Dr.ir. R. (Rafid) Al-Khoury


  • Ph.D. (Cum Laude) Civil Engineering, Computational Mechanics,
    Delft University of Technology
  • M.Sc. (Distinction) Civil Engineering, IHE-Delft University of Technology
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Technical University of Baghdad


Computational poromechanics for advanced numerical modelling of multiphase, multiphysics, multidomains, focusing on:

  • CO2 geosequestration
  • Deep geothermal systems
  • Shallow geothermal systems
  • Freezing and thawing in porous media
  • Porodynamics
  • Fluid hydrodynamics
  • Effectively mesh- and geometry-independent finite element schemes

Spectral analysis for advanced analytical modelling, focusing on:

  • Shallow geothermal systems
  • Wave propagation in multilayer systems
  • Inverse problems and parameter identification
  • Spectral Element Method

Al-Khoury, R., BniLam, N., Arzanfudi, MM., Saeid, S. (2021)
Analytical model for arbitrarily configured neighboring shallow geothermal installations in the presence of groundwater flow.
Geothermics 93, 102063. Open Access

Al-Khoury, R., BniLam, N., Arzanfudi, MM., Saeid, S. (2020)
A spectral model for a moving cylindrical heat source in a conductive-convective domain.
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 163, 120517. Open Access

Arzanfudi, MM., Al-Khoury, R., Sluys, L.J., Schreppers, G.M.A. (2020)
A thermo-hydro-mechanical model for energy piles under cyclic thermal loading.
Computers and Geotechnics 125, 103560

BniLam, N., Al-Khoury, R. (2020)
Analysis of short-to-long term heat flow in GSHP systems based on heat pump power.
Applied Thermal Engineering 173, 114561

BniLam, N., Al-Khoury, R. (2020)
Parameter identification algorithm for ground source heat pump systems.
Applied Energy 264, 114712

Arzanfudi, M.M., Al-Khoury, R. (2018)
Freezing-thawing of porous media: An extended finite element approach for soil freezing and thawing.
Advances in Water Resources, Vol. 119, 210-226.

BniLam, N., Al-Khoury, R., Shiri, A., Sluys, L.J.  (2018)
A semi-analytical model for detailed 3D heat flow in shallow geothermal systems
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 123, 911-927.

Arzanfudi, M.M., Al-Khoury, R (2017)
Thermo-hydrodynamic-mechanical multiphase flow model for CO2 sequestration in fracturing porous media.
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, DOI: 10.1002/fld.4364

Al-Khoury, R., Focaccia, S. (2016)
A spectral model for transient heat flow in a double U-tube geothermal heat pump system.
Renewable Energy, Vol. 85, 195-205

2018: Chair of the Program Committee of the InterPore 10th Annual Meeting and Jubilee.

: Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, and Member of the Program Committee of the 9th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting.

Computational Modeling of Shallow Geothermal Systems.  CRC Press/Taylor & Frances, 2012.

Computational Models for CO2-Geosequestration & Compressed Air Energy Storage.  CRC Press/Taylor & Frances, 2014.

Rafid Al-Khoury

Senior Researcher

Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3Md)

Applied Mechanics

Computational Mechanics

Iris Nederhof-van Woggelum

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