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Zhang, Yida

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My research resides at the interface between continuum mechanics, physics, and thermodynamics. I study the physical-chemical-mechanical processes occurring at the molecular, pore, grain, and meso scale to understand the emergent macro-scale behavior of porous and granular materials.


  • Poromechanics, grain breakage, chemomechanics


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courses taught

  • CVEN 3708 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
    Primary Instructor - 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 3718 - Geotechnical Engineering 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Covers stress analysis and plastic equilibrium, sheer strength of soil, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability and underground construction. Analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls and other earth and rock structures. Selected experimental and computational laboratories.
  • CVEN 5628 - Seepage and Slopes
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    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
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    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 6948 - Master's Degree Cand
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
  • CVEN 6958 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022
  • CVEN 7718 - Engineering Properties of Soils
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    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.


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