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Kashy Aminian

Charles T. Holland Professor - Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Dr. Kashy Aminian’s research revolves around shale rock sediments, porosity (void between rocks) and hydraulic fracturing (fracking or creating artificial rock fractures to release oil and gas). Shale rock characteristics are less known which makes fracking complicated and expensive because it requires mapping to avoid existing, natural fractures. His research looks at different aspects of hydraulic fracturing such as reopening of existing faults and creating new fractures to prolong well-life and boost oil production. One project looked at the effect of fracture properties on stress and productivity of a horizontal Marcellus Shale well. As hydrocarbons rose to the surface, pressure in the reservoir reduced and closed natural fractures which reduced oil output. Another project looked at the impact of spacing on hydraulic fractures and gas output. Stress in rock from nearby fractures and wells reduced gas production. Because it’s not known where minor faults lie, mapping reservoirs and surrounding area is important. He also studies the impact of fracking on ground water and disposal of water and chemicals used in fracking.

Education

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1982 

M.S.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1978 

B.S. Chemical Engineering , University of Tehran, 1976