Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud

Dr. Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud

Ph.D., MSc, G. Diploma, BSc., CPEng, NER, Fellow FHEA, Graduate Member with BEM
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University, Malaysia

Contact Details:

Tel: +60 85 630100 Ext: 2510
Fax: +60 85 630254
Location: Skylark 3.L2.336

Email: hisham@curtin.edu.my

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Research Interest

  1. Multiphase flow in subsea systems
  2. Modelling Industrial flow assurance issues
  3. CO2injection into depleted wells
  4. Well stimulation (acidizing)
  5. Sand production problems and controls
  6. Reservoir modelling and enhanced oil recovery (EOR)

Background

Dr Hisham Ben Mahmud is a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia Institute. He has joined Curtin University Malaysia in 2013 as a Lecturer and he is currently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University, Australia after obtaining MSc. Degree in Engineering Studies from Sydney University, G. Diploma in Oil and Gas Degree from Western Australia University and BSc. Hons Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tripoli University.

Dr Hisham’s research focuses on the enhanced oil recovery and CO2 sequestration from/in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Also he focuses on well stimulation using acidizing approach. Moreover, his research inters is on well production optimization and optimize the risk of hydrate formation in subsea systems. He has supervised several higher degree research students, and honours project students. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference publications, and a current H-index of 8.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia, Dec 2017 – Present.
  • Senior Lecturer, Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2015 – Nov 2017.
  • Lecturer, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2013 – 2014.
  • Sessional Academic Staff, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University, Australia, 2008 – 2013.
  • Research Scientist, Computational Fluid Dynamic Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth – Australia, 2008 – 2011.
  • Chemical Engineer/Researcher, Polymer Research Centre, Tripoli, Libya, 2001 – 2003.
  • Research Assistance, Libyan Petroleum Institute (LPI), Tripoli, Libya, 1999 – 2001.

Appointments

  • Head of Energy and Environment research cluster, FOES, August 2021 – Present.
  • Chair of Industry advisory board of Petroleum Engineering Department, July 2017 – Present.
  • Head of Petroleum Engineering Department and Associate Professor, Curtin University Malaysia, July 2017 – July 2019.
  • Programme Coordinator of Petroleum Engineering Department and Associate Professor, Curtin University Malaysia, 2014 – July 2017.

Professional Affiliation

  • Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) – Member
  • Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) – Member
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – Member
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) – Member
  • Engineers Australia (EA) – Professional

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering
  • Reviewer (Technical) – Regular reviewer of many high quality international peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, Journal of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, Journal of Energy Reports, Journal of Fuel, and Hydrogeology Journal.
  • Editor-in-chief Conference, CUTSE2014 & CUTSE2015 International Conference, and SOMChE2016 International Conference.
  • Editor-in-chief Conference, CUTSE2014 & CUTSE2015 International Conference, and SOMChE2016 International Conference.

Subjects Taught

  • Introduction to petroleum engineering
  • Hydrocarbons phase behavior or fluid properties
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  • Numerical reservoir simulation
  • Production technology
  • Well stimulation remedial and intervention operations

Supervision

  • 3 PhD (Completed) and 4 PhD (Ongoing)
  • 30 UG (Completed) 4 UG (Ongoing)

Research Opportunities

  • Net zero carbon emission using CO2 sequestration technique in unconventional formation
  • Enhanced oil/gas recovery from depleted reservoirs
  • Using machine learning/Artificial intelligence to predict and optimize reservoir reserve and hydrocarbon production
  • Optimize hydraulic fracturing technique to maximize hydrocarbon production

