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Name: Xianfeng LIU

Date of Birth: October, 1980

Nationality: Chinese

Address: Building EA121

Telephone: +61 (02) 49212074 (office)



  • PhD, Ecole Centrale de Nantes - France, 02/12/2010
  • Master of Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University - China, 16/01/2006


Research keywords

  • Contaminants transport in soils
  • Soil microstructure analysis
  • THMC modelling of Underground coal fires

Research expertise

(1) Multi-physical processes in geomechanics: constitiutive modelling and coupling analysis

(2) Microstrucrual analysis of clays under environmetal loading (mechanical, hydraulical, chemical)

(3) Modelling of reactive transport in porous media

(4) Heavy metal transport in clays


  • Chinese
  • English
  • French

Fields of Research

090501Civil Geotechnical Engineering100


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Journal article (8 outputs)

2015Zhang C-L, Jiang G-L, Liu X-F, Wang Z-M, 'Lateral displacement of silty clay under cement-fly ash-gravel pile-supported embankments: Analytical consideration and field evidence', JOURNAL OF CENTRAL SOUTH UNIVERSITY, 22 1477-1489 (2015)
2014de Carteret R, Buzzi O, Fityus S, Liu X, 'Effect of Naturally Occurring Salts on Tensile and Shear Strength of Sealed Granular Road Pavements', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, 26 (2014) [C1]
2014Liu X, Buzzi O, 'Use of hand-spray plaster as a coating for soil bulk volume measurement', Geotechnical Testing Journal, 37 (2014) [C1]
2014Buzzi O, Sieffert Y, Mendes J, Liu X, Giacomini A, Seedsman R, 'Strength of an Australian Coal Under Low Confinement', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 47 2265-2270 (2014) [C1]
2014Zhang C, Jiang G, Liu X, Wang Z, 'Deformation performance of cement-fly ash-gravel pile-supported embankments over silty clay of medium compressibility: a case study', Arabian Journal of Geosciences, (2014)
2012Liu X, Hammad T, Saiyouri N, Hattab M, 'Physical chemical analysis of marine sediment cementation from the Gulf of Guinea', Comptes Rendus - Geoscience, 344 461-470 (2012) [C1]
2012Liu X, Collin F, Buzzi OP, Sloan SW, 'Numerical modelling of ground temperature evolution as a result of underground coal fire', Australian Geomechanics Journal, 47 27-32 (2012) [C1]
2007Jiang G, Liu X, Zhang J, Zhao R, 'Shaking table test of composite foundation reinforcement of saturated silty soil for high speed railway', Frontiers of Architecture and Civil Engineering in China, 1 353-360 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (7 outputs)

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]
2014Liu XF, Buzzi OP, Vaunat J, 'Influence of stress-volume path on swelling behavior of an expansive clay', Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications, Sydney (2014) [E1]
2012Liu X, Buzzi OP, 'Experimental characterization of shrinkage behaviour of Australian expansive soils', Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications, Napoli, Italy (2012) [E1]


2012Liu X, Collin F, Buzzi OP, Sloan SW, 'Numerical modelling of ground temperature evolution and soil subsidence as a result of underground coal fire', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2010Liu X, Saiyiuri N, Hicher P, 'Influence of Induced pH changes on heavy metals retention by kaolinite and bentonite', Proceedings Of The Geoshanghai International Conference, Shanghai, China (2010) [E1]
2010Liu X, Saiyouri N, Hicher P, 'Heavy metal transport in satured clays: experimental study and numerical simulation', Third Edition of the Euro Mediterranean Symposium on Advances in Geomaterial and Structures, Tunisia (2010) [E1]
2009Saiyouri N, Liu X, Khalil T, Muresan B, Hicher P, 'Reactive transport in granular media: modeling the erosion and filtration', Proceedings of the International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, France (2009) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorMicrostructural Changes of Expansive Soils upon Swelling and its Effect on Permeability

Dr Xianfeng Liu

Work Phone(02) 4921 5331
Cell / Mobile Phone0470031851
PositionResearch Associate
Geotechnical group
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308