Prof. Avinoam Rabinovich

School of Mechanical Engineering
ביה"ס להנדסה מכנית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Avinoam Rabinovich
Phone: 03-6407176
Office: Wolfson - Engineering, 232

General Information

My research group and I study flow related to oil and natural gas reservoirs, groundwater, CO2 storage in saline aquifers and various other topics related to multiphase flow in porous media.

Some specific topics of interest include: Effective properties, upscaling for numerical flow simulations, core characterization, capillary heterogeneity effects and oscillatory flow.

Our research is mostly theoretical, however may include analysis of data from experiments. Numerical simulations and analytical solutions are commonly employed. We are interested in developing tools for engineers as well as understanding fundamental flow mechanics.



2003-2007: B.Sc., Magna Cum Laude, Mathematics, Tel Aviv University. B.Sc., Magna Cum Laude, Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University

2007-2009: M.Sc., Magna Cum Laude, Geophysics, Tel Aviv University. Title: "Vorticity inversion and action-at-a-distance in stably stratified shear flow instability". 

2010-2014: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University. Title: "Heat and mass flow in heterogeneous media - characterization and effective properties". 


Flow in petroleum reservoirs, reservoir/aquifer characterization, CO2 storage in subsurface formations, effective properties in porous media, oscillatory flow.


Journal Publications

 A. Rabinovich, O. M. Umurhan, N. Harnik, F. Lott and E. Heifetz, “Vorticity inversion and action-at-a-distance instability in stably stratified shear flow”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 670,  301-325, 2011

 A. Rabinovich, G. Dagan and T. Miloh, Heat conduction in a semi-infinite medium with a spherical inhomogeneity and time-periodic boundary temperature, International Journal of Heat and  Mass Transfer, vol. 55, pp. 618-628, 2012

A. Rabinovich, G. Dagan and T. Miloh, Underground heat conduction near a spherical inhomogeneity: theory and applications, Geophysical Journal International, vol. 189, pp. 1521–1535,  2012

 A. Rabinovich, G. Dagan and T. Miloh, Boundary effects on effective conductivity of random heterogeneous media with spherical inclusions, Physical Review E, vol. 86, 046601, 2012

A. Rabinovich, G. Dagan and T. Miloh, Dynamic effective properties of heterogeneous geological formations with spherical inclusions under periodic time variations, Geophysical Research             Letters, vol. 40, 1–6, 2013

 A. Rabinovich, G. Dagan and T. Miloh, Effective conductivity of heterogeneous aquifers in unsteady periodic flow, Advances in Water Resources, vol. 62, 317-326, 2013

 A. Rabinovich, A. Ya’akobovitz and S. Krylov, Fringing electrostatic field actuation of  micro-plates for open air environment sensing, Journal of  Vibration and Acoustics, vol. 136, 041013, 2014

 G. Dagan and A. Rabinovich, Oscillatory pumping wells in phreatic, compressible and homogeneous aquifers, Water Resources Research, vol. 50, 7058-7066, 2014

 A. Rabinovich, Heat conduction in a semi-infinite medium with time-periodic boundary temperature and a circular inhomogeneity, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, vol. 87, 146-157,  2015

 A. Rabinovich, K. Itthisawatpan and L.J. Durlofsky, Upscaling of CO2 injection into brine with capillary heterogeneity effects, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 134, 60-75, 2015

 A. Rabinovich, W. Barrash, M. Cardiff, D.L. Hochstetler, T. Bakhos, G. Dagan and P.K. Kitanidis, Frequency dependent hydraulic properties estimated from oscillatory pumping tests in an  unconfined aquifer, Journal of Hydrology, vol. 531, 2-16, 2015

 A. Rabinovich, B. Li, and L.J. Durlofsky, Analytical approximations for effective relative permeability in the capillary limit, Water Resources Research, vol. 52(10), 7645-7667, 2016

A. Rabinovich, Estimation of sub-core permeability statistical properties from coreflooding data, Advances in Water Resources, vol. 108, 113-124, 2017

A. Rabinovich, Analytical corrections to core relative permeability for low flow rate simulation, SPE Journal, SPE191127, 2018

Conference Publications

A. Rabinovich, Analytical corrections to core relative permeability for CO2 storage modeling, Carbon Management Technology Conference, July 17-20, Houston TX, USA, 2017

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