Geomechanics and Geotechnics

Dr.-Ing. Zarghaam Haider Rizvi

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, R.466
Phone: +49 431 880-2854
Telefax: +49 431 880-4376

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Research topic

  • Lattice Element Method and its application to Multiphysics

Research interests 

  • Lattice Element Method
  • Soil Physics
  • Energy Geotechnics
  • Material design with Bio and Nano-fillers
  • Machine Learning
  • Numerical Modelling(BEM/FEM)


Journal articles

  1. Rizvi, Z.H., Khan, M.A., Motra, H.B., Wuttke, F., Ahmad, J. (2019), "Effective Physical Parameter Evaluation of Shallow Crustal Rocks by Lattice Element Method" , Materials Today: Proceedings. (DOI: 10.1016/j.matpr.2019.06.286)
  2. Khan, M.A., Irfan, S., Rizvi, Z.H., Ahmad, J. (2019) "A numerical study on the validation of thermal formulations towards the behaviour of RC beams", Materials Today: Proceedings. 17(1) 227-234.
  3. Ahmad, S., Rizvi, Z.H., Khan, M.A., Ahmad, J., Wuttke, F., (2019), "Experimental study of thermal performance of the backfill material around underground power cable under steady and cyclic thermal loading" , Materials Today: Proceedings. 17(1), 85-95.
  4. Shrestha, D., Rizvi, Z.H., Wuttke, F., (2019), "Effective thermal conductivity of unsaturated granular geocomposite using Lattice Element Method" , Heat and Mass Transfer 55:6 1671–1683.
  5. Rizvi, Z.H., Sembdner, K., Suman, A., Giri Prasad, M.J., Wuttke, F., (2019) Experimental and Numerical investigation of Thermo-Mechanical properties for Nano-Geo composite, International Journal of Thermophysics40:54
  6. Rizvi, Z. H., Nikolic, M., Wuttke, F.,(2019) "Lattice element method for simulations of failure in bio-cemented sands", Granular Matter 21:18.
  7. Rizvi, Z.H., Khan, M.A., Sembdner, K., Husain, S.F., (2018) “Numerical Modelling of crack wave interaction with BEM”, Materials Today: Proceedings, 5:14(2), 28253-28261.
  8. Rizvi, Z.H., Nissar, N., Giri Prasad, M. J., Khan, M.A., Husain, S.F., Wuttke, F., (2018) “Improvement of Uniaxial Compression of Soil with ZnO tetrapod”, Materials Today: Proceedings, 5:14(2)28180-28185.
  9. Rizvi, Z.H., Panda, S., Khan, M.A., Wuttke, F., (2018) “Improvement of Fracture toughness of soil with ZnO tetrapod” Materials Today: Proceedings 5:9(3),18325-18331.
  10. Khan, M.A., Rizvi, Z.H., Panda, S., (2018) “Effect of Material and Geometrical Parameters on Peeling Rip-off Failure - Numerical Study” Materials Today: Proceedings 5:9(3),19400-19409.
  11. Rizvi, Z.H., Shrestha, D.,  Sattari, A.S., Wuttke, F., (2018), "Numerical modelling of effective thermal conductivity for modified geomaterial using Lattice Element Method", Heat and Mass Transfer   54:2 483-499.
  12. Sattari, A.S., Rizvi, Z.H., Motra, H.B., Wuttke, F., (2017). Meso-scale modeling of heat transport in a heterogeneous cemented geomaterial by lattice element method. Granular Matter. 19:66.

Conference proceedings (peer-reviewed)

