Xiang Rao

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral fellow



Numerical modeling of fractured reservoirs, including: (projection-based) embedded discrete fracture model, discrete fracture model, and meshfree discrete fracture model.

Study of reservoir numerical simulation methods, including: classical FV, meshless extended finite volume method, mimetic finite difference method, discontinuous Galerkin method, Green element method, and streamline-based method.

Selected Publications

1. A meshless numerical modeling method for fractured reservoirs based on extended finite volume method

X. Rao, H. Zhao, Y. Liu

SPE Journal, 27(06), 3525-3564. (2022)


2. A novel meshless method based on the virtual construction of node control domains for porous flow problems

X. Rao, H. Zhao, Y. Liu

Engineering with Computers, 1-41. (2023)


3. An upwind generalized finite difference method for meshless solution of two-phase porous flow equations

X. Rao, Y. Liu, H., Zhao

Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 137, 105-118. (2022)


4. A modified projection-based embedded discrete fracture model (pEDFM) for practical and accurate numerical simulation of fractured reservoir

X. Rao, L. Cheng, R. Cao, P. Jia, H. Liu, X. Du

Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 187, 106852, (2020)


5. A numerical modelling method of fractured reservoirs with embedded meshes and topological fracture projection configurations

X. Rao, Y. Liu

Comput Model Eng Sci131(1), 1-27. (2022)


Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), Beijing, China, 2020

B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), Beijing, China, 2016

Professional Profile

July, 2020- December, 2022: Assistant professor, Yangtze University, Wuhan, China

December, 2022- February, 2023: Associate professor, Yangtze University, Wuhan, China

Scientific and Professional Membership

Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)

KAUST Affiliations

Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)


Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Reservoir Numerical Simulation fractured reservoirs Numerical Method Meshless Method