Photo of Mohammad Rayhani

Mohammad Rayhani

Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering

Degrees:B.Sc. (Tabriz), M.E.Sc. (TMU, Tehran), Ph.D. (Western Ontario), P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8890
Office:4206 Canal Building
Website:visit my research website

Prof. Rayhani’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignment 2019-2020

  • CIVE3208 Geotechnical Mechanics
  • ENVE4002/ENVE 5201 Environment Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIVE4918 Design Project
  • CIVE5500 Earth Retaining Structures

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • CIVE4208 Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIVE4301 Foundation Engineering
  • CIVE5501 Advanced Foundation Engineering

Research Interests

  • Advanced Foundation Systems: Developing/retrofitting innovative foundation solutions for both inland and offshore infrastructure including Hook piles (developed and patented), FRP piles, bollard piles and pile setup/freeze.
  • Soil and foundation improvement solutions for seismic resistant design: This program is focused on developing solutions to reduce the earthquake input motion and increase the resistance of foundations against earthquakes. A wide range of projects covering seismic site response, soil-structure interaction, and techniques to improve the capacity of pile foundations are performed.
  • Modern landfills for municipal solid waste: The focus of this stream is on long-term hydraulic performance of landfill liner systems landfill stabilization and settlement, leachate collection and treatment, and cover design. A Nano-technology based novel filter has recently been invented from this research
  • Geotechnical implications of climate change: Aims at developing prevention measures for climate change (e.g., developing biocovers for greenhouse gas reduction from landfills), and adaptation techniques from geoengineering perspective (e.g., develop/improve sustainable foundations in warming permafrost).

Recent Representative Publications

  1. Torabi, H., and Rayhani, M.T., (2017). Derivation of equivalent-linear pile head impedance functions using a hybrid method. Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering.
  2. Safari, E., Al-Suwaidi, G., and Rayhani, M.T. (2017): Performance of biocover in mitigating methane emission from municipal solid waste landfills in cold climates. ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, (DOI:
  3. Aldaeef, A., and Rayhani, M.T., (2017). Adfreeze strength and creep behavior of pile foundations in warming permafrost. Special Issue on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures (Analysis and Design of Deep Foundations), Springer, pp. 254-264.
  4. Torabi, H., and Rayhani, M.T., (2016). Comprehensive nonlinear seismic response of Leda clay in Ottawa Valley. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 15(1): 123-147.
  5. Giraldo, J., and Rayhani, M.T., (2016). Axial and lateral load transfer of fibre-reinforced polymer piles in soft clay. Int. Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Doi:10.1080/19386362.2016.1198109.
  6. Afriyie, G., Braimah, A., and Rayhani, M.T. (2016). Explosive effects on embankment dams. Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/19386362.2016.1262308.
  7. Aldaeef, A., and Rayhani, M.T., (2015). Hydraulic performance of compacted clay liners under simulated daily thermal cycles. Journal of Environmental Management. 162: 171-178.
  8. Torabi, H., and Rayhani, M.T., (2014). Three dimensional finite element modeling of seismic soil-foundation-structure interaction in soft clay. J. of Computers and Geotechnics, 60:9-19.
  9. Sarabadani, H., and Rayhani, M.T., (2014). GCL shrinkage under simulated daily thermal cycles. Journal of Waste Management Research, DOI: 10.1177/0734242X14529179.
  10. Rayhani, M. and El Naggar, M.H., (2012). Physical & numerical modelling of seismic soil-structure interaction in layered soils. Journal of Geotechnical & Geol. Eng., 30(2): 331-342.


  • 2016 Best Paper Award, GeoVancouver Conference, Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2008 (declined) NSERC Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at Canadian Government Laboratories
  • 2007 Novak Prestigious Award for Achievements in Research, University of Western Ontario
  • 2007  Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, University of Western Ontario
  • 2006  SOGS 125th Anniversary Award: University of Western Ontario
  • 2006  Graduate Teaching Assistant Award: University of Western Ontario

Research Team

Abdulghader Abdulrahman
Ph.D. (In Prog.) Performance of pile foundations in warming permafrost
Mohammadamin Hosseini
Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Manuel Sanchez Sardon
M.A.Sc. (In Prog.) Combined Evaporation and Freeze-Thaw Effects in Polymer Amended Mature Fine Tailings (co-supervised with Dr. P. Simms)
Hooman Torabi
Ph.D. (In Prog.) A hybrid approach for non-linear soil-structure analysis of pile-supported bridges
Ghanim Al-Suwaidi
Shanti Asrini Ratmono
M.Eng. (Project) (2016)
Ghazi Abou El Hosn
M.A.Sc. (2015) Enhancing shaft capacity of cast-in-place piles using a hook system
George M. Adom
M.A.Sc. (2015) Innovative foundations for bollards and barriers (co-supervised with Dr. A. Braimah)
Mohammadamin Hosseini
M.A.Sc. (2015)
Narges Karimi Tabar
M.A.Sc. (2015) Experimental and Numerical Simulation of Stress Distribution in Landfills (co-supervised with Dr. Paul Van Geel)
Abdulghader Abdulrahman
M.A.Sc. (2014) Hydraulic performance of compacted clay liners
George A. Afriyie
M.A.Sc. (2014) Explosive effects on embankment dams (co-supervised with Dr. Abass Braimah)
Juan David Giraldo Velez
M.A.Sc. (2013) Composite micropiles for seismic resistant design
Hamid Sarabadani
M.A.Sc. (2013) Hydration and Shrinkage of Geosynthetic Clay Liners under Simulated Conditions
Alireza Afshin
M.A.Sc. (2012) Time-Dependent Pile Capacity Gain in Soft Soils

Undergraduate Students

Mariam Yary
B.Eng. (2017) Shear Strength Behaviour of Leda Clay
Arden Barclay
B.Eng. (2012) Potential risks of heat exposure to GCL in a landfill
Mostafa Abdel-Razek
B.Eng. (2012) Desiccation cracking of CCL under simulated field conditions
Tahmineh Sarabian Tehrani
B.Eng. (2011) GCL hydration from clayey subsoil
John Samuel Kabanda
B.Eng. (2011) Time dependent pile-soil interface resistance
Robert Anderson
B.Eng. (2010) Factors affection GCL hydration from subsoil