My research mainly focuses on multi-physical constitutive modeling of soil/rocks and micro-mechanics of granular and porous materials. With the assistance of advanced computational techniques, our ultimate goal is to provide bottom-up solutions to the emerging energy& sustainability geotechnical problems facing our society.
CVEN 3708 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Covers basic engineering characteristics of geological materials; soil and rock classifications; site investigation; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties of geologic materials; the effective stress principle; soil and rock improvement; seepage analysis; stress distribution; and consolidation and settlement analyses. Selected experimental and computational laboratories.
CVEN 5628 - Seepage and Slopes
Covers fundamental principles of seepage in soils under both saturated and unsaturated conditions and limit equilibrium solution to slope stability problems. The seepage effects on slope stability are analyzed in detail and both conventional slope stability method and the finite element technique are applied to solving the engineering problems. Recommended prerequisites: CVEN 3708 and CVEN 3718.
CVEN 5708 - Soil Mechanics
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Offers an advanced course in soil mechanics. Coverage includes basic principles of continuum mechanics; elasticity, viscoelasticity, and plasticity theories applied to soils; effective stress principle; consolidation; shear strength; critical state concepts; and constitutive, numerical, and centrifuge modeling.
CVEN 7718 - Engineering Properties of Soils
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Emphasizes engineering aspects of soil mechanics. Implications of soil strength, volume change, consolidation behavior in engineering problems such as slope stability, deformation of retaining walls, surface subsidence due to tunneling. Time effects in soil/long-term bearing capacity of piles. Laboratory determination of constitutive parameters of soils. Field tests/their correlations with soil properties. Case studies using finite element software.