Dr Mohaddeseh Mousavi-Nezhad
Reader (Associate Professor) in Civil Engineering
Head of the Porous Material and Processes Modelling (PMPM) Research Group
Dr Mousavi Nezhad is Reader in Computational Mechanics and Data Science in the School of Engineering of the University of Warwick.
She received her PhD from the University of Exeter in 2010. Her doctoral research project was on stochastic modelling of transport process in heterogeneous porous media. After her PhD, she joined the computational mechanics group in the University of Glasgow as an associate research fellow for a project funded by EDF Energy, to investigate crack propagation in nuclear graphite under gas flow and thermal shocks.
She is member of Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling (WCPM) and leads PMPM research group. Her research focuses on modelling flow and transport in heterogeneous deformable porous materials.
- Mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials
- Laminar and turbulent flow in porous materials
- Reactive and non-reactive solute and heat transport processes
My research group studies the physics of heterogeneous materials, which are deformed by external hydro-mechanical stresses or thermal fluctuations. In heterogeneous systems, material structure and dynamics at the microscopic scales determine macroscopic physical properties. The research goal is to investigate and understand the relationship between microscopic scale structure and macro-scale properties. We develop efficient and robust theoretical and numerical algorithms through the integration of Computational Statistics and Data Science to reliably quantify and reduce uncertainty in predicting hydro-chemo-mechanical behaviour of a wide variety of heterogeneous materials that exhibit significant randomness. We also develop new purpose-built experimental systems to model complex and non-linear (micro- to macro-scale) behaviour of the materials and transport processes to generate data for verification of the computational algorithms.
Our research is highly multi-disciplinary and motivated by applications in integrity assessment of safety structures (e.g. nuclear energy and waste disposal systems, carbon capture and storage systems, flood embankments), environmental risk analysis (e.g., surface and groundwater quality assessment, reactive and non-reactive solute transport modelling, and river mixing modelling), geotechnics (e.g., injection of Geopolymer resin for ground improvement) and petroleum geomechanics (e.g., shale rock characterization and hydraulic fracturing modelling). Currently, we are collaborating with mathematicians, environmentalist, hydrologists and geotechnical engineers.