Prof. Jidong ZHAO 趙吉東


PhD in Civil Engineering
MOE Chang Jiang Scholars (教育部長江學者獎勵計劃講座教授, 2021-2024)
Editor, Computers and Geotechnics (Elsevier) & Granular Matter (Springer Nature)
Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics
Research Area
Research Interests
Computational fluid dynamics
Computational geomechanics
Debris flow
Numerical analysis and constitutive models
Soil behavior

PhD, Tsinghua University

Computational Geomechanics Lab Openings

High caliber candidates are welcome to apply for multiple openings of Ph.D. and postdoc research fellow positions at Prof Jidong Zhao’s Computational Geomechanics Lab (visit the Lab website: for more information).

Research Projects

A multi-scale multi-physics modeling framework accounting for fluid-particle-structure interactions for debris flow and mitigation (NSFC, 2020-2023)

Multiscale modeling of large deformation in offshore geotechnics (RGC/GRF, 2019-2022)

Theoretical and Experimental Study of Consolidation Settlement of Sandy Marine Deposits Based on Homogenization Theory (RGC/GRF, 2019-2022)

Modelling entrainment, inter-phase mass exchange and surge dynamics of debris flows and their interaction with flexible barriers (RGC/GRF, 2019-2021)

Hierarchical multiscale modelling of compaction localisation in high-porosity sandstone (RGC/GRF, 2018-2020)

Multiscale modeling of granular media (China National Postdoctoral Council under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, 2018-2020) 

Multiscale modelling of granular sand considering particle morphology and pore water presssure (NFSC, 2017-2020)

