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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. J. Antonio H. Carraro

Joao Antonio Harb Carraro

Associate Professor

Office:

PACCAR 254

Phone:

509-335-8624

Laboratory:

labs.wsu.edu/geotech/

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S., Engenharia Civil, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • B.S., Engenharia Civil, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Professional Experience

Academic Appointments:
  • Associate Professor (Tenured), Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, 2024-Present
  • Senior Lecturer in Experimental Geotechnical Engineering (Permanent), Civil & Environmental Eng., Imperial College London, 2016-2023
  • Associate Professor (Permanent), Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, The University of Western Australia, 2012-2016
  • Associate Professor (Tenured), Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2010-2012
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2004-2010
Editorial Boards:
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 2019-Present
  • Advisory Panel Member, Géotechnique, ICE, 2018-2020
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 2017-2021
Research Leadership:
  • Director, Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Washington State University, 2024-Present
  • Academic Supervisor, Soils Laboratory, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, The University of Western Australia, 2012-2016
  • Director, Geotechnical Research Laboratory, Colorado State University, 2005-2011
Technical Committees & Professional Service:
  • Invited Member, Technical Work Group, ASTM D18 Committee on Soil & Rock (New Standard on Specimen Reconstitution Methods for Geotechnical Laboratory Testing of Soils), ASTM International, 2023-Present
  • Scientific Committee Member, 8th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS-Porto2023, 2022-2023
  • UK-Nominated Member, TC221 Tailings & Mine Wastes Committee, International Society for Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering, 2020-2023
  • Technical Committee Member, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS-Glasgow2019, 2017-2019
  • Member, Committee D18 on Soil & Rock, ASTM International, 2015-2021
  • Local Organizing Committee Member, 1st International Conference on Rammed Earth Construction, ICREC 2015, Earth Building Assoc. of Australia; Pritchard & Francis; The University of Western Australia, 2013-2015
  • Executive Committee Member, Tailings & Mine Waste conference series, Golder Associates, Knight Piesold, MWH, AMEC, SRK Consulting, Tetra Tech, Colorado State University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, 2009-2011
  • Organizing Committee Member, Geo-Denver 2007, ASCE, 2006-2007

Awards

Research Interests

  • Fabric-Sensitive Soil Mechanics
    • Undisturbed soil properties & geotechnical design
    • Liquefaction, cyclic loading & specimen reconstitution of tailings, fluvial / alluvial soils & offshore sediments
    • Fundamental mechanical behavior of tailings & soil mixtures / intermediate soils
  • Sustainable, Resilient & Equitable Infrastructure
    • Sustainable geomaterials & soil stabilization (expansive soil-rubber mixtures, rammed earth)
    • Recycling & beneficial use of waste materials in geotechnical engineering (recycled concrete aggregate, tailings & mine waste, scrap tire rubber, scrap tire fiber, coal fly ashes, waste glass, carbide lime)
  • Experimental Methods
    • Cyclic hollow cylinder, triaxial & simple shear testing of soils and tailings
    • Analysis of experimental uncertainty and error
    • Machine learning & adaptive control of testing apparatus
  •  Neurodiversity & Cognitive Learning in Civil Engineering
    • Visual Thinking* in geotechnical design & education
    • Hands-on experiential learning methods

[*Temple Grandin (2022). Visual Thinking – the hidden gifts of people who think in pictures, patterns, and abstractions. ISBN:9781846046872]

Teaching

Graduate Courses:
  • Experimental Soil Mechanics (Colorado State)
  • Foundation Engineering (Colorado State, Imperial College London)
  • Laboratory Testing & Data Interpretation (Imperial College London)
  • Seepage & Earth Dams (Colorado State)
  • Slope Stability & Retaining Structures (Colorado State)
  • Soil Stabilization Using Sustainable Materials (Colorado State)
Undergraduate Courses:
  • Engineering Mechanics-Statics (Colorado State)
  • Foundations (Washington State)
  • Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (Purdue, Colorado State, Imperial College London)
  • Mechanics of Solids (Colorado State)
Industry Course:
  • Introduction to Offshore Geotechnical Engineering – Offshore Sediments and Laboratory Testing (COFS-The University of Western Australia)

