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FENG Weiqiang
Assistant Professor

Dr Weiqiang Feng is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. Dr Feng obtained his B.Eng. in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering from Central South Unviersity in 2008, Master degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2011, and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016. From 2016 to 2020, he was a Postdoc Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Dr Feng’s research focuses on consolidation analysis of marine clay, soil constitutive modelling and simulations, physical modelling and applications of fiber optic technology. In recent years, Dr Feng has published more than twenty high-quality international journal papers in geotechnical journals such as Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Engineering Geology, Computers and Geotechnics, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Method in Geomethanics. In addition, he also served as the reviewer of several international journals.


Educational Background 

2011 – 2016, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Doctor of Philosophy (Geotechnical Engineering)

2008 – 2011, Zhejiang University, Master of Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering)

2004 – 2008, Central South University, Bachelor of Engineering (Mining and Geotechnical Engineering)


Professional Experience

2020.06 – present, Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Assistant Professor

2016.06 – 2020.05, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Post-doc Fellow

2016.04 – 2016.06, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Research Associate


Honors and Awards

Best PhD thesis “Ringo Yu” Award, HKIE, 2016

National Scholarship, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, 2007



“Physical and Numerical Modelling of Consolidation of Bentonite Slurry Accelerated by Vertical Drains under Vacuum Preloading and Heating” (RGC GRF PolyU 152130/19E, from 1/1/2020 to 31/12/2023; HK$534,500), main participant.

“Study of Super-fast Large-area Economical Marine Reclamations for Housing and Infrastructural Developments in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area” (RGC RIF R5037-18, from 30/6/2019 to 29/6/2024; HK$9,876,160), main participant.

“Development and Verification of a New Simplified Hypothesis B Method for Calculating Consolidation Settlement of Clayey Soils Exhibiting Creep” (RGC GRF PolyU 152796/16E, from 1/1/2017 to 31/12/2019; HK$675,647), main participant.

“A unique multi-functions large-scale physical model testing facility for study of the impact of debris flow on flexible barriers and geo-hazards in Hong Kong” (RGC CRF PolyU12/CRF/13E, from 30/06/2014 to 29/12/2017; HK$4,104,000), participant.



Journal papers

*corresponding author

1.Li Li-Hua, Liu Shuai-Shuai, Xiao Heng-Lin, Feng Wei-Qiang *, Li Jun-Peng, Wu Pei-Chen (2022). Experimental investigation on reinforcement effect of sustainable materials for different subgrades, Journal of cleaner production, 2022-04-01, Vol.343, 130944. DOI:10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.130944.

2.Wang Zi-Yi, Fang Yu-Fei, FENG Wei-Qiang*, Tian Xiao-Jun, Lin Jian-Fu (2022). Comparative Study on Particle Size Effect of Crushable Granular Soils through DEM Simulations, Lithosphere (2021) 2021 (Special 4): 1608454.DOI: 10.2113/2022/1608454.

3.Chen Wen-Bo, FENG Wei-Qiang, Yin,Jian-Hua, Qin Jie-Qiong (2021).New fiber bragg grating (Fbg)-based device for measuring small and large radial strains in triaxial apparatus, Canadian geotechnical journal, 2021, Vol.58 (7), p.1059-1063. DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2020-0145.

4.Liu Kai, Yin Zhen-Yu, Chen Wen-Bo, FENG Wei-Qiang, Yin Jian-Hua (2021). Nonlinear Model for the Stress-Strain-Strength Behavior of Unsaturated Granular Materials, International journal of geomechanics,2021, Vol.21(7),1-15.


5.Liu Kai, Chen Wen-Bo, Yin Jian-Hua, FENG Wei-Qiang & Lalit Borana (2021). A novel multifunctional apparatus for testing unsaturated soils, Acta geotechnica, 2021, Vol.16 (12), p.3761-3778.DOI:10.1007/s11440-021-01399-z.

6.Chen Ze-Jian, FENG Wei-Qiang*, YIN Jian-Hua (2021). A new simplified method for calculating short-term and long-term consolidation settlements of multi-layered soils considering creep limit, Computers and geotechnics, 2021-10, Vol.138, p.104324. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2021.104324.

7.Chen Wen-Bo, FENG Wei-Qiang, Yin Jian-Hua, Chen Jin-Miao, Lalit Borana, and Ren-Peng Chen (2021). Closure to "new Model for Predicting Permanent Strain of Granular Materials in Embankment Subjected to Low Cyclic Loadings" by Wen-Bo Chen, Wei-Qiang Feng, Jian-Hua Yin, Jin-Miao Chen, Lalit Borana, and Ren-Peng Chen, Journal of Journal of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, 2021-11-01, Vol.147 (11), p.7021027. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002657.

8.Moirangthem Johnson Singh, FENG Wei-Qiang, Xu Dong-Sheng, Mrigendra Dubey, Lalit Borana (2021). Long-term Elasto-Visco-Plastic behavior of fly ash blended Indian Montmorillonitic clay in odometer condition, International Journal of Geomechanics, 2021-3,Volume 22 Issue 3, DOI: 10.1061/(asce)gm.1943-5622.0002290.

