Yida Zhang
Assistant Professor
Geotechnical Engineering & Geomechanics

Office: ECOT 432


  • PhD Northwestern University (2016)
  • MS Louisiana State University (2012)
  • BS Zhejiang University (2010)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE
  • Unsaturated Soils of ASCE
  • ARMA

Research Interests:

  • Constitutive modeling of geomaterials (soil, rock) interacting with environmental factors (adsorption, dissolution, elevated temperature)
  • Micromechanics of granular materials
  • Unsaturated soil behaviors
  • Numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering and energy geotechnics

Latest Publications:

Publication in refereed journals

  1. Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2017). Rate-dependent breakage mechanics: a continuum theory accounting for the fracture kinetics of minerals. Géotechnique, in press.
  2. Gao, S., Zhang, Y.D., Sonta, A. & Buscarnera, G. (2016). Evolution of water retention characteristics of granular material subjected to grain crushing. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 142 (9).
  3. Zhang, Y.D., Buscarnera, G. & Einav, I. (2015). Grainsize dependence of yielding in granular soils interpreted using fracture mechanics, breakage mechanics, and Weibull statistics. Géotechnique 66(2), 149-160.
  4. Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2015). Implicit Integration under Mixed Controls of a Breakage Model for Unsaturated Crushable Soils. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. Published online, DOI: 10.1002/nag.2431.
  5. Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2015). Prediction of breakage-induced couplings in unsaturated granular soils. Géotechnique 65(2), 135-140.
  6. Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2014). Grainsize dependence of clastic yielding in unsaturated granular soils. Granular Matter 16(4), 469-483.
  7. Voyiadjis, G.Z., Faghihi, D. & Zhang, Y.D. (2014). A theory for grain boundaries with strain-gradient plasticity. International Journal of Solids and Structures 51, 1872-1889.

Contributions to international and national conferences

  1. Zhang, Y. D. & Buscarnera, G. (2015). Constitutive couplings in unsaturated granular media with crushable grains. In 49th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium. American Rock Mechanics Association.
  2. Zhang, Y. D. & Buscarnera, G. (2014). Model predictions of hydro-mechanical coupling in unsaturated crushable soils. Unsaturated Soils: Research & Applications, CRC Press, 471-477.