Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Christopher Meehan

358A DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-6074
Research Website


2006 | PhD | Virginia Tech
2000 | MS | Virginia Tech
1999 | BS | University of New Hampshire


Geotechnical engineering; soil mechanics and soil shear behavior; slope stability; foundation engineering; geosynthetics; soil-structure interaction; soil and site improvement; intelligent compaction; design of levee systems.


  • Big Data
  • Bridges for the Future
  • Disasters
  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sustainability


Edited Proceedings:

  1. Meehan, C. L., VanBriesen, J. M., Vahedifard, F., Yu, X., and Quiroga, C. (2014). “Shale Energy Engineering 2014: Technical Challenges, Environmental Issues, and Public Policy.” Proceedings of the ASCE Energy Division’s 2014 Shale Energy Engineering Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, July 21-23, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 733 pp. (Published on CD-ROM, ISBN:978-0-7844-1365-4, doi:10.1061/9780784413654)
  2. Meehan, C. L., Pradel, D., Pando, M. A., and Labuz, J. F. (2013). “Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III.” Proceedings of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s 2013 Geo-Congress, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA,  2280 pp. (Published on CD-ROM, ISBN:9780784412787, doi:10.1061/9780784412787)

Refereed Journal Publications:  (* indicates published with student)

  1. Tabarsa, A., Latifi, N., Meehan, C. L., and Manahiloh, K. N. (2018). “Laboratory Investigation and Field Evaluation of Loess Improvement Using Nanoclay – A Sustainable Material for Construction.” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 158, 454-463. (doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.09.096)
  2. Rashid, A. S. A., Latifi, N., Meehan, C. L., and Manahiloh, K. N. (2017). “Sustainable Improvement of Tropical Residual Soil Using an Environmentally Friendly Additive.” Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer. (Accepted, In Press, doi:10.1007/s10706-017-0265-1)
  3. *Talebi, M., Meehan, C. L., and Leshchinsky, D. (2017). “Applied Bearing Pressure Beneath a Reinforced Soil Foundation Used in a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System.” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier, 45(6), 580-591. (doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.2017.07.008)
  4. Latifi, N., Eisazadeh, A., Marto, A., and Meehan, C. L.  (2017). “Tropical Residual Soil Stabilization: A Powder Form Material for Increasing Soil Strength.” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 147, 827-836. (doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.115)
  5. *Meehan, C. L. and Talebi, M. (2017). “A Method for Correcting Field Strain Measurements to Account for Temperature Effects.” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier, 45(4), 250-260.  (doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.2017.02.005)
  6. Manahiloh, K. N. and Meehan, C. L. (2017). “Determining the Soil Water Characteristic Curve and Interfacial Contact Angle from Microstructural Analysis of X-Ray CT Images.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 143(8), 04017034.1-04017034.11.  (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001677)
  7. Latifi, N., Horpibulsuk, S., Meehan, C. L., Abd Majid, M. Z., Tahir, M., and Mohamad, E. T. (2017). “Improvement of Problematic Soils with Biopolymer – An Environmentally Friendly Soil Stabilizer.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 29(2), 04016204.1-04016204.11. (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001706)
  8. *Meehan, C. L., Cacciola, D. V., Tehrani, F. S., and Baker, W. J. (2017). “Assessing Soil Compaction Using Continuous Compaction Control and Location-Specific In Situ Tests.” Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 73, 31-44. (doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2016.08.017)
  9. Latifi, N., Meehan, C. L., Abd Majid, M. Z., and Horpibulsuk, S. (2016). “Strengthening Montmorillonitic and Kaolinitic Clays Using a Calcium-Based Non-Traditional Additive: A Micro-Level Study.” Applied Clay Science, Elsevier, 132-133, 182-193. (doi:10.1016/j.clay.2016.06.004)
  10. Latifi, N., Horpibulsuk, S., Meehan, C. L., Abd Majid, M. Z., and Rashid, A. S. A. (2016). “Xanthan Gum Biopolymer: An Eco-Friendly Additive for Stabilization of Tropical Organic Peat.” Environmental Earth Sciences, Springer, 75(9), 1-10. (doi:10.1007/s12665-016-5643-0)
  11. Lehtonen, V. J., Meehan, C. L., Länsivaara, T. T., and Mansikkamäki, J. N. (2015). “Full-Scale Embankment Failure Test Under Simulated Train Loading.” Géotechnique, The Institution of Civil Engineers, 65(12), 961-974. (doi:10.1680/geot.14.P.100)
  12. *Khabbazian, M., Kaliakin, V. N., and Meehan, C. L. (2015). “Column Supported Embankments with Geosynthetic Encased Columns: Validity of the Unit Cell Concept.” Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer, 33(3), 425-442. (doi:10.1007/s10706-014-9826-8)
  13. *Khabbazian, M., Meehan, C. L., and Kaliakin, V. N. (2014). “Column Supported Embankments with Geosynthetic Encased Columns: Parametric Study.” Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology, Springer, 1(3-4), 301-325. (doi:10.1007/s40515-014-0010-7)
  14. *Meehan, C. L. and Benjasupattananan, S. (2014). “Analytical Approach for Modeling Axisymmetric Levee Underseepage.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 140(4), 04013037.1-04013037.12. (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000952)
  15. Haeri, S. M., Garakani, A. A., Khosravi, A., and Meehan, C. L. (2014). “Assessing the Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Collapsible Soils Using a Modified Triaxial Test Device.” Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 37(2), 190-204. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20130034)
  16. *Meehan, C. L., Khosravi, M., and Cacciola, D. V. (2013). “Monitoring Field Lift Thickness Using Compaction Equipment Instrumented with Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology.” Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 36(5), 755-767. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20120124)
  17. *Khosravi, A., Sadaghiani, M. H., Khosravi, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). “The Effect of Asperity Inclination and Orientation on the Shear Behavior of Rock Joints.” Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 36(3), 404-417. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20120060)
  18. *Vahedifard, F., Leshchinsky, D., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). “Displacement-Based Internal Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Earth Structures Subjected to Seismic Loading Conditions.” otechnique, The Institution of Civil Engineers, 63(6), 451-462. (doi:10.1680/geot.11.P.130)
  19. *Meehan, C. L. and Hertz, J. S. (2013). “Using a Complex-Impedance Measuring Instrument to Determine In Situ Soil Unit Weight and Moisture Content.” Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 36(1), 119-137. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20120005)
  20. *Meehan, C. L. and Vahedifard, F. (2013). “Evaluation of Simplified Methods for Predicting Earthquake-Induced Slope Displacements in Earth Dams and Embankments.” Engineering Geology, Elsevier, 152(1), 180-193. (doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2012.10.016)


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