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Phone: 919-515-2235 Email: mpourghaz@ncsu.eduOffice: 431C Mann Hall  MapWebsite: pour-ghaz.com

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Dr Mohammad Pour-Ghaz

Assistant Professor

Dr Pour-Ghaz is interested in durability of reinforced concrete structures, Health monitoring and service life prediction of concrete structures, Non-destructive testing and in-situ sensing, Flow and transport in fractured porous media, Sustainable materials for civil infrastructure

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Carleton University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tabriz University

Dr. Pour-Ghaz earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Tabriz University, Iran, in 2003. Before pursuing his MS in Civil Engineering, he practiced as a research engineer in the area of nondestructive testing of composites and concrete in a research and development company in Concord, Canada. After receiving his MS degree in 2007 from Carleton University, Canada, he attended Purdue University where he earned his PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in concrete materials in 2011. While at Purdue, he received the William L. Dolch award for outstanding research in material science and the Magoon award for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Pour-Ghaz studies the durability of reinforced concrete materials and structures with the goal of better understanding the deterioration mechanisms and distress factors affecting the concrete infrastructure. His studies aim at developing mechanistic models for accurate service life prediction of concrete infrastructure and developing test methods for fundamental material characterization. He has performed research on corrosion of steel in concrete, freeze-and-thaw, alkali silica reaction (ASR), salt ingress, and moisture transport in concrete with an emphasis on understanding the role of damage and fractures. He also studies the effect of value-added materials such as lightweight aggregate used for internal curing and shrinkage reducing admixtures on the long-term performance of concrete materials. Dr. Pour-Ghaz also currently investigates the use of electrical methods for damage tomography in concrete structures. His research in this area involves development of new electrical imaging techniques, development and application of sensing skins for concrete elements, and development of self-sensing concrete materials.

Recent Research Projects for Pour-Ghaz

  • Use of Moisture-Induced Stress Test (MIST) to Determine Moisture Sensitivity of Asphalt Mixtures — 08/01/16 - 07/31/18 Details
  • The Effects of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater on Subsurface Utilities, Surface Water and Drainage — 08/01/16 - 07/31/18 Details
  • Durability of the Grouted Shear Stud Connection at Low Temperatures — 03/01/16 - 05/15/19 Details
  • Design of Waste Transfer Station Concrete Overlays against Premature Deterioration — 09/15/15 - 08/14/17 Details
  • Evaluation of Alternative Binder Material to Reduce Sewer Collection system Infrastructure Maintenance and Enhance Sustainability — 03/01/16 - 02/28/18 Details
  • The Use of Fiber Reinforcement in Latex Modified Concrete Overlay — 08/01/15 - 12/31/16 Details
  • Large-Area Electrical Resistance Tomography Based Sensing Skin for Reinforced Concrete Structures — 08/16/15 - 08/15/16 Details
  • Data Fusion Approach for the Effective Inspection of Prestressed Concrete — 08/26/14 - 02/25/15 Details
  • EAGER: Submicron Fracture Toughness Measurements for Cement Paste Using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and Nanoindentation — 05/15/14 - 12/31/16 Details
  • Assessment of Deteriorated Cored Slabs Bridge No: 150035 and 150039 — 08/16/13 - 05/08/15 Details
  • Evaluation of Reinforcing Bars Coated with Magnesium Phosphate Ceramic, CICI Core Project 6 — 01/01/13 - 06/30/16 Details
  • Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure Membership (CICI), Full Member with special service privileges — 01/01/13 - 06/30/15 Details
  • Effectiveness of TSR Test in Evaluating Moisture Sensitivity of WMA Mixes — 08/16/13 - 06/30/16 Details
  • Understanding the Mechanism of Alkali Silica Reaction Mitigation Using Porous Lightweight Aggregate — 07/01/12 - 06/30/13 Details
  • Nondestructive Concrete Characterization Using the NLA Recon — 11/14/12 - 05/14/13 Details
  • Collaborative Research: Durability and Life Cycle Performance of Pultruded and Infused FRPs for Infrastructure — 07/01/12 - 06/30/15 Details

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  • CE 214 - 002Fall '16 Engineering Mechanics-Statics
  • CE 730 - 001Fall '16 Mechanics and Failure of Quasi-Brittle Materials

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