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Dr. Liangbo Hu

huDr. Liangbo Hu
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Toledo
3023 Nitschke Hall
2801 W. Bancroft St
Toledo, OH 43606, USA
Office: (1) 419-530-8124
Fax:     (1) 419-530-8116
Email: Liangbo.Hu@utoledo.edu

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2008.
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2004.
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 1999.


RESEARCH INTERESTS 

Fundamentals of geomechanics: 

  • Theoretical and computational soil/rock mechanics
  • Mechanics of partially saturated soils
  • Coupled thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical processes
  • Multi-scale multi-physics approach

Engineering problems/applications:

  • Oil/gas retrieval related land subsidence
  • Desiccation shrinkage and cracking of soils 
  • Expansive soil behavior
  • Geo-environmental system simulation of geohazards (sinkholes, landslides and rockfall) 
  • Energy geotechnics 


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Statics
  • Mechanics of Mateirals with Lab
  • Civil Engineering Materials with Lab
  • Soil Mechanics with Lab
  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental and Energy Geotechnology

HONORS, AWARDS, PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICES

  • NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, 1st United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) Early Career Conference, Boston, MA, Travel grant, National Science Foundation, 2012.
  • Senol Utku award for best pre-PhD peer-reviewed journal articles, highest distinction. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, 2008.
  • Duke University Graduate School Conference Travel Fellowship, 2007.
  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Geophysical Union, The Clay Minerals Society, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.
  • Technical Committee member, Unsaturated Soils Committee, Geo-Institute, ASCE
  • Reviewer for Geo-Florida Conference 2010; Geo-Congress 2013, Geo-Congress 2014, Geo-Shanghai 2014, ISSAEST 2015, Geo-Chicago 2016,
  • Reviewer for Acta Geotechnica, Advances in Water ResourcesComputers and Chemical Engineering,Engineering Geology, Environmental Geotechnics,Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Testing JournalGeotechnique, International Journal of Geomechanics, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Journal of Testing and Evaluation.


PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Wang Z.M., Yang G.L., Yang R.D., Rawal K. and Hu L.B., Evaluating the factors influencing limestone-dissolution characteristics in the karst regions of Guizhou, China. Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 45(1): 1–10, doi:10.1520/JTE20160131, in press.
  • Grover D., Savidge C.R., Townsend L., Rosario O., Hu L.B., Rizzo D.M. and Dewoolkar M.M. 2016. Surface permeability of natural and engineered porous building materials. Construction and Building Materials, 112: 1088-1100.
  • Ghaedi H., Nims D., Gostautas R., Steinberg E., Hu L. and Walsh K. 2016. Field study of Ohio’s structural support inspection program for overhead signs, traffic signals, and high-mast lights. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2550: 15-21.
  • Hueckel T., Mielniczuk B., El Youssoufi M.S., Hu L.B. and Laloui L. 2014. A three-scale cracking criteria for drying soils. Acta Geophysica, 62(5): 1049-1059.
  • Hu L.B., Savidge C.R., Hayden N.J., Rizzo D.M., Hagadorn J.W. and Dewoolkar M.M. 2013. Commonly used porous building materials - geomorphic pore structure and fluid transport. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 25(12): 1803-1812.
  • Hu L.B., Panthi S. and Hueckel T. 2013. Multi-scale characterization of coupling mechanisms for evolving permeability in oil/gas bearing sediments compaction. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 31(6): 1671-1680.
  • Hu L.B., Peron H. Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2013. Desiccation shrinkage of non-clayey soils: a numerical study. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 37(12): 1782–1800.
  • Hu L.B., Peron H. Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2013. Desiccation shrinkage of non-clayey soils: multiphysics mechanisms and a microstructural model. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 37(12): 1761–1781.
  • Hu L.B., Peron H., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2013. Mechanisms and critical properties in drying shrinkage of soils:  experimental and numerical parametric studies. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 50(5): 536–549. 
  • Peron H., Laloui L., Hu L.B.and Hueckel T. 2013. Formation of drying crack patterns in soils: a deterministic approach. Acta Geotechnica, 8(2):215-221.
  • Zhao Y., Cui P. , Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2011. Multi-scale chemo-mechanical analysis of the slip surface of landslides in the Three Gorges, China. Science in China Series E: Technological Sciences, 54(7): 1757-1765.
  • Peron H., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2009. Desiccation cracking of soils. European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering,  13(7):869-888. 
  • Péron H., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and  Hu L.B. 2009. Fundamentals of desiccation cracking of fine-grained soils: experimental characterisation and mechanisms identification. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 46(10): 1177-1201.
  • Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2009. Feedback mechanisms in chemo-mechanical multi-scale modeling of soil and sediment compaction. Computers and Geotechnics. 36(6): 934-943.
  • Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2007. Creep of saturated materials as a chemically enhanced rate dependent damage process. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 31(14): 1537-1565.
  • Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2007. Coupled chemo-mechanics of intergranular contact: Toward a three-scale model. Computers and Geotechnics. 34(4): 306-327.
  • Yang L.,Yang G.L., Chen W.B., Wang Z.M., Jiang W.J. and Hu L.B. 2016. An experimental study of similar materials suitable for laboratory physical modelling of rockfall runout distance. Chinese Journal of Water Transport (in Chinese), 16(1): 6-11.
  • Wang Z.M., Yang G.L. and Hu L.B. 2016. Relationship between the carbonate facies and the karst groundwater water-bearing conditions in Guizhou. Chinese Journal of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology(in Chinese), 43(1): 293-298.
  • Zhao Y., Cui P. and Hu L.B. 2009. Relationship between evolution of clay shear strength and landslide induced by acid rain: a case study in the area of Three Gorges. Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering (In Chinese), 28(3): 576-582.


