Farzine Nasseri


Dr. M.H.B. (Farzine) Nasseri has a Ph.D. in rock mechanics, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. He has 20 years of research, teaching and consulting experiences in the field of rock mechanics. His research interest involves in understanding the factors affecting fracture initiation and propagation under various stress regimes and scales. Characterization of petrofabric structures, evaluation of fracture toughness of rocks, measurements of fluid flow and transport properties in rocks and laboratory acoustic/seismic velocities measurements and their analysis are some of the tools used by him to explore the interdisciplinary relationship among the rock mechanics, rock physics and engineering seismology.

Application areas

Petroleum geomechanics, nuclear waste repositories, underground openings, drilling and blasting and slope stability.


Ph.D. (1993) Rock mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Research Interests

  1. Application of structural geology on stability of slopes, underground openings and mineralization.
  2. Experimental studies of strength and deformational responses of anisotropic rocks and its application to prediction of strength and defomational responses of rock masses.
  3. Experimental evaluation of coupled hydro-thermo-mechanical properties of rocks and its application to nuclear waste repositories and geothermal energy.

Structural Geology

  • Geological field mapping in lower Himalayas, analysis of fold system near thrust systems, analysis of enechelone/sigmoidal vein systems and their relationship with main principal stress direction in a thrust zone, analysis of joint systems in regional scale
  • Analogue modeling techniques in structural geology, hot orogeny and strain partitioning in crustal zone using vice models;http://basalt.geology.utoronto.ca/tectonicslab/Vice.html

Rock Mechanics, Rock Physics and Engineering Seismology

  • Field mapping and investigation of discontinuities to determine/evaluate rock mass parameters and engineering classification of rock masses
  • Numerical modeling of underground tunnels and caverns
  • Laboratory and experimental approach to quantify the strength and deformational properties of anisotropic rocks; development of anisotropic failure criteria
  • Characterization of micro structural fabrics and their influences on fracture toughness/roughness anisotropy
  • Characterization of fracture damage zone under tensile and shear stress regimes
  • Acoustic emission activity and seismic wave velocity measurements in rocks under mode I failure of rocks
  • Laboratory observation of pre to post brittle failure of rocks: acoustic emission and transport properties of thermally treated rock specimens
  • Physico-mechanical and seismic responses of carbonates rocks under hydrostatic and deviatoric stresses

Future Research Plans

  • Fluid flow measurements in rocks under true triaxial testing environment: measurements of axial and lateral permeability under various principal stresses and foliation plane directions
  • Application of engineering seismology techniques to evaluate the strength and deformational behavior of jointed rock specimens under triaxial and true triaxial testing set up
  • Hydro-fracturing experiments under true triaxial set up
  • Evaluation of fracture toughness index under confinement in true triaxial set up


Employment History

  • April 2007-  System Testing Engineer, Experimental Geoscientist, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Feb 2004 - Research Associate, University of Toronto, Lassonde Institute.
  • 1999 - Present - Research Associate, University of Toronto, Dept. of Civil Engineering and  Department of Geology.
  • June 93-Aug 98  -Assistant Professor, University of Tarbiat Modaress, Department of Mining Engineering, Rock Mechanics Group, Tehran, Iran.
  • Jan 94-98 - Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics specialist at RahShar Architectural and Hydraulics Consulting Engineers Tehran, Iran as part time consultant.


Farzine Nasseri
Rock Fracture Dynamics Facility
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

Room SF1009

Tel: 416-946-7333


Research Group

Rock Physics and Geomechanics Research Group

R. Paul Young
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto