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Dr Mohammad Mehdi Kashani BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Structural Mechanics, Design and Earthquake Engineering

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I am an Associate Professor in Structural and Earthquake Engineering in Infrastructure Research Group within Engineering and Physical Sciences at University of Southampton. I am also a visiting/adjunct Lecturer in Earthquake Engineering within Earthquake and Geotechnical Research Group at University of Bristol.

The aim of our research is to help the nation’s infrastructures become sustainable, and resilient to short-term and long-term stressors, and provide services that are more reliable, affordable, accessible and usable to the whole population

Dr Kashani joined the University of Southampton within Engineering and Physical Sciences in January 2016. Prior to his current role he was a Lecturer at Bristol University Department of Civil Engineering from September 2013 to December 2016. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol in May 2014. Dr Kashani was a visiting scholar at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Washington in Seattle under the collaborating with Prof Laura Lowes in 2013. He holds an MSc in Structural Engineering from the University of Surrey in 2006 where he completed a thesis in probabilistic modelling of chloride induced corrosion of reinforced concrete structures. He earned his BSc(Hons) in Construction Engineering from the Shahid Rajaee University in Tehran in 2005.

Dr Kashani served the ICE Graduates and Students Committee in South Branch as a Vice-Chair in 2008. He was a committee member of the ICE Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED) from 2009 to 2011. He won the 2nd place for poster presentation at the IStructE Young Researchers' conference in 2010. He also won the first prize of the ICE Graduates and Students paper competition of the South branch in 2008.

Dr Kashani also has extensive experience in industry and worked on several iconic and multidisciplinary civil engineering projects. He was part of the structural engineering design team of the award winning London Olympic Cable Car (Emirates Arline) which won the Institution of Structural Engineers award for Infrastructure and Transportation Structures in 2013. He is currently an external specialised consultant/advisor for Jacobs Engineering in London in structural performance assessment and evaluation of ageing railway and highway bridges in the UK.

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Research interests

Main research interests are:

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Reinforced concrete structures
  • Finite element modelling
  • Experimental investigation of nonlinear behaviour of materials and structural components
  • Nonlinear dynamics and smart structural systems
  • Autonomous systems, digital construction, and robotics in smart monitoring of infrastructures.
  • Seismic and structural assessment of existing structures and bridges
  • Development of constitutive nonlinear material models for finite element analysis
  • Modelling deterioration of reinforced concrete structures in chloride laden environment
  • Modelling uncertainties in structural analysis using probabilistic techniques
  • Structural safety and seismic reliability analysis
  • Life cycle cost analysis and bridge management system
  • Structural health monitoring


PhD supervision

Current/Former PhD students:

Leena Tahir Kibriya (2016 – 2019)

Mr Xiao Ge (2015 – 2018)

Mr Ebrahim Afsar (2015 – 2018)

Dr Mohammad Reza Salami (completed in 2016)

Research group

Infrastructure Group

Affiliate research groups

Computational Engineering and Design, Rail Research

Research project(s)

EP/R039178/1: SPINE: Resilience-Based Design of Biologically Inspired Columns for Next-Generation Accelerated Bridge Construction

The new approach employs post-tensioned multiple rocking blocks with thin layers of composite materials in between within the bridge pier. As a result, the column will flex and elastically displace due to movement of the deck under static and dynamic loading (geometrically nonlinear) without damage, unlike conventional cast-in-place reinforced concrete columns. The post-tensioning cable provides self-centring mechanism in the column, which re-centres the bridge to its original position after any large lateral displacement; i.e. displacements are recoverable and resilient. The vertebrae will be constructed using segments of square tubes made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP), and filled with advanced fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC). A smart, polymer based, composite material will be developed and used for the intervertebral discs. The intervertebral discs will keep the vertebrae from rubbing against each other, enable the transfer of shear forces through friction, absorb the impact due to the rocking mechanism, and provide mechanical damping under dynamic loading.

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