Tingfa Liu

Dr Tingfa Liu

BSc (Hons), MPhil (Tsinghua), PhD (DIC)

  • BS8 1TR

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Research interests

Dr. Tingfa Liu is a Lecturer in Geotechnical Testing in the Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering Research Group (EGERG), Department of Civil Engineering. Tingfa specialises in the development and application of state-of-the-art sensing and testing techniques to investigate multi-scaled soil-foundation-structure interaction mechanisms for critical infrastructure in reacting to operational and extreme static, cyclic and dynamic loading.

Before joining the University of Bristol, Tingfa worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London on the EPSRC funded ALPACA joint industry project (JIP). He received his PhD in 2018 from Imperial College on advanced laboratory testing and offshore pile foundations, contributing partly to the PISA JIP. He holds a (UK equivalent) MPhil degree with distinction from Tsinghua University (China). Tingfa has actively taken roles of visiting researcher and industrial consultant.

Tingfa's research is largely based in the newly established UKCRIC SoFSI Laboratory, as well as the Earthquake and Large Structures (EQUALS) Laboratory and the Geomechanics Laboratory, supplemented by in-situ testing, constitutive and numerical modelling, and data-driven approaches. His main areas of research include geotechnical instrumentation, laboratory and field soil characterisation, mechanical behaviour of geomaterials, cyclic loading effects, reduced and full scale pile installation and testing, large-structure cyclic and dynamic testing, and offshore foundation design. His publications are listed on Google Scholar

Recent updates

Tingfa is available for research and design project supervision. He is seeking highly motivated PhD candidates to join the Group. Recent funding opportunities include the University of Bristol PhD scholarship (UoB 100) for both home and oversea students.

Recent updates and activities can be found on LinkedIn and Researchgate webpages.


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