Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Civil/Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2015
  • MSc, Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, 2008
  • BSc, Civil Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, 2005

Research Areas

Research Interests

Advanced and sustainable infrastructure materials; Multifunctional, self-responsive, and bioinspired construction materials; Advanced multiscale manufacturing, characterization, and evaluation of construction materials; Durability of cement-based materials

Areas of Study

Academic Distinctions

  • Drexel University Faculty Summer Research Award, 2018
  • Drexel University Coop Office of the Provost Research Award, 2017
  • Purdue University College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award, 2015
  • Purdue University Civil Engineering Graduate Research Award, 2015
  • Portland Cement Association Education Foundation’s J. P. Gleason Fellowship, 2014
  • Purdue University William L. Dolch Scholarship, 2014
  • Quebec MELS Merit Research Fellowship (FQRNT), 2012
  • University of Sherbrooke Institutional Scholarship, 2011
  • University of Tehran Best Master’s Thesis Award, 2008
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Bowling Ball Student Competition 2nd Place Award, 2004
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Cube Student Competition 1st Place Award, 2003
  • Honors from the Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology, 2004
  • Honors from the President of K.N. Toosi University of Technology, 2004

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers: Submitted and Under Review

  • W. Zhao, M. Balapour, N.Y. Oo, E.J. Garboczi, S. Spatari, G. Hsuan, and Y. Farnam (Under Internal Review), Potential Use of Lightweight Aggregate (LWA) from Bottom Coal Ash for Internal Curing of Concrete System.
  • F. Althoey, and Y. Farnam (Under Internal Review), The Effect of Supplementary Cementitious Materials in Mitigating Damage in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Sodium Chloride.
  • M. Ksara, R. Newkirk, S.K. Langroodi, F. Althoey, C. Sales, C. Schauer, and Y. Farnam (Under Review) Microbial Damage Mitigation Strategy in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Calcium Chloride Deicing Salts, Submitted to Cement and Concrete Research Journal, Elsevier.

Published in 2018

  • Y. Shields, E. Garboczi, J. Weiss, and Y. Farnam (2018), Freeze-Thaw Crack Determination in Cementitious Materials Using 3D X-ray Computed Tomography and Acoustic Emission, Cement and Concrete Composite Journal, Elsevier, Volume 89, pp. 120–129, doi: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2018.03.004
  • F. Althoey, B. Wisner, A. Kontsos, and Y. Farnam (2018), Cementitious Materials Exposed to High Concentration of Sodium Chloride Solution: Formation of A Deleterious Chemical Phase Change, Construction and Building Materials Journal, Elsevier, Volume 167, pp. 543–552, doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.066
  • L. Nguyen, A.J. Moseson, Y. Farnam, and S. Spatari, (2018), Effects of Composition and Transportation Logistics on Environmental, Energy and Cost Metrics for the Production of Alternative Cementitious Binders, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier, Volume 185, 1, pp. 628-645, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.247
  • P. Billen, M. Mazzotti, L. Pandelaers, N. Oo, W. Zhao, Z. Liu, J. Redus, I. Diaz, I. Bartoli, Y. Farnam, S. Spatari, Y. Hsuan (2018), Melt ceramics from coal ash: constitutive product design using thermal and flow properties, Resources, Conservation & Recycling Journal, Elsevier, Volume 132, pp. 168–177, doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.01.035
  • H.S. Esmaeeli, Y. Farnam, J.E. Haddock, P.D. Zavattieri, J. Weiss (2018), Numerical Analysis of the Freeze-Thaw Performance of Cementitious Composites that Contain Phase Change Material (PCM), Materials and Design Journal, Elsevier, Volume 145, pp. 74-87, doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.02.056.

Published in 2017

  • Y. Farnam, H.S. Esmaeeli, P.D. Zavattieri, J. Haddock, J. Weiss (2017), Incorporating phase change materials in concrete pavement to melt snow and ice, Cement and Concrete Composite, Elsevier, 84, pp. 134–145, doi:10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2017.09.002
  • Y. Farnam, B. Zhang, and J. Weiss (2017), Evaluating the Use of Supplementary Cementitious Materials to Mitigate Damage in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Calcium Chloride Deicing Salt, Cement and Concrete Composite Journal, Elsevier, doi: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2017.05.003
  •  P. Suraneni, J. Monical, E. Unal, Y. Farnam, and J. Weiss (2017), Calcium Oxychloride Formation Potential in Cementitious Pastes Exposed to Blends of Deicing Salt, ACI Materials Journal, American Concrete Institute, doi: 10.14359/51689607
  • H.S. Esmaeeli, Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, P.D. Zavattieri, and J. Weiss (2017), Numerical Simulation of the Freeze-Thaw Behavior of Mortar Containing Deicing Salt Solution, Journal of Materials and Structures, Springer, Volume 50 (96), pp. 1-20, doi: 10.1617/s11527-016-0964-8.

