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Dr Xue Zhang BENG, MENG, PhD

Lecturer in Geomechanics Civil Engineering and Industrial Design


Personal Statement

Xue Zhang is a Lecturer in Geomechanics at the University of Liverpool, UK. He obtained his PhD (Oct, 2014) in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Prior to joining Liverpool in 2018, he was a Research Associate at Australia Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia, and then a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Dr Zhang is a recipient of Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Award (University of Newcastle, AU, 2012), Australian Geomechanics Society New South Wales Research Award (2013), H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (European Commission, 2016), and IACMAG John Carter Award (2017).

Dr Zhang’s research is directed towards the development of advanced numerical methodologies and their application to challenging multi-phase and multi-physics problems in geomechanics. His current research falls in revealing and understanding mechanisms behind instabilities of geostructures under critical conditions with reference to geotechnical engineering. Specific research themes are

• Risk analysis of Geohazards: subaerial landslides, submarine landslides and debris flow

• Offshore Foundations: ultimate bearing capacity of foundations (e.g. offshore pipelines, piles, anchors, etc.) under complex external conditions

• Crack Propagation: hydraulic fracturing in rocks, desiccation cracking soils and its implication to geostructure stabilities

• Computational Geomechanics: Optimization-Based Finite Element Method (OBFEM), Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) for large deformation analysis, Discrete Element Method (DEM) for analyzing granular materials, Phase-Field Method (PFM) for fracture analysis, Coupled FEM-DEM for multiscale analysis, Risk Analysis using Monte Carlo Simulation

Xue Zhang is accepting applications for PhD students.

Prizes or Honours

  • John Carter Award (International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 2017)
  • Australian Geomechanics Society (New South Wales) Research Award (Australian Geomechanics Society at New South Wales, 2013)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Award (University of Newcastle, Australia, 2012)
  • Excellent Thesis for a Master's Degree of Liaoning Province, China (Department of Education of Liaoning Province, China, 2010)
  • National Scholarship (Dalian University of Technology, 2005)

Funded Fellowships

  • International Research Visiting Fellowship (University of Newcastle, Australia, 2017)
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (European Commission, 2016)