Dr Mahdi Miri Disfani

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 206
  • Building: Engineering Block B
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Geotechnical Engineering (Soil Dynamics, Ground Improvement, Discrete Element Modelling)
  • Transportation Geotechnics

Biography

I graduated in 2003 from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran; Iran where later I got a Master of Science Degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 2006. I worked as a geotechnical engineer on design and testing of core and filter of embankment dams in Iran while doing my research on Internal Erosion of Embankment Dam Foundations.

In 2011; I graduated with a PhD in Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) where I was awarded the Vice Chancellor Scholarship for the duration of my studies. I worked as a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology from 2011 until February 2015. During these years I focused on research in field of pavement geotechnics, ground improvement and advanced soil and pavement testing. I developed an interest in Sustainable Geotechnics particularly in application of recycled material in geotechnical engineering applications.

As an Early Career Researcher I have an outstanding track record delivering research outcomes through my success in state government grants, industry grants, refereed publications, and awards.

Since 2011, I have been involved as a Chief Investigator in 9 research projects and I am the lead investigator and project leader in 7 of these projects. My research has led to significant end-user benefits along with benefits to the wider community in terms of knowledge development, field usage of research outputs and development of new specifications and guidelines towards using recycled waste materials in road work applications.

Recent publications

  1. Yaghoubi, E.; Disfani, MM.; Arulrajah, A.; Kodikara, J. Development of a Void Ratio-Moisture Ratio-Net Stress Framework for the Prediction of the Volumetric Behavior of Unsaturated Granular Materials. Soils and Foundations. Elsevier BV. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.sandf.2018.12.005
  2. Aditya, GR.; Narsilio, GA.; Johnston, IW.; Disfani, MM. Full-scale instrumented residential ground source heat pump systems in Melbourne, Australia. Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. Springer International Publishing. 2019, Issue 217729, pp. 185-191. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99670-7_24
  3. Yaghoubi, M.; Arulrajah, A.; Disfani, MM.; Horpibulsuk, S.; Darmawan, S.; Wang, J. Impact of field conditions on the strength development of a geopolymer stabilized marine clay. Applied Clay Science. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 167, pp. 33-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2018.10.005
  4. Ahmadi, M.; Mehdizadeh, A.; Khalili, V.; Disfani, MM. Impact of stress path on fine particles role in internally unstable soils. Scour and Erosion IX - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, ICSE 2018. Taylor and Francis. 2019, pp. 645-650. DOI: 10.1201/9780429020940
  5. Mehdizadeh, A.; Disfani, MM. Micro scale study of internal erosion using 3d x-ray tomography. Scour and Erosion IX - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, ICSE 2018. Taylor & Francis Group. 2019, pp. 19-26.
  6. Mohammadinia, A.; Arulrajah, A.; Disfani, MM.; Darmawan, S. Small-Strain Behavior of Cement-Stabilized Recycled Concrete Aggregate in Pavement Base Layers. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2019, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 04019044-04019044. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002671
  7. Al-taie, A.; Disfani, M.; Evans, R.; Arulrajah, A.; Horpibulsuk, S. Volumetric behavior and soil water characteristic curve of untreated and lime-stabilized reactive clay. International Journal of Geomechanics. 2019, Vol. 19, Issue 2.
  8. Lam, NTK.; Yong, ACY.; Lam, C.; Kwan, JSH.; Perera, JS.; Disfani, MM.; Gad, E. Displacement-Based Approach for the Assessment of Overturning Stability of Rectangular Rigid Barriers Subjected to Point Impact. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001383
  9. Yaghoubi, M.; Arulrajah, A.; Disfani, MM.; Horpibulsuk, S.; Bo, MW.; Darmawan, S. Effects of industrial by-product based geopolymers on the strength development of a soft soil. Soils and Foundations. JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOC. 2018, Vol. 58, Issue 3, pp. 716-728. DOI: 10.1016/j.sandf.2018.03.005
  10. Arulrajah, A.; Yaghoubi, M.; Disfani, MM.; Horpibulsuk, S.; Bo, MW.; Leong, M. Evaluation of fly ash- and slag-based geopolymers for the improvement of a soft marine clay by deep soil mixing. Soils and Foundations. JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOC. 2018, Vol. 58, Issue 6, pp. 1358-1370. DOI: 10.1016/j.sandf.2018.07.005
  11. Hemachandra, P.; Miri Disfani, M.; Mohammadinia, A.; Aye, L. Field test results on permeable pavements comprising tyre derived aggregates. . Engineers Australia. 2018, pp. 1-8.
  12. Yaghoubi, E.; Disfani, MM.; Arulrajah, A.; Kodikara, J. Impact of compaction method on mechanical characteristics of unbound granular recycled materials. Road Materials and Pavement Design. TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2018, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 912-934. DOI: 10.1080/14680629.2017.1283354
  13. Al-taie, A.; Disfani, M.; Evans, R.; Arulrajah, A.; Horpibulsuk, S. Impact of curing on behaviour of basaltic expansive clay. Road Materials and Pavement Design. Taylor & Francis. 2018, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 624-645. DOI: 10.1080/14680629.2016.1267660
  14. Mohammadinia, A.; Disfani, MM.; Narsilio, GA.; Aye, L. Mechanical behaviour and load bearing mechanism of high porosity permeable pavements utilizing recycled tire aggregates. Construction and Building Materials. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2018, Vol. 168, pp. 794-804. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.179
  15. Karunarathne, AMAN.; Fardipour, M.; Gad, EF.; Rajeev, P.; Disfani, MM.; Sivanerupan, S.; Wilson, JL. Modelling of Climate Induced Moisture Variations and Subsequent Ground Movements in Expansive Soils. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. SPRINGER. 2018, Vol. 36, Issue 4, pp. 2455-2477. DOI: 10.1007/s10706-018-0476-0
  16. Karunarathne, AMAN.; Fardipour, M.; Gad, EF.; Rajeev, P.; Disfani, MM.; Sivanerupan, S.; Wilson, JL. Modelling of Climate Induced Moisture Variations and Subsequent Ground Movements in Expansive Soils (vol 36, pg 2455, 2018). Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. SPRINGER. 2018, Vol. 36, Issue 4, pp. 2479-2479. DOI: 10.1007/s10706-018-0500-4
  17. Disfani, MM.; Mohammadinia, A.; Narsilio, GA.; Aye, L. Performance evaluation of semi-flexible permeable pavements under cyclic loads. International Journal of Pavement Engineering. Taylor & Francis (Routledge). 2018, pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/10298436.2018.1475666
  18. Mehdizadeh, A.; Miri Disfani, M.; Narsilio, GA.; Tsang, CF.; Evans, R.; Gad, E. Performance of a new driven battered micropiles system in sand. . Deep Foundations Institute. 2018.
  19. Disfani, M.; Evans, R.; Gad, E.; Mehdizadeh, A.; Jennings, W. PERFORMANCE OF BATTERED MINI DRIVEN PILE GROUP IN BASALTIC CLAYS: FIELD TESTING AND NUMERICAL MODELLING. Australian Geomechanics Journal. AUSTRALIAN GEOMECHANICS SOC. 2018, Vol. 53, Issue 2, pp. 77-87.
  20. Afshar, T.; Disfani, MM.; Narsilio, GA.; Arulrajah, A. Post-breakage changes in particle properties using synchrotron tomography. Powder Technology. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2018, Vol. 325, pp. 530-544. DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2017.11.039

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