Book Chapters

  • Hueckel T., Hu L.B. and Hu M.M. 2016. Chapter 4: Coupled chemo-mechanics: a comprehensive process modeling for energy geotechnics. In F. Wuttke, S. Bauer and M. Sanchez (eds.), Energy Geotechnics, 25-34. CRC Press.
  • Peron H., Laloui L., Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2010. Chapter 3: Desiccation cracking of soils. In L. Laloui (ed.), Mechanics of Unsaturated Geomaterials, 55-80. John Wiley & Sons.


Peer-reviewed Conference Articles

  • Sigdel P. and Hu L.B. 2016. Numerical investigation of reaction kinetics and expansive behavior of sulfate bearing soils. In K.R. Reddy, N. Yesiller, D. Zekkos, A. Farid and A. De (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 272: Sustainable Materials and Resource Conservation. 701-710.
  • Zhang H.F., Kaake H. and Hu L.B. 2016. An improved method for the quality control of compacted clay liners in Ohio. In A. De, K.R. Reddy, N. Yesiller, D. Zekkos and A. Farid (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 271: Sustainable Geoenvironmental Systems. 339-348.
  • Akimana R.M., Seo Y., Li L., Howard L.J., Dewoolkar M.M. and Hu L.B. 2016. Exploring X-Ray computed tomography characterization and reactive transport modelling of microbially induced calcite precipitation in sandy soils. In D. Zekkos, A. Farid, A. De, K.R. Reddy and N. Yesiller (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 269: Sustainablity and Resiliency in Geotechnical Engineering. 62-71.
  • Rawal K., Wang Z,M. and Hu L.B. 2016. Exploring the gomechanics of sinkholes: A numerical simulation approach. In D. Zekkos, A. Farid, A. De, K.R. Reddy and N. Yesiller (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 269: Sustainablity and Resiliency in Geotechnical Engineering. 372-381.
  • Akimana R.M., Bista H., Seo Y., Li L., Howard L.J., Dewoolkar M.M. and Hu L.B. 2016. Multi-scale experimental and numerical study of microbially induced calcite precipitation in sandy soils: Preliminary evidences and observations. In W.C. Chen and Y.Y. Wu (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 263: Innovative andSustainable Use of Geomaterials and Geosystems. 77-84.
  • Sigdel P. and Hu L.B. 2016. Chemo-mechanical approach to modelling the expansive behavior of sulfate bearing soils: the role of crystallization pressure in ettringite formation. In B. Fatahi, T. Sorour and Z. Leng (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 259: Behavior of Geomaterials and Foundations for CivilInfrastructure Applications. 159-166.
  • Rawal K., Wang Z,M. and Hu L.B. 2016. Exploring the gomechanics of sinkholes: A numerical study of sinkhole subsidence and collapse. In R. Bulut, X. Yu, and S.R. Yang (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 257: Advances in Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Transportation Geomaterials and Geosystems for Sustainable Infrastructure. 1-8.
  • Hu L.B. and Sigdel P. 2015. Exploring a chemo-mechanical approach to understand expansive behavior of sulfate bearing soils. In S. Zhao, J. Liu and X. Zhang (eds.), ASCE Construction Institute Special Publication on Innovative Materials and Design for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, 189-199.
  • Sigdel P. and Hu L.B. 2015. Modelling ettringite induced heaving in cement stabilized soils within a
    chemo-mechanical constitutive framework. In M. Iskander, M.T. Suleiman, J.B. Anderson and D.F. Laefer (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 256: Proceedings of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015. 125-132.
  • Panthi S., Soltanpour Y. and Hu L.B. 2014. Multi-scale modelling of enhanced dissolution and deformation of geomaterials: a  discrete element approach. In X. Zhang, J. Chu and R. Bulut (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 236: Soil Behavior and Geomechanics. 502-511.
  • Hu L.B., Bista H., Mielniczuk B., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Youssoufi M.S. 2014. Multi-scale approach for modeling desiccation shrinkage in granular soils. In X. Zhang , J. Chu and R. Bulut (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 236: Soil Behavior and Geomechanics. 512-521.
