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Zhao Zhiye

  • Associate Chair (Research)
  • Director, Nanyang Centre for Underground Space (NCUS)

Associate Professor
BSc Tsinghua, MSc, DIC London, PhD CNAA, PGDipTHE Nan. Tech., MISSMO, MISBE, MIES, MASCE
Office: N1-01b-54
Tel: (65) 6790-5255
Email: czzhao@ntu.edu.sg


  • B.Eng: Tsinghua University, China
  • MSc/DIC: Imperial College, UK
  • PhD: Computational Mechanics Institute, UK.

Career details:

  • 2001 – present Associate Professor, School of Civil and Structural Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 1993 – 2000 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Civil and Structural Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 1990 - 1993 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Civil and Structural Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Member of Professional Societies

  • President, Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology (Singapore), since 2013.
  • Member of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, since 1997.

Editorial Board Member

  • Int. Journal of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, since Jan. 2012.
  • Int. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, since Sept 2014.

Main research interest

  • The discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) in rock engineering - development of theory, computer coding, coupled DDA/FEM, and applications.
  • Coupled hydro-mechanical analysis for fractured rock mass
  • Rock cavern response under blast loads.

Current research project

  • Hyundai/NCUS: Development of a construction management and preliminary design system for rock caverns
  • Joint SINTEF/I3C/NCUS project on Grouting Technology (TIGHT)
  • NRF/L2NIC: Structural and Social Impacts of Rock Blasting on Nearby Environment
  • NRF/L2NIC: Microbiological, Chemical and Physical Interactions in Rock Cavern Water Storage
  • NCUS/Kajima: Rock bolt modelling.

Recent publications (2015 – 2016)

  • Zhu, Xing; Xu, Qiang; Zhao, Zhiye; et al., Low frequency acoustic signals associated with rock falls, thunderstorms, and wind turbulences in field environment, APPLIED ACOUSTICS, Vol 112, 131-139, NOV 2016
  • Gui, Yilin; Zhao, Zhiye; Zhou, Hongyuan; et al., Numerical Simulation of P-Wave Propagation in Rock Mass with Granular Material-Filled Fractures Using Hybrid Continuum-Discrete Element Method, ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, Vol 49, Issue:10,4049-4060, OCT 2016
  • Choo, Ling Qian; Zhao, Zhiye; Chen, Huimei; et al., Hydraulic fracturing modelling using the discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) method, COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS, Vol 76, 12-22, JUN 2016
  • Ma, Shuqi; Zhao, Zhiye; Nie, Wen; et al., A numerical model of fully grouted bolts considering the tri-linear shear bond-slip model, TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, Vol 54, 73-80, APR 2016
  • Gui, Y. L.; Zhao, Z. Y.; Kodikara, J.; et al., Numerical modelling of laboratory soil desiccation cracking using UDEC with a mix-mode cohesive fracture model, ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, Vol 202, 14-23, MAR 2016
  • Chen, H. M.; Zhao, Z. Y.; Choo, L. Q.; et al., Rock Cavern Stability Analysis Under Different Hydro-Geological Conditions Using the Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Model ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, Vol 49, Issue 2, 555-572, FEB 2016
  • Zhou, Hongyuan; Wang, Xiaojuan; Zhao, Zhiye; et al., High velocity impact mitigation with gradient cellular solids, COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, Vol 85, 93-101, FEB 2016
  • He, Lei; An, Xinmei; Liu, Xiaoying; et al., Augmented Numerical Manifold Method with implementation of flat-top partition of unity, ENGINEERING ANALYSIS WITH BOUNDARY ELEMENTS, Vol 61, 153-171, DEC 2015
  • Zhou, Hongyuan; Wang, Yonghui; Wang, Xiaojuan; et al., Energy absorption of graded foam subjected to blast: A theoretical approach, MATERIALS & DESIGN, Vol 84, 351-358, NOV 2015
  • Jiao YuYong; Huang GangHai; Zhao ZhiYe; et al., An improved three-dimensional spherical DDA model for simulating rock failure, SCIENCE CHINA-TECHNOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol 58, Issue 9, 1533-1541, SEP 2015
  • Zhou, Hongyuan; Ma, Guowei; Li, Jingde; et al., Design of Metal Foam Cladding Subjected to Close-Range Blast, JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE OF CONSTRUCTED FACILITIES, Vol 29, Issue 4, AUG 2015
  • He, L.; An, X. M.; Zhao, Z. Y.; et al., Fully Grouted Rock Bolts: An Analytical Investigation, ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, Vol 48, Issue 3, 1181-1196, MAY 2015
  • Xu, Zhipeng; Zhao, Zhiye; Sun, Jianping; et al., Back-analysis approach for the determination of hydraulic conductivity in rock caverns, TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, Vol 47, 233 – 238, MAR 2015
  • Deng, X. F.; Chen, S. G.; Zhu, J. B.; et al., UDEC-AUTODYN Hybrid Modeling of a Large-Scale Underground Explosion Test, ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, Vol 48, Issue 2, 737-747, MAR 2015

Prize received

  • Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005