Cheng Zhu, Ph.D., P.E.

Cheng Zhu, Ph.D., P.E.

Cheng Zhu, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor

Cheng  Zhu, Ph.D., P.E.
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Contact Info
Rowan Hall 139



B.S. – Nanyang Technological University
M. Eng. – Nanyang Technological University
M.S. – Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph. D. – Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Expertise:
Theoretical Geomechanics: damage and healing mechanics; creep and fatigue; THMC coupling; Experimental Characterization: 3D-printing; microscope; X-ray CT; image processing; Computational Modeling: Constitutive modeling  (MATLAB); Finite Element Modeling (DISROC, ABAQUS, COMSOL); Geoengineering Applications: energy production (geothermal, hydraulic fracturing); geological storage (oil/gas storage, induced seismicity, nuclear waste disposal); soil/asphalt reinforcement (bio-cementation, geogrid)

My research projects and clinics include: Bio-cementation of sand and clay; Novel Examples of Geotech Education; Flow/Slip Features of 3D Printed Rock; Shaker Shield; Pressurized Flow in Fractures

Honors and Award:
American Rock Mechanics Association 2018 Future Leader Award
Georgia Institute of Technology 2015 James S. Lai Award
Nanyang Technological University 2009 Continental Steel Book Prize
Nanyang Technological University 2008 President Research Scholar

Selected Publications:
Zhu, J.H. Jeong, M. Dutta, and C. Arson, 2015. Image processing of fabric evolution in granular salt subject to diffusive mass transfer. Mechanical Behavior of Salt VIII, Rapid City, SD, USA.

X.D. Shen, C. Zhu, and C. Arson. Analysis of microstructure, deformation and permeability of salt/sand mixtures during creep, 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Paris France, July 9-13, 2017.

Zhu, A. Pouya, and C. Arson, 2016. Prediction of viscous cracking and cyclic fatigue of salt polycrystals using a joint- enriched finite element model, Mechanics of Materials, vol. 103, pp. 28-43.

Zhu, A. Pouya, and C. Arson, 2015. Micro-macro analysis and phenomenological modeling of salt viscous damage and application to salt caverns, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, vol. 48, n. 6, pp. 2567-2580.

Z.G. Chen, C.S. Tang, C. Zhu, B. Shi, and Y.M. Liu, 2016. Compression, swelling and rebound behavior of GMZ bentonite/additive mixture under coupled hydro-mechanical condition, Engineering Geology, vol. 221, pp. 50-60.