Published in 2016

  • R. Ghantous, Y. Farnam, E. Unal, and J. Weiss (2016), The Influence of Carbonation on the Formation of Calcium Oxychloride, Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite, Elsevier, Volume 73, pp. 185-191, doi: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2016.07.016
  • Monical, E. Unal, T. Barrett, Y. Farnam, and W. Weiss (2016), Reducing Joint Damage in Concrete Pavements, Quantifying Calcium Oxychloride Formation, Journal of Transportation Research Record, TRB, Volume 2577, doi: 10.3141/2577-03
  • Y. Farnam, C. Villani, T. Washington, M. Spence, J. Jain, and J. Weiss (2016), Performance of Carbonated Calcium Silicate based Cement Pastes and Mortars Exposed to NaCl and MgCl2 Deicing Salt, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 111, pp. 63-71, doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2016.02.098
  • Monical, C. Villani, Y. Farnam, E. Unal, and W. Weiss (2016), Using Low-Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry to Quantify Calcium Oxychloride Formation for Cementitious Materials in the Presence of CaCl2, Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, ASTM, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1–15, doi: 10.1520/ACEM20150024
  • L. Liston, Y. Farnam, M. Krafcik, J. Weiss, K. Erk, and B. Y. Tao (2016), Binary Mixtures of Fatty Acid Methyl Esters as Phase Change Materials for Low Temperature Applications, Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 96, pp. 501-507, doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.11.007
  • Y. Farnam, M. Krafcik, L. Liston, T. Washington, K. Erk, B. Tao, and J. Weiss (2016), Evaluating the Use of Phase Change Materials in Concrete Pavement to Melt Ice and Snow, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 28(4), pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001439.

Published in 2015

  • Y. Farnam, S. Dick, A. Wiese, J. Davis, D. Bentz, and J. Weiss (2015), The Influence of Calcium Chloride Deicing Salt on Phase Changes and Damage Development in Cementitious Materials, Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite, Elsevier, Vol. 64, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2015.09.006
  • C. Villani, Y. Farnam, T. Washington, J. Jain, and J. Weiss (2015), Conventional Portland Cement and Carbonated Calcium Silicate–Based Cement Systems: Performance During Freezing and Thawing in Presence of Calcium Chloride Deicing Salts, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2508, pp. 48-54. doi: 10.3141/2508-06
  • Y. Farnam, M.R. Geiker, D. Bentz, and J. Weiss (2015), Acoustic Emission Waveform Characterization of Crack Origin and Mode in Fractured and ASR Damaged Concrete, Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite, Elsevier, Vol. 59, pp. 135-145, doi:10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2015.04.008
  • Y. Farnam, H. Todak, R. Spragg, and J. Weiss (2015), Electrical Response of Mortar with Different Degrees of Saturation and Deicing Salt Solutions during Freezing and Thawing, Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite, Elsevier, Vol. 59, pp. 49-59, doi:10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2015.03.003
  • Y. Farnam, A. Wiese, D. Bentz, J. Davis, and J. Weiss (2015), Damage Development in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Magnesium Chloride Deicing Salt, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 93, pp. 384-392, doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.06.004
  • Y. Farnam, T. Washington, and J. Weiss (2015), The Influence of Calcium Chloride Salt Solution on the Transport Properties of Cementitious Materials, Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering, Hindawi, Vol. 2015, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1155/2015/929864.

Published in 2014

  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Sakulich, D. Flynn, and J. Weiss (2014), Measuring Freeze and Thaw Damage in Mortars Containing Deicing Salt Using a Low-Temperature Longitudinal Guarded Comparative Calorimeter and Acoustic Emission, Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, ASTM, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014, pp. 316–337, doi:10.1520/ACEM20130095
  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Hampton, and J. Weiss (2014), Acoustic Emission and Low-Temperature Calorimetry Study of Freeze and Thaw Behavior in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Sodium Chloride Salt, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2441, pp. 81-90, doi: 10.3141/2441-11.

