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Dr. Rahul N. Gajbhiye

Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Rahul is an Associate Professor holding a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Tulsa University Drilling Research Project (TUDRP) at Tulsa University, Oklahoma. He also served as a Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India. Dr. Rahul is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE).

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University, USA, 2011
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, India, 1999

Research Interests

  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Multiphase Flow in Pipes
  • Fracturing
  • Drilling Fluids and Cementation

Selected Publications

  • Hicham Ferroudji, Mohammad Azizur Rahman, Ahmed Hadjadj, Titus Ntow Ofei, Mohamed Shafik Khaled, Sayeed Rushd, Rahul Narayanrao Gajbhiye, “3D Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Multiphase Flow Through an Annular Geometry Applied for Cuttings Transport”, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Volume 151, June 2022, 104044 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2022.104044AL-Dogail, Ala, Gajbhiye, Rahul, AlNajim, Abdullatif, and Mustafa AlNaser. “Dimensionless Artificial Intelligence-Based Model for Multiphase Flow Pattern Recognition in Horizontal Pipe.” SPE Prod & Oper 37 (2022): 244–262. doi: https://doi.org/10.2118/209198-PA
  • AL-Dogail, Ala, Gajbhiye, Rahul, AlNaser, Mustafa, AlNajim, Abdullatif, and Mohamed Mahmoud. “Intelligent Approach for Gas-Oil Separation Plant Oil Recovery Enhancement.” SPE Prod & Oper (2022;): doi: https://doi.org/10.2118/210565-PA
  • H Ferroudji, A Hadjadj, TN Ofei, RN Gajbhiye, MA Rahman, MF Qureshi, “Effect of Drill Pipe Orbital Motion on non-Newtonian Fluid Flow in an Eccentric Wellbore: A Study with Computational Fluid Dynamics”, J Petrol Explor Prod Technol 12, 1383–1402 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-021-01403-y
  • R Gajbhiye, A AlDogail, B AlDossary Badr, M Al-Naser, M Mahmoud, “Method for Optimizing Gas Oil Separation Plant Parameters to Maximize Oil Recovery”, US Patent App. 17/022,81622, March 2022.
  • Ala S. AL-Dogail, Rahul N. Gajbhiye, “Effects of Density, Viscosity and Surface Tension on Flow Regimes and Pressure Drop of Two-Phase Flow in Horizontal Pipes”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 205, 2021, 108719, ISSN 0920-4105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.108719.
  • S Kalam, SA Abu-Khamsin, HY Al-Yousef, R Gajbhiye, “A Novel Empirical Correlation for Waterflooding Performance Prediction in Stratified Reservoirs Using Artificial Intelligence”, Neural Comput & Applic 33, 2497–2514 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00521-020-05158-1

Extended Publications (+)

  • S. Elkatatny, R.N. Gajbhiye, Anas Ahmed, and Ahmed Abdulhamid, “Enhancing the Cement Quality Using Polypropylene Fibers”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, PEPT-D-19-00037-2019
  • Ahmed Abdulhamid Mahmoud, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Abdulmalek Ahmed and Rahul Gajbhiye, “Influence of Nanoclay Content on Cement Matrix for Oil Wells Subjected to Cyclic Steam Injection” Materials 2019, 12(9), 1452; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12091452
  • A. Homoud, R. Gajbhiye, D. Al-Shehri, “Transient Wellbore Pressure Build-Up Correlation Helps Engineers to Ensure HIPPS Safe Operation” SPE-199342-PA, SPE Production & Operations, 2019.
  • M. Siddiqui, R.N. Gajbhiye, “Stability and Texture of CO2/N2 in Sandstone” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects COLSUA_21561. Volume 534, Pages 26-37, December 2017.
  • A. Edrisi, R.N. Gajbhiye, and S. I. Kam, “Experimental Study of Polymer-free and Polymer-added Foams for Underbalanced Drilling: Are Two Foam-Flow Regimes Still There?” SPE Journal, p. 55-68, Vol. 19, Issue 1, 2014.

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2021-2022
  • Outstanding Students Advising KFUPM 7th Senior Design Expo, 12 May 2022
  • SPE Regional Service Award 2020
  • Awards for presentations at the GOM Deepwater Technical Symposium, New Orleans (2009), and the AADE (Premier Fluid Conference), Houston (2010).