  • Bista H., Hu L.B., Mielniczuk B., Youssoufi M.S., Laloui L. and Hueckel T. 2014. Multi-scale study of desiccation shrinkage in granular soils. In N. Khalili, A. Nasser and A. Khoshghalb (eds.), Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications. 883-889.
  • Panthi S., Hu L.B. 2014. A discrete element approach for coupled chemo-mechanical mechanisms in geomaterials. In M. Abu-Farsakh, X. Yu  and L.R.  Hoyos (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 234: Geo-Congress 2014, Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Substainablity. 624-633.
  • Hu L.B., Monfared M., Mielniczuk B., Laloui L., Hueckel T., Youssoufi M.S. 2013. Multi-scale approach to cracking criteria for dyring soils.  In C.L. Meehan, D. Pradel , M.A. Pando and J.F. Labuz  (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 231: Geo-Congress 2013, Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments. 838-845.
  • Hu L.B., Peron H., Laloui L. and Hueckel T. 2011. A multi-scale multi-physics model of soil drying. ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 211: Geo-Frontiers 2011, Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, Dallas, TX, USA, 4349-4358.
  • Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2010. Self-regulatory mechanisms of damage, dissolution and precipitation in evolving permeability of geo-materials. 9th Hellenic Society for Theoretical and Applied MechanicsInternational Congress on Mechanics, A tribute to Professor Ioannis Vardoulakis, Limassol, Cyprus, 267-274.
  • Hu L.B., Savidge C.R., Rizzo D.M. , Hayden N.J., Dewoolkar M.M., Meador L. and Hagadorn J.W. 2009. Characterization of porous materials in agent transport. In K.A. Aishbli and A.H. Reed (eds.), Proceedings ofthe 3rd International Workshop on X-ray CT for geomaterials, 172-179.
  • Hu L.B., Péron H., Laloui L. and Hueckel T. 2008. Modelling evaporation, shrinkage and cracking of desiccating soils. In D.N. Singh (ed.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics. 1083-1090.
  • Hu L.B., Péron H., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2008. Desiccation shrinkage of unconstrained soil in saturated phase. In D.G Toll, C.E. Augarde, D. Gallipoli and S.J. Wheeler (eds.), Unsaturated Soils, Advance in Geo-engineering. 653-658
  • Zhao Y., Hu L.B., Cui P. and Hueckel T. 2007. Evolution of shear strength of clayey soils in a landslide due to acid rain: a case study in the area of Three Gorges, China. In V.R. Schaefer, R.L. Schuster and A.K. Turner (eds.), AEG Special Publication 23: 1st North American Landslide Conference. 1656-1666.
  • Péron H., Hu L.B., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2007. Numerical and experimental investigation of desiccation of soil. In Z.Z. Yin, Y.P. Yuan and A.C.F. Chiu (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Asian Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Science Press, 391-396.
  • Péron H., Hu L.B., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2007. The influence of the pore fluid on desiccation of a deformable porous material. In T. Schanz (ed.), Springer Proceedings in Physics, Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, 413-420.
  • Hu L.B., Péron H., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2007. Drying shrinkage of deformable porous media: mechanisms induced by the fluid removal. In H.W. Olson (ed.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 157: Computer Applications in Geotechnical Engineering, Geo-Denver 2007. 10 pages, CD-ROM.
  • Hu L.B., Péron H., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2006. Numerical and phenomenological study of desiccation of soil. In N. Lu, L.R. Hoyos and L. Reddi (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 148: Advances in Unsaturated Soil, Seepage, and Environmental Geotechnics, 166-173.
  • Péron H., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2006. Experimental study of desiccation of soil. In G.A. Miller, C.E. Zapata, S.L. Houston and D.G. Fredlund (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 147: Unsaturated Soils 2006, 1073-1084.


