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CHAU Kam Tim 周锦添

Adjunct Professor
 
Education:
  • Cert., LEAD: Executive Program in Leadership Effective Use of Power, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA, 2005
  • Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, USA, 1991
  • M.Eng., Structural Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1987
  • Hons. Dip., Civil Engineering, Hong Kong Baptist College, Hong Kong, 1984
  • Sen. Dip., Civil Engineering, Hong Kong Baptist College, Hong Kong, 1983
 
Academic Employments:
  • 2020 – Present: Adjunct Professor, Earth System Science Programme, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2011 – 2020: Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2006 – 2011: Associate Dean, Faculty of Construction and Land Use, Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2004 – 2006: Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Associate Head, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2000 – 2004: Professor and Associate Head Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 1996 – 2000: Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 1995 – 1996: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 1992 – 1994: Lecturer (College of Degree Studies), Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • 1991 – 1992: Post‑doctoral Research Fellow, supported by National Science Foundation Research Fund (USA), Department of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 1987 – 1991: Research Assistant Supported by National Science Foundation Research Fund (USA), Department of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 1985: Research Associate/ Teaching Assistant, Structural Engineering and Construction Division, Asian Institute of Technology
  • 1984 – 1985: Tutor/ Demonstrator/ Technician, Civil Engineering, Hong Kong Baptist College
 
Research Fields and Current Research Interests:
  • Applications of Differential Equations in Engineering and Mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics and Fracture Mechanics
  • Tsunami and Storm surge
  • Elasticity (two dimensional and three dimensional)
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Landslides, rockfall, and debris flows
  • Geomechanics
  • Bifurcation in geomaterials
 
Honours and Awards:
  • Hall of Fame, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), 2019 (awarded on October 24, 2019 by Her Royal Highness Thai Princess Sirindhorn).
  • Scientific Advisor, Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong SAR Government, 2008 – 2023.
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Engineers
  • Hong Kong Convention Ambassador, Hong Kong Tourist Board, 2007 – present
  • Departmental Award for Excellence in Teaching, CEE, PolyU, 2019 – 2020.
  • Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, CEE, PolyU, 2012 – 2013.
  • Overseas Placement Scheme Award for Young Professor, HK PolyU, 2007.
  • Hong Kong-Macau Young Scholar Collaborative Research Grants, NNSF China, 2002
  • Honorable Manager of PolyU Swimming Team, 2005 – 2020.
  • Most Outstanding Member Award, 1982 – 1983, 1983 – 1984 (2 consecutive years), Hong Kong Baptist College Rotaract Club, Hong Kong Baptist College (community service society at college under Rotary Club).
  • Tim Kendall Memorial Prize, Asian Institute of Technology, May, 1987.
  • The King's (Royal Thai Government) Scholarship, Asian Institute of Technology, 1985 – 1987.
  • List of President's Honors Roll, Hong Kong Baptist College, 1984.
  • Athletic Scholarship, Hong Kong Baptist College, 1983.
  • Most Outstanding Male Swimmer Award, 1981 – 1982, Hong Kong Baptist College, Hong Kong.
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Prize (in recognition of the candidate's academic merit, extra-curricular activities, leadership qualities and personality), The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), 1983 – 1984 session.
 
Professional Activities:
Past
  • President, Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HKSTAM), 2004 – 2006.
  • Vice-President, Hong Kong Institute of Science (HKIS), 2011 – 2012.
  • Chairman, Elasticity Committee, EMI (ASCE), 2010 – 2015.
  • Chairman, Geomechanics Committee, Applied Mechanics Division (ASME), 2005 – 2012.
 
Teaching:
Past
  • Research Frontiers in Construction and Environment
  • Advanced Rock Engineering
  • Engineering Analysis and Computation
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Rock Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Soil and Rock Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Analytical Methods in Goemechanics
Short Courses
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Seismic Hazard Analysis for Engineers
  • Bifurcation Analysis in Geomechanics
  • Rockfall Problems and its protection
  • Designing Building and Infrastructure for Wind, Fire and Other Extreme Events 
  • Fracture Mechanics for Geomaterials
  • Geohazards: Earthquake, Tsunami and Storm Surges
 
Book:
  • Chau K.T. (2013). Analytic Methods in Geomechanics. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 457 pp (with 9 chapters, 140 subsections, 2,508 equations, 173 figures, 82 brief biographies, 428 references, 11 tables, and 3 appendices) (ISBN: 978-1-4665-5584-6 (Hardback); 978-1-4665-5585-3 (Paperback)).
  • Chau K.T. (2018). Theory of Differential Equations in Engineering and Mechanics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 975 pages (including Preface, table of content, and blank pages it is exactly 1000 pages), 15 Chapters, 6 appendices, 191 figures, 7626 equations, 15 tables, 167 examples, 75 biographies, 230 references, and 342 problems. (paperback ISBN 9781138748132; hardback  ISBN 9781498767781).
  • Chau K.T. (2019). Applications of Differential Equations in Engineering and Mechanics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 805 pages, 13 Chapters, 290 figures, 5870 equations, 17 tables, 39 examples, 201 references, and 134 problems. (paperback ISBN 9780367026431; hardback ISBN 9781498766975).
 
Selected Recent Publications:
  1. Chau K.T. and Rudnicki J.W. (1990) "Bifurcations of compressible pressure-sensitive materials in plane strain tension and compression" Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol. 38, No. 6, December, pp. 875‑898 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  2. Chau K.T. (1995a) "Buckling, barrelling, and surface instabilities of a finite, transversely isotropic circular cylinder" Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, Vol. 53, No. 2, June, pp. 225-244 (SCI journal published by Brown University).
  3. Chau K.T. (1994c) "Vibrations of transversely isotropic finite circular cylinders" Journal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 61, No. 4, December, pp. 964-970 (SCI journal published by ASME).
  4. Chau K.T. (1995c) "Landslides modeled as bifurcations of creeping slopes with nonlinear friction law" International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 32, No. 23, December, pp. 3451-3464 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  5. Chau K.T. and Wong R.H.C. (1996) "Uniaxial compressive strength and point load strength of rocks" International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science & Geomechanics Abstract, Vol. 33, No. 2, February, pp. 183-188 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  6. Muhlhaus H.B., Chau K.T. and Ord A. (1996) "Bifurcation of crack pattern in arrays of two-dimensional cracks" International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 77, No. 1, pp. 1-14 (SCI journal published by Kluwer).
  7. Wong R.H.C., Chau K.T. and Wang P. (1996) "Microcracking and grain size effect in Yuen Long marbles" International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science & Geomechanics Abstract, Vol. 33, No. 5, July, pp. 479-485 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  8. Wang Y.B. and Chau K.T. (1997) "A new boundary element method for plane elastic problems involving cracks and holes" International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 87, No.1, pp. 1-20 (SCI journal published by Kluwer).
  9. Wong R.H.C. and Chau K.T. (1998b) "Crack coalescence in a rock-like material containing two cracks" International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science, Vol. 35, No. 2, February, pp. 147-164 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  10. Chau K.T. (1999a) "Young's modulus interpreted from plane compressions of geomaterials between rough end blocks" International Journal of Solids and Structures Vol. 36, No. 31-32, November, pp. 4963-4974 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  11. Chau K.T. and Wang Y.B. (1999) "A new boundary integral formulation for plane elastic bodies containing cracks and holes" International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 36, No. 14, May, pp. 2041-2074 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  12. Wei, X.X. and Chau K.T. and Wong R.H.C. (1999). “Analytic solution for the axial point load strength test on solid circular cylindersJournal of Engineering Mechanics ASCE Vol. 125, No. 12, December, pp. 1349-1357 (SCI journal published by ASCE).
  13. Chau K.T. and Wei, X.X. (2000). “Finite solid circular cylinders subjected to arbitrary surface load: part I. Analytic solution” International Journal of Solids and Structures Vol. 37, No. 40, October, pp. 5707-5732 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  14. Chau K.T., Yang X. and Wong R.C.K. (2000). “Interaction of a penny-shaped crack with center of dilatation in an elastic half-space” Mechanics of Materials: An International Journal, Vol. 32, No. 11, pp. 645-662 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  15. Chau K.T. and Wang G.S. (2001).  "Condition for the onset of bifurcation in en echelon crack arrays" International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Vol. 25, No. 3, 289-306, March (SCI journal published by Wiley).
  16. Chau K.T. and Wei X.X. (2001) “Pounding of structures modeled as nonlinear impacts of two oscillatorsEarthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 5, 633-651, May (SCI journal published by Wiley).
  17. Chau K.T. and Wei X.X. (2001). “Stress concentration reduction at a reinforced hole loaded by a bonded circular inclusion” Journal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions of the ASME Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 405-411, May 2001 (SCI journal published by ASME).
  18. Chau K.T., Wong R.H.C. and Wu J.J. (2002) "Coefficient of restitution and rotational motions of rockfall impacts" International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science, January 2002, Vol. 39, pp. 69-77 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  19. Wen Z.P., Hu Y.X. and Chau K.T. (2002) “Site effect on vulnerability of high-rise shear-wall-buildings under near and far field earthquakesSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 22, No. 9-12, pp. 1175 – 1182 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  20. Chau K.T. and Lo K.H. (2004). “Hazard assessment of debris flow for Leung King Estate of Hong Kong by incorporating GIS with numerical simulationsNatural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 103-116 (SCI journal published by European Geosciences Union).
  21. Wong R.C.K. and Chau K.T. (2004). “Propagation of in situ horizontal fractures in shale due to steam injectionJournal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 41-46 (SCI journal by Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy & Petroleum). 
  22. Wu S.Z., Chau K.T. and Yu T.X. (2004). “Crushing and fragmentation of brittle spheres under double impact testPowder Technology: An International Journal on the Science and Technology of Wet and Dry Particulate Systems, Vol. 143-144, pp. 41-55. (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  23. Chau K.T. and Shao J.F. (2006). “Subcritical crack growth of edge and center cracks in façade rock panels subject to periodic surface temperature variations” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 43, No. 3-4, pp. 807-827 (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  24. Wu S.Z. and Chau K.T. (2006). “Dynamic response of an elastic sphere under diametral impactsMechanics of Materials, Vol. 38, 1039-1060  (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
  25. Chau KT, Shen C.Y. and Guo X. (2009) “Nonlinear seismic soil-pile-structure interactions: shaking table tests and FEM analysesSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering Vol. 29, pp. 300-310. (SCI journal by Elsevier).
  26. Wang LX, Chau K.T. and Wei X.X. (2009) “Numerical simulations of nonlinear seismic torsional pounding between two single-story structuresAdvances in Structural Engineering Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 87-101   (SCI journal by Multi-Science).
  27. Wei X.X., Wang L.X., and Chau K.T. (2009) “Nonlinear seismic torsional pounding between an asymmetric tower and a barrier” Earthquake Spectra Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 899-925 (SCI Journal by EERI).
  28. Wen, Z.P., Xie,  J. J., Gao, M.T., Hu, Y.X., and Chau K.T. (2010). “Near-Source Strong Ground Motion Characteristics of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake”, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 100, No. B5, pp. 2425-2439 (SCI journal published by Seismological Society of America).
  29. Wei, X.X., Chau, K.T. and Wong, R.H.C. (2019) “Theoretical and experimental validation of the point load strength test for irregular lumpsJournal of Engineering Mechanics ASCE, Vol. 145(9): 04019065. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001638.
  30. Wei X.X., and Chau K.T. (2013) “Three dimensional analytical solution for finite circular cylinders subjected to indirect tensile testInternational Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 50, 2395-2406 (SCI Journal by Elsevier).
  31. Wong, R.H.C., Chau, K.T., (2020) “Effect of Cyclic Heating on Subcritical Crack Growth of Rock Beams under Four-point Bending TestInternational Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science, accepted, in press (SCI journal published by Elsevier).
 
Review Article:
  • Chau K.T. (1994b) "On the effective moduli of rock masses containing spherical cavities" The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Transactions, Vol. 1, No. 2, December, pp.-25-28.
 
Edited Conference Proceedings:
  • Lau C.K., Martin R.P. and Chau K.T. (editors) (1999). Proceedings of the One Day Seminar on "Planning, Design and Implementation of Debris Flow and Rockfall Hazards Mitigation Measures".  October 27, 1998, HKIE & HKAGS, Hong Kong, 183 pp.
  • Ko J.M. and Chau K.T. (editors) (2000). Proceedings of Hong Kong Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 1999-2000 Annual Meeting. March 25, 2000, HKSTAM, Hong Kong, 42pp.
  • Misra A., Chang C.S. and  Chau K.T.  (Guest Editors) (2002). Special issue on “Mechanics of fracture and failure in geomaterials” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 69, No. 17, 1813-2050, November, 2002.
  • Tham L.G. and Chau K.T. (2006) Proceedings of the Seminar on “The State-of the-practice of Geotechnical Engineering in Taiwan and Hong Kong Geotechnical Division, HKIE, January 20, 2006, 187 pp.
  • Rajapakse N., Chau K.T., Wijeyewickrema A.C., and Kanok-Nukulchai W. (2009). “Special Issue in honor of Professor Pisidhi Karasudhi Preface” Advances in Structural Engineering,Vol. 12, Issue, 1 pp.
  • Chau K.T., and Zhao J.D. (ed.) (2015). “Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials in the New millennium” Springer, Switzerland, 381 pp.
  • Chau K.T., Guest Editor (2017). Special issue on “EMI International Conference HKJournal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Viol 143, Issue 3 (March, 2017) (published by ASCE).
 
Research Grants:
  • CERG, Microcracking in Fissured Rocks and Cavern Instability (B-Q081)
  • CERG, A Theoretical and Experimental Study on Point Load Strength Test for Rock Cores (B-Q150)
  • CERG, Theoretical, experimental and field studies on rockfall dynamics (B-Q173)
  • CERG, Double Impact Test on Solid Spheres and Cylinders: Theories and Experiments (B-Q300)
  • CERG, Nonlinear seismic pounding between adjacent structures, incorporating soil-pile interaction: Shaking table tests and theoretical analyses (PolyU 5035/02E)
  • CERG, Corrosive and fatigue crack growths of microcracks in façade rock panels subject to solar heating and environmental effect of polluted air (PolyU 5166/04E; B-Q810)
  • CRF, Tsunami hazard generated from submarine landslides and sea floor collapses along coastline of China (PolyU 5002/08P)