Yaghoob Farnam

Civil Engineering Materials

   

Yaghoob Farnam

 

 

Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Materials Group,

School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Room CIVL G144, School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051, USA

Phone: +1-(765) 494-7999

Fax: +1-(765) 494-0395

Email: yfarnam@purdue.edu

Webpage: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~yfarnam

 

  • OVERVIEW
  • EDUCATION
  • RESEARCH AREAS
  • HONORS AND AWARDS
  • PUBLICATIONS

 

 

OVERVIEW:

 

Yaghoob Farnam is a PhD student at Purdue University. He earned his B.Sc. from K.N. Toosi University of Technology and his M.Sc. from University of Tehran. He joined Civil Engineering Materials Group at Purdue University in 2012. He has been involved in research on cement and concrete materials since he was an undergraduate student. As an undergraduate he achieved first and second place awards in the international ACI student competitions, and he was honored by the president of K.N.Toosi University and Iran Minister of Science for his research on high-performance concrete. After graduation, he became a MS graduate research assistant in the Construction Materials Institute at the University of Tehran, one of the leading research institutes in Iran in the field of concrete science. His research was involved in theoretical, analytical and experimental aspects of concrete technology. He earned the best thesis award from the College of Engineering for his research on ultra high performance concrete. After obtaining his MS degree, he joined concrete research group at Sherbrooke University in Canada, and he was awarded MELS Merit Research Scholarship from the Quebec Ministry of Education for his research program on fiber-reinforced self-consolidating concrete. Currently, Yaghoob is a PhD graduate research assistant at Purdue under the supervision of Professor Jason Weiss. He is working in the area of non-destructive testing, concrete freeze-thaw resistance theory and testing, and deicing salts attack on concrete. He has been a teaching assistant for a graduate level course: CE 530 - Properties, Production and Performance of Concrete. During his research on cement and concrete materials, he has been able to publish several scientific and technical documents dealing with concrete and cementitious materials. For the research that Yaghoob has performed in the field of cement and concrete, he has recieved the 2014 Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation’s J. P. Gleason Fellowship. He has been a student member of ASCE, ACI, and ACerS.

 

 

EDUCATION:

  

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering (In Progress)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. 

  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering (2008)

University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering (2005)

K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

 

RESEARCH AREAS:

 

  • Deterioration of Concrete Exposed to Deicing Salts
  • Freeze and Thaw Behavior of Concrete
  • Transport Properties of Concrete
  • Alkali-Silica Reaction in Concrete
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Self-Consolidating Concrete
  • High-Performance Concrete
  • Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

 

  • PCA Education Foundation’s J. P. Gleason Fellowship; Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation, Within USA and Canada, (2014). link

  • MELS Merit Research Scholarship; Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FQRNT), Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, Government of Quebec, Canada (2012). link

  • Institutional Scholarship (Twice); University of Sherbrooke, QC, Canada (2011)

  • Best Master’s Thesis Award; University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (2008).
  • Honored by Minister of Science, Research and Technology for Research on Concrete Technology, Iran Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Tehran, Iran (2004).
  • Honored by President of K.N. Toosi University of Technology for Research on Concrete Technology, Tehran, Iran (2004).
  • ACI Award Winner, 2nd Place in the international “ACI 2004 FRC Bowling Ball Competition”, International American Concrete Institute, (ACI) student competition, Washington, USA (2004). link
  • ACI Award Winner, 1st Place in the international “ACI 2003 concrete cube competition”, International American Concrete Institute (ACI) student competition, Boston, USA (2003). link
  • ICI Award Winner, 2nd Place in the ICI cube competition, Iranian Concrete Institute (ICI) student competition, Tehran, Iran (2003).
 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

Journal Papers:            

  • Y. Farnam, S. Dick, A. Wiese, J. Davis, D. Bentz, and J. Weiss (2014), The Influence of Calcium Chloride Deicing Salt on Phase Changes and Damage Development in Cementitious Materials, Submitted to the Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite (Under Review).
  • Y. Farnam, M.R. Geiker, D. Bentz, and J. Weiss (2014), Using Acoustic Emission Waveform Characterization to Ascertain Where Cracks Originate in Concrete, Submitted to the Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite (Under Review). 
  • C. Villani, Y. Farnam, T. Washington, J. Jain, and J. Weiss (2014), Performance of Conventional Portland Cement and Calcium Silicate Based Carbonated Cementitious Systems During Freezing and Thawing in the presence of Calcium Chloride Deicing Salts, Submitted to the Journal of the Transportation Research Record (Under Review).

  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Hampton, and J. Weiss (2014), Acoustic Emission and Low Temperature Calorimetry Study of Freeze and Thaw Behavior in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Sodium Chloride Salt, The Journal of the Transportation Research Record (In press).
  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Sakulich, D. Flynn, and J. Weiss (2014) , Measuring Freeze and Thaw Damage in Mortars Containing Deicing Salt Using a Low-Temperature Longitudinal Guarded Comparative Calorimeter and Acoustic Emission, Advances in Civil Engineering Materials (ASTM), Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014, pp. 316–337, doi:10.1520/ACEM20130095.
  • H. Gandomi, S.K. Babanajad, A.H. Alavi, and Y. Farnam (2012), A Novel Approach to Strength Modeling of Concrete under Triaxial Compression, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 2012, 24 (9), 1132-1143.
  • S.K. Babanejad, Y. Farnam, and M. Shekarchi (2012), Failure Criteria and Triaxial Behavior of HPFRC Containing High Reactivity Metakaolin and Silica Fume, Journal of Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier), Vol. 29, 215-229.
  • Y. Farnam, M. Moosavi, M. Shekarchi, S.K. Babanajad, and A. Bagherzadeh (2010), Behavior of Slurry Infiltrated Fiber Concrete (SIFCON) under Triaxial Compression, Journal of Cement and Concrete Research (Elsevier), Vol. 40 (11), 1571-1581.
  • Y. Farnam, S. Mohammadi, and M. Shekarchi (2010), Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Low Velocity Impact Behavior of High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Cement Based Composite, International Journal of Impact Engineering (Elsevier), Vol. 37 (2), 220-229.

Chapters in Book:            

  • Co-Author in: Code No. 446, Introduction to heavy construction machinery. Publisher: Bureau of Technical Execution, Vice Presidency for Strategic Planning and Supervision, Tehran (Iran), 2009,ISBN 978-964-179067-9 (in Farsi).

  • Co-Author in: Code No. 447, Site safety management. Publisher: Bureau of Technical Execution, Vice Presidency for Strategic Planning and Supervision, Tehran (Iran), 2009, ISBN 978-964-179070-9 (in Farsi).

Conference Papers/Presentations:            

  • L. Liston, M. Krafcik, Y. Farnam, B. Tao, K. Erk, and J. Weiss; Toward the Use of Phase Change Materials (PCM) in Concrete Pavements: Evaluation of Thermal Properties of PCM; in: 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference: Innovations in Airport Safety and Pavement Technologies, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Galloway (Oceanville), New Jersey, USA, 2014, pp. 1-13.
  • Y. Qian, Y. Farnam, J. Weiss, Using acoustic emission to quantify freeze-thaw damage of mortar saturated with NaCl solutions, In: 4th International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 2014, pp. 1-7.
  • A. Miller, R. Spragg, F. Antico, W. Ashraf, T. Barrett, A. Behnood, Y. Bu, Y. Chiu, B. Desta, Y. Farnam, H. Jeong, W. Jones, C. Lucero, D. Luo, F. Macobatti, C. Nickel, P. Panchmatia, K. Pin, S. Qiang, C. Qiao, H. Shagerdi, Q. Tian, R. Tokpotayeva, C. Vilani, A. Wiese, S. Woodard, and W. J. Weiss, “Determining the Moisture Content of Pre-Wetted Lightweight Aggregate: Assessing the Variability of the Paper Towel and Centrifuge Methods,In: 4th International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 2014, pp. 1–5.

  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Sakulich, D. Flynn, and J. Weiss; Evaluation of Freeze and Thaw Damage in Mortars Containing Deicing Salt Using A Low Temperature Guarded Comparative Longitudinal Calorimeter and Acoustic Emission; in: 4th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, July 8-10, 2013.
  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Sakulich, D. Flynn, and J. Weiss; Using Acoustic Emission to Quantify Damage in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Freezing and Thawing; in: AEWG 55th conference on acoustic emission, Anaheim/Los Angeles, CA, USA, June 11-13, 2013.
  • T. Rahmani, B. Kiani, F. Sami, B.N. Fard, Y. Farnam, M. Shekarchi, Durability of glass, polypropylene and steel fiber reinforced concrete, in: Proceedings of 12th International Conf. on Durability of Building Materials and Components, Porto (Portugal), Apr. 2011, Article No. T31.
  • Y. Farnam, A. Behrouzikhah, F.S. Sabet, S.M Jalili, M. Shekarchi, The effect of cement content on concrete durability with respect to environmental compatibility, in: Proceedings of 4th International Conf. on Construction Materials (ConMat'09), Nagoya (Japan), Aug. 2009, 289-294.
  • Y. Farnam, S. Mohammadi, A. Bagherzadeh, S.K. Babanejad, Numerical simulation of concrete beam under low velocity impact, in: Proceedings of 4th International Conf. on Construction Materials (ConMat'09), Nagoya (Japan), Aug. 2009, 185-190.
  • Y. Farnam, M. Shekarchi, M Mirdamadi, Experimental investigation of impact behaviour of high strength fiber reinforced concrete panels, in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete, Kassel (Germany), Mar. 2008, 751-758.
  • Y. Farnam, M. Mahoutian, S. Mohammadi, M. Shekarchi, Experimental and numerical studies of impact behavior of fiber lightweight aggregate concrete, in: Proceedings of ASCE & SEI 2008 Structures Conf., Vancouver (Canada), Apr. 2008, 1-10.
  • Y. Farnam, S. Mohammadi, M. Shekarchi M, Study of impact behavior of slurry-infiltrated fiber concrete, in: Proceedings of the 4th National Congress in Civil Engineering, Tehran (Iran), May 2008 (in Farsi).

 

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