Published before 2014

  • H. Gandomi, S.K. Babanajad, A.H. Alavi, and Y. Farnam (2012), A Novel Approach to Strength Modeling of Concrete under Triaxial Compression, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 2012, Vol. 24, No. 9, pp. 1132-1143, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000494
  • S.K. Babanejad, Y. Farnam, and M. Shekarchi (2012), Failure Criteria and Triaxial Behavior of HPFRC Containing High Reactivity Metakaolin and Silica Fume, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 29, pp. 215-229, doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.08.094
  • Y. Farnam, M. Moosavi, M. Shekarchi, S.K. Babanajad, and A. Bagherzadeh (2010), Behavior of Slurry Infiltrated Fiber Concrete (SIFCON) under Triaxial Compression, Journal of Cement and Concrete Research, Elsevier, Vol. 40, Issue 11, pp. 1571-1581, doi:10.1016/j.cemconres.2010.06.009
  • Y. Farnam, S. Mohammadi, and M. Shekarchi (2010), Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Low Velocity Impact Behavior of High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Cement Based Composite, International Journal of Impact Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 220-229, doi:10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2009.08.006.

Book Chapters and Technical Reports

  • P. Suraneni, J. Monical, E. Unal, Y. Farnam, C. Villani, T.J. Barrett, W.J. Weiss (2016), Performance of Concrete Pavement in the Presence of Deicing Salts and Deicing Salt Cocktails (p. 13), Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University, SPR 3864, FHWA/IN/JTRP-2016/25, doi: 10.5703/1288284316350.
  • A. Wiese, Y. Farnam, W. Jones, P. Imbrock, B. Tao, and J. Weiss (2015), Evaluation of Sealers and Water proofers for Extending the Life Cycle of Concrete (p. 35), Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University, SPR 3523, doi: 10.5703/1288284316002.
  • D. Harris, Y. Farnam, R. Spragg, P. Imborck, and J. Weiss (2015), Early Detection of Joint Distress in Portland Cement Concrete Pavements (p. 39), Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University, SPR 3623, doi: 10.5703/1288284315531.
  • J. Olek, T. Kim, M. Pour-Ghaz, Y. Farnam, Y.C. Chiu, C. Balachandran, J. Weiss, N. Whiting, and T. West (2014), Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) Mechanisms and Detection: An Advanced Understanding (p. 243). Federal Highway Administration, FHWA-HRT-14-078.
  • W. Jones, Y. Farnam, P. Imbrock, J. Sprio, C. Villani, J Olek, and J Weiss (2013), An Overview of Joint Deterioration in Concrete Pavement: Mechanisms, Solution Properties, and Sealers (p. 58), Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University, doi: 10.5703/1288284315339.
  • Co-Author in Code No. 446; Introduction to Heavy Construction Machinery; Editors: E. Forsatkar, M. Parchami, and Y. Forouzanfar; Office of deputy for strategic supervision; Bureau of Technical Execution System; 2009; ISBN 978-964-179-067-9 (In Farsi).
  • Co-Author in Code No. 447; Site Safety Management; Office of deputy for strategic supervision; Editors: E. Forsatkar, M. Parchami, and Y. Forouzanfar; Bureau of Technical Execution System; 2009; ISBN 978-964-179-070-9 (In Farsi).

Conference Papers and Presentations

(* Indicates Presenting Author)

  • M. Ksara*, R. Newkirk, S.K. Langroodi, F. Althoey, C. Sales, C. Schauer, Y. Farnam (2018) Can Microbes Be Used to Mitigate Damage in Concrete due to Calcium Oxychloride Formation? in: National Collegiate Research Conference, NCRC 2018, January 18-20, 2018, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • F. Althoey, Y. Farnam* (2017), An Advanced Understanding of the Source of the Chemical Damage in Concrete Pavement Exposed to Sodium Chloride Deicing Salt, in: 11th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference, Rebuilding and Retrofitting the Transportation Infrastructure, September 26-27, 2017, Washington, DC
  • P. Suraneni, C. Qiao, V. Azad, Y. Farnam, J. Monical, E. Unal, C. Villani, B. Isgor, and J. Weiss* (2017), A review of recent work on deicing salt damage to concrete pavements and its mitigation. International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials and Systems 2017, Chennai, India, 3 - 8 September 2017, pp 1-15
  • Y. Farnam*, H. Shagerdi, P. Zavattieri, J. Haddock, and J. Weiss (2017), Concrete Pavement Containing Phase Change Materials to Melt Snow and Ice, in: International Conference on Highway Pavement and Airfield Technology, Philadelphia, PA, August 27-30.
  • M. Ksara, S.K. Langroodi, E. Mayerberger, F. Althoey, C.M. Sales, C. Schauer, and Y. Farnam* (2017), Evaluating the Potential Use of Alginate to Enable Microbial Self- Healing in Concrete. 6th Int. Conf. Self-Healing Mater., Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 25-28, pp 1–5.
  • Y. Farnam*, H.S. Esmaeeli, P.D. Zavattieri, J. Haddock, and J. Weiss; Incorporating Phase Change Materials in Concrete Pavement to Melt Ice and Snow (2016); in: ACI Fall 2016 Convention, Philadelphia, PA, October 19-27
  • Y. Farnam*, J. Monical, E. Unal, and W. J. Weiss; Development of a Low-Temperature Calorimetry Method to Quantify the Potential of Calcium Oxychloride Formation in Cementitious Materials; in: 7th Advances in Cement-Based Materials (Cements 2016), Northwestern University, Evanston (IL), July 10-13, 2016.
  • H. S. Esmaeeli*, Y. Farnam, P. D. Zavattieri, J. Weiss; Numerical Simulation of Freeze-Thaw Behavior of Cementitious Systems Containing Phase Change Materials; in: 7th Advances in Cement-Based Materials (Cements 2016), Northwestern University, Evanston (IL), July 10-13, 2016.
  • H. S. Esmaeeli, Y. Farnam, D. P. Bentz, P. D. Zavattieri and J. Weiss*; The Influence of Pore Size and Freezing Rate on Ice Formation in Concrete; in: 2016 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete and North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, Washington (DC), May 15-18, 2016
  • J. Weiss*, Y. Farnam, and J. Jain; Performance of Carbonated Calcium Silicate Concrete Exposed to NaCl, CaCl2, and MgCl2 Deicing Salt; in: 2016 ACI Spring Convention, Milwaukee (MI), April 2016
  • J. Monical, E. Unal, T. Barrett, Y. Farnam*, and W. Weiss; Reducing Joint Damage in Concrete Pavements: Quantifying Calcium Oxychloride Formation for Concrete Made Using Portland Cement, Portland Limestone Cement, Supplementary Cementitious Materials, and Sealers; in: Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, Washington (DC), January 2016
  • Y. Farnam, H.S. Esmaeeli, D. Bentz, P. Zavattieri, and J. Weiss*; Experimental and Numerical Investigation on the Effect of Cooling/Heating Rate on the Freeze-Thaw Behavior of Mortar Containing Deicing Salt Solution; in: International Conference on the Regeneration and Conservation of Concrete Structures (RCCS), Nagasaki (Japan), June 2015, pp. 1-12.
  • Y. Farnam*, D. Bentz, and J. Weiss; The Influence of Deicing Salts on Damage Development and Phase Changes in Concrete, 2015 PEGASAS Annual Meeting, Federal Aviation Administration, West Lafayette (IN), May 2015
  • Y. Farnam*, H. Todak, R. Spragg, and J. Weiss; Using Acoustic Emission and Electrical Resistivity to Assess Freeze-Thaw Damage in Concrete; in: AEWG 57th Conference on Acoustic Emission, Chicago (IL), May 2015
  • Y. Farnam and J. Weiss*; A New Look at an Old Problem: Reexamining the Saltwater Phase Diagrams to Better Describe Concrete Durability; in: 2015 ACI Spring Convention, Kansas City (MO), April 2015
