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.


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.
Durability of CFRP strands used for prestressing of concrete structural members
Khalafalla, O., Pour-Ghaz, M., ElSafty, A., & Rizkalla, S. (2019), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 228.
Numerical simulation and experimental corroboration of galvanic corrosion of mild steel in synthetic concrete pore solution
Mohammadian, A., Rashetnia, R., Lucier, G., Seracino, R., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2019), CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES, 103, 263–278.
Three-dimensional electrical capacitance tomography - A tool for characterizing moisture transport properties of cement-based materials
Voss, A., Hosseini, P., Pour-Ghaz, M., Vauhkonen, M., & Seppanen, A. (2019), MATERIALS & DESIGN, 181.
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.

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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 - 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 - 9/01/21)
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)