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Akbarzadeh Kasani
Post Doctoral Fellow

Hossein is a postdoctoral fellow with GeoREF. The focus of his research is on studying effect of elevated temperatures on geomechanical and transport properties of clay shales and sands as it pertains to thermal recovery projects in oil sands and bitumen carbonates such as SAGD and in-situ combustion. He is also conducting background studies related to designing an ultrahigh-temperature triaxial apparatus.

Hossein completed his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering under Dr. Rick Chalaturnyk. He studied   geomechanics of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG). His thesis encompassed studying coal material properties at high temperature as well as coupled numerical modeling. For the material study part, he reviewed impact of elevated temperatures on thermal, transport, and mechanical properties of coal of different ranks and from various locations. Moreover, he conduceted  high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) triaxial experiments. Hossein measured permeability of Alberta coal samples to nitrogen gas, studied thermal deformation during heating, as well as stress-strain response of the coal during shearing at temperatures up to 200 Celsius.  In the simulation part, he developed a sequential coupling workflow for UCG. He coupled coal gasification model in CMG STARS to a geomechanical model (FLAC3D of ITASCA) and utilized it towards a large-scale model for the Alberta deep UCG demonstration project.

Before joining GeoREF, Hossein worked as a faculty member and head of the Civil Engineering Department at the Institute of Applied Science and Technology, ACECR, Rasht, Guilan, Iran where he lectured several Civil engineering courses to undergraduate students. His previous research experience included geotechnical engineering, geochemistry, pipeline geotechnics, concrete technology, and pavement engineering. He also became a Certified Civil Engineer with the Guilan Construction Engineering Organization, Guilan, Iran. As a Certified Civil Engineer, he provided consulting services by performing design of structures and foundation of several residential buildings and hotels, as well as construction supervision in his home-province, Guilan, Iran.



· Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering (2016), University of Alberta

· M.Sc., Geotechnical Engineering (2001), University of Guilan, Rasht, Guilan, Iran

· B.Sc., Civil Engineering (1999), University of Guilan, Rasht, Guilan, Iran


Area of Interest/Specialization

· High-temperature geomechanical experiments

· Multiphysics processes in geomechanical/geotechnical engineering

· Geotechnical Engineering


Professional Designations

· Member, (2009-Present), Geotechnical Society of Edmonton,

· Member, (2006-2008), Scientific and Technical Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Applied Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

· Certified Civil Engineer, (2003- 2009), Guilan Construction Engineering Organization, Guilan, Iran


Selected Publications:

Akbarzadeh Kasani, H.; Chalaturnyk, R.J. (2017). Influence of High Pressure and Temperature on the Mechanical Behavior and Permeability of a Fractured Coal. Energies, 10, 854.

Akbarzadeh Kasani, H., & Chalaturnyk, R.J. (2017). Coupled reservoir and geomechanical simulation for a deep underground coal gasification project. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 37, 487-501.

Akbarzadeh, H., & Chalaturnyk, R.J. (2016). Sequentially coupled flow-geomechanical modeling of underground coal gasification for a three-dimensional problem. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 21(4), 577-594.

Akbarzadeh, H., & Chalaturnyk, R.J. (2014). Structural changes in coal at elevated temperature pertinent to underground coal gasification: A review. International Journal of Coal Geology, 131, 126-146.

Akbarzadeh, H., & Chalaturnyk, R.J. (2013). Coupled fluid-thermal-mechanical analyses of a deep underground coal gasification cavity. J. Archit. Civil Eng. Quest J, 1(1), 01-14.


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