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Nazary Moghadam
PhD Student

University of Alberta

L1-114 NREF CNRL/Markin Building

Edmonton, AB, Canada T6H 1G9



Saeed is a PhD student in Civil Engineering-Geotechnical Engineering, joined RGRG in September 2014. He has received MSc and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering-Structural Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology. He has carried out research on developing and implementing constitutive equations as well as numerical analysis of dynamic equations of motion governing structures, continua and discontinuum media including beam-columns, plates, shells, solids, fluids and rocks using finite element, finite difference, finite volume and distinct element method considering plasticity, viscoplasticity and fracture mechanics in the framework of large deformations. He has also worked on applying soft computing methods such as fuzzy systems and genetic algorithm in modeling, controlling, decision making and optimization in the field of civil and mechanical engineering. His research interests lie within a broad area of computational mechanics and developing software to solve multi-physics problems using C++, MATLAB, PYTHON and FORTRAN programming languages. He also has considerable experience in numerical modeling using commercial computational software, namely ANSYS, ABAQUS, 3DEC, FLAC3D, CMG and ECLIPSE. Currently, he is working on the numerical simulation of hydro-mechanically coupled multi-phase fluid flow in fractured shale reservoirs using distinct element method.

Current Research:

Supervisor: Prof. Rick Chalaturnyk
ITASCA Advisor: Dr. Jim Hazzard
RGRG Advisor: Dr. Nathan Deisman

Currently, Saeed is conducting research to develop a numerical method to simulate coupled hydro-mechanical multi-phase fluid flow through fractures and pore spaces of shale reservoirs. The developed numerical model is then implemented into a c++ finite volume program and coupled with the distinct element software ITASCA 3DEC. The coupled hydro-mechanical model is employed to investigate on the hydraulic fracturing treatment in naturally fractured shale reservoirs considering the effects of hydraulic fracturing fluid leak-off into intact rock matrix and natural fractures due to pressure gradient, viscous forces as well as surface tension and capillary pressure. The coupled hydro-mechanical multi-phase fluid flow through fracture and matrix has not been properly dealt with so far and the present research yields a significant theoretical advance in this regard. The industrial contribution of this research is that it economically facilitates the efficiency assessment of hydraulic fracturing and production schemes in shale reservoirs.


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ISI Journal Papers:

  1. S. Nazary Moghadam, K. Nazokkar, R.J. Chalaturnyk, H. Mirzabozorg. Parametric performance assessment of salt cavern using a creep model describing dilatancy and failure. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Elsevier, 79 (2015) 250-267. Sciencedirect Link
  2. S. Nazary Moghadam, H. Mirzabozorg, A. Noorzad. Modeling time-dependent behavior of gas caverns in rock salt considering creep, dilatancy and failure. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Elsevier, 33 (2013) 171-185. Sciencedirect Link
  3. S. Nazary Moghadam, B. Asgarian, K. Nazokkar. Simulation of overall and local buckling behavior of cylindrical tubular members using fuzzy inference system. Advances in Engineering Software, Elsevier, 45 (2012) 349-359. Sciencedirect Link
  4. S. Nazary Moghadam, H. Mirzabozorg, A. Noorzad, K. Nazokkar. Creep and dilatancy behavior of rock salt around underground caverns. Advanced Materials Research, Trans Tech Publications, 629 (2013) 418-422. Scientific.NET Link

Conference Papers:

  1. K. Nazokkar, M.R. Kavianpour, S. Nazary Moghadam. Experimental investigation of aeration mechanism on chute spillways. In: 2012 Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods ASCE Conference, Snowbird, Utah, USA, 2012. HMEM2012 Final Program
  2. S.N. Moghadam, B. Asgarian, A. Raziei. Estimation of post-buckling behavior of cylindrical tubular struts using fuzzy model identification. In: Proceedings of the Word Congress on Engineering and Computer Sciences 2008, San Francisco, USA, 2008. WCECS2008 Proceedings

Posters and Presentations:

  1. S. Nazary Moghadam, R.J. Chalaturnyk. Numerical simulation of geomechanically coupled multi-phase fluid flow in shale gas reservoirs. Poster presented at 3rd FCMG IRC Symposium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Nov, 2016.
  2. S. Nazary Moghadam, A.A. Moghadam, R.J. Chalaturnyk. The influence of crack geometry on production of hydraulically fractured shale gas reservoirs. Poster presented at AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June, 2016.  AAPG Datapagaes


  1. PhD Student in Civil Engineering-Geotechnical Engineering, 2014-Now


    University of Alberta, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Geotechnical Engineering Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Supervisor: Prof. Chalaturnyk


    Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Simulation of Multi-Phase Fluid Flow in Fractured Shale Reservoirs Using Distinct Element Method

  2. PhD of Civil Engineering-Structural Engineering, 2007-2014


    K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Civil Engineering Faculty, Structural Engineering Department, Tehran, Iran

    Supervisor: Dr. Mirzabozorg


    Proposed a computational algorithm to simulate the time-dependent behavior of underground storage caverns excavated in rock salt

    Developed an elasto-viscoplastic constitutive model to describe dilatancy, short-term failure as well as long-term failure during transient and steady state creep of rock salt

    Implemented the constitutive model in a Lagrangian finite element formulation to simulate the stress variation and ground movement during creep of rock salt around the cavern within the framework of large deformations

    Proposed a comprehensive method for salt cavern design in which creep, dilatancy and failure of rock salt was considered for the first time in the framework of large deformations

    Developed a fuzzy system to estimate the closure of the underground caverns under a variety of cavern internal pressure, cavern size and geometry which is capable of assisting designers not only in understanding the effects of different parameters on salt caverns closure, but also in choosing an optimum layout for the cavern with reducing the analyses time

    Developed a C++ finite element code to analyze large deformation plasticity and viscoplasticity problems

  3. M.Sc. of Civil Engineering-Structural Engineering, 2005-2007


    K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Civil Engineering Faculty, Structural Engineering Department, Tehran, Iran

    Supervisor: Dr. Asgarian


    Simulated nonlinear behavior of steel tubular members based on large deformation plasticity using shell finite element and fuzzy theory

    Numerically analyzed the nonlinear behavior of steel tubular members using nonlinear beam-column element as well as nonlinear degenerated-continuum shell element accounting for plasticity and large deformation

    Developed a fuzzy system for estimating the overall and local buckling behavior of cylindrical tubular members in which the training and testing data was provided by the finite element analyses results

    Demonstrated the capability of the approach to accurately estimate the ultimate compressive strength and the post-overall buckling as well as post-local buckling behavior of tubular members

    The developed fuzzy system can be used in nonlinear analysis of jacket type offshore platforms by tracing the complete load shortening relation of cylindrical tubular members and provides a tool for faster analysis

Other Research Experiences:

  1. Graduate Research Assistant, 2007-2014


    K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Civil Engineering Faculty, Structural Engineering Department, Tehran, Iran

    Supervisor: Dr. Mirzabozorg


    Simulated the dynamic response of concrete dams numerically considering fracture mechanics and fluid-structure interaction

    Carried out research on seismic structural response control of tall buildings using active, semi-active and passive control methods

  2. Graduate Research Assistant and Co-Advisor, 2010-2012


    Water Research Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran

    Advisor: Dr. Kavianpour; M.Sc. Student: Kimia Nazokkar


    Carried out experimental measurements of the quantity of air entrainment through aerators in chute spillway

    Conducted an investigation on the performance of aeration system in chute spillway under a variety of aerator geometries and hydraulic characteristics of flow

    Developed a Fortran code for modeling water hammer in water pipelines

    Developed a MATLAB finite difference code for analyzing diffusion, wave and Laplace’s partial differential equations using explicit as well as implicit schemes

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of the Organization for Engineering Order of Building, Tehran, Iran, since 2006
  • Achieved Engineering License of Third Grade of Design, Supervision and Execution in Civil Engineering from the Civil Engineering Organization of Tehran, Iran, in 2010


Research Interests:

  • Numerical Simulation of Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Multi-Phase Fluid Flow in Fractured Reservoirs
  • Software developing and parallel computation in the field of computational geo-mechanics
  • Numerical, experimental and field investigation on the behavior of soils and rocks
  • Develop methodologies and computer codes for multi-scale simulations from atoms to materials
  • Simulate rock fracture using Distinct Element Method and discontinuous deformation analysis approach
  • Soil-structure and fluid-structure interaction
  • Stress computation around underground openings and modeling the creep behavior of geo-materials
  • Material modeling including developing and implementing constitutive equations, particularly in the field of plasticity, viscoplasticity and fracture mechanics
  • Numerical analysis of the nonlinear material and large deformation behavior of structures, continua and discontinuum media including beam-columns, plates, shells, solids, fluids, soils and rocks using finite element, finite volume, distinct element and finite difference method
  • Multi-phase thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in porous media
  • The application of smart materials such as shape memory alloys, piezoelectric materials and magneto-rheological fluids in semi-active and passive control of civil structures under seismic loading
  • Overall and local buckling behavior of beam-columns, plates and shells using numerical methods