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Limin ZHANG (張利民) PhD , Sichuan University

Chair Professor (Associate Head)
Director of the Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal Georisk, Taylor & Francis
Email: cezhangl@ust.hk
Homepage: http://ihome.ust.hk/~cezhangl
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Geotechnical risk and reliability, dams and slopes, deep foundations and quality assurance, multi-phase flow through soils, and centrifuge modelling

RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Understanding debris flow mechanisms and mitigating risks for a sustainable Hong Kong (Theme-based Research Scheme, Co-PI, 2016-2020);

Coping with landslide risks in Hong Kong under extreme storms: Storm scenarios, cascading landslide hazards and multi-hazard risk assessment (CRF, PC, 2016-2019);

Green slope engineering: bioengineered, live cover systems for man-made fill slopes and landfill capillary barriers in Hong Kong (CRF, Co-I, 2013-2016);

Behaviour of loose fill slopes and its stabilization with soil nails (CRF, Co-I, 2000-2003);

Multi-source large-quantity monitoring data fusion in Bayesian networks for the evaluation of reliability of engineered slopes (GRF, PI, 2016-2019);

Multi-hazard human risk assessment for landslide studies (GRF, PI, 2014-2016);

Rapid identification of hazardous loose coarse landslide soil deposits on steep terrain (GRF, PI, 2010-2013);

Geotechnical hazards caused by environmental actions: rainfall and reservoir filling (RGC-NSFC, PI, 2004-2006) ;

A reliability-based displacement criterion for design of pile foundations;

Emerging Geohazards in Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta due to Climate Changes;

Flow of air-phase in unsaturated, weathered soils and its applications;

Group Interactions in Large-Diameter Bored Pile Groups Subjected to Torsion;

Innovative pile testing technology based on wave mechanics;

Large-scale Geotechnical Hazards Caused by Environmental Actions: Impact of Rainfall and Reservoir Filling;

Quality assurance and reliability of pile foundations;

System performance and reliability of bridge pile foundations in inland waterways subject to vessel impact ;

Study of Termination Criteria and Acceptance Criteria for Long Driven Piles including Jack Piles and Development of a Comprehensive Piled Foundation Database for Hong Kong Soils ;

Water infiltration in cracked soils for landslide study;

Investigation of failure of embankment dams and levees - from initiation to breach;

Analysis of failure modes and failure risks of earthquake-induced landslide dams;

Breaching mechanisms of earth and rockfill dams under extreme dynamic loading conditions and associated risk assessment (NSFC 海外及港澳学者合作研究基金).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Zhang, L.M., Peng, M., Chang, D.S., and Xu, Y. (2016). Dam Failure Mechanisms and Risk Assessment, John Wiley & Sons, London, 493 pp.

2. Zhang, S., Zhang, L.M., Nadim, F., and Lacasse, S. (2016). Evolution of mass movement near epicentre of Wenchuan earthquake, the first eight years. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 6, 36154. DOI: 10.1038/srep36154.

3. Chen, H.X., Zhang, S., Peng, M., and Zhang, L.M. (2016). A physically-based multi-hazard risk assessment platform for regional rainfall-induced slope failures and debris flows. Engineering Geology, 203, 15–29.

4. Chen, H.X., and Zhang, L.M. (2015). EDDA 1.0: integrated simulation of debris flow erosion, deposition and property changes. Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 829-844.

5. Zhang, L.M., Zhang, S., and Huang, R.Q. (2014). Multi-hazard scenarios and consequences in Beichuan, China: The first five years after the Wenchuan earthquake. Engineering Geology, 180, 4-20.

6. Tang, W.H., and Zhang, L.M. (2011). Development of a risk-based landslide warning system. Keynote lecture, ASCE Geotechnical Specialty Conference Georisk-2011, Atlanta, USA, 25-49.

7. Chang, D.S., and Zhang, L.M. (2010). Simulation of the erosion process of landslide dams due to overtopping considering variations in soil erodibility along depth. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 10, 933–946.

8. Li, J.H., Zhang, L.M., Wang, Y., and Fredlund, D.G. (2009). Permeability tensor and REV of saturated cracked soil. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 46(8), 928-942.

9. Zhang, L.L., Zhang, L.M., and Tang, W.H. (2005). Rainfall-induced slope failure considering variability of soil properties. Geotechnique, 55(2), 183-188.

10. Zhang, L.M., and Chen, Q. (2005). Predicting bimodal soil-water characteristic curves. J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., ASCE, 131(5), 666-670.

 
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