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. Perera M. A Comprehensive Overview of CO2 Flow Behaviour in Deep Coal Seams. ENERGIES. MDPIAG. 2018, Vol. 11, Issue 4. DOI: 10.3390/en11040906
  2. 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. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 53. DOI: 10.1016/j.jngse.2018.02.033
  3. Zhang G, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Haque A, Choi X, Sampath KSM. Characterization of coal porosity and permeability evolution by demineralisation using image processing techniques: A micro-computed tomography study. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2018, Vol. 56. DOI: 10.1016/j.jngse.2018.06.020
  4. Zhang C, Gamage RP, Perera M. Comparison of CO2flow behavior through intact siltstone sample under tri-axial steady-state and transient flow conditions. Applied Sciences (Switzerland). 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 7. DOI: 10.3390/app8071092
  5. Zhang X, Gamage RP, Perera M, Ranathunga AS. Effects of Water and Brine Saturation on Mechanical Property Alterations of Brown Coal. ENERGIES. MDPIAG. 2018, Vol. 11, Issue 5. DOI: 10.3390/en11051116
  6. 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
  7. Rathnaweera TD, Ranjith PG, Gu X, Perera M, Kumari WGP, Wanniarachchi WAM, Haque A, Li JC. Experimental investigation of thermomechanical behaviour of clay-rich sandstone at extreme temperatures followed by cooling treatments. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND MINING SCIENCES. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 107. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2018.04.048
  8. Sampath KHSM, Perera M, Elsworth D, Ranjith PG, Matthai S, Rathnaweera T. Experimental Investigation on the Mechanical Behavior of Victorian Brown Coal under Brine Saturation. 2nd International Conference on the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Development (SEED). American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 32, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00577
  9. Kumari WGP, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Li X, Li LH, Chen BK, Isaka BLA, De Silva VRS. Hydraulic fracturing under high temperature and pressure conditions with micro CT applications: Geothermal energy from hot dry rocks. FUEL. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 230. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.05.040
  10. 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
  11. Ranjith PG, Wanniarachchi WAM, Perera M, Rathnaweera TD. Investigation of the effect of foam flow rate on foam-based hydraulic fracturing of shale reservoir rocks with natural fractures: An experimental study. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 169. DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2018.06.002
  12. De Silva VRS, Ranjith PG, Wu B, Perera M. Micro-mechanics based numerical simulation of NaCl brine induced mechanical strength deterioration of sedimentary host-rock formations. Engineering Geology. 2018, Vol. 242. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2018.05.005
  13. Rathnaweera TD, Ranjith PG, Perera M, Wanniarachchi WAM, Bandara KMAS. Stress state and stress path evaluation to address uncertainties in reservoir rock failure in CO2sequestration in deep saline aquifers: An experimental study of the Hawkesbury sandstone formation. Journal of CO2 Utilization. 2018, Vol. 26. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2018.05.008
  14. 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. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 120. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2018.01.053
  15. 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

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