Skip to main content Skip to navigation


Tsinghua University (TSU) has been consistently rated as the top university for Engineering in mainland China in national and international rankings. The Hydraulic Engineering Department of TSU has a long history of conducting physical tests, field observations of landslides and debris flows.

Multi-scale mechanics has been employed for the analysis and prediction of landslides. Current research also focuses on constitutive modelling of soils, anti-seismic engineering, properties of geo-synthetics, rock mechanics and environmental geotechnical engineering. Within the framework of the IRSES project, exhanges were carried out mainly with the University of Edinburgh (UE) and the University of Warwick (UWA).

• Research activities/achievements within Geohazards and Geomechanics project

- Multi-state behavior of granular materials
- Granular elasticity

Lateral profiles of the granular collapse.  (Liu et al., 2015).

Lateral profiles of the collapse of a granular column (Liu et al., 2015).

• Relevant Publications

Liu C., Sun Q and Jin F (2016). Structural signature of a sheared granular flow. Powder Technology, 28: 55-64.

Chen SG, Sun QCh, Jin F and Liu JG (2014). Simulations of Bingham plastic flows with the multiple-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann model. Science China-physics Mechanics & Astronomy, 57(3):532-540.

Liu C., Sun Q and Zhang G (2015). Multiscale properties of dense granular materials. Engineering Computations, 32(4): 956-972.

Sun Q., Jin F., Wang G., Song S. and Zhang G (2015). On granular elasticity. Scientific reports, 5: 9652.