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Li X.Y., Zhao J.D., Soga K. (2020). A new physically-based impact model for debris flow. Géotechnique. Accepted.
  2. Wu H.R., Zhao J.D., Liang W.J. (2020). The signature of deformation bands in porous sandstones. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. DOI: 10.1007/s00603-020-02100-8. 
  3. Shi X.S., Zhao J.D. (2020). Practical estimation of compression behavior of clayey/silty sands using equivalent void ratio concept. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.146(6): 04020046.
  4. Shi X.S., Nie J.Y., Zhao J.D., Gao Y.F. (2020). A homogenization equation for the small strain stiffness of gap-graded granular materials. Computers and Geotechnics. 121: 103440.
  5. Wu H.R., Papazoglou A., Viggiani G., Dano C., Zhao J.D. (2020). Compaction bands in Tuffeau de Maastricht: Insights from X-ray Tomography and Multiscale Modeling. Acta Geotechnica. 15(1): 39-55.
  6. Zhao S.W., Zhao J.D., Guo N. (2020). Universality of internal structure characteristics in granular media under shear. Physical Review E. 101(1):012906.
  7. Kasyap S.S., Senetakis K., Zhao J.D. (2019). Cyclic normal load – displacement behaviour of clay-coated sand grain contacts. Géotechnique. DOI: 10.1680/jgeot.18.P.216.
  8. Wu H.R., Zhao J.D., Guo N. (2019). Multiscale modeling of compaction bands in saturated high-porosity sandstones. Engineering Geology. 261: 105282.
  9. Wang X., Tian K., Su D., Zhao J.D. (2019). Superellipsoid-based study on reproducing 3D particle geometry from 2D projections. Computers and Geotechnics. 114: 103131.
  10. Zhu, F., Zhao, J.D.(2019). A Peridynamic Investigation on Crushing of Sand Particles. Géotechnique. 69(6): 526-540.
  11. Zhao S.W., Zhao J.D. (2019). A poly-superellipsoid-based approach on particle morphology for DEM modeling of granular media. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 43(13): 2147-2169.
  12. Zhu F., Zhao J.D. (2019). Modeling continuous grain crushing in granular media: a hybrid peridynamics and physics engine approach. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 348: 334-355.
  13. Liang W.J., Zhao J.D. (2019). Multiscale modelling of large deformation in geomechanics. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 43(5):1080-1114.
  14. Shi, X.S., Zhao, J.D., Yin, J.H., Yu, Z.J.(2019). An elastoplastic model for gap-graded soils based on homogenization theory. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 163: 1-14.
  15. Shi, X.S., Yin, J.H., Zhao J.D. (2019). An elastic visco-plastic model for binary sand-clay mixtures with applications to one-dimensional finite strain consolidation analysis. ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics. 145(8): 04019059.
  16. Li, X.Y., Zhao, J.D.(2018). Dam-break of mixtures consisting of non-Newtonian liquids and granular particles. Powder Technology. 241: 86-96. 
  17. Shen W.G., Zhao T., Zhao J.D., Dai F., Zhou G.D. (2018). Quantifying the impact of dry debris flow against a rigid barrier by DEM analyses. Engineering Geology. 241: 86-96.
  18. Li, X.Y., Zhao, J.D. (2018). A Unified CFD-DEM Approach for Modeling of Debris Flow Impacts on Flexible Barriers. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 42(14): 1643-1670.
  19. Wu, H.R., Zhao, J.D., Guo, N. (2018). Multiscale insights into borehole instabilities in high-porosity sandstones. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. 123(5): 3450-3473.
  20. Fan, H., Zhao, J.D., Zheng, H. (2018). Variational inequality-based framework of discontinuous deformation analysis. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 115(3): 358-394.
  21. Fan, H., Zheng, H., Zhao, J.D. (2018). Three-dimensional discontinuous deformation analysis based on strain-rotation decomposition. Computers and Geotechnics. 95: 191-210.
  22. Wu, H.R., Guo, N., Zhao, J.D. (2018). Multiscale modeling and analysis of compaction bands in high-porosity sandstones. Acta Geotechnica.13(3): 575-599.
  23. Fan, H, Zhao, J.D., Zheng, H. (2017). A high-order three-dimensional numerical manifold method enriched with derivative degrees of freedom. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements. 83: 229-241.
  24. Gao, Z.W., Zhao, J.D. (2017). A non-coaxial critical-state model for sand accounting for fabric anisotropy and fabric evolution. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 106-107: 200-212.
  25. Fan, H., Zheng, H., Zhao, J.D. (2017). Discontinuous deformation analysis based on strain-rotation decomposition. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 92: 19-29.
  26. Jiang, H., Wang, J.J., Chorzepa, M.G., Zhao, J.D. (2017). Numerical investigation of a progressive collapse of multi-span continuous bridges subject to vessel collision. ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 22(5): 04017008.
  27. Gao, Z.W., Zhao, J.D., Yin, Z.Y. (2017). Dilatancy relation for overconsolidated clay. International Journal of Geomechanics. 17(5), Article Number 06016035.
  28. Zhao, J.D., Jiang, M.J., Soga, K., Luding, S. (2016). Micro origins for macro behavior in granular media. Granular Matter. 18: 59.
  29. Guo, N., Zhao, J.D. (2016). Parallel hierarchical multiscale modelling of hydro-mechanical problems for saturated granular soils. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 305: 37-61.
  30. Guo, N., Zhao, J.D. (2016). 3D multiscale modeling of strain localization in granular media. Computers and Geotechnics. 80: 360-372.
  31. Guo, N., Zhao, J.D., Sun, W.C. (2016). Multiscale analysis of shear failure of thick-walled hollow cylinder in dry sand. Géotechnique Letters. 6(1): 77-82.
  32. Guo, N., Zhao, J.D. (2016). Multiscale insights into classical geomechanics problems. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 40(3): 367-390.
  33. Zhao, J.D., Gao, Z.W. (2016). Unified anisotropic elasto-plastic model for sand. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. 142(1), Article number 04015056.
  34. Zhao, J.D., Guo, N. (2015). The interplay between anisotropy and strain localisation in granular soils: a multiscale insight. Géotechnique. 65(8): 642-656.
  35. Jiang, H., Zhao, J.D. (2015). A simple three-dimensional failure criterion for rocks based on the Hoek-Brown criterion. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 48(5): 1807-1819.
  36. Gao, Z.W., Zhao, J.D. (2015). Constitutive modeling of anisotropic sand behavior in monotonic and cyclic loading. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. 141(8), Article number 04015017.
  37. Jiang, H., Zhao, J.D. (2015). Calibration of the continuous surface cap model for concrete. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design. 97: 1-19.