Other Articles in Conference Proceedings 

  • Panthi S., Hu L.B. 2013. A multi-scale approach for modelling enhanced dissolution and deformation of geomaterials.  In S. Pietruszczak and G.N. Pande (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, 400-409.
  • Hueckel T., Mielniczuk B., El Youssou  M.S., Hu L.B. and Laloui L. 2013. Soil suction and cracking from the onset to the end of desaturation: micro-scale evidence and model. In S. Pietruszczak and G.N. Pande (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, 371 - 380.
  • Hu L.B., Panthi S. and Hueckel T. 2012. Multi-scale characterization of coupling mechanisms in oil/gas bearing sediments compaction. In B. Yu (ed.), Proceedings of the 17th Great Lakes Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Conference: GeoEngineering in Face of Sustainability and Energy Challenges. 65-78. 
  • Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2011. Coupled chemo-mechanics of evolving permeability in geomaterials. In G.N. Pande and S. Pietruszczak (eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, Cavtat-Dubrovnik, 599-608.
  • Hu L.B., Hueckel T., Péron H. and Laloui L. 2009. Desiccation shrinkage and its controlling properties: multiphysics. The 3rd International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled problems in Science and Engineering. Ischia Island, Italy, 4 pages.
  • Peron H., Laloui L. Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2009. Predictions of the spacing and pattern of drying cracks in soils. The 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics. State of the Art Books and Monographs in Engineering Sciences, International Centre for Computational Engineering, 623-629.
  • Peron H., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2008. Numerical modeling of desiccation cracking of soils. International Symposium SEC2008 Drought and Constructions, volume 1 of Actes des journées scientifiques du LCPC, Paris, Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées. 169-175.
  • Péron H., Hu L.B., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. 2007. Mechanisms of desiccation cracking of soil: validation. In G.N. Pande and S. Pietruszczak (eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Numerical Models in Geomechanics. Taylor & Francis: London, 277-282.
  • Péron H., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2007. Modeling of desiccation cracking in engineered clay barriers for waste disposal. Proceedings of the 7th Japanese-Korean-French Seminar on Geo-environmental Engineering. Grenoble, France, 265-272.
  • Hu L.B. and Hueckel T. 2006. Creep of geomaterials due to coupled damage and spontaneous mineral dissolution. In C.A. Mota Soares, J.A.C. Martins, H.C. Rodrigues and J.A.C. Ambrósio (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Computational Mechanics. Lisbon, Portugal, 15 pages, CD-ROM.
  • Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. 2004. Chemo-mechanical coupling and damage enhanced dissolution at intergranular contact. In G.N. Pande and S. Pietruszczak (eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Numerical Models in Geomechanics. Balkema: Rotterdam, 349-353.


CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

  • Hu L.B. Geomechanics the adventurous way – paradoxes in multi-scale multi-physics processes in geomaterialsGeotechnical Engineering Seminar Series, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Nov 2015.
  • Sigdel P. and Hu L.B. 2015. Modelling ettringite induced heaving in cement stabilized soils within a chemo-mechanical constitutive framework. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015. San Antonio, TX, USA, Mar 2015.
  • Hu L.B. Envirionmental geomechanics: multi-scale multi-physics approach for coupled chemo-mechanical phenomena in geomaterials, College of Civil Engineering, Guilin Unversity of Technology, GuanXi Province, China, Jun 2014.
  • Panthi S., Soltanpour Y. and Hu L.B. Multi-scale modelling of enhanced dissolution and deformation of geomaterials: a Discrete Element approach. Geo-Shanghai International Conference, Shanghai, China, May 2014.
  • Hu L.B., Bista H., Mielniczuk B., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and El Youssoufi M.S. Multi-scale approach for modeling desiccation shrinkage in granular soils. Geo-Shanghai International Conference, Shanghai, China, May 2014.
  • Panthi S. and Hu L.B. A discrete element approach for coupled chemo-mechanical mechanisms in geomaterials. Geo-Congress 2014, Atlanta, GA, Feb 2014
  • Hu L.B., Monfared M., Mielniczuk B., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Youssoufi M.S. Multi-scale approach to cracking criteria for drying soils. Geo-Congress 2013, San Diego, CA, Mar 2013.
  • Hu L.B. Environmental geomechanics: chemo-mechanical interaction in oil/gas bearing sediments. 17th Great Lakes Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Conference: GeoEngineering in Face of Sustainbility and Energy Challenges. Clevand, OH, May 2012. 
  • Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. Mechanisms of coupling of deformation, contamination, dissolution and precipitation in porous media. SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences. Sante Fe, New Mexico, Mar 2007.
  • Hu L.B., Peron H., Hueckel T. and Laloui L. Drying shrinkage of deformable porous media: mechanisms induced by the fluid removal. Geo-Denver 2007, International Congress, ASCE. Denver, Colorado, Feb 2007.
  • Peron H., Laloui L., Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. Experimental study of desiccation of soil. 4th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT). Carefree, Arizona, Apr 2006.
  • Hu L.B. Chemo-mechanical coupling in the aging of geomaterials. Geomechanics Seminar, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Sep 2005.
  • Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. Chemo-mechanical degradation of geomaterials: modeling on a microscale, 2005 Joint ASCE/ASME/SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jun 2005.
  • Hueckel T. and Hu L.B. Modeling of coupled phenomena in chemo-mechanics of geomaterials. 9th International Symposium on Numerical Models in Geomechanics, Ottawa, Canada, Aug 2004.

 

Last Updated: 1/20/17