• Tao XU

  • Professor, Dr. School of Resources and Civil Engineering
    Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
    Email:  xutao@mail.neu.edu.cn
    Dr. Tao XU obtained his PhD at Northeastern University, China in 2005 and his Masters and Bachelor degrees at Henan Polytechnic University (HPU), China in 2001 and 1998, respectively. After that, he worked as a faculty member at Dalian University, China for about 8 years and then moved to Northeastern University, China in 2013 as an associate professor and he was promoted as professor in 2014. He paid an academic visit to City University of Hong Kong for a period of 6 months from Aug 2002 to Feb. 2003 as a research assistant. He obtained Swiss Federal Scholarship and made an academic visit to Laboratory of Rock Mechanics, EPFL, Switzerland with Prof. Zhao Jian for one year from July 2008 to July 2009 and made a visit to LMR, EPFL again for a period of two months in 2010. He made a visit to Monash Univesity, Australia and performed cooperative research with Dr. Ranjith for six months from Oct. 2012 to April 2013 under the sponsor of Australia Endeavour Research Awards, and paid a visit to Universit®¶ de Strasbourg, France for two weeks under the sponsor of PHC-Xuguangqi program. Tao is actively participating in professional activities and he has been invited to review papers for international journals such as Fuel, Energy, Journal of Geophysical Research, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Composites Part B, International Journal of Geomechanics, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Environmental Earth Sciences, Structural Engineering Mechanics, International Journal of Energy Research, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung A.
    Rock mechanics and engineering, Rock seepage mechanics, Coal mining induced gas outbursts, Stability of underground workings, Strata movement, subsidence, slope stability, Acoustic emission and micro-seismicity monitoring, Computer applications in mining/geotechnical engineering, Hydraulic fracturing and associated hydro-mechanical coupling
    PostDoctor 2006-2009      Civil  Engineering          Dalian University of Technolog, Dalian, China
    PhD 2001-2005 Mining Engineering       Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
    M.Eng.         1998-2001      Mining Engineering       Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, China
    B.Eng.          1994-1998 Mining Engineering       Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, China
    2014   :  Silver Award for Youth Science and Technology Award, Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering
    2014 :  Second Prize of  Metallurgical and Scientific & Technical Award, China Iron and Steel Industrial Association
    2012   :  Australian Endeavour Awards, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Australia
    2009 :  The Second Prize of Liaoning Provincial Nature Science Award
    2009 :  The Second Prize of Science and Technology Progress,  Chinese Society for Rock Mech. & Engineering (CSRME)
    2008 :  Swiss Federal Scholarship Award from Swiss Federal Commission (SFC)
    2007 :  Nomination for National Excellent Doctoral Thesis, China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center
    2007 :  The First Prize of excellent paper in nature science in Liaoning Province
    2006 :  Shortlist for excellent doctoral thesis Rocha Award 2006, International Society for Rock Mechanics
    • Study on thermo-hydro-mechanical creep property and creep mechanism of brittle rock. National Natural Science Foundation of China (51474051), 2015.1-2018.12
    • Time-dependent deformation and meso-scopic failure mechanism of surrounding rockmass in deep rock engineering under hydro-mechanical coupled conditions. National Natural Science Foundation of China (41172265),  2012.1-2015.12
    • Time-dependent deformation and failure mechanism of deep rock mass. Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (N130501002).   2014.1-2015.12.  
    • Shear Creep Instability mechanism of rock slope. State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP2012K008),  2012.1-2013.12
    • Study of time-dependent behavior of rock in terms of material degradation.  Scientific Research Foundation for Returned Scholars, Ministry of Education of China. 2011.1-2012.12
    • Study on shallow spalling failure mechanism of rock slope under dynamic loading. State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP2010K008).  2010.1-2011.12.
    • Micromechanical modelling of brittle material failure. Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation Program-The Exchange Program (EG22-032009). 2010.7-2010.9
    • Fundamental research on geohazard prevention and geoenvironment protection under high intensity coal mining in Western China. National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (2013CB227900), 2013.1-2018.8
    • Research on basic theory about the mechanism of water inrush and its prevention in coal mines, National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (2007CB209400), 2008-2012.
    • The study on mechanism dynamic disaster of mines induced by deterioration of geological condition of coal and rock under excavating, National Natural Science Foundation of China (Key Project no. 40638040), 2007.1-2010.12

    1. Xu Tao, Ranjith P.G., Au S.K., Wasantha P.L.P., Yang T.H., Tang C.A., Liu H.L., Chen C.F. Numerical and experimental investigation of hydraulic fracturing in Kaolin clay. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2015. 10.1016/j.petrol.2015.08.003. 
    2. Xu Tao, Zhao Gaofeng, Zhu Wancheng, Yuan Lin.  Mesoscale Modeling of Spallation Failure in Fiber Reinforced Concrete due to Impact Loading. International Journal of Geomechanics, 2015, 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000496, B4015001-11. 
    3. Xu Tao, He Zhujie, Tang Chun-an, Zhu Wancheng, P.G. Ranjith. Width effect in interface debonding of FRP plate bonded to concrete. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 2015, 93: 30-41. 
    4. Xu Tao, Yang Tianhong, Chen Chongfeng, Liu Honglei. Mining induced strata movement and roof behavior in underground coal mine. Geomech. Geophys. Geo-energ. Geo-resour., 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s40948-015-0010-2.
    5. Michael J. Heap, Tao Xu, Alexandra R. L. Kushnir, Ben M. Kennedy, Chong-feng Chen. Fracture of magma containing overpressurised pores. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2015, 301:180-190. 
