Professional Interests


Research interests: Unstructured grid and discretization. Discrete feature modeling. Detailed well modeling and well/reservoir interactions. Upscaling techniques for naturally fractured reservoir.

All Publications


  • A general gridding, discretization, and coarsening methodology for modeling flow in porous formations with discrete geological features ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J. 2016; 96: 354-372
  • Discrete fracture model for coupled flow and geomechanics COMPUTATIONAL GEOSCIENCES Garipov, T. T., Karimi-Fard, M., Tchelepi, H. A. 2016; 20 (1): 149-160
  • Accurate Resolution of Near-Well Effects in Upscaled Models Using Flow-Based Unstructured Local Grid Refinement SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2012: 1084–95
  • From outcrop to flow simulation: Constructing discrete fracture models from a LIDAR survey AAPG BULLETIN Wilson, C. E., Aydin, A., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J., Sagy, A., Brodsky, E. E., Kreylos, O., Kellogg, L. H. 2011; 95 (11): 1883-1905
  • Upscaling discrete fracture characterizations to dual-porosity, dual-permeability models for efficient simulation of flow with strong gravitational effects 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Gong, B., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2008: 58–67
  • Permeability upscaling of fault zones in the Aztec Sandstone, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, with a focus on slip surfaces and slip bands HYDROGEOLOGY JOURNAL Ahmadov, R., Aydin, A., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J. 2007; 15 (7): 1239-1250
  • Numerical assessment of a class of uniformly stable mixed spectral elements for the Navier-Stokes equations COMPUTERS & FLUIDS Azaiez, M., Belgacem, F. B., Escriva, X., Fournie, M., Karimi-Fard, M. 2007; 36 (6): 1137-1148
  • Generation of coarse-scale continuum flow models from detailed fracture characterizations WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Karimi-Fard, M., Gong, B., Durlofsky, L. J. 2006; 42 (10)
  • Flow and transport effects of compaction bands in sandstone at scales relevant to aquifer and reservoir management WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Sternlof, K. R., Karimi-Fard, M., Pollard, D. D., Durlofsky, L. J. 2006; 42 (7)
  • Inertia effects in high-rate flow through heterogeneous porous media TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Fourar, M., Lenormand, R., Karimi-Fard, M., Horne, R. 2005; 60 (3): 353-370
  • An efficient discrete-fracture model applicable for general-purpose reservoir simulators 2003 SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J., Aziz, K. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2004: 227–36