Xuhai Tang
Professor at Wuhan University

Prof. Tang is the editorial board member of the “International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences”. His group developed the microscale Rock Mechanics Experiment (micro-RME) system and AiFrac-TOUGH software, in order to understand and control the rock fracturing with Hydraulic-Mechanical-Thermal coupling process. This micro-RME system, including nanoindentation and atomic force microscope, is able to investigate the mechanical property of rock-forming minerals and micro-cracking, which is especially useful to test the filling in fractures and arbitrarily-shaped meteorites. Meanwhile, this AiFrac-TOUGH software is able to simulate three-dimensional fracturing at multiscale, such as fracking in field work. His achievement contributes to the smarter unconventional petroleum production, thermal energy exploitation and future space mining.

1. Planetary Rock Mechanics

X.H. Tang, Y.H. Zhang, J.J. Xu*, J. Rutqvist, M.S. Hu, Z.Z. Wang, Q.S. Liu, 2022,Determining Young's modulus of granite using accurate grain-based modeling with microscale rock mechanical experiments, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2022.105167

2.Simulating rock fracturing with HMT coupling process

JM Qiao, XH Tang, MS Hu, J Rutqvist, ZY Liu, 2022, “The hydraulic fracturing with multiple influencing factors in carbonate fracture-cavity reservoirs” , Computers and Geotechnics, 147, 104773.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2022.104773

Z.T. Chen, J.J. Xu*, X.H. Tang, Y.T. Yang, 2022, Investigating the influence of collision property and fragmentation on rock fall with 3D ETM modelling, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 15: 508. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-022-09782-0

SJ Tao, XH Tang, J Rutqvist, QS Liu, MS Hu, 2021, “The influence of stress anisotropy and stress shadow on frost cracking in rock”, Computers and Geotechnics,133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2020.103967

SJ Tao, XH Tang, J Rutqvist, MS Hu, QS Liu, 2020, “Simulating three dimensional thermal cracking with TOUGH-FEMM”, Computers and Geotechnics,124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2020.103654

ZY Liu, XH Tang, S Tao, GQ Zhang, M Chen, 2020, “Mechanism of Connecting Natural Caves and Wells Through Hydraulic Fracturing in Fracture-Cavity Reservoirs”, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-020-02225-w

ZL ShaoY Wang, XH Tang, 2020, “The influences of heating and uniaxial loading on granite subjected to liquid nitrogen cooling”, Engineering Geology, 271, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105614

XH Tang, J Rutqvist, MS Hu, NM Rayudu, 2019, “Modeling three-dimensional fluid-driven propagation of multiple fractures using TOUGH-FEMM”, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 52(2), 611-627. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-018-1715-7

 L Sun, G Grasselli, Q Liu, XH Tang, 2019, “Thermal cracking simulation of functionally graded materials using the combined finite-discrete element method”, Computational Particle Mechanics, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40571-019-00290-9

NM Rayudu, XH Tang, G Singh, 2019, “Simulating three dimensional hydraulic fracture propagation using displacement correlation method”, Tunnelling and Underground Space technology, 85, 84-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2018.11.010

 QS Liu, L Sun, XH Tang, B Guo, 2019, “Modelling Hydraulic Fracturing with a Point-Based Approximation for the Maximum Principal Stress Criterion”, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 52(6), 1781-1801. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-018-1648-1

许婧璟,唐旭海,刘泉声,冯禹菲,2019. 基于能量跟踪法研究岩石破碎对滚石运动轨迹的影响,岩土力学,第40卷,增刊1 https://doi.org/10.16285/j.rsm.2018.2334

QS Liu, L Sun, XH Tang, L Chen,2018, “Simulate intersecting 3D hydraulic cracks using a hybrid “FE-Meshfree”method”, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 91, 24-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enganabound.2018.03.005

YT Yang, XH Tang, H Zheng, QS Liu, ZJ Liu, 2018, “Hydraulic fracturing modelling using the enriched numerical manifold method”, Applied Mathematical Modelling, 53, 462-486. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apm.2017.09.024

 K Su, XY Zhou, XH Tang, XY Xu, QS Liu,2017, “Mechanism of cracking in dams using a hybrid FE-Mseshfree Method”, International journal of Geomechanics, 17(9). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000950

YT Yang, L Chen, XH Tang, H Zheng, QS Liu, 2017, “A partition-of-unity based ‘FE-Meshfree’ hexahedral element with continuous nodal stress”, Computers & Structures, 178 :17-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruc.2016.10.012

YT Yang, XH Tang, H Zheng, QS Liu, L He, 2016, “Three-dimensional fracture propagation with numerical manifold method”, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 72, 65-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enganabound.2016.08.008

A. Paluszny, X.H. Tang, M. Nejati, R.W. Zimmerman, 2016. A direct fragmentation method with Weibull function distribution of sizes based on finite- and discrete element simulations,International Journal of Solids & Structures, 80:38-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2015.10.019

 YT Yang, XH Tang, H Zheng, 2015, “Construct 'FE-Meshfree' Quad4 using mean value coordinates. Engineering analysis with boundary elements”, 59, 78-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enganabound.2015.04.011

X.H. Tang, A. Paluszny, R.W. Zimmerman, 2014. An impulse-based energy tracking method for collision resolution, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 278 (15), 160-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2014.05.004

X.H. Tang, A. Paluszny, R.W. Zimmerman, 2013. Energy conservative property of impulse-based methods for collision resolution. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 95(6): 529-540. https://doi.org/10.1002/nme.4537
A. Paluszny, X.H. Tang, R.W. Zimmerman, 2013. Fracture and impulse based finite-discrete element modelling of fragmentation. Computational Mechanics, 52(5), 1071-1084. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00466-013-0864-5

 XH Tang, SC Wu, C Zheng, JH Zhang, 2009, “A Novel Virtual Node Method for Polygonal Elements.Applied Mathematics and Mechanics”, 30(10): 1233-1246. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10483-009-1003-3

XH Tang, C Zheng, SC Wu, JH Zhang, 2009, “A novel four-node quadrilateral element with continuous nodal stress. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics”, 30(12): 1519-1532. https://doi.org/10.1007/sl0483-009-1204-1