- PhD Northwestern University (2016)
- MS Louisiana State University (2012)
- BS Zhejiang University (2010)
- Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE
- Unsaturated Soils of ASCE
- 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
Publication in refereed journals
- Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2017). Rate-dependent breakage mechanics: a continuum theory accounting for the fracture kinetics of minerals. Géotechnique, in press.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2015). Prediction of breakage-induced couplings in unsaturated granular soils. Géotechnique 65(2), 135-140.
- Zhang, Y.D. & Buscarnera, G. (2014). Grainsize dependence of clastic yielding in unsaturated granular soils. Granular Matter 16(4), 469-483.
- 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
- 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.
- Zhang, Y. D. & Buscarnera, G. (2014). Model predictions of hydro-mechanical coupling in unsaturated crushable soils. Unsaturated Soils: Research & Applications, CRC Press, 471-477.