institute (LPI), Tripoli, Libya. Involve in the department of crude oil evaluation, petroleum processing & engineering, where the responsibilities are:
    1. Crude oil evaluation (fractional distillation)
    2. Crude oil analysis (specific gravity, API gravity, pour point, flash point, water & salt content, asphaltene content, wax melting point, sulphur content, kinematic viscosity, asphaltene content,.……etc.)
    3. Petroleum processing & treatment (crude evaluation studies for lubricating oils or asphalt production, catalyst evaluation and characterisation, transportation problems in petroleum and petroleum products, optimisation of yields, ………etc.), and
    4. Modeling simulation, optimization, and Profitability analysis of process units (profitability analysis, sensitivity and risk analysis, steady state and dynamic process simulation, monitoring operation performance of process units, ………etc.)

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS 

1- Secured Curtin Malaysia Collaborative Research Grant Scheme 2017 “A New Emulsified Acid as Effective Matrix Stimulation Fluid for Sandstone Formation” Principle Investigator. Value: RM 50,000 

2- Secured University Research Internal Fund (URIF, 2015) “CFD simulation study on flow patterns of gas-water two-phase flow in bend pipes”. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Seri Iskandar, Malaysia. (URIF Allocation, Cost center: 0153AA-B73). Co-Investigator. Value: RM 30,000 

3- Secured FRGS 2014 Research Grant.” Develop a new Enhanced Oil Recovery Method and Model for High-Temperature Well Stimulation using Acid Combinations” Principle Investigator. Value: RM 87,000 

4- Secured Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF) (2014). “Evaluate the reaction mechanism of non-HF acid at elevated temperatures during sandstone acidizing” Principle Investigator. Value: RM 10,000

PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS  

1- 2017 – Present: A New Emulsified Acid as Effective Matrix Stimulation Fluid for Sandstone Formation, collaboration with Curtin University, Australia and National Geo-sequestration Laboratory, Perth, Australia.

2- 2016 – 2018: A New Enhanced Oil Recovery Technique using Acid Combinations during Sandstone Matrix Acidizing, collaboration with Curtin University, Australia. 

3- 2015 – 2017: Model and Optimize the Risk of Flow Patterns on Hydrate Plugging in Bend Pipes, collaboration research grant with UTP. 

4- 2014 – 2017: A Multi-Objective Optimization Study to Reduce the Risk of Hydrate Formation in a Gas Pipeline, Curtin University, Malaysia. 

5- 2008 – 2011: Investigate the Flow Pattern Behaviour during Restart Conditions and Predicate the Pressure Drop and Liquid Holdup in Pipelines using CFD tools combined with Population Balance Equation. Curtin University, Perth, Australia. 

6- Feb 2005 – Nov 2005: Comparative Study of Chelating Ion Exchange Resins for Metal Recovery from Bioleaching of Nickel Laterite Ores. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

7-1996 – 1997: Possibility of Manufacturing Lube Base Stokes from Brega Crude Oil, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS 

1- Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) – Member

2- Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – Member

3- Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) – Member

4- Engineers Australia (EA) – Professional

 

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