Education Background

2013.07, PhD, The University of Adelaide (Australia), Geotechnical Engineering

2009.06, MEng, Chongqing University (China), Mining Engineering

2007.06, BEng, Wuhan Institute of Technology (China), Civil Engineering

Professional Experience

2016.01-now , Associate Professor, Institute of Port, Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Zhejiang University.

2013.10-2016.01 , Lecturer, Institute of Port, Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Zhejiang University.

2013.07-2013.10, Research Associate, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide.

Teaching Courses

Undergraduate: Soil Mechancis

Postgraduate: Advanced Soil Mechancis; Engineering Geology

Journal Publications

[1] Shen J*, Karakus M. (2014) Simplified Method for Estimating the Hoek-Brown Constant for Intact Rocks. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE). 140 (6) 04014025.

[2] Shen J, Karakus M*. (2014)Three-dimensional numerical analysis for rock slope stability using shear strength reduction method. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 51:164-172.

[3] Shen J, Jimenez R*, Karakus M,  Xu C. (2014) A simplified failure criterion for intact rocks based on rock type and uniaxial compressive strength. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.  47:357-369.

[4] Shen J, Karakus M*, Xu C (2013) Chart-based slope stability assessment using the generalized Hoek-Brown criterion. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining sciences. 64:210-219.

[5] Shen J, Karakus M*, Xu C (2012) Direct expressions for linearization of shear strength envelopes given by the Generalized Hoek-Brown criterion using genetic programming.Computers and Geotechnics. 44:139-146.

[6] Shen J, Karakus M*, Xu C (2012) A comparative study for empirical equations in estimating deformation modulus of rock masses. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 32:245-250.

[7] Shen J*, Priest S.D, Karakus M (2012) Determination of Mohr-Coulomb shear strength parameters from generalized Hoek-Brown criterion for slope stability analysis. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 45:123-129.

Research Funding  

[1] A mathematical model of GSI for three dimensional rock mass. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, (51504218) 2016.01-2018.12.

[2] Estimation of shear strength of highly fractured rock masses under seepage conditions. Supported by the State Key Laboratory of Geo-hazard Prevention and Geo-environment Protection, China (SKLGP2015K011) 2015.01-2016.12.

[3] Rock mass strength model under dynamic loading conditions.  Supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, (2014QNA4028) 2014.1-2015.12.

[4] The estimation of rock mass strength using genetic programming for coal mine tunnel design. Supported by the Scientific Research Foundation of State Key Lab. of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, China, (2011DA105287-FW201209) 2013.01-2014.12.

Research Interests

*Numerical modeling in slope and tunneling engineering

*Estimation of deformation and strength of rock masses

*Application of genetic programming in geomechanics

*Submarine landslide and offshore foundation engineering


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