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Citations

Book Chapter:
  • Carraro JAH, Boukpeti N., Guadalupe YT, Joer H. 2018. Laboratory Testing. In Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering (eds J. Carlton, P. Jukes and Y.S. Choo)
Journal Articles:
Technical Reports for Industry Sponsors:
  • Carraro JAH, Guadalupe-Torres Y & White D, 2015, Evaluation of the Thermal and Hydraulic Properties of Rock Dump with Hydrophillic Polymer: Laboratory Testing. Report to Technip UK Limited, 66p.
  • Guadalupe-Torres Y, Vulpe C & Carraro JAH, 2015, Jadar Chemical Beneficiation Tailings Project: Laboratory Testing. Report to Rio Tinto, 8p.
  • Vulpe C, Guadalupe-Torres Y, Carraro JAH, Ishigami S, Farhana S & Guo Y, 2014, North West Shelf Project: Laboratory Testing. Report to Woodside Energy, 30p.
  • Vulpe C, Guadalupe-Torres Y, Carraro JAH, Farhana S, Many U & Guo Y, 2014, BRDA Tailings Project: Laboratory Testing. Report to GHD. 50p.
  • Carraro JAH, Budagher E, Badanagki M, Kang JB, 2013, Sustainable Stabilization of Sulfate-Bearing Soils with Expansive Soil-Rubber Technology. Report to Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), 33p.
  • Vulpe C, Boukpeti N, Carraro JAH, Bearman C, Mani U, Farhana S, 2013, BP Mad Dog 2 Project: Interface Shear Box Testing. Report to BP, 43p.
  • Vulpe C, Boukpeti N, Carraro JAH, Bearman C, Mani U, Abdollahzadeh B, Farhana S, Guo Y, Ishigami S, Lorestani M, Duff A, Suzuki Y & Mohr H, 2013, Browse LNG Development-Nearshore: Laboratory Testing. Report to WorleyParsons, 204p.
  • Carraro JAH, Vulpe C, Bhattarai B, Boukpeti N, Bearman C, Mani U, Abdollahzadeh B, Guo Y, Farhana S, Lorestani M, Ishigami S, 2012, Greater East Spar Subsea Development Project: Laboratory Testing. Report to ARUP, 75p.
  • Vulpe C, Boukpeti N, Carraro JAH, Abdollahzadeh B & Lorestani M, 2012, Mount Ida Tailings: Laboratory testing. Report to Coffey Mining Pty Ltd, 8p.
  • Carraro JAH, Heyer L, Dunham-Friel J, 2011, Field Construction of Expansive Soil-Rubber (ESR) Mixtures for Civil Engineering Applications. Report to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), 48p.
Refereed Conference Papers:
  • Liu TF, Quinteros VS, Jardine RJ, Carraro JAH, Robinson J. 2019. A unified database of ring shear steel-interface tests on sandy-silty soils. Proc. XVII European Conf. on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Eng. – ECSMGE 2019, DOI:10.32075/17ECSMGE-2019-0268
  • Chen S, Zdravkovic L, Carraro JAH. 2019. Thermally induced pore water pressure of reconstituted London clay. Proc. 7th International Symp. on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials – IS-Glasgow2019
  • Dominguez-Quintans C, Quinteros VS, Carraro JAH, Zdravkovic L, Jardine RJ. 2019. Quality assessment of a new in-mould slurry deposition method for triaxial specimen reconstitution of clean and silty sands. Proc. 7th International Symp. on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials – IS-Glasgow2019
  • Lim MF, Carraro JAH, Gourvenec S. 2017. Linking carbonate sand fabric and mechanical anisotropy from hollow cylinder tests: motivation and application. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, GSP 280, ASCE, 317-326, DOI:10.1061/9780784480472.034
  • Carraro JAH, Bortolotto MS. 2015. Stiffness degradation and damping of carbonate and silica sands. Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics III, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Balkema, (2) 1179-1183, ISBN:9781138028487
  • Carraro JAH. 2015. Recycled materials to stabilise rammed earth: insights and framework. Rammed Earth Construction, The Univ. of Western Australia, Balkema, 63-67, ISBN:9781138027701
  • Lehane B, Carraro JAH, Boukpeti N, Elkhatib S. 2014. Mechanical response of two carbonate sediments from Australia’s North West Shelf. Proc. 33rd International Conf. on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Eng. OMAE2014, ASME, DOI:10.1115/OMAE2014-23340
  • Boukpeti N, Lehane B, Carraro JAH. 2014. Strain accumulation procedure during staged cyclic loading of carbonate sediments. Proc. 33rd International Conf. on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Eng. OMAE2014, ASME, DOI:10.1115/OMAE2014-23692
  • Dunham-Friel J, Carraro JAH. 2014. Effects of compaction effort, inclusion stiffness and rubber size on the shear strength and stiffness of Expansive Soil-Rubber (ESR) mixtures. Geo-Congress 2014, ASCE
  • Wiechert EP, Dunham-Friel J, Carraro JAH. 2011. Stiffness improvement of Expansive Soil-Rubber mixtures with off-specification fly ash. Geo-Frontiers 2011, ASCE
  • Dunham-Friel J, Carraro JAH. 2011. Shear strength and stiffness of Expansive Soil and Rubber (ESR) mixtures in undrained axisymmetric compression. Geo-Frontiers 2011, ASCE
  • Nelson JD, Schaut RW, Overton DD, Carraro JAH, Fox Z. 2011. Interface testing for the design of micropiles in expansive soils. 36th Annual Conf. on Deep Foundations, Boston, MA, October 18-21, 2011, Deep Foundations Institute
  • Fox ZP, Carraro JAH. 2010. Peak and critical-state shear strength of mine waste rock. Tailings and Mine Waste ’10, Vail, CO, October 17-20, 2010, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, The Netherlands
  • Seda JH, Lee JC, Carraro JAH. 2007. Beneficial use of waste tire rubber for swelling potential mitigation in expansive soils. Soil Improvement, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 172, ASCE
  • Thomé A, Carraro JAH, Balvbedi D, Consoli NC. 1998. Utilisation of industrial by-products for soil stabilisation and the influence of temperature in the development of pozzolanic reactions. Proc. 3rd International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 721-726
  • Carraro JAH, Consoli NC. 1997. Coal mining waste utilisation for soil improvement. Proc. 1st Australia-New Zealand Conf. on Environmental Geotechnics – Geoenvironment 97, Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 475-480