Qianbing Zhang


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Dr. Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in geomechanics and tunnelling engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow undertaking the project ‘Dynamic Fracturing and Energy Release Mechanisms in Heterogeneous Materials’. He received his PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and prior to joining Monash, he was a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL and University of Cambridge. He has been the Associate Editor and then the Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier Journal Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (JCR-Q1, Impact Factor=3.942, and CiteScore=5.0) since 2016.

Dr. Zhang's GeoM4BIM Team is focused on the application of underground Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Machine Learning (ML) methodologies to Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) and underground construction. His GeoExtremes Lab also focuses on the development and application of experimental techniques and multiphysics computational tools to understand the progressive failure of geomaterials and structures under extreme conditions such as natural hazards and human-made disasters.

Dr. Zhang has been invited to review proposals for Australian Research Council (ARC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation of Kazakhstan (NCSTE), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PhD and Master theses from Australian and overseas Universities, and more than 30 international journals in the fields of geomechanics, tunnelling and impact engineering.

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Research area keywords

  • Geomechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Optical Measurement Techniques
  • Mining
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering

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Research Output 2009 2020

Dielectric properties of hard rock minerals and implications for microwave-assisted rock fracturing

Zheng, Y. L., Zhao, X. B., Zhao, Q. H., Li, J. C. & Zhang, Q. B., Mar 2020, In : Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources. 6, 1, 17 p., 22.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Long-term performance of metro tunnels induced by adjacent large deep excavation and protective measures in Nanjing silty clay

Liu, B., Zhang, D-W., Yang, C. & Zhang, Q-B., 1 Jan 2020, In : Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 95, 15 p., 103147.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

A damage mechanical model applied to analysis of mechanical properties of jointed rock masses

Yang, W., Zhang, Q., Ranjith, P. G., Yu, R., Luo, G., Huang, C. & Wang, G., 1 Feb 2019, In : Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 84, p. 113-128 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Damage evolution mechanism in production blasting excavation under different stress fields

Xie, L. X., Zhang, Q. B., Gu, J. C., Lu, W. B., Yang, S. Q., Jing, H. W. & Wang, Z. L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. 97, 14 p., 101969.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Development of a 3D hybrid finite-discrete element simulator based on GPGPU-parallelized computation for modelling rock fracturing under quasi-static and dynamic loading conditions

Fukuda, D., Mohammadnejad, M., Liu, H., Zhang, Q., Zhao, J., Dehkhoda, S., Chan, A., Kodama, J. I. & Fujii, Y., 4 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 34 p.

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ARMA Future Leaders Program

Qianbing Zhang (Recipient), 2018

Prize: National/international honour

Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow

Qianbing Zhang (Recipient), 2020

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Dean’s Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career Researcher

Qianbing Zhang (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Outstanding Unit Evaluation Result

Qianbing Zhang (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Other distinction