Publications

Journal Publications

  1. Al-Rubaye, A., Al-Yaseri, A., Ali, M. and Ben Mahmud, H. Characterization and analysis of naturally fractured gas reservoirs based on stimulated reservoir volume and petro-physical parameters. J Petrol Explor Prod Technol (2021).
  2. Ben Mahmud, H., Mahmud, W.M., Al-Rubaye, A., Modeling Interaction Between CO2, Brine and Chalk Reservoir Rock Including Temperature Effect on Petrophysical Properties, Energy Geoscience (2021)
  3. Al-Rubaie, A., Ben Mahmud, H.K. A numerical investigation on the performance of hydraulic fracturing in naturally fractured gas reservoirs based on stimulated rock volume. J Petrol Explor Prod Technol (2020).
  4. Ben Mahmud, H., Mahmud, W.M., Arumugam, S. Numerical investigation of optimum lons concentration in low salinity waterflooding. Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 2020, 4(3): 271-285.
  5. Adrian Tiong, Inn Shi Tan, Henry Foo, Man Lam, Hisham Ben Mahmud, Keat Lee. Macroalgae-derived regenerated cellulose in the stabilization of oil-in-water Pickering emulsions, Carbohydrate Polymers, Volume 249, 2020, 116875.
  6. Fatah, A.; Bennour, Z.; Ben Mahmud, H.; Gholami, R.; Hossain, M.M. A Review on the Influence of CO2/Shale Interaction on Shale Properties: Implications of CCS in Shales. Energies 2020, 13, 3200.
  7. Shafiq, M.U., Mahmud, H.B., Gishkori, S.N. et al. Acidizing of conventional and tight sandstone formation using chelating agents: mineralogical prospect. J Petrol Explor Prod Technol (2020).
  8. Hisham Ben Mahmud, Walid Mohamed Mahmud, Rugen Ayanarappan, and Saber Elmabrouk, Effect of Sodium Carbonate and Bicarbonate Contamination on the Rheological Properties of Water Based Mud. International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology. ISSN 0974-3154, Volume 13, Number 5 (2020), pp. 1019-1029.
  9. Hisham Ben Mahmud, Muhammad Hilmi Bin Muhammad Hisham, Walid Mohamed Mahmud, Van Hong Leong, Mian Umer Shafiq, Petrophysical interpretations of subsurface stratigraphic correlations, Baram Delta, Sarawak, Malaysia. Energy Geoscience, Volume 1, Issues 3–4, October 2020, Pages 100-114.
  10. Seyyedi, M., Mahmud, H.K.B., Verrall, M. et al. Pore Structure Changes Occur During CO2 Injection into Carbonate Reservoirs. Sci Rep 10, 3624 (2020).
  11. U. Shafiq, H. K. Ben Mahmud, M. K. Zahoor, A. S. A. Shahid, R. Rezaee, M. Arif (2019) Investigation of change in different properties of sandstone and dolomite samples during matrix acidizing using chelating agents, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 1-17.
  12. Ben Mahmud, L. Van Hong, Y. Lestariono (2019) Sand production: A smart control framework for risk mitigation, Journal of Petroleum. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petlm.2019.04.002
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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)
  17. 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)
  18. 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)
  19. Hisham Ben Mahmud and Ian Chang Sheng (2017) Analyze EOR Potential of a Mature Oil Reservoir Using CO2, International Journal of Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering (IJPPE) Volume 3, Issue 3, 2017, PP 1-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2454-7980.0303004
  20. Ben Mahmud, H., Abdullah, A. (2017) Investigate a Gas Well Performance Using Nodal Analysis, IOP Conferences Series: Materials Science and Engineering Journal 217: Article number 012022. DOI:10.1088/1757-899X/217 /1/012022 (Thomson Reuters)
  21. Shafiq, M.U., Ben Mahmud, H., Rezaee, R., Testamanti, N. (2017) Investigation of changing pore topology and porosity during matrix acidizing using different chelating agents, IOP Conferences Series: Materials Science and Engineering Journal 217: Article number 012023. DOI:10.1088/1757-899X/217/1/012023 (Thomson Reuters)
  22. Hisham Ben Mahmud and Voon Yi Hung (2017) Investigate Polymer Flooding for Enhanced Oil Recovery in a Mature Oil Field, International Journal of Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering (IJPPE) Volume 3, Issue 3, 2017, PP 41-55. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2454-7980.0303006
  23. Brian Robin Stanislaus and Hisham Ben Mahmud (2017) Numerical Approach for Enhanced Oil Recovery with Surfactant Flooding using STARS (CMG), International Journal of Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering (IJPPE) Volume 3, Issue 4, 2017, PP 1-18. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2454-7980.0304001.
  24. Hong, L.V., Ben Mahmud, H. (2017) A comparative study of different acids used for sandstone acid stimulation: A literature review, IOP Conferences Series: Materials Science and Engineering Journal 217: Article number 012018. DOI:10.1088/1757-899X/217/1/012018
  25. Shuard, A.M., Mahmud, H. B., King, A.J., (2017) An optimization approach to reduce the risk of hydrate plugging during gas-dominated restart operations, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2017.05.024
  26. Shafiq and H. Ben Mahmud, (2017) Sandstone Matrix Acidizing Knowledge and Future Development: A Review”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, DOI: 10.1007/s13202-017-0314-62017.
  27. Hisham Ben Mahmud, Ian H. Sheng and Mian U. Shafiq, (2016) Evaluate Horizontal Well Production Performance in Heavy Oil Reservoirs, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 11 (24).
  28. Adrian M Shuard, Hisham Ben Mahmud, and Andrew J King (2016), Comparison of Two-Phase Pipe Flow in OpenFOAM with a Mechanistic Model, Materials Science and Engineering Journal, 121.
  29. Mian Umer Shafiq and Hisham Khaled Ben Mahmud (2016), An Effective Acid Combination for Enhanced Properties and Corrosion Control of Acidizing Sandstone Formation” Materials Science and Engineering Journal, 121.
  30. Okafor Henry Elochukwu and Hisham Ben Mahmud (2015), An environmentally friendly solvent mix for asphaltene deposit removal, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences,10 (22).
  31. Umer Shafiq, H. Ben Mahmud, and M. Hamid (2015), Comparison of Buffer Effect of Different Acids During Sandstone Acidizing, Materials Science and Engineering Journal, 78.
  32. A. Hamed and H. Ben Mahmud (2015), The effects of Concentration and Salinity on Polymer Adsorption Isotherm at Sandstone Rock Surface” Materials Science and Engineering Journal,
  33. Hisham Ben Mahmud (2015), Evaluate the Risk of Hydrate Blockage in Bend Flowlines” ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 10 (8).

