Dr Moura Mehravar


Phone number: 0121 204 4432
Email: m.mehravar@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB226C

Moura Mehravar Aston University


Dr Mehravar joined the Aston University in February 2017 as a Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Loughborough University. 

Her main research interests lie in the field of numerical modelling applied to analysis and design of infrastructure, computational mechanics, geomechanics including poroelasticity, reservoir engineering and in particular carbon storage. She has worked on several research projects related to renewable energies infrastructure and particularly on innovative and novel solutions for foundations and structures of offshore wind turbines. She is also interested in sustainability and specially the use of recycled materials, such as rubber crumbs, in construction materials. She has published more than 20 research papers in prestigious journals and international conferences.

  • PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015
  • MSc in Civil Engineering (Hydraulic Structures), 2010
  • BSc (Eng), Civil Engineering, 2005
  • Lecture in Infrastructure Engineering, Aston University, 2017-current 
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Loughborough University, 2015-2017
  • PhD researcher and graduate teaching assistance, University of Greenwich, 2011-2015
  • Infrastructure Design Engineer, 2005-2008
  • Construction Materials, Research Skills 
  • Computational Geomechanics
  • Infrastructure modelling
  • Offshore Geotechnics (including offshore foundations)
  • Numerical modelling of geotechnical (multi-phase) and structural problems
  • Constitutive modelling of materials in particular geo-materials
  • Finite element analysis
  • Numerical modelling of hyper-visco-elastic materials
  • Application of artificial intelligence, genetic algorithm optimisation and data mining techniques in civil and mechanical engineering problems


I am always eager to support talented candidates who wish to study their PhD in one of the above areas of research. Please contact me to discuss funding and application process.   

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O., Faramarzi, A., Dirar, S (2017). “Soil conditions and piping criterion during suction caisson installation in layered strata”, (UKACM 2017), 11-13 April 2017, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. 

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O., Faramarzi, A. (2016).” Evaluation of undrained failure envelopes of skirted foundations under combined loading”, Applied Ocean Research, Volume 59, pages 129-137.

Mehravar, M., Fleming, P., Forrester, S (2016). “Mechanical characterisation and strain rate sensitivity of rubber shockpad in 3G artificial turf”, (CM16), 31 March- 01 April 2016, Cardiff University, Cardiff, pages 406-409.

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O., Faramarzi, A., Alani, A.M. (2015). “Modelling the variation of suction pressure during caisson installation in sand using FLAC3D”, Journal of Ships and Offshore Structures, pages 1-7.

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O. (2015). “Evaluation of Undrained Bearing Capacities of Skirted Foundations”, Conference on Computational Mechanics (CM15), 8-10 April 2015, Swansea University, Swansea, pages 81-84.

Harireche, O., Mehravar, M., Alani, A.M. (2014). “Soil condition and bounds to suction during the installation of caisson foundation in sand”, Ocean Engineering, Volume 88, pages 164-173. 

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O., Alani, A.M. (2014). “Modelling Suction Caisson Installation in Sand using FLAC3D”, 8th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (NUMGE 2014), Delft, Netherland, pages 1279-1281, 18-20 June 2014.

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O., Alani, A.M. (2014). “Effect of Permeability Variation with Depth on Soil Resistance to Caisson Penetration”, Conference on Computational Mechanics (CM14), 2-4 April 2014, University of Exeter, Exeter, pages 77-80.

Harireche, O., Mehravar, M., Alani, A.M. (2013). “Suction caisson installation in sand with isotropic permeability varying with depth”, Applied Ocean Research, Volume 43, pages 256–263. 

Mehravar, M., Harireche, O., Alani, A.M. (2013). “Modelling the Installation of Suction Caisson Foundation in Sand”, International Conference on Computational Mechanics (CM13), 25-27 March 2013, Durham, UK.

Javadi, A. A., Mehravar, M., Faramarzi, A., Ahangar-Asr, A. (2011).” An Artificial Intelligence Based Finite Element Method”, ISAST Transactions on Computers and Intelligent Systems, volume 1(2), pages 1-7.

Faramarzi, A., Mehravar, M., Veladi, H., Javadi, A. A., Ahangar-Asr, A. (2011). “A Hysteretic Model for Steel Plate Shear Walls”, Proceedings of the 19th ACME Conference, 5-6 April 2011, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 2011, pages 69-72.

Javadi, A. A., Faramarzi, A., Mehravar, M. and Ahangar-Asr, A. (2011) EPR-Based Finite Element Analysis of Soils Under Cyclic Loading, Proceedings of the 19th ACME Conference, 5-6 April 2011, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, pages 57-60.

Javadi, A. A., Faramarzi, A., Mehravar, M. and Ahangar-Asr, A. (2010). Optimising Microstructure of Auxetic Materials, Proceedings of the 8th Association for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in the UK (ASMO-UK)

Javadi, A. A., Faramarzi, A., Ahangar-Asr, A. and Mehravar, M. (2010), “Finite element analysis of three-dimensional shallow foundation using artificial intelligence based constitutive model”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, 30 June-2 July 2010, University of Nottingham, pages 421.

Javadi, A. A., Faramarzi, A., Ahangar-Asr, A., and Mehravar, M. (2010), “Intelligent Finite Element Method in Geotechnical Engineering”, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering (ACME-UK), 29-31 March 2010, University of Southampton, pages 89-92.