Research Activities

            Research by the faculty is carried out in three distinct groups of Structural Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering, and Geotechnical and Highway Engineering.


 Structural Engineering

            The three major themes addressed by the research groups in our department are including: Applied Mechanics, Reinforced Concrete Technology and Numerical Methods.

            The group of applied mechanics is currently engaged with the following research:

 -   Free-vibration analysis of tanks containing more than one liquid

 -   Investigation of the elastic and plastic behavior of encased castellated I-beams

 -   Solution of triangular plates having variable thickness and different boundary conditions

-   Local, distortional, lateral and post buckling of curved beams, composite structures and                 moving plate

 -   Investigation of strength of masonry columns under axial loads.

The vast use of Reinforced Concrete (RC) structures all over the country and the need to revision of Iranian Concrete Code necessitate novel research works in prestigious universities of the country. On the other side, the essential changes in traditional concepts of Concrete Technology and emerge of new materials and admixtures in concrete mixes have created attractive fields of research all over the world. These are good reasons to attract the professors and the graduate students (Master and Ph.D.) of the Department of Civil Engineering to focus on the aforementioned subjects; both experimentally and theoretically. Some of the current research subjects being conducted in the structural and material laboratory of the department are as follows:

-   Ductility and moment redistribution in continuous RC beams and frames

-   Flexural, shear, and tortional strengthening of RC beams and frames with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP)

-   Debonding phenomenon in FRP strengthened RC members

-   Surface preparation and its effect on debonding of FRP composites from concrete beams

-   Novel substitute methods to surface preparation to postpone debonding of FRP sheets from concrete substrate

-   Mechanical and durability properties of High Strength Concrete (HSC) and High Performance Concrete (HPC)

-   Mechanical and physical properties of Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC)

-   Mechanical and rheological properties of Self Compacting Concrete (SCC)  

-   Novel procedures for mix design of HSC, SCC and FRC

Numerical simulation of engineering problems involving studies on mesh-based and mesh-less methods.  In the mash-based part, mainly focusing on finite element method, the studies are performed on error estimation and adaptivity, continua with incompressibility behavior, topology optimization of structures, discrete Green’s functions and wave propagation in domains with periodic material properties (with application to problems with multi-scale features).  In the mesh-less part, the studies are conducted on the Finite Point Method as well as a new boundary collocation method using fundamental exponential bases.


Water and Environmental Engineering

The research areas of academic members in Water and Environmental Engineering are including:

  -     Water resources planning and management under uncertainty

  • Application of fuzzy sets theory in water resources management
  • Water resources management in arid and semiarid regions
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Groundwater contaminant transport modeling
  •  Hydraulic structures
  • Environmental hydraulics
  • Coastal engineering and research
  • River engineering and sediment mechanics
  • Experimental modeling of hydraulic structures and water conveyance systems
  • Natural systems for wastewater treatment
  • Degradation and fate of pollutants in the environment
  • Water quality engineering in aquatic ecosystems
  • Application of agricultural, mineral and industrial solid waste as adsorbents of pollutants
  • Application of agricultural wastes to improve activated sludge settleability
  • Investigation of surface water and groundwater quality and pollution control


 Geotechnical and Highway Engineering

      Academic activities in Geotechnics, Soil Mechanics and Highway Engineering can be categorized in 3 subjects as:

  • Laboratory activities for research projects either for Postgraduate degrees or for field investigations related to the practical and civil projects outside the university.
  • Analytical researches regarding the subjects like: bearing capacity of foundation soils in problematic cases, numerical studies for soil behavior, tunneling in soft ground, reinforced earth, embankment dams, and marine geotechnics.
  • Co-operations with some national projects (both in R&D and in consulting sections) in road engineering, slope stability, application of new materials in civil engineering and in ground improvements


 Hydraulic Structures

  • The research areas of academic members in Hydraulic Structures Engineering are including:
  •  Optimal design of hydraulic structures
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Concrete and earth fill dams engineering
  • Hydraulic and structural aspects of water tunnels
  • Water conveyance structures
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Computational hydraulics
  • Dynamics of hydraulic structures
  • Experimental modeling of hydraulic structures
  • River engineering
  • Two-phase flows in hydraulic structures