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Chao Yang completed his Ph.D study in Geotechnical Engineering from Tongji University, China and École nationale des ponts et chaussées (ENPC), France, in July 2008. His research focused on the mechanical behaviour of unsaturated cemented soils (French loess) subjected to cyclic transportation loading (i.e., high speed railway, road). He has a BEng in Construction Engineering and a MEng in Engineering Mechanics in Henan Polytechnic University, China. Before he came to the University of Newcastle, he worked as an engineer in Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co., Ltd., mainly responsible for studying and implementing critical construction techniques in shield tunnelling beneath both operating and under-construction runways. In the spring of 2009, he worked in ENPC for three months and developed a piece of engineering software aiming to evaluate the TGV (French high speed railway) foundation stability using field penetration tests.


  • Doctor of Engineering, Tongji University - China, 25/11/2008
  • Master of Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University - China, 01/07/2005


Research keywords

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Shield Tunnel Construction
  • Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Research expertise

(1) Constitutive modelling of unsaturated soils

(2) Seepage analysis in engineered soil covers

(3) Foundation stability analysis using shear-wave velocity method

(4) Shield tunnel construction in soft clays

(5) Soil nailing technique

(6) Numerical simulation and Software development.


  • Chinese
  • English
  • French

Fields of Research

091399Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified45
090501Civil Geotechnical Engineering35
090699Electrical And Electronic Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified20


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Journal article (15 outputs)

2015Sun B, Zeng S, Guo S, Yang C, 'Variation Characteristics of Stress Wave Speed for Anchorage System Under Instantaneous Excitation', Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, (2015)
2014Yang C, Carter JP, Sheng D, 'Description of compression behaviour of structured soils and its application', CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL, 51 921-933 (2014) [C1]
2013Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, 'Stochastic analysis of hydraulic hysteresis in multi-layer unsaturated soil covers under random flux boundary conditions', Geotechnical Special Publication, 542-554 (2013) [C1]
2013Ma S, Huang M, Hu P, Yang C, 'Soil-water characteristics and shear strength in constant water content triaxial tests on Yunnan red clay', Journal of Central South University, 20 1412-1419 (2013) [C1]
2013Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, Huang J, 'Stochastic Evaluation of Hydraulic Hysteresis in Unsaturated Soils', JOURNAL OF GEOTECHNICAL AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 139 1211-1214 (2013) [C1]
2013Wang SY, Sun L, Yang C, Yang SQ, Tang CA, 'Numerical study on static and dynamic fracture evolution around rock cavities', Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 5 262-276 (2013) [C1]
2012Sheng D, Yang C, 'Discussion of fundamental principles in unsaturated soil mechanics', Yantu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 34 438-456 (2012) [C1]


2012Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, 'Effect of hydraulic hysteresis on seepage analysis for unsaturated soils', Computers and Geotechnics, 41 36-56 (2012) [C1]
2009Huang M, Yang C, Cui Y, 'An Elasto-Plastic Bounding Surface Model for Unsaturated Soils under Cyclic Loading', Yantu Gongcheng Xuebao, 31 817-823 (2009) [C1]
2008Yang C, Cui Y, Huang M, 'Damage Model for Unsaturated Structured Loess under Cyclic Loading', Yanshi Lixue Yu Gongcheng Xuebao, 27 805-810 (2008) [C1]
2008Yang C, Cui Y, Pereira J-M, 'A Constitutive Model for Unsaturated Cemented Soils under Cyclic Loading', Computers and Geotechnics, 35 853-859 (2008) [C1]
2007Yang C, Huang M, Liu M, 'Three-Dimensional Numerical Analysis of Pile Response due to Tunneling', Yanshi Lixue Yu Gongcheng Xuebao, 26 2601-2607 (2007) [C1]
2007Huang M, Li Z, Yang C, 'Analysis of the Shielding effect of a pile group adjacent to tunneling', Tumu Gongcheng Xuebao, 40 69-74 (2007) [C1]
2005Yang C, Liu X, Wang G, 'Analysis of Pressure Change Law of Hard-Clayey Foundation Pit', Journal of Liaoning Technical University, 24 856-858 (2005) [C1]
2004Yang C, Luo Y, Zhang Y, 'The Visualization of Calculation of Uniform Steel in Compresol Piles with Round Cross-Section', Geotechnical Engineering Technique, 18 299-302 (2004) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)

2015Yang C, Carter JP, Sheng D, 'On the compression behaviour of structured soils', Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014 (2015)
2014Yang C, Yang CS, Liu XF, 'An improved modeling of hydro-mechanical behavior of unsaturated compacted soils', Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications, London (2014) [E1]
2014Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, Pineda J, Kelly R, 'From compression behavior to plastic anisotropy of reconstituted soft soils', Geotechnical Special Publication (2014)
2011Yang C, Huang MS, Cui Y-J, 'Constitutive model of unsaturated structured soils under cyclic loading', Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Barcelona, Spain (2011) [E1]
2011Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, 'Hysteretic seepage analysis in unsaturated soil covers', Unsaturated Soils: Theory and Practice, Pattaya, Thailand (2011) [E1]
2011Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, 'Numerical modelling of hydraulic hysteresis in unsaturated soil covers', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Volume 2, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

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Dr Chao Yang

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PositionReseach Academic
Centre of Geotechnical and Material Modelling
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Engineering Administration,
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Callaghan NSW 2308