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Academic Areas: Geotechnical Engineering

Research Interests: Reinforced soil, soil-structure interaction, constitutive modeling, underground structures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2003, Columbia University, USA

M.E. in Civil Engineering, 1999, Tsinghua University, China.

B.E. in Civil Engineering, 1996, Hohai University, China.

Professional Experience

Full professor (2013-present): School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Assistant Professor (2007-2013): City University of New York

Associate Professor (2006-2007): Tsinghua University

Lecturer (2003-2005): Tsinghua University

Selected Publications

  • Liu, Huabei (2015). Reinforcement load andcompression of reinforced soil mass under surcharge loading. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, in press.

  • Liu, Huabei, Torres, D.M., Agrawal, A.K.,Yi, Z., and Liu, G. (2015). Simplified blast load effects on column and bent beamof highway bridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, in press.

  • Liu, Huabei, and Nezili, S. (2015). Centrifugemodeling of underground tunnel in saturated soil subjected to internal blastloading. Journal of Performance of Constructued Facilities, ASCE, in press.

  • Liu, Huabei, Zou, Degao, and Liu, Jingmao(2014). Constitutive modeling of dense gravelly soils subjected to cyclic loading.International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 38(14),1503-1518.

  • Liu, Huabei, Zou, Degao (2014). Closure to“Associated generalized plasticity framework for modeling gravelly soilsconsidering particle breakage”. Journalof Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 140(4), 07014004.

  • Yang, G.Q., Liu, Huabei(corresponding author), Zou, Y.T., Xiong, B.L. (2014). Post-constructionperformance of a two-tiered geogrid reinforced soil wall backfilled withsoil-rock mixture. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 42(2), 91-97.

  • Liu, Huabei, Yang, Guangqing, Ling, Hoe I.(2014). Seismic response of multi-tiered reinforced soil retaining walls. SoilDynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 61-62, 1-12.

  • Liu, Huabei, Won, Myoung-Soo (2014). Stress-dilatancyand reinforcement load of vertical reinforced soil composite: an analyticalmethod. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 140(3), 630-639.

  • Liu, Huabei, Martinez, Jason (2014). Creep behaviorof sand-geomembrane interfaces. Geosynthetics International, 21(1), 83-88.

  • Liu, Huabei (2013). Unified sand modelingusing associated or non-associated flow rule. Mechanics ResearchCommunications, 50, 63-70.

  • Liu, Huabei, Zou, Degao (2013). Associatedgeneralized plasticity framework for modeling gravelly soils consideringparticle breakage. Journal of EngineeringMechanics, ASCE, 139(5), 606-615.

  • Liu, Huabei (2012). Soil-structure interactionand failure of cast-iron subway tunnels subjected to medium internal blast loading.Journal of Performance of ConstructedFacilities, ASCE, 26(5): 691-701.

  • Yang, Guangqing, Liu, Huabei(corresponding author), Lv, Peng, Zhang, Baojian (2012). Geogrid-reinforcedlime-treated cohesive soil retaining wall: Case study and implication. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 35:112-118.

  • Liu, Huabei, Ling, H.I. (2012). Seismic responsesof reinforced soil retaining walls and the strain-softening of backfill soils.International Journal of Geomechanics,ASCE, 12(4): 351-356.

  • Liu, Huabei (2012). Long-termlateral displacement of geosynthetic-reinforced soil segmental retaining walls.Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 32,18-27.

  • Liu, Huabei, Wang, Xiangyu, and Song,Erxiang (2011). Reinforcement load and deformation mode of geosynthetic-reinforcedsoil walls subject to seismic loading during service life. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 29(1), 1-16.

Awards and Honors

MAO Yisheng Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Youth award, 2014, China

1000 Young Talent Awardee, 2013, China

Scientific Leadship Award, US Department of Homeland Security

Courses Taught

0804953: Soil Mechanics

0500023: Civil Engineering Technical English

Advanced Soil Mechanics


1. Geomechanics and geo-hazards, Principal Investigator, 1000 Young Talent Project, 07/2013 – 06/2019, ¥3000,000.

2. Reinforcement load analysis model for geosynthetic-reinforced soil retaining walls considering long-term interactions among reinforcement, soil and facing, Principal Investigator, China National Natural Science Foundation, 01/2014-12/2017, ¥800,000.

3. Preparing homeland security professionals for transportation infrastructure protection in a multi-hazard environment, Principal Investigator, US Department of Homeland Security, 02/2011 – 01/2014, $246,838.

4. Theoretical investigations on the seismic response of geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures considering the effects of creep, Principal Investigator, National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant No. 50408002), 2005-2007, ¥240,000.

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