Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso

Associate Professor

Main research interests:

  • coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour of natural and improved soils;
  • consideration of chemical and electric effects on clay behaviour;
  • characterization of the electrical, chemical and thermal properties of clays;
  • biocementation of sands and biodeposition in porous media;
  • constitutive modelling of natural and structured materials considering their degree of saturation and structure loss due to loading-unloading and wetting-drying cycles.


  • soil improvement techniques;
  • decontamination of clayey soils;
  • soil suction measurement in situ and in the laboratory;
  • numerical simulation of soil-atmosphere interaction in slopes and embankments, including dams;
  • long term predictions of deformations of soil and rockfill structures.
Title Authors Year Volume DOI Journal Impact factor Clar.Analytics CERIS Members
On the use of biocementation to treat collapsible soils Cardoso, R; Vieira, J; Borges, I 2023 V. 313 (art. 106971) 10.1016/j.enggeo.2022.106971 Engineering Geology 6.902 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Water Retention Curve of Biocemented Sands Using MIP Results Cardoso, R.; Vieira, J.; Borges, I. 2022 V. 12, n.º 20 (art. 10447) 10.3390/app122010447 Applied Sciences-Basel 2.838 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Study of biocementation treatment to prevent erosion by concentrated water flow in a small-scale sand slope Fernández Rodríguez, R.; Cardoso, R. 2022 V. 37 (art. 100873) 10.1016/j.trgeo.2022.100873 Transportation Geotechnics 4.938 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso, Roman Fernandez Rodríguez
Potential of mobile application based on structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry to monitor slope fast erosion by runoff water Fernández Rodríguez, R.; Ponte, M.; Bento, R.; Cardoso, R. 2022 V. 216 (art. 106359) 10.1016/j.catena.2022.106359 Catena 6.367 Rita Maria do Pranto Nogueira Leite Pereira Bento, Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso, Roman Fernandez Rodríguez, Maria Madalena Saraiva Lamas de Oliveira da Ponte
Monitoring of electrokinetic treatment of landfill leachate-contaminated clay in Portugal Gingine, V.; Cardoso, R. 2022 V. 9, n.º 3(183-196) 10.1680/jenge.18.00065 Environmental Geotechnics 2.516 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Effective stress in unsaturated soils: Lessons from capillarity in regular sphere arrangements Maranha, J.R.; Pereira, C.; Cardoso, R. 2022 V. 32 (art. 100341) 10.1016/j.gete.2022.100341 Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 4.604 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Soil-cement formation factor: methodological approach and relationship with unconfined compression strength Vaillant, J.M.; Cardoso, R. 2022 V. 45, n.º 4 (art. e2022072421) 10.28927/SR.2022.072421 Soils and Rocks Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
The influence of stone joints width and roughness on the efficiency of biocementation sealing Cardoso, R.; Arbabzadeh, E.; de Lima, J.T.; Flores-Colen, I.; Pereira, M.F.C.; Costa e Silva, M.; Duarte, S.O.D.; Monteiro, G.A. 2021 V. 283 (art. 122743) 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.122743 Construction and Building Materials 6.141 Inês dos Santos Flores Barbosa Colen, Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso, Emad Boroujeni
About calcium carbonate precipitation on sand biocementation Cardoso, R.; Pedreira, R.; Duarte, S.O.D.; Monteiro, G.A. 2020 V. 271 (art. 105612) 10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105612 Engineering Geology 4,779 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Effect of environmental relative humidity in the tensile strength of layering in slate stone Garcia-Fernandez, C.C.; Alvarez-Fernandez, M.I.; Cardoso, R. Gonzalez-Nicieza, C. 2020 V. 79 (1399-1411) 10.1007/s10064-019-01619-7 Bulletin of Engineering Geology and The Environment 3,041 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Effects of clay's chemical interactions on biocementation Cardoso, R.; Pires, I.; Duarte, S.O.D.; Monteiro, G.A. 2018 156 10.1016/j.clay.2018.01.035 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso
Effects of clay's chemical interactions on biocementation Cardoso, R.; Pires, I.; Duarte, S.O.D.; Monteiro, G.A. 2018 V. 156, 96-103 10.1016/j.clay.2018.01.035 Applied Clay Science 3,89 Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso


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Student Name Supervisor External Supervisor Co-Supervisors External Co-Supervisor #1 External Co-Supervisor #2 Title PhD Programme Universities Granting Title Funding Institution Scholarship Total PhD Funding PhD Funding for CERIS Begining Date End Date Year
PDF Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Susana Isabel Pinheiro Cardoso de Freitas Design and development of monitoring tools for soil improvement using biocementation. Civil Engineering Instituto Superior Técnico FCT FCT scholarship (SFRH/BD/144257/2019) 04/02/2020 ongoing
PDF Ana Maria Carvalho Pinheiro Vieira Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso José Alberto Marques Lapa Sustainability and optimization guidelines of efficient solutions in shallow geothermal systems. Case study of Aveiro University. Civil Engineering Instituto Superior Técnico FCT FCT scholarship (SFRH/BD/140809/2018) 04/02/2019 ongoing
PDF Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Study on bacteria and calcite fixation on soils and consequent durability of the improvement achieved by biocementation. Development of monitoring tools. Civil Engineering Instituto Superior Técnico FCT FCT scholarship (2020.09111.BD) 14/12/2020 ongoing
Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Fernando Manuel Fernandes Simões Modelling of Biocementation in soils using chemo-hydro-mechanical coupled analysis. Engenharia Civil Instituto Superior Técnico 26/02/2021 ongoing
PDF João Ribas Maranha Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Formulation of a true effective stress law to model the behaviour of unsaturated soils Civil Engineering Instituto Superior Técnico FCT FCT scholarship (SFRH/BD/120336/2016) 04/03/2016 14/07/2020 2020
Name Reference Type PI Names CERIS Coordinator Research Group Other CERIS Members Leading Institution Other Institutions Funding Institutions Total Funding Funding for Ceris Beginning Date End Date State Website
PDF Eco+RCEB – Eco-efficient Recycled Cement Compressed Earth Blocks PTDC/ECI-CON/0704/2021 National Maria da Glória de Almeida Gomes, José Alexandre de Brito Aleixo Bogas Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso, Maria Paulina Santos Forte de Faria Rodrigues, Vitor Faria e Sousa IST-ID – Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento (Portugal) FCT 248988 243613,08 2022 2025
PDF CALCITE – Fixation Mechanisms and Durability of Biocementation Treatment of Soils. Application to a Real Slope to Prevent Ravine Development PTDC/ECI-EGC/1086/2021 National Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Inês dos Santos Flores Barbosa Colen, Fernando Manuel Fernandes Simões, João Paulo Janeiro Gomes Ferreira, Rui Pedro Carrilho Gomes IST-ID – Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento (Portugal) FCT 249918,05 140098,75 2022 2024
PDF BIOSOIL – Biological Treatment of Soils: Development of Tools to Monitor the Application and to Predict Changes on the Material's Hydro-Mechanical Properties PTDC/ECI-EGC/32590/2017 National Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso Rui Pedro Carrilho Gomes, Roman Fernandez Rodríguez IST-ID – Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento (Portugal) FCT 231523,75 140098,75 2018 2022
PDF SUCCEsS – Sustainability of Shallow Geothermal Systems. Applied Studies to Southern Europe Climates PTDC/ECM/GEO/0728/2014 National Maria Rafaela Pinheiro Cardoso LNEC - LABORATÓRIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL FCT 196808 7200 2016 2020