  • C. Villani, Y. Farnam, T. Washington, J. Jain, and J. Weiss*; Performance of Conventional Portland Cement and Calcium Silicate Based Carbonated Cementitious Systems During Freezing and Thawing in the presence of Calcium Chloride Deicing Salts; in: Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington (DC), January 2015, pp. 1–16
  • Y. Farnam* and J. Weiss; Service-Life and Freeze-Thaw Deterioration: What Classic Phase Diagrams Tell us and Where They Fall Short for Cements; in: Anna Maria Workshop XV: Durability and Service-Life Prediction, Anna Maria (FL), November 2014.
  • M. Krafcik*, Y. Farnam, L. Liston, J. Weiss, B. Tao, and K. Erk; Phase Change Materials for Use in Self-heating Concrete to Prevent the Buildup of Ice and Snow on Pavement Surfaces; in: Materials Science & Technology 2014: Nanotechnology for Energy, Environment, Electronics, and Industry, Pittsburgh (PA), October 2014
  • L. Liston, M. Krafcik, Y. Farnam*, B. Tao, K. Erk, and J. Weiss; Toward the Use of Phase Change Materials (PCM) in Concrete Pavements: Evaluation of Thermal Properties of PCM; in: 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference: Innovations in Airport Safety and Pavement Technologies, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Galloway (Oceanville), New Jersey, USA, August 2014, pp. 1-13.
  • Y. Qian, Y. Farnam*, J. Weiss; Using Acoustic Emission to Quantify Freeze-Thaw Damage of Mortar Saturated with NaCl Solutions, In: 4th International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, July 2014, pp. 1-7
  • A. Miller*, R. Spragg, F. Antico, W. Ashraf, T. Barrett, A. Behnood, Y. Bu, Y. Chiu, B. Desta, Y. Farnam, H. Jeong, W. Jones, C. Lucero, D. Luo, F. Macobatti, C. Nickel, P. Panchmatia, K. Pin, S. Qiang, C. Qiao, H. Shagerdi, Q. Tian, R. Tokpotayeva, C. Vilani, A. Wiese, S. Woodard, and W. J. Weiss, “Determining the Moisture Content of Pre-Wetted Lightweight Aggregate: Assessing the Variability of the Paper Towel and Centrifuge Methods, In: 4th International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, July 2014, pp. 1–5
  • Y. Farnam, D. Bentz, A. Hampton, and J. Weiss*; Acoustic Emission and Low Temperature Calorimetry Study of Freeze and Thaw Behavior in Cementitious Materials Exposed to NaCl Salt; in: Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, January 2014, pp. 1–19.
  • Y. Farnam*, D. Bentz, A. Sakulich, D. Flynn, and J. Weiss; Evaluation of Freeze and Thaw Damage in Mortars Containing Deicing Salt Using A Low Temperature Guarded Comparative Longitudinal Calorimeter and Acoustic Emission; in: 4th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, July 8-10, 2013
  • Y. Farnam*, D. Bentz, A. Sakulich, D. Flynn, and J. Weiss; Using Acoustic Emission to Quantify Damage in Cementitious Materials Exposed to Freezing and Thawing; in: AEWG 55th conference on acoustic emission, Anaheim/Los Angeles, CA, USA, June 11-13, 2013
  • T. Rahmani*, B. Kiani, F. Sami, B.N. Fard, Y. Farnam, M. Shekarchi, Durability of glass, polypropylene and steel fiber reinforced concrete, in: Proceedings of 12th International Conf. on Durability of Building Materials and Components, Porto (Portugal), April 2011, Article No. T31, pp. 1-8
  • Y. Farnam*, A. Behrouzikhah, F.S. Sabet, S.M Jalili, M. Shekarchi, The effect of cement content on concrete durability with respect to environmental compatibility, in: Proceedings of 4th International Conf. on Construction Materials (ConMat'09), Nagoya (Japan), August 2009, pp. 289-294
  • Y. Farnam*, S. Mohammadi, A. Bagherzadeh, S.K. Babanejad, Numerical simulation of concrete beam under low velocity impact, in: Proceedings of 4th International Conf. on Construction Materials (ConMat'09), Nagoya (Japan), August 2009, pp. 185-190
  • Y. Farnam*, M. Shekarchi, A. Mirdamadi, Experimental investigation of impact behaviour of high strength fiber reinforced concrete panels, in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete, Kassel (Germany), March 2008, pp. 751-758
  • Y. Farnam, M. Mahoutian, S. Mohammadi, M. Shekarchi*, Experimental and numerical studies of impact behavior of fiber lightweight aggregate concrete, in: Proceedings of ASCE & SEI 2008 Structures Conf., Vancouver (Canada), Aprril 2008, pp. 1-10
  • Y. Farnam*, S. Mohammadi, M. Shekarchi M, Study of impact behavior of slurry-infiltrated fiber concrete, in: Proceedings of the 4th National Congress in Civil Engineering, Tehran (Iran), May 2008, pp. 1-8 (in Farsi).