  1. Khan, M.A., Irfan, S., Rizvi, Z.H. (2019) A numerical study on the validation of thermal formulations towards the behaviour of RC Beams" International Conference on Recent Trends and Innovations in Civil Engineering, Indore, India.
  2. Rizvi, Z. H., Nikolic, M., Wuttke, F., (2019) "Meso scale Modelling of failure in biocemented sand"  CFRAC 2019, Braunschweig, Germany.
  3. Rizvi, Z. H., Mustafa, S.H., Ahmad, S., Sattari, A. S., Furtner, P., Wuttke, F., (2019) "Dynamic lattice element modelling of cemented Geomaterials"  International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Gandhi Nagar, India.
  4. Rizvi, Z. H., Sattari, A.S.,Wuttke, F.,(2018) "Meso scale modelling of infill foam concrete wall for earthquake loads", 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16ECEE), Thessaloniki, Greece. 
  5. Wuttke, F., Bauer, S., Dahmke, A., Kolditz, O., Kinias, C., Nagel, T.,  Rizvi, Z.H., Hailemariam, H., Nordbeck, J., Min, Y., and K. zu Beerentrup. (2018), "Development and modelling of an adaptive energy storage under and around buildings". Prague Geotechnical Days , Prague, Czech Republic.
  6. Rizvi, Z.H., Sattari, A.S., Wuttke, F., (2018) "Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical modelling of geo-materials by Lattice Element Method". Interpore, New Orleans, USA.
  7. Shrestha, D.,  Rizvi, Z.H., Wuttke, F., (2018) "Effective thermal conductivity of modified geomaterials", UNSAT2018: The 7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Honkong.
  8. Wuttke, F., Sattari, A.S., Rizvi, Z.H., Dempwolf, N., (2017) “Thermo-mechanical fracture simulation of cohesive and bounded solids by Lattice Element Modelling”, 13th National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  9. Rizvi, Z.H., Sattari, A.S., Motra, H.B., Wuttke, F., (2017) "Effective parameter evaluation in heterogeneous cemented geomaterials subjected to high temperature, pressure and constrained deformations", Second International Symposium on Coupled Phenomena in Environmental Geotechnics, Leeds, UK.
  10. Rizvi, Z.H., Motra, H.B., Sembdner, K., Sattari, A.S., Wuttke, F., (2016) “ Time lapsed monitoring and numerical simulation of thermo-mechanical properties of fractured porous rock“, Interpore, Ohio, Cincinnati, USA
  11. Rizvi, Z.H., Wuttke, F., Sembdner, K., (2015) "Thermal analysis of submarine power cable considering natural convection", 1st International Conference of Geo-Energy and Geo-Environment, Hongkong.

Book chapters

  1. Sattari, A.S., Motra, H.B., Rizvi, Z.H., Wuttke, F., (2019). A new lattice element method (LEM) with integrated interface elements for determining the effective thermal conductivity of rock solids under thermo-mechanical processes. Energy Geotechnics, Springer Series in Geomechanics & Geoengineering.

  2. Rizvi, Z.H., Wuttke, F., Sattari, A.S., (2018) "Dynamic Analysis by Lattice Element Method Simulation" Proceedings of China-Europe Conference on Geotechnical Engineering , Springer Series in Geomechanics & Geoengineering.

  3. Wuttke, F., Sattari, A.S., Rizvi, Z.H., Motra, H.B., (2017), Advanced Meso-Scale Modelling to Study the Effective Thermo-Mechanical Parameter in Solid Geomaterial, Advances in Laboratory Testing and Modelling of Soils and Shales (ATMSS), Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering,

  4. Islam ,S., Rizvi, Z.H., (2016) "Static analysis of Mansa Devi hill landslide using FLAC3D", Energy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016 pp. 139-142.

  5. Rizvi, Z.H., Sembdner, K., Sattari, A.S., Wuttke, F., (2016) "Potential of nano material (SiC) for improving the thermal properties of sand", Energy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016 pp. 419-422.
  6. Rizvi, Z.H., Sattari, A.S., Wuttke, F., (2016) "Numerical analysis of heat conduction in granular geo-material using lattice element method", Energy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016 pp. 367-372.




  • Principles of Continuum Mechanics (M.Sc.)
  • Soil Mechanics (B.Sc.)(Exercise)



  • Introduction in Numerical Methods (M.Sc.)

Research Projects

In Progress

  • BioSolidEncap - Stabilisation of Tailing slopes by controlled Bio-cementation ,  Cooperation partner: Sensatec Bioservices Köln GmbH, BMWi/ZIM, 2018-2020.
  • GeoMInt -  Geomechanical integrity of host and barrier rocks - experiment, modeling and analysis of discontinuities, Cooperation partner:  Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ (Gesamtkoordination), Institut für Gebirgsmechanik GmbH (IfG Leipzig), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Universität Stuttgart, 2017-2020
  • ExchangeRisk - Experimental & Computational Hybrid Assessment of Natural Gas Pipelines Exposed to Seismic Risk, Cooperation Partner: Univ. Bristol, AU Thessaloniki, Univ. Patras, Univ. Napoli, NGI, BU Weimar, VCE Vienna, Columbia Univ., Univ. Toronto, Hochtief, Univ. Sannio,  EU Horizon 2020, 2016-2020.


  • DUOFILL - High thermal conductive geomaterial for backfill of high-voltage cables, Cooperation partner: Christoffers On and Subsea, G quadrat, IAB Weimar, BMWi, 2013-2016.