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.


Assessment of Mitigation Measures against Benzene Breakthrough into Subsurface Concrete Pipe
Alhomair, S., Faeli, Z., Hosseini, P., Gabr, M., Pour-Ghaz, M., & Parker, C. (2021), JOURNAL OF PIPELINE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND PRACTICE.
Deep learning surrogate interacting Markov chain Monte Carlo based full wave inversion scheme for properties of materials quantification
Rashetnia, R., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2021), JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, 497.
Measurement of heat release during hydration and carbonation of ash disposed in landfills using an isothermal calorimeter
Narode, A., Pour-Ghaz, M., Ducoste, J. J., & Barlaz, M. A. (2021), WASTE MANAGEMENT, 124, 348–355.
Nonplanar sensing skins for structural health monitoring based on electrical resistance tomography
Jauhiainen, J., Pour-Ghaz, M., Valkonen, T., & Seppanen, A. (2021), COMPUTER-AIDED CIVIL AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING.
Abrasion Resistance of Concrete Exposed to Organic Acids
Park, S., Castellano, L., Barlaz, M. A., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, 32(8).
Degradation Model for the Tensile Strength of PVC and Rubber Gasket Materials Exposed to Benzene and PCE-Saturated Aqueous Solutions
Hosseini, P., Alhomair, S., Faeli, Z., Pour-Ghaz, M., Gabr, M., Knappe, D., & Parker, C. (2020), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.
Quantifying moisture damage in asphalt concrete using axisymmetric flexural vibration technique
Rashetnia, R., Kusam, A., Yadav, S., Pour-Ghaz, M., & Tayebali, A. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING.
Retrieval of the saturated hydraulic conductivity of cement-based materials using electrical capacitance tomography
Voss, A., Pour-Ghaz, M., Vauhkonen, M., & Seppanen, A. (2020), CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES, 112.
The Effect of Gas Solubility on the Secondary Sorption in a Portland Cement Mortar Observed by X-ray CT
Dalton, L. E., Jarvis, K., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2020), TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA.
Another Look at the Abrasion Resistance of Concrete
Park, S., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2019), ADVANCES IN CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS, 8(1), 423–434.

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Harkers Island Bridge Replacement: Material Characterization and Structural Performance
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 7/31/24)
Integration of Repair and Remediation Methods into Pipe Material Selection Approach
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 7/31/23)
Repair Strategies for Waste Transfer Station Concrete Overlays
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(3/01/20 - 9/30/22)
Understanding the FOG deposit adhesion mechanism on different sewer line surfaces
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/20 - 12/31/21)
Field Evaluation of Hardening Methods for Subsurface Utilities and Drainage Pipes
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Fiber Reinforcement for Latex Modified Concrete Overlays
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Durability of Pipe Materials in Soils
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Development of Test Methods to Characterize Heat Production from Special Wastes Disposed in Landfills
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(9/01/18 - 6/01/22)
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)