Dr Samintha Perera Perera

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: B 209
  • Building: Engineering Block B
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Coal mining and slop stability
  • Rock mechanics
  • Unconventional oil and gas extractions


My research aim is to search for novel solutions across a wide range of disciplines with achieving creative opportunities from current and raising issues in earth science engineering

Recent publications

  1. Wanniarachchi WAM, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Rathnaweera TD, Zhang C, Zhang DC. An integrated approach to simulate fracture permeability and flow characteristics using regenerated rock fracture from 3-D scanning: A numerical study. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2018, Vol. 53. DOI: 10.1016/j.jngse.2018.02.033
  2. Kumari WGP, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Chen BK. Experimental investigation of quenching effect on mechanical, microstructural and flow characteristics of reservoir rocks: Thermal stimulation method for geothermal energy extraction. JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 162. DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2017.12.033
  3. Wanniarachchi WAM, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Rathnaweera TD, Zhang DC, Zhang C. Investigation of effects of fracturing fluid on hydraulic fracturing and fracture permeability of reservoir rocks: An experimental study using water and foam fracturing. Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 194. DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2018.03.009
  4. Bandara KMAS, Ranjith PG, Rathnaweera TD, Perera M, Kumari WGP. Thermally-induced mechanical behaviour of a single proppant under compression: Insights into the long-term integrity of hydraulic fracturing in geothermal reservoirs. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 120. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2018.01.053
  5. Ranathunga AS, Perera M, Ranjith PG, De Silva GPD. A macro-scale view of the influence of effective stress on carbon dioxide flow behaviour in coal: an experimental study. GEOMECHANICS AND GEOPHYSICS FOR GEO-ENERGY AND GEO-RESOURCES. Dr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag. 2017, Vol. 3, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s40948-016-0042-2
  6. De Silva GPD, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Dai ZX, Yang SQ. An experimental evaluation of unique CO2 flow behaviour in loosely held fine particles rich sandstone under deep reservoir conditions and influencing factors. ENERGY. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 119. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2016.11.144
  7. Ranathunga AS, Perera M, Ranjith PG, Wei CH. An experimental investigation of applicability of CO2 enhanced coal bed methane recovery to low rank coal. FUEL. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 189. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2016.10.116
  8. Rathnaweera TD, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Ranathunga AS, Wanniarachchi WAM, Yang SQ, Lashin A, Al Arifi N. An experimental investigation of coupled chemico-mineralogical and mechanical changes in varyingly-cemented sandstones upon CO2injection in deep saline aquifer environments. Energy. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 133. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2017.05.154
  9. Perera M, Ranjith PG, Rathnaweera TD, De Silva GPD, Liu T. An experimental study to quantify sand production during oil recovery from unconsolidated quicksand formations. PETROLEUM EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 44, Issue 5.
  10. Perera M, Ranjith PG, Rathnaweera TD, De Silva GPD, Liu T. An experimental study to quantify sand production during oil recovery from unconsolidated quicksand formations. Shiyou Kantan Yu Kaifa/Petroleum Exploration and Development. 2017, Vol. 44, Issue 5. DOI: 10.11698/PED.2017.05.17
  11. Wanniarachchi WAM, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Rathnaweera TD, Lyu Q, Mahanta B. Assessment of dynamic material properties of intact rocks using seismic wave attenuation: an experimental study. ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE. The Royal Society Publishing. 2017, Vol. 4, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170896
  12. Sampath KHSM, Perera M, Ranjith PG, Matthai S, Rathnaweera T, Zhang G, Tao X. CH4-CO2 gas exchange and supercritical CO2 based hydraulic fracturing as CBM production-accelerating techniques: A review. JOURNAL OF CO2 UTILIZATION. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 22. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2017.10.004
  13. Zhang C, Gamage RP, Perera M, Zhao J. Characteristics of Clay-Abundant Shale Formations: Use of CO2 for Production Enhancement. ENERGIES. MDPIAG. 2017, Vol. 10, Issue 11. DOI: 10.3390/en10111887
  14. Rathnaweera TD, Ranjith PG, Perera M, De Silva VRS. Development of a laboratory-scale numerical model to simulate the mechanical behaviour of deep saline reservoir rocks under varying salinity conditions in uniaxial and triaxial test environments. MEASUREMENT. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 101. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2017.01.015
  15. Ranathunga KS, Perera M, Ranjith PG, Rathnaweera TD, Zhang XG. Effect of Coal Rank on CO2 Adsorption Induced Coal Matrix Swelling with Different CO2 Properties and Reservoir Depths. ENERGY & FUELS. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 31, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b03321

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