9.FENG W.-Q., TAN D.-Y., YIN J.-H., QIN J.-Q. and CHEN W.-B. (2020). Experimental and Numerical Studies on the Performances of Stone Column and Sand Compaction Pile Reinforced Hong Kong Marine Clay. International Journal of Geomechanics. 20(8), 06020018. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001739

10.YIN J.-H., QIN J.-Q. and FENG W.-Q. (2020). A Novel FBG-based Effective Stress Cell for Direct Measurement of Effective Stress in Saturated Soil. International Journal of Geomechanics. 20(8), 04020107. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001724

11.WU P.-C., FENG W.-Q.* and YIN J.-H. (2020). Numerical Study of Creep Effects on Settlements and Load Transfer Mechanisms of Soft Soil Improved by Deep Cement Mixed Soil Columns under Embankment Load. Geotextiles and Geomembranes. 48(3), 331-348. DOI: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2019.12.005

12.TAN D.-Y., YIN J.-H., QIN J.-Q., ZHU Z.-H., and FENG W.-Q. (2020). Experimental study on impact and deposition behaviours of multiple surges of channelized debris flow on a flexible barrier, Landslides. 1-12. DOI:10.1007/s10346-020-01378-7

13.LI L.-H., YU C.-D., XIAO, H.-L., FENG W.-Q.*, MA, Q. and YIN, J.-H. (2020). Experimental study on the reinforced fly ash and sand retaining wall under static load. Construction and Building Materials, 248, 118678. DOI: org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.118678

14.QIN J.-Q., FENG W.-Q.*, WU P.-C. and YIN J.-H. (2020). Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of a Novel FBG-based Effective Stress Cell for Directly Measuring Effective Stress in Saturated Soils, Measurement, 155, 107491. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2020.107491

15.FENG W.-Q. and YIN J.-H. (2020). Development and Verification of a New Simplified Method for Calculating Settlement of a Thick Soil Layer with Nonlinear Compressibility and Creep. International Journal of Geomechanics, 20(3), 04019184. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001562

16.FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H., CHEN W.-B., TAN D.-Y. and WU P.-C., (2020). Development and performance of new simplified method for soft soil with creep under multi-staged loading. Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/1064119X.2019.1711472

17.FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H., CHEN W.-B., TAN D.-Y. and WU P.-C., (2020). A New Simplified Method for Calculating Consolidation Settlement of Multi-layer Soft Soils with Creep Under Multi-Stage Ramp Loading, Engineering Geology, Vol. 264, 105322. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2019.105322

18. CHEN W.-B., LIU K., FENG W.-Q., Borana, L., and YIN J.-H. (2020). Influence of matric suction on nonlinear time-dependent compression behavior of a granular fill material. Acta Geotech., Vol. 15, 615-633. DOI:10.1007/s11440-018-00761-y

19.CHEN W.-B., FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H., and L. BORANA (2020). Effects of water content on resilient modulus of a granular material with high fines content. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 236, 117542. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.117542

20.CHEN W.-B., FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H. and L. BORANA (2020). LVDTs-based Radial Strain Measurement System for Static and Cyclic Behavior of Geomaterials, Measurement, Vol. 155, 107526. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2020.107526

21.FENG W.-Q., ZHENG X.-C., YIN J.-H., CHEN W.-B. and TAN D.-Y. (2019). Case study on long-term ground settlement of reclamation project on clay deposits in Nansha of China, Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/1064119X.2019.1704319

22.FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H., L. Borana, QIN J.-Q., WU P.-C. and YANG J.-L. (2019). A Network Theory for BOTDA Measurement of Deformations of Geotechnical Structures and Error Analysis, Measurement, Vol. 146, 618-627. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2019.07.010

23.FENG W.-Q., LI C., YIN J.-H., CHEN J. and LIU K., (2019). Physical Model Study on the Clay-Sand Interface without and with Geotextile Separator. Acta Geotech. Vol. 14, 2065-2081. DOI: 10.1007/s11440-019-00763-4

24.CHEN W.-B., FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H., L. BORANA and CHEN R.-P. (2019). Characterization of Permanent Axial Strain of Granular Materials Subjected to Cyclic Loading Based on Shakedown Theory. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 198, 751-761. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.12.012

25.WU P.-C., YIN J.-H., FENG W.-Q., and CHEN W.-B. (2019). Experimental Study on a Geosynthetic-Reinforced Sand Fill over Marine Clay with or without Deep Cement Mixed Soil Columns under Different Loadings. Underground Space, Vol. 4, No. 4, 340-347. DOI: 10.1016/j.undsp.2019.03.001

26.TAN D.-Y., YIN J.-H., FENG W.-Q., ZHU Z.-H., QIN J.-Q., CHEN W.-B. (2019). New Simple Method for Calculating Impact Force on Flexible Barrier Considering Partial Muddy Debris Flow Passing Through, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol.145, No. 9, 04019051. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002133

