• Numerical modeling of unsaturated flow

    Assessing Moisture Movement in Cracked Concrete


  • Advanced EIT-Based Sensing Skin

    - Large-area EIT-based sensing skin applied to Concrete Beam to moniter damage evolution during loading


  • Wireless Sensing Skins

    - Wireless Crack Detection in Concrete Elements using Conductive Surface Sensors and Radio Frequency Indtification Technology


  • Frequency selective circuit (FSC)

    - Frequency selective circuit (FSC) used for monitoring the conductive thin film sensors


  • Health monitoring of buried concrete pipelines

    - Health monitoring of buried concrete pipelines using conductive surfaces at the NEES facility at Cornell


  • Assessment of damage

    - Assessment of damage in buried segmental concrete pipeline subjected to ground rupture NEES facility at Cornell


  • Novel EIT-Based Sensing Skin

    - Advanced Computational Methods are Developed for Damage Detection using Sensing Skins


  • Acoustic Emission

    - The use of Acoustic Emission for damage detection in Concrete Materials and Structures




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Welcome to the Materials and Sensor Development Laboratory (MSDL)! MSDL, at North Carolina State University, is an state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated to the development of new cementitious materials and composites as well as advanced sensors and imaging technologies.

We perform research in the following areas:

• Durability of cementitious materials

• Mathematical and computational modeling of processes involved in the deterioration of reinforced concrete materials including unsaturated moisture transport and kinetics of corrosion of steel in concrete

• Development of mechanistic test methods for characterizing basic cementitious materials

• Durability of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) materials

• Development of advanced large-area sensing skin sensors for material-scale structural health monitoring

• Development of advanced electromagnetic imaging techniques for monitoring cementitious materials; there imaging techniques include Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), Multi-frequency EIT (MFEIT), Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT)

• Development of advanced imaging techniques that are based on stress wave propagation for monitoring cementitious and FRP materials

• Development of advanced nondestructive test methods using Inverse Problems

• Development and application of meta-materials for civil infrastructure

Here is a picture of group members in 2012

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From the left: Reza Rashetnia, Milad Hallji, Mohammad Pour-Ghaz, Jonathan Holtvedt, Bryant Miller, Farnam Ghasemzadeh, Arienna Wilson-Muller, Danny Smyl, Armita Mohammadian, Mehrdad Nasiri.

Contact Information

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Mann Hall 431C, Box 7908, Raleigh, NC 27695-7908
Tel: (919) 515-2235
Email : mpourghaz@ncsu.edu