Geomechanics and Geotechnics

Zarghaam Haider Rizvi, M.Sc.

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

Research topic

  • Experimental and numerical modelling of fracture states in modified geo-materials under coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical conditions

Research interests 

  • Behavior of geo-material under THM stress
  • Lattice Element Method
  • Underground power cable system and Marine power transportation system
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Geo-materials desgin with nano-fillers




  • D. Shrestha, Z. H. Rizvi, F. Wuttke (2018), Effective thermal conductivity of unsaturated granular geocomposite using Lattice Element Method , Heat and Mass Transfer (DOI: 10.1007/s00231-018-02544-3).
  • Zarghaam Haider Rizvi, Frank Wuttke, Amir Shorian Sattari "Dynamic Analysis by Lattice Element Method Simulation" China-Europe conference on geotechnical engineering, Springer Series in Geomechanics & Geoengineering, 13-16 Aug 2018. (accepted)
  • AS Sattari, HB Motra, ZH Rizvi, F. Wuttke (2018). A new lattice element method (LEM) with integrated interface elements for determining the effective thermal conductivity of rock solids under thermo-mechanical processes. International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics (SEG), Lausanne, Switzerland. (accepted)
  • Zarghaam H. Rizvi, Amir S. Sattari, Frank Wuttke Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical modelling of geo-materials by Lattice Element Method. Interpore 2018, New Orleans, USA, 14-17 May 2018.
  • Rizvi, Zarghaam H., Sattari, A.,Wuttke, F.,"Meso scale modelling of infill foam concrete wall for earthquake loads", 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16ECEE), Thessaloniki, Greece, 2018. (accepted)
  • Zarghaam Haider Rizvi, Mohammad Arsalan Khan, Katrin Sembdner, Syed Faizan Husain “Numerical Modelling of crack wave interaction with BEM”, ICCMMEMS 2018, Materials Today: Proceedings, Jalandhar, India. 15-17 March 2018. (accepted)
  • Zarghaam Haider Rizvi, Nahmed Nissar, Giri Prasad M J, Mohammad Arsalan Khan, Syed Faizan Husain, Frank Wuttke “Improvement of Uniaxial Compression of Soil with ZnO tetrapod”, ICCMMEMS 2018, Materials Today: Proceedings, Jalandhar, India. 15-17 March, 2018. (accepted)
  • Zarghaam Haider Rizvi, Shradha Panda, Mohammad Arsalan Khan, Frank Wuttke “Improvement of Fracture toughness of soil with ZnO tetrapod” ICMPC2018, International Conference of Materials Processing and Characterization, Hyderabad, India, 2018, Materials Today: Proceedings. (accepted)
  •  Mohammad Arsalan Khan, Zarghaam Haider Rizvi, Shradha Panda “Effect of Material and Geometrical Parameters on Peeling Rip-off Failure – Numerical Study” ICMPC2018, International Conference of Materials Processing and Characterization, Hyderabad, India, 2018, Materials Today: Proceedings. (accepted)
  • Mohammad Arsalan Khan, Zarghaam H. Rizvi, Jamal Ahmad “Influence of Analytical Methods on Biomechanical Response of Cornea through experimental strip tests” ICAMME2018,  International Conference on Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Guntur, A.P.  India, 2018,Materials Today: Proceedings. (accepted)
  • Zarghaam H. Rizvi,  Mohammad Arsalan Khan, Frank Wuttke, Jamal Ahmad “Effective Physical Parameter Evaluation of Shallow Crustal Rocks by Lattice Element Method” ICAMME2018, International Conference on Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Guntur, A.P.  India, India, 2018, Materials Today: Proceedings. (accepted)
  • D. Shrestha, Z.H. Rizvi, F. Wuttke, Effective thermal conductivity of modified geomaterials, UNSAT2018: The 7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Honkong, 2018 (accepted).
  • Z. H. Rizvi, D. Shrestha, A. S. Sattari, F. Wuttke (2017), Numerical modelling of effective thermal conductivity for modified geomaterial using Lattice Element Method, Heat and Mass Transfer (DOI: 10.1007/s00231-017-2140-2).
  • Frank Wuttke, Amir S. Sattari, Zarghaam H. Rizvi, Neele Dempwolf “Thermo-mechanical fracture simulation of cohesive and bounded solids by Lattice Element Modelling”, 13th National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Sofia, Bulgaria, 6–10 September, 2017.
  • Zarghaam H. Rizvi, Amir S. Sattari, Hem B. Motra, Frank Wuttke, Effective parameter evaluation in heterogeneous cemented geomaterials subjected to high temperature, pressure and constrained deformations, Second International Symposium on Coupled Phenomena in Environmental Geotechnics, 6-7 September 2017, University of Leeds, UK.
  • A. S. Sattari, Z. H. Rizvi, H. B. Motra, F. Wuttke (2017). Meso-scale modeling of heat transport in a heterogeneous cemented geomaterial by lattice element method. Granular Matter. 19:66. (DOI 10.1007/s10035-017-0751-4).
  • F.Wuttke, A.S. Sattari, Z. H. Rizvi and  H.B. Motra, 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,(DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-52773-4_9).
  • Islam ,S., Rizvi, Z.H., "Static analysis of Mansa Devi hill landslide using FLAC3D", Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2016, Kiel, Germany, 29-31 August 2016), (DOI: 10.1201/b21938-23).
  • Z. H. Rizvi, K. Sembdner, A.S. Sattari and F.Wuttke, 2016, Potential of nano material (SiC) for improving the thermal properties of sand, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2016, Kiel, Germany, 29-31 August 2016), (DOI: 10.1201/b21938-66 ).
  • Z. H. Rizvi, A.S. Sattari and F.Wuttke, 2016,  "Numerical analysis of heat conduction in granular geo-material using lattice element method", Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2016, Kiel, Germany, 29-31 August 2016), (DOI: 10.1201/b21938-58 ).
  • Z.H. Rizvi, H.B. Motra, K.  Sembdner, A.S. Sattari, F. Wuttke,“ Time lapsed monitoring and numerical simulation of thermo-mechanical properties of fractured porous rock“, Interpore 8th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting, May 2016, Ohio, Cincinnati, USA
  • Z. H. Rizvi, F. Wuttke, and K. Sembdner, "Thermal analysis of submarine power cable considering natural convection", 1st International Conference of Geo-Energy and Geo-Environment, December 2015, Hongkong



  • Principles of Continuum Mechanics (M.Sc.)



  • Introduction in Numerical Methods (M.Sc.)

Research Projects

  • BioSolidEncap - Stabilisation of Tailing slopes by controlled Bio-cementation ,  Cooperation partner: Sensatec Biosrvices 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.
  • DUOFILL - High thermal conductive geomaterial for backfill of high-voltage cables, Cooperation partner: Christoffers On and Subsea, G quadrat, IAB Weimar, BMWi, 2013-2016.