27.CHEN W.-B., YIN J.-H. and FENG W.-Q. (2019). A New Double Cells System for measuring volume change of a Soil Specimen under Monotonic or Cyclic Loading. Acta Geotech. Vol. 14, 71-81 DOI: 10.1007/s11440-018-0629-6

28.FENG W.-Q. and YIN J.-H. (2018). A New Simplified Hypothesis B Method for Calculating the Consolidation Settlement of Ground Improved by Vertical Drains, International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Method in Geomethanics, Vol. 42, 295-311. DOI: 10.1002/nag.2743

29.CHEN W.-B., YIN J.-H., FENG W.-Q., L. Borana and CHEN R.-P. (2018). Accumulated permanent axial strain of a subgrade fill under cyclic high-speed railway loading, International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 18, No. 5, 04018018. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001119

30.TAN D.-Y., YIN J.-H., QIN J.-Q., ZHU Z.-H., and FENG W.-Q. (2018). Large-scale physical modeling study on the interaction between rockfall and flexible barrier. Landslides, Vol. 15, No. 12, 2487-2497. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-018-1058-1

31.SHI X.-S., YIN J.-H., FENG W.-Q. and CHEN W.-B. (2018). Creep coefficient of binary sand–bentonite mixtures in oedometer testing using mixture theory, International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 18, No. 12, 04018159. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001295

32.TAN D.-Y., YIN J.-H., FENG W.-Q., QIN J.-Q., and ZHU Z.-H. (2018). Large-scale physical modelling study of a flexible barrier under the impact of granular flows, Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 10, 2625-2640. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-18-2625-2018

33.FENG W.-Q., Lalit B. Yin Z.-Y. and YIN J.-H. (2017). Long-term Non-linear creep and swelling behavior of Hong Kong marine deposits in oedometer condition, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol. 84, 1-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2016.11.009

34.FENG W.-Q. and YIN J.-H. (2017). A New Simplified Hypothesis B Method for Calculating Settlements of Double Soil Layers Exhibiting Creep, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Method in Geomethanics, Vol. 41, No. 6, 899-917. DOI: 10.1002/nag.2635

35.FENG W.-Q., YIN J.-H., TAO X.-M., TONG F., and CHEN W.-B. (2017). Time and Strain-Rate Effects on the Viscous Stress-Strain Behavior of a Plasticine Material, International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 17, No. 5, 1-22. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000806

36.YIN J.-H. and FENG W.-Q. (2017). A New Simplified Method and Its Verification for Calculation of Consolidation Settlement of a Clayey Soil with Creep, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 54, No. 3, 333-347. DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2015-0290

37.FENG W.-Q.*, LIU Z.-Y., TAM H. and YIN J.-H. (2016). The Pore Water Pressure Sensor Based on Sagnac Interferometer with Polarization-Maintaining Photonic Crystal Fiber for the Geotechnical Engineering, Measurement, Vol. 90, 208-214. DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2016.04.067.

Conference paper

1. Feng Wei-Qiang, Zhang Tian-Yu, Yao Jian, Chen Ruo-Fei and Lei Zi-Yan (2021). Novel Earth Pressure Cell with Double FBG-based Diaphragms for Measuring Vertical and Lateral Effective Stresses in Seabed Soils, 26th Optoelectronics and Communications Conference, OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 2021), paper W4D.5. DOI: 10.1364/OECC.2021.W4D.5

2. YIN J.-H. and FENG W.-Q. (2019). New simplified method for calculating consolidation settlement of clayey soils exhibiting creep and its verification, pp: 5-8, The 13th Chinese National Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (CNCSMGE), Shehuishan Hot Spring Hotel, Tianjin, China, 19-21 July 2019.

3.  LIU K., CHEN W.-B., FENG W.-Q. and YIN J.-H. (2018). Experimental study on the unsaturated behaviour of a compacted soil, pp: 203-208, UNSAT2018, the 7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China, 3-5 August 2018.

4. YIN J.-H. and FENG W.-Q. (2017). Validation of a New Simplified Hypothesis B Method for Calculating Consolidation Settlement of Clayey Soils Exhibiting Creep, pp: 12-21. SEAGS 50th Anniversary Symposium Proceedings: “How it all started: our contributions in the past 50 years” AIT Conference Centre, Thailand, 14 -15 September 2017.

5. FENG W.-Q., Li Y.-L., YIN J.-H. and YIN Z.-Y. (2014). The numerical implementation of elastic visco-plastic model for soft clays. Numerical methods in geotechnical engineering, Vol. 1, pp. 39-43. Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering, Delft, Netherlands, 18-20 June 2014.


Academic and social participation

Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Hong Kong Section

Reviewer of International Journal of Geomechanics, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Computers and Geotechnics, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Construction and Building Materials, Journal of Cleaner Production, Measurement, International Journal of Geomechanics