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
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.
Website design and development by ITECS