Faculty Directory


Zhao Zhiye

Co-Director for NTU-JTC I3C

Associate Professor
BSc Tsinghua, MSc, DIC London, PhD CNAA, PGDipTHE Nan. Tech., MIES
Office: N1-01a-27/ N1-01b-54
Tel: (65) 6790-5255/ 6592-7956
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 grouting simulations.
  • 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.

Prize received

  • Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005

Recent publications (2016 – 2017)

  • Jayasinghe, L.B., Zhou, H.Y., Goh, A.T.C., Zhao, Z.Y., Gui, Y.L. Pile response subjected to rock blasting induced ground vibration near soil-rock interface, Computers and Geotechnics, 82, 1-15, 2017.
  • Ma, S, He, C, Zhao, Z., Nie, W., Zhu, X., Zhang, Z. Modeling of Rock Joints Under Cyclic Loading Conditions Using Discontinuous Deformation Analysis, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 50(5), 1205-1215, May 2017
  • Wang, L., Jiao, Y., Huang, G., Zheng, F., Zhao, Z., Tan, F. Improvement of contact calculation in spherical discontinuous deformation analysis, Science China Technological Sciences, Volume: 60, Issue: 5, pp. 765-771, May 2017.
  • Ma, S., Zhao, Z., Nie, W., Nemcik, J., Zhang, Z., Zhu, X. Implementation of displacement-dependent Barton-Bandis rock joint model into discontinuous deformation analysis, Computers and Geotechnics, 86, 1-8, June 2017
  • Zhang, X., Lu, Ming., Mao, D., Zhao, Z., Liu, H. Design and construction of shaft for rock caverns in Singapore, Geomechanics and Engineering, volume 13, issue 1, 2017, Pages 173~194, July 2017.
  • Gui, Y., Zhao, Z., Zhang, C., Ma, S. Numerical investigation of the opening effect on the mechanical behaviours in rocks under uniaxial loading using hybrid continuum-discrete element method, Computers and Geotechnics, 90, 55-72, Oct 2017.
  • Ma, S., Zhao, Z., Nie, W., Zhu, X. An Analytical Model for Fully Grouted Rockbolts with Consideration of the Pre- and Post-yielding Behavior, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 50 (11), 3019-3028, Nov 2017.
  • Xiao, F., Zhao, Z., Chen, H. A simplified model for predicting grout flow in fracture channels, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 70, 11-18, Nov 2017.
  • 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