Dr. Mohamed Sassi

Dr. Mohamed Sassi

Full Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Acting Chair, Petroleum Engineering

Sas Al Nakhl Campus,

Ruwais Building, Room 3107a

T +971 2 607 5638

M +971 55 600 4645

Fax : 971 2 607 5200

Email: mohamed.sassi@ku.ac.ae

Dr Sassi is full professor of mechanical and materials engineering with over 25 years of multi-disciplinary progressive experience in Academia and Industry with very good expertise in academic program development, management, and assessment. In research he is an internationally known expert in thermo-fluids, combustion, air pollution control, carbon capture and sequestration, optical and spectroscopic diagnostics and analysis methods, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with chemical kinetics simulation, and technology development for clean energy and environmental protection applications in general. Lately he has been very much involved and funded for Digital Rock Physics (DRP) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). He has a worldwide experience in USA, Europe, and Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Dr Sassi received his BSc in mechanical engineering from The University of Rochester, New York, and both his MSc and PhD from The University of California at Berkeley in Mechanical engineering with specialization in combustion and thermal sciences. Then during his work in France, he received a “Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches” in 1993 from Universite d’Orleans, France.

Aside from his teaching and research activity, Dr Sassi served as Department Head, Dean of Academic Programs both in Tunisia, in addition to Accreditation Lead, Doctoral Program Coordinator, and Interim-Dean of Faculty at Masdar Institute

  • 1990 – Ph. D. Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Sciences and Combustion), UC Berkeley, USA
  • 1987 – M. S. Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Sciences and Combustion), UC Berkeley, USA
  • 1985 – B. S. Mechanical Engineering (With High Distinction), U of Rochester, New York, USA
  • MEG612: Multiphase flow in sub-surface porous media
  • MEG506: Combustion theory and application

Courses previously taught in PI: Fluid mechanics, heat transfer, strength of materials, materials science and engineering, combustion and air Pollution Control, Chemical Engineering Process Design and Simulation

