Rock Mechanics and Physics Laboratory

  • [11/2023] New PNAS paper on acoustic emissions in granular material.
  • [02/2024] New paper on the relationships between microstructures and the mechanical properties of granite.
  • [03/2024] Professor Yu Huang and Professor Xingyue Li from Tongji University visited us.
  • [12/2023] Professor Derek Elsworth visited us and joined our group meeting.
  • [08/2023] 2023 ARMA East Asia Geomechanics Workshop was successfully held at PolyU.
  • [05/2023] Cai Guanglei presented in the PolyU Research Student Conference (PRSC 2023).
  • [05/2023] Wu Huanyu and Zou Yuan presented in the PAIR Conference 2023. Wu Huanyu won the best poster presentation award in the Deep Space Explorations Session.
  • [05/2023] New paper on progressive damage and associated seismicity on a laboratory fault.
  • [03/2023] New paper on prediction of tunnel squeezing in soft sedimentary rocks by geoelectrical data.
  • [01/2023] Dr Zhao hosted the online seminar "A New Era of Deep Space Exploration" presneted by Prof James Head, Prof Wei Yang, and Prof Xuhai Tang on Jan 18, 2023
  • [01/2023] New paper on the frictional behavior, deformability and dilatancy of proppant-filled fractures.
  • [01/2023] New paper on the statistical study of squeezing for soft rocks based on factor and regression analyses of effective parameters.
  • [08/2022] Congratulations to Dr Hui Yang's successful delivery of the keynote presentation in the Young Scholars Plenary Session at the International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn 4).
  • [12/2021] The Research Centre for Resources Engineering towards Carbon Neutrality (碳中和資源工程研究中心) has been established. The Rock Lab is a proud member working on geomechanics for carbon neutrality.
  • [11/2021] Dr Xiaofeng Li is selected as the Runner Up for the Rocha Medal by ISRM. Congratulations!!!
  • [10/2021] Dr Tianyang Guo is awarded the PolyU Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations!!!
  • [09/2021] Congratulations to Dr Xiaofeng Li starting as a postdoc at the University of Toronto.
  • [09/2021] Huanyu Wu, Hui Yang, and Yu Wang join the Rock Lab. Welcome!
  • [08/2021] Dr Zhao and Dr Guo give talks at ARMA UToronto Student Chapter.
  • [05/2021] The Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations (深空探測研究中心) has been established. The Rock Lab is a proud member of the research centre. Let's advance space science and exploration with Space Rock Mechanics!
  • [05/2021] Dr. Xiaofeng Li joined the Rock Lab as a Postdoc.
  • [04/2021] NEW OPPORTUNITIES! (1) PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship Scheme , (2) CEE studentship.
  • [03/2021] Jie Luo started her laboratory experiments in the Rock Lab.
  • [02/2021] Guanglei Cai joined the Rock Lab as a Research Assistant.
  • [02/2021] Dr. Tianyang Guo joined the Rock Lab as a Research Associate (Postdoc).
  • [12/2020] Dr. Qi Zhao's PhD dissertation has been selected by the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) as a 2020 winner of the Dr. N.G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award.
  • [12/2020] We propose a machine learning based approach to estimate relative arrival time of acoustic emissions on a laboratory fault without forward modelling. See more details in the AGU 2020 Poster.

  • Dr. Qi Zhao (赵奇, 趙奇)

    Assistant Professor



    PhD fellowship & International opportunities:

    Available fellowship/scholarship schemes
    PolyU – EIT Collaborative PhD Training Programme
    International exchange program with University of Toronto

    Undergraduate research/intern opportunities

    Research topics

    • In situ and operando experiments under CT
    • Non-destructive testing and characterization methods (CT, acoustic emission, and ultrasonic tomography)
    • Fault/joint surface roughness and frictional behavior
    • Hybrid finite-discrete element method (FDEM)

    Useful links:

    Rock Lab @ PolyU