Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Liangbo Hu


Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Toledo
3023 Nitschke Hall
2801 W. Bancroft St
Toledo, OH 43606, USA
(1) 419-530-8124
(1) 419-530-8116





  • 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.


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 


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


  • Wang Z.M., Rawal K., Hu L.B., Yang R.D. and Yang G.L. 2017.  A study of dissolution and water-bearing characteristics of the restricted platform dolomite facies in the karst areas of Guizhou, China.  Environmental Earth Science, 76: 124, doi: 10.1007/s12665-017-6419-x.

  • Wang Z.M., Yang G.L., Yang R.D., Rawal K. and Hu L.B. 2017.  Evaluating the factors influencing limestone-dissolution characteristics in the karst regions of Guizhou, China.  Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 45(1): 220-229.

  • Hueckel T., Ciantia M., Mielniczuk B., El Youssoufi M.S. and Hu L.B. 2017.  Modeling physical-chemical degradation of mechanical properties to assess the resilience of geomaterials.  In E. Papamichos, P. Papanastasiou, E. Pasternak and A. Dyskin (eds.), Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering: Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials with Engineering Applications.  65-79.

  • Rawal K., Hu L.B. and Wang Z.M. 2017.  Numerical investigation of geomechanics of sinkholes formation and subsidence.  In T.L. Brandon and R.J. Valentine (eds.), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 277: Geo-Frontiers 2017:  Transportation Facilities, Structures and Site Investigation.  480-487.

  • 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.

  • Hueckel T., Hu L.B. and Hu M.M. 2016.  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.
Last Updated: 6/27/22