    6. Yang S.Q., Xu Tao, L. He, H.W. Jing, S. Wen, Q.L. Yu. Numerical study on failure behavior of brittle rock specimen containing pre-existing combined flaws under different confining. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.acme.2015.03.005  
    7. Liu Honglei, Yang Tianhong, Xu Tao*, Yu Qinglei, Fu Xiang. A study of permeability enhancement with hydraulic fracturing in coal and rock mass. Geosciences Journal. 2015, 19(3): 489-502. 
    8. Yang Tianhong, Wang Peitao, Xu Tao, Yu Qinglei, Zhang Penghai, Shi Wenhao, Hu Gaojian. Anisotropic characteristics of jointed rock mass: a case study at Shirengou iron ore mine in China. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 2015. DOI:10.1016/j.tust.2015.03.005 
    9. Zhang Peng-hai, Yang Tian-hong, Yu Qing-lei, Xu Tao, Liu Hong-lei, Zhou Jing-ren, Zhao Yong-chuan. Microseismicity induced by fault activation during the fracture process of a crown pillar. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2015, 48(4): 1673-1682.  
    10. Xu Tao, Xu Qiang, Deng Maolin, Ma Tianhui, Yang Tianhong, Tang Chun-an. A numerical analysis of rock creep induced slide: a case study of Wulong slope in Chongqing, China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2014, 72(6): 2111-2128.  
    11. Xu Tao, Zhao Gaofeng, Tang Chun-an, Ranjith P.G. Modeling of transverse thermal cracking of FRP bars embedded in concrete. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 2014, 39(4): 2621-2629.    
    12. Yang T.H., Xu Tao, Liu H.Y., Zhang C.M., Wang S.Y., Rui Y.Q., Shen L. Rheological characteristics of weak rock mass and effects on the long-term stability of slopes. Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering, 2014, 47(6): 2253-2263. DOI: 10.1007/s00603-013-0527-z  
    13. Yang S.Q., Jing H.W., Xu T. Mechanical behavior and failure analysis of brittle sandstone specimens containing combined flaws under uniaxial compression. Journal of Central South University of Technology, 2014, 21(5): 2059-2073.   
    14. Wasantha P.L.P., Ranjith P.G., Xu Tao, Yan Yueong. A new parameter to describe the persistency of non-persistent joints. Engineering Geology, 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.08.003.  
    15. Heap M, Xu Tao, Chen Chongfeng. The influence of vesicle/bubble size on the brittle strength of volcanic rocks and magmas. Bulletin of Volcanology, 2014, 76:856-871.  
    16. Xu Tao, Ranjith P.G., Wasantha P.L.P., Zhao J., Tang C.A., Zhu W.C. Influence of the geometry of partially-spanning joints on mechanical properties of brittle rock in uniaxial compression. Engineering Geology, 2013. 167: 134-147.   
    17. Xu Tao, Xu Qiang, Chun-an Tang, Ranjith P.G. The evolution of rock failure with discontinuities due to shear creep. Acta Geotechnica, 2013, 8(6):567-581.  
    18. Zuo Yujun, Jia Peng, Zhu Wancheng, Xu Tao. Numerical investigation on zonal disintegration mechanism around deep underground openings. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 908028, 21 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/908028.  
    19. Zhu W.C., Wei C.H., Liu J., Xu Tao, Elsworth D. Impact of gas adsorption induced coal matrix damage on the evolution of coal permeability. Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering, 2013, 46(6): 1353-1366.
    20. Wang Peitao, Yang Tianhong, Xu Tao, Yu Qinglei, Liu Honglei. A model of anisotropic property of seepage and stress for jointed rock mass. Journal of Applied Mathematics, 2013£¨Vol.2013, Article ID 420536, 1-19. 
    21. Xu Tao, Tang CA, Zhao J., Li L.C., Heap M. Modelling the time-dependent rheological behaviour of heterogeneous brittle rocks. Geophysical Journal International, 2012, 189(3):1781-1796. 
    22. Xu Tao, Tang CA., Zhao J. Modeling of rheological deformation of inhomogeneous rock and associated time-dependent response of tunnels. International Journal of Geomechanics. 2012, 12(2):147-159. 
    23. Zuo Yujun, Xu Tao, Zhang Yongbin, Zhang Yiping, Li Shucai, and Chen Chunchun. Numerical study of zonal disintegration within a rock mass around a deep excavated tunnel. International Journal of Geomechanics, 2012, 12(4):471-483. 
    24. Xu Tao, Zhang Yongbin, Liang Z.Z., Tang CA., Zhao J. Parallel computation for debonding process of externally FRP plated concrete. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 2011, 38(6):803-823. 
    25. Yang T.H., Xu Tao, Shi B.M., Yu Q.X., Tang C.A. Stress-damage-flow coupling model and its application to pressure relief coal bed methane in deep coal seam. International Journal of Coal Geology, 2011, 86(4):357-366.   
    26. Tang C.A., Liang Z.Z., Zhang Y.B., Chang X., XU T, Wang D.G., Zhang J.X., Liu J.S., Zhu W.C., Elsworth D. Fracture spacing in layered materials: A new explanation based on two-dimensional failure process modeling. American Journal of Science, 2008, 308(1):49-72  
    27. Xu Tao, Tang CA, Yang T.H., Zhu W.C., Liu J.  Numerical investigation of coal and gas outbursts in underground collieries. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 2006, 43(6): 905-919. 
    28. Tang C.A., Zhang Y.B., Liang Z.Z., Xu Tao, Tham L.G., Lindquist P.-A., Kou S. Q., and Liu H. Y. Fracture spacing in layered materials and pattern transition from parallel to polygonal fractures. Physical Review E, 2006, 73(5): 056120-056129