Conference Publications

  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. 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 Ben Mahmud and 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 Ben Mahmud, Reza Rezaee, New Acid Combination for a Successful Sandstone Acidizing, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, December 1st – 3rd, 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 – 25th May 2016.
  12. Shuard, H. Ben Mahmud, and A. King, Comparison of Two-Phase Pipe Flow in OpenFOAM with a Mechanistic Model, 10th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 6th – 7th November 2015.
  13. Umer Shafiq and H. Ben Mahmud, An Improved Acid Combination for Enhanced Properties and Corrosion Control of Acidizing Sandstone Formation, 10th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 6th – 7th November 2015.
  14. Umer Shafiq, H. Ben Mahmud, and M. Hamid “Comparison of Buffer Effect of Different Acids During Sandstone Acidizing” 9th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 3rd– 4th December 2014.
  15. A. Hamid and H. Kh. Ben Mahmud “The effects of Concentration and Salinity on Polymer Adsorption Isotherm at Sandstone Rock Surface” 9th CUTSE Conference, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, 3rd – 4th December 2014.
  16. 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 4th International Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Applied Optimization, April 19th – 21st, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  17. Ben Mahmud, H. Kh., R. Utikar, M. O. Tadé and V. K. Pareek; CFD simulation of gas –water in horizontal pipes, paper presented at 5th International Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes, July 25th – 28th, 2010, Singapore, Singapore.

Book Publication

Keynote/ Invited Speaker

  • Hisham Ben Mahmud, Sand production: A smart control framework for risk mitigation, SPE workshop on Sand Management in Production – Common Themes and Unconventional Challenges, Dallas, Texas, USA, 2021

Research Funding & Consultancy

Research Grants

  • 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
  • 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 centre: 0153AA-B73). Co-Investigator. Value: RM 30,000
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (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
  • 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

Consultancy Project

  • Possibility of Manufacturing Lube Base Stokes from Brega Crude Oil, Tripoli, Libya

Student Projects

PhD

  • Adrian Mark, Thesis title “An Optimisation Framework to Reduce the Risk of Hydrate Blockages in Flowlines”, Graduated 2017.
  • Umer Shafiq, Thesis title “Experimental study on different acid reaction mechanisms during sandstone acidizing”, Graduated 2018.
  • Leong Von Hong, Thesis title “Develop a new enhanced oil recovery method and model for high-temperature well stimulation using acid combinations” Graduated 2018.
  • Adrian Tiong Chiong Yuh, Thesis title “Application of stimuli-responsive smart materials in foam stabilization”, (Ongoing)
  • Ahmed Fatah Alrahman Ahmed Mohammed, Thesis title “Tri-axial testing of shale samples (both fractured and un- fractured) using low viscosity fluids, like CO2 or slick water for enhanced oil and gas recovery”. (Ongoing)
  • Tsani Sabila, Thesis title “Field Reservoir-scale Evaluation of Long-Term Carbon Sequestration and Integrated Geochemistry with Heterogeneity Effects in Shale Gas Reservoirs”, (Ongoing)
  •  Ali Falah Hasan, Thesis title “Optimization of Horizontal Well Fracturing in Tight Gas Reservoirs Based on Stimulated Reservoir Volume”, (Ongoing)

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