Research Projects

  • CO2 Capture and Sub-surface Storage: Numerical and experimental studies of CO2 post- combustion capture, coupling between geomechanical, chemical, and transport processes during CO2 injection and storage in sub-surface porous media.
  • Experimental and Digital Rock Physics: Mechanical properties and multiphase flow properties from nanotomography to whole core scale analysis: Digital Rock Physics (DRP) is the novel and future reservoir engineering simulation tool. The approach is to use an ascending scale of integration of experimental and numerical modeling techniques. Nano, micro, and macro scale tomography is used to extract the complex pore scale and solid matrix network to be used within flow and mechanics simulators for the correct prediction of average macroscopic properties (porosity, permeability, formation factor, capillary pressure, relative permeability, elastic and shear moduli, and geomechanical/flow interactions) of carbonate rocks using pore scale and average model based solutions of the governing flow and elasticity equations for the prevailing geomechanical and multiphase flow phenomena and properties within the core sample.
  • Geomechanics Assessment of CO2 Injection Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Pilot: Experimental and Numerical Simulation: Wellbore stability and Caprock Integrity through experimental characterization and numerical simulation studies of the interacting phenomena of geomechanics, multiphase flow, and geochemistry.
  • Experimental and Computational Investigation of the Pressure Buildup due to Fines Deposition in Trickle-Bed Reactors: experimental and computational investigation of the inter-play between flow regimes and fines deposition in trickle bed reactors in pursuit of mitigation of the pressure buildup problem.
  • Microwave Induced Plasma process for hydrogen, sulphur, and carbon black production:Numerical simulation studies using chemical kinetics and CFD modelling for the optimization of the plasma process toward the best product yield, and UV-Visible emission spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, and gas analysis experimental work for process characterization, data input and/or validation of the numerical simulations.
  • Experimental and Simulation Approach to Optimize Hydraulic Fracturing Design for Unconventional Reservoirs: Experimental investigation of hydraulic fracturing in a tri-axial stress apparatus under reservoir conditions, fracture mapping characterization by ultra-sonic wave detection, and numerical simulation predictions.
  • Impact of Pore-scale Wettability Changes on Three-phase Relative Permeability Characterization in Carbonate Reservoirs: Building a 3D pore scale rock model from micro-CT images and experimental and numerical study of three-phase relative permeability.
  • SMART particle sensors for refinery catalytic bed reactors: Development and validation of micro-chip sensors to be loaded with the catalyst bed to measure temporal and spatial distribution of wettability, temperature and pressure in the catalytic bed reactor
  1. Mustapha Jouiad; Rajakumar  S Devarapalli; Titly F Faisal; Amina Islam; Sylvie Chevalier; mohamed sassi; Comparative study of CT and FIB-SEM imaging based Pore Network Model and simulation of elastic and permeability properties of carbonate; submitted to Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (submitted 2017)
  2. A. Islam, T. Faisal, S. Chevalier, M. Sassi, “Using Artificial Neural Network to Classify Permeability Values Based on Inherent Carbonate Rock Properties,”  submitted to SPE Journal (Submitted 2017)
  3. A. Islam, S. Chevalier, M. Sassi, “Structural characterization and numerical simulations of flow properties of standard and reservoir carbonate rocks using micro-tomography,” Computers & Geosciences (Submitted 2016and under second review).
  4. Chevalier, S., Islam, A., Ben Salem, I. and M. Sassi., ‘‘Numerical simulation of drainage in a 2D porous medium using capillary pressure – saturation – relative permeability relationships’’. International Journal of Multiphase Flow. (submitted 2016 and under review second review)
  5. RS Devarapalli, A Islam, TF Faisal, M Sassi, M Jouiad, “Micro-CT and FIB-SEM imaging and pore structure characterization of dolomite rock at multiple scales”, Arab J. Geosci., [Available online June 2017, In press]
  6. Shahid Rabbani, Tariq Shamim, and Mohamed Sassi, “Numerical Modelling and Simulation of Gas-Liquid Trickle Flow in Trickle Bed Reactor using an Improved Phenomenoligical Model”, Energy Procedia 105 (2017) 4140-4145.
  7. Shahid Rabbani, Mohamed Sassi and Tariq Shamim, “Modelling of Hydrodynamics of fine particle deposition in packed-bed reactors”, The Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows. DOI: 10.1177/1757482X17716045, first published online July 24, 2017.
  8. TF Faisal, A Awedalkarim, S Chevalier, MS Jouini, M Sassi, “Direct scale comparison of numerical linear elastic moduli with acoustic experiments for carbonate rock X-ray CT scanned at multi-resolutions” Int. J. Petr. Sci. Eng., [Available online Jan 2017, In press]
  9. Humair Nadeem, Imen Ben Salem, Mohamed Sassi, “Experimental Visualization and Investigation of Multiphase Flow Regime Transition in Two-Dimensional Trickle Bed Reactors”, Chemical engineering Communications. Article DOI10.1080/00986445.1205982.
  10. Faisal, T. F., Chevalier, S., Bernabé, Y., Juanes, R. and M. Sassi. 2015. Quantitative and qualitative study of density driven CO2 mass transfer in a vertical Hele-Shaw cell. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Vol. 81, 901-914. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.11.017.
  11. Chevalier, S., Faisal, T. F., Bernabé, Y., Juanes, R. and M. Sassi. 2015. Numerical sensitivity analysis of density driven CO2 convection with respect to different modeling and boundary conditions. Heat and Mass Transfer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00231-014-1466-2.
  12. Islam, A., Chevalier, S., Ben Salem, I., Bernabé, Y., Juanes, R. and M. Sassi. 2014. Characterization of the crossover from capillary invasion to viscous fingering to fracturing during drainage in a vertical 2D porous medium. International Journal of Multiphase Flow. Vol. 58. Pages 279-291. http:// 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2013.10.002.
  13. Jundika Candra Kurnia, Imen Ben Salem, Humair Nadeem, Tariq Shamim, Mohamed Sassi, “Numerical investigation of multiphase flow hydrodynamics in Trickle bed reactor”, Journal of Fluids Engineering (2014) FE-14-1210.
  14. Su L., Kumar R., Ogungbesan B., Su L. and M. Sassi. Gas heating and dissociation in a microwave plasma torch for hydrogen production. Energy Conversion and Management, 02/2014, Volume 78
  15. Titly Farhana Faisal, Sylvie Chevalier, Mohamed Sassi. Experimental and numerical studies of density driven natural convection in saturated porous media with application to CO2 geological storage. Energy Procedia 2013.
  16. Amina Islam, Sylvie Chevalier, Mohamed Sassi. Experimental and numerical studies of CO2 injection into water-saturated porous media: Capillary to viscous to fracture fingering phenomena. Energy Procedia 2013.
  17. Babajide Ogungbesan, Rajneesh Kumar, Liu Su, Mohamed Sassi. Experimental validation of local thermal equilibrium in a MW plasma torch for hydrogen production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.09.099
  18. Babajide O. Ogungbesan, Rajneesh Kumar and Mohamed Sassi. Optical characterization of a microwave plasma torch for hydrogen production. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 71, 1925 – 1931 (2012).
  19. Sassi M, Amira N, Chemical reactor network modeling of a microwave plasma thermal decomposition of H2S into hydrogen and sulfur, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37 (2012) 10010-10019

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