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ZHANG Wengang PhD, Professor
  Overseas High-level Talents (Young Thousand Talented Professor)
  Leader of Academia & Technology in Chongqing (The 3rd Batch)

Ph.D. (Aug. 2010 – Feb. 2014), Nanyang Technological University
M.E. (Sep.2006 – Apr.2009),Hohai University
B.E. (Sep. 2002 – June.2006),Hohai University

Career Details
Aug. 2009 – July 2010  Nanyang Technological University,Research Assistant
Feb. 2014 – May 2016  Nanyang Technological University,Research Fellow
May. 2016 –           Chongqing University,Professor

Research interests
Deep braced excavation; Geotechnical Reliability Analysis; Slope Engineering; Big data and machine learning

Research Projects
Model tests on pile-soil interaction of passive piles under lateral movements by using transparent soils
Precise Modeling of Rock Microstructure and Stability Evaluation of Reservoir Bank Slope

Latest Publications
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*. 2015. Regression models for estimating ultimate and serviceability limit states of underground rock caverns. Engineering Geology 188: 68-76.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*, Zhang YM, Chen YM, Xiao Y. 2015. Assessment of soil liquefaction based on capacity energy concept and multivariate adaptive regression splines. Engineering Geology 188: 29-37.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*. 2015. Numerical study of pillar stresses and interaction effects for twin rock caverns. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 39(2): 193-206.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*, Xuan F. 2015. A simple prediction model for wall deflection caused by braced excavation in clays. Computers and Geotechnics 63: 67-72.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*. 2016. Multivariate adaptive regression splines and neural network models for prediction of pile drivability. Geoscience Frontiers. 7: 45-52.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*. 2013. Multivariate adaptive regression splines for analysis of geotechnical engineering systems. Computers and Geotechnics 48: 82-95.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC*. 2012. Reliability assessment on ultimate and serviceability limit states and determination of critical factor of safety for underground rock caverns. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology 32: 221-230.
Goh ATC*, Zhang WG. 2014. An improvement to MLR model for predicting liquefaction-induced lateral spread using multivariate adaptive regression splines. Engineering Geology 170: 1-10.
Goh ATC*, Zhang WG. 2012. Reliability assessment of stability of underground rock caverns. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 55: 157-163.
Goh ATC, Zhang Fan, Zhang WG*, Zhang YM, Liu Hanlong. 2017. A simple estimation model for 3D braced excavation wall deflection. Computers and Geotechnics 83: 106-113.
Goh ATC, Zhang Fan, Zhang WG*, Otard Chew YS. 2017. Assessment of strut forces for braced excavation in clays from numerical analysis and field measurements. Computers and Geotechnics 86: 141-149.
Zhang WG, Zhang YM, Goh ATC*. 2017. Multivariate adaptive regression splines for inverse analysis of soil and wall properties in braced excavation. Tunneling and Underground Space Technology 64: 24-33.
Anthony T.C. Goh, Yanmei Zhang, Runhong Zhang, Wengang Zhang*, Yang Xiao. 2017. Evaluating stability of underground entry-type excavations using multivariate adaptive regression splines and logistic regression. Tunneling and Underground Space Technology 70: 148-154.
Zhang WG, Goh ATC. 2018.  Reliability analysis of geotechnical infrastructures: Introduction. Editorial Paper. Geoscience Frontiers. 9(6): 1595-1596
Xiang Yuzhou, Liu Hanlong, Zhang Wengang, Chu Jian, Zhou Dong, Xiao Yang. 2018. Application of transparent soil model test and DEM simulation in study of tunnel failure mechanism. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 74: 178-184.
Zhang Wengang, Wang Wei, Zhou Dong, Goh ATC, Zhang Runhong. 2018. Influence of groundwater drawdown on excavation responses – A case history in Bukit Timah granitic residual soils. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 10: 856-864.
Wengang Zhang*, Zhongjie Hou, Anthony T.C. Goh, Runhong Zhang. 2018. Estimation of strut forces for braced excavation in granular soils from numerical analysis and case histories. Computers and Geotechnics, 106: 286-295.
Zhang Wengang, Zhang Runhong, Wang Wei, Zhang Fan, Anthony Goh Teck Chee. 2019. A Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines model for determining horizontal wall deflection envelope for braced excavations in clays. Tunneling and Underground Space Technology. 84:461-471.
Goh ATC, Zhang WG*, Wong KS. 2019. Deterministic and reliability analysis of basal heave stability for excavation in spatial variable soils. Computers and Geotechnics, 108: 152-160.
Chen Fuyong, Wang Lin, Zhang Wengang*. 2019. Reliability assessment on stability of tunneling perpendicularly beneath an existing tunnel considering spatial variabilities of rock mass properties. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 88: 276-289.
Goh ATC, Zhang RH, Wang W, Wang L, Liu H, and Zhang WG. 2019. Numerical study of the effects of groundwater drawdown on ground settlement for excavation in residual soils. Acta Geotechnica. DOI: 10.1007/s11440-019-00843-5
Zhang YM, Zhang WG*, Xiao ZM*, Fan M. 2019. Fatigue Investigations On Steel Pipeline Containing 3D Coplanar and Non-coplanar Cracks. Computers, Materials & Continua. Accepted.
Xin Gu, Lin Wang, Fuyong Chen, Hongrui Li, Wengang Zhang. 2019. Reliability analysis of slope stability considering temporal variations of rock mass properties. Computers, Materials & Continua. Accepted.
Zhenyu Wang, Lin Wang, Wengang Zhang. A random angular bend algorithm for two- dimensional discrete modelling of granular materials. Materials 2019, 12, 2169; doi:10.3390/ma12132169.
Lin Wang, Wengang Zhang* and Fuyong Chen. 2019. Bayesian Approach for Predicting Soil-Water Characteristic Curve from Particle-Size Distribution Data. Energies 2019, 12, 2992; doi:10.3390/en12152992.
Abierdi, Yuzhou Xiang, Haiyi Zhong, Xin Gu, Hanlong Liu. Wengang Zhang, 2019. Laboratory Model Tests and DEM Simulations of Unloading-Induced Tunnel Failure Mechanism. Computers, Materials & Continua. Accepted.
Zhixiong Chen, Peng Yang, Hanlong Liu, Wengang Zhang*, Chongzhi Wu. 2019. Characteristics analysis of granular landslide using shaking table model test. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2019.105761

2019 Computers and Geotechnics “Sloan Outstanding Paper Award”
2013 The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore) Hulme Prize