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Research interests

  • Modelling of shallow compaction of fine-grained sediments in the deep-water basins.
  • Flow modelling and upscaling in presence of multi-scale heterogeneous sedimentary structures and mechanic deformational features (e.g. faults, fractures, sand injection) for reservoirs and seal characterisation.
  • Developing numerical methods for better simulation of coupled behaviours of fluid flow and mechanical deformation of geo-materials, for applications of well stimulation shale gas.
  • Multi-scale pore-space characterisation of porous materials.
  • Pore-scale lattice Boltzmann and pore network modelling of liquid and gas fluid flow in micro to nano pores for hydrocarbon recovery, including heavy oil and shale gas.
  • Applications of computational intelligence in geosciences, e.g. machine learning for well-log analysis.  

Jingsheng Ma’s research focuses on developing mathematical models and computational techniques for better addressing scientific and engineering problems concerning the petroleum industry and others. He has been involved in and has led several projects. His recent projects include:

  • Pore-Scale Study of Gas Flows in Ultra-tight Porous Media; EPSRC; 2015-2019; PI, with Prof Zhang at Strathclyde Univ.
  • Digital Core Analysis (DCA) for Challenging Oil/Gas Reservoir Rocks; Industry; 2014-2017; PI
  • Heavy Oil Recovery Techniques; Industry; 2013-2014; PI
  • Classification of Digital Rocks by Machine Learning to Discover Micro-to-Macro Relationships and Quantify Their Uncertainty, NERC, 2010 – 2011; PI


Jingsheng Ma received his BSc degree from Lanzhou University, China, in computational mathematics, MSc degree in computing from Beijing Institute of Computer and Simulation Technology in China, and PhD in Geographical Information System from Sheffield University, UK. He joined the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK, in 1997.

Roles & Responsibilities

Associate Professor in Multi-Physics Modelling in Porous Media

Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator

Member of the Senate

Member of the Senate Information Services Committee

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Research Output

Investigating the Influences of Pore-Scale Characteristics on Tight Oil Migration by a Two-Phase Pore Network Model

Zeng, J., Zhang, Y., Ma, J., Liu, C. & Cao, Z., 1 Aug 2020, In : Geofluids. 2020, 4890758.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Translated title of the contribution: The flow behavior of CH4 in nanopores of anthracite coal based on a non-ideal gas-flow simulationLiu, S., Sang, S., Ma, J., Wang, X., Fang, H., Wang, H. & Gao, D., 2020, In : Zhōngguó Kuàngyè Dàxué Xuébào. 49, 1, p. 36-43 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Anisotropic rock physics and AVO modelling for the Bowland shale

    Anderson, I., Ma, J., Wu, X. & Stow, D., 3 Jun 2019, 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2019. EAGE Publishing BV

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • A pore-scale mechanistic investigation of shale gas condensate at near saturation pressure on fluid flow in shale

    Pan, S., Ma, J., Zuo, J. Y. & Hamed, N., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Activities

    Fluid Flow Modelling in Multiscale Porous Media – Needs, Challenges and Solutions

    Jingsheng Ma (Speaker)

    7 Nov 20189 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Digital Rock Physics for Petro-physical Analysis of Reservoir Rocks: Challenges and Opportunities

    Jingsheng Ma (Speaker)

    8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

     9th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting

    Jingsheng Ma (Organiser)

    8 May 201711 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Pore-fracture network of high-rank coal based on the three-dimensional digitalization modeling

    shiqi liu (Speaker), Shuxun Sang (Contributor), Xin Wang (Contributor) & Jingsheng Ma (Contributor)

    9 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Pore-scale modelling of gas flow in porous media

    Minh-Tuan Ho (Speaker), Lei Wu (Contributor), Yonghao Zhang (Contributor) & Jingsheng Ma (Contributor)

    9 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation