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WANG Tengfei

Asst. Professor


Office: Room 1441, No.1 Building, Jiuli Campus



ž   PhD, Beijing Jiaotong University, Highway and Railway Engineering (2019)

ž   B.S., Sun Yat-sen University, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2012)



Academic Appointments

ž   Asst. Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, China (2019-present)

ž   Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, China (2019-present)

ž   Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin−Madison, US (2017-2018)


Research Interests

ž   High-speed rail infrastructure: ground improvement, embankment, transition zone, earth structure, pile foundation

ž   Frozen ground engineering: frost heave, freeze-thaw cycle, frost jacking, soil-structure interaction, multi-physics modeling

ž   Artificial intelligence: machine learning, neural network, applications to geotechnical problems, combination of numerical simulations and AI techniques



Principal Publications of the Last Five Years

ž   Wang T., Luo Q.*., Li Z., et al. System safety assessment with efficient probabilistic stability analysis of engineered slopes along a new rail line. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 2022,

ž   Luo Q., Fu H., Liu K., Wang T*., Feng G. Monitoring of train-induced responses at asphalt support layer of a high-speed ballasted track. Construction and Building Materials, 2021, 298: 123909.

ž   Wang T*., Liu J., Luo Q., et al. Calculation for frost jacking resistance of single helical steel piles in cohesive soils. Journal of Cold Regions Engineering - ASCE, 2021, 35(2): 06021001.

ž   Wang T., Ma H., Liu J., et al. Assessing frost heave susceptibility of gravelly soils based on multivariate adaptive regression splines model. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 2021, 181: 103182.

ž   Wang T., Luo Q.*, Zhang L., et al. Dynamic response of stabilized cinder subgrade during train passage. Construction and Building Materials, 2021, 270: 121370.

ž   Ma H., Luo Q., Wang T.*, et al. Numerical stability analysis of piled embankments reinforced with ground beams. Transportation Geotechnics, 2021, 26: 100427.

ž   Wang T., Luo Q.*, Liu J., et al. Method for slab track substructure design at a speed of 400 km/h. Transportation Geotechnics, 2020, 24: 100391.

ž   Wang T., Luo Q.*, Liu M., et al. Physical modeling of train-induced mud pumping in substructure beneath ballastless slab track. Transportation Geotechnics, 2020, 23:100332.

ž   Liu J., Wang T.* Tai B., et al. A method for frost jacking prediction of single pile in permafrost. Acta Geotechnica, 2020, 15: 455-470.

ž   Luo Q., Liang D., Wang T.*, et al. Application of high-vesicularity cinder gravels to railway earth structure in Ethiopia. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering - ASCE, 2020, 32(11): 04020347.

ž   Luo Q., Wu P., Wang T.*. Evaluating frost heave susceptibility of well-graded gravel for HSR subgrade based on orthogonal array testing. Transportation Geotechnics, 2019, 21: 100283.

ž   Wang T., Liu J.*, Tai B., et al. Frost jacking characteristics of screw piles in seasonally frozen regions based on thermo-mechanical simulations. Computers and Geotechnics, 2017, 91: 27-38.

ž   Wang T., Liu J.*, Tian Y., et al. Frost jacking characteristics of screw piles by model testing. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 2017, 138: 98-107.

ž   Wang T., Liu J.*, Zhao H., et al. Experimental study on the anti-jacking-up performance of a screw pile for photovoltaic stents in a seasonal frozen region. J. Zhejiang Univ. Sci. A, 2016, 17(7): 512-524.

ž   Hu T., Wang T.*. A finite volume-based model for the hydrothermal behavior of soil under freeze–thaw cycles. PLoS ONE, 2021, 16(6): e0252680.

ž   Luo Q., Liu M., Wang T.*, et al. Correction method for hydraulic conductivity measurements made using a fixed wall permeameter. Math. Probl. Eng., 2020: 1274728.

ž   Luo Q., Wei M., Lu Q., Wang T.*. Simplified analytical solution for stress concentration ratio of piled embankments incorporating pile–soil interaction. Railway Engineering Science, 2021, 29(2), 199-210.


Selected Awards and Honors

ž   National Scholarship for Doctoral Students, Ministry of Education, China (2017, 2018)


Professional Activities

ž   Reviewer, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering-ASCE, Construction and Building Materials, Journal of Vibration and Control, Alexandria Engineering Journal, Journal of Mountain Science, Journal of Cold Regions Engineering-ASCE, Proc. of ICE – Geotechnical Engineering, Geofluids, Advances in Civil Engineering, International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition), International Journal of Geo-Engineering, International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology



Current Research

ž   Soil arching in piled embankment: monitoring, analytical and numerical modeling

ž   Problems encountered in earth structures of Sichuan-Tibet railway

ž   400 km/h high-speed rail infrastructure under high-frequency vibrations


Research Group

ž   Dr. Wang is a member of railway subgrade group, the other members of which are Prof. Luo, Prof. Xiao, Assoc. Prof. Zhang, and Assoc. Prof. Jiang. This research group is devoted to addressing geotechnical problems, specially in areas of rail transportation.



Current Courses

ž   Optimization principles and techniques for engineering design

ž   Structural loads and reliability-based design

ž   Project finance and management in civil engineering

ž   Scientific paper writing


Primary Teaching areas

ž   Geotechnical engineering

ž   Railway engineering



I am available for supervision. Over the past five years, I have supervised and graduated 3 PhDs and more than 10 MEs (including those I assisted in the research group).


In the News

ž   Ms. Qu is to join us in Sept. 2022. Her research interest will be mechanical behavior of piled embankment reinforced with ground beams.