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Arghavan Louhghalam

Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Research and Background

To face the challenges such as climate change and spikes in greenhouse gas emissions, it is necessary to built frameworks for design and development of sustainable and resilient structural systems. Dr. Louhghalam's research integrates engineering mechanics, computational modeling, and novel techniques from stochastic analysis and data analytics, to investigate transportation infrastructures at both component and network level, and minimize their environmental impact. She develops frameworks that link structural and material scale characteristics to the network scale environmental impact. These methods are crucial for making sustainable design and maintenance decisions. Her research on quantitative engineering sustainability aims at development of mechanics-based, e.g., pavement-vehicle-interaction (PVI), models that quantify the carbon footprint of road transportation systems, and relate this footprint to the structural and surface characteristics of pavements, traffic and climatic conditions. The total GHG emission can be evaluated by integrating these models with Life Cycle Assessment tools. To devise fully integrated frameworks for sustainable development, the mechanistic models that we develop must be integrated with real world observations via data analytics. To achieve this goal, we use data available to different federal and state agencies such as the data base of Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Program of FHWA and other available data bases. She also studies the durability of transportation structures with the aim of reducing maintenance cost and environmental impact. Durability of civil infrastructures depends on the properties of construction material as well as the design characteristics. One focus of Dr. Louhghalam's research is to study the impact of environmental stressors and thermo-chemo-mechanical evolutions across multiple scales on fracture, damage and durability of pavements. Recently, in collaboration with MIT, Dr. Louhghalam started to study the propagation of vibration energy from high-speed trains into the ballast and to investigate how this results in ballast fracture.

Contact Info

Arghavan Louhghalam
alouhghalam@umassd.edu
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Textile 210, 285 Old Westport
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Research in Action

Education

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2010; M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007; M.Sc. in Earthquake Engineering, University of Tehran, 2002; B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology

Publications

A. Louhghalam, M. Akbarian and F.J. Ulm, Carbon Management of Infrastructure Performance: Integrated Big Data Analytics and Pavement-Vehicle-Interactions, Journal of Cleaner Production, Special issue on Improving natural resource management and human health to ensure sustainable societal development based upon insights gained from working within "Big Data Environments", Vol. 142, No 2, 489-1130, 2017.

A. Louhghalam and F.J. Ulm, Risk of Pavement Fracture due to Eigenstresses at Early Ages and Beyond, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 142, No 12, 2016.

A. Louhghalam, M. Tootkaboni and F.J. Ulm, Roughness-Induced Vehicle Energy Dissipation: Statistical Analysis and Scaling, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 141, No 11, 2015.

A. Louhghalam, M. Akbarian and F.J. Ulm, Roughness-Induced Pavement-Vehicle Interactions: Key Parameters and Impact on Vehicle Fuel Consumption, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2525, 62-70, 2015.

A. Louhghalam, M. Akbarian and F.J. Ulm, Flugge's Conjecture: Dissipation- vs. Deflection-Induced Pavement-Vehicle Interactions, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 14, No 8, 2014, Featured Article

E. Coleri, J.T. Harvey, I. Zaabar, A. Louhghalam and K. Chatti, Model Development, Field Section Characterization and Model Comparison for Excess Vehicle Fuel Use Due to Pavement Structural Response, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, accepted 2016

A. Louhghalam, M. Akbarian and F.J. Ulm, Scaling Relations of Dissipation-Induced Pavement -- Vehicle Interactions, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2457, 95-104, 2014.

A. Boushehrian, A. Louhghalam, L. Khazanovich and F.J. Ulm, Assessment of Pavement Deflection-Caused Fuel Consumption Via FWD Data, Transportation Research Board, 2016.

M. Akbarian, A. Louhghalam and F.J. Ulm, Mapping the Excess-Fuel Consumption due to Pavement Vehicle Interaction: a Case Study of Virginia's Interstate System, International Symposium on Pavement LCA, Davis, CA, October 2014.

A. Louhghalam, M. Akbarian and F.J. Ulm, Pavement Infrastructure's Footprint: The Impact of Concrete and Asphalt Pavement Properties on Vehicle Fuel Consumption. Proceedings of the Euro-C 2014 conference: Computational Modeling of Concrete and Concrete Structures, St. Anton, Austria, March 2014.

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