Mohammad Pour-Ghaz

Associate Professor

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’s current research interests includes:

Durability of cementitious materials including: corrosion kinetics of steel in concrete, mass transport in concrete, fracture and damage mechanics of concrete, chemical degradation of cementitious materials

Understanding the microstructure and nanostructure of inorganic polymers

Electrical imaging of cementitious material

Simultaneous X-ray, neutron, and electrical imaging of materials

Large-area sensors (sensing skins)

Electromagnetic sensors and sensing techniques

Durability of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites


Ph.D. 2011

Civil Engineering

Purdue University

M.S. 2007

Civil Engineering

Carleton University

B.S. 2003

Civil Engineering

Tabriz University

Research Description

Dr. Pour-Ghaz studies the durability of reinforced concrete materials and structures, the long-term durability Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites for civil infrastructure, and electromagnetic sensors and sensing techniques. The overall goal of his research program is to contribute to the development of mechanistic service life prediction models that integrate measurement techniques (structural health monitoring and nondestructive testing) for model updating.


Detection and reconstruction of complex structural cracking patterns with electrical imaging
Smyl, D., Pour-Ghaz, M., & Seppanen, A. (2018), NDT & E INTERNATIONAL, 99, 123–133.
Imaging of two-dimensional unsaturated moisture flows in uncracked and cracked cement-based materials using electrical capacitance tomography
Voss, A., Hanninen, N., Pour-Ghaz, M., Vauhkonen, M., & Seppanen, A. (2018), Materials and Structures, 51(3).
Performance and damage evolution of plain and fibre-reinforced segmental concrete pipelines subjected to transverse permanent ground displacement
Pour-Ghaz, M., Wilson, J., Spragg, R., Nadukuru, S. S., Kim, J., O'Connor, S. M., … Weiss, J. (2018), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 14(2), 232–246.
Quantifying prestressing force loss due to corrosion from dynamic structural response
Rashetnia, R., Ghasemzadeh, F., Hallaji, M., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2018), JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, 433, 129–137.
What is the role of water in the geopolymerization of metakaolin?
Park, S., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2018), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 182, 360–370.
Can Electrical Resistance Tomography be used for imaging unsaturated moisture flow in cement-based materials with discrete cracks?
Smyl, D., Rashetnia, R., Seppanen, A., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2017), Cement and Concrete Research, 91, 61–72.
Can the dual-permeability model be used to simulate unsaturated moisture flow in damaged mortar and concrete?
Smyl, D., Ghasemzadeh, F., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2017), International Journal of Advances in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, 9(2), 54–66.
Detection and localization of changes in two-dimensional temperature distributions by electrical resistance tomography
Rashetnia, R., Hallaji, M., Smyl, D., Seppanen, A., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2017), Smart Materials & Structures, 26(11).
A functionally layered sensing skin for the detection of corrosive elements and cracking
Seppanen, A., Hallaji, M., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2017), Structural Health Monitoring, 16(2), 215–224.
Do mechanical and environmental loading have a synergistic effect on the degradation of pultruded glass fiber reinforced polymers?
Pour-Ghaz, M., Miller, B. L. H., Alla, O. K., & Rizkalla, S. (2016), Composites. Part B, Engineering, 106, 344–355.

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Field Evaluation of Hardening Methods for Subsurface Utilities and Drainage Pipes
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Fiber Reinforcement for Latex Modified Concrete Overlays
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Durability of Pipe Materials in Soils
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Development of Test Methods to Characterize Heat Production from Special Wastes Disposed in Landfills
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(9/01/18 - 8/30/20)
Use of Moisture-Induced Stress Test (MIST) to Determine Moisture Sensitivity of Asphalt Mixtures
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/16 - 7/31/19)
The effects of contaminated soil and groundwater on subsurface utilities, surface water and drainage
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/16 - 7/31/19)
Durability of the Grouted Shear Stud Connection at Low Temperatures
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(3/01/16 - 5/15/19)
Design of Waste Transfer Station Concrete Overlays against Premature Deterioration
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(9/15/15 - 8/14/18)
Evaluation of Alternative Binder Material to Reduce Sewer Collection system Infrastructure Maintenance and Enhance Sustainability
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/16 - 6/30/19)
The Use of Fiber Reinforcement in Latex Modified Concrete Overlay
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/15 - 12/31/16)