Dr.Junliang Tao

Dr.Junliang Tao

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Civil Engineering
Phone: 330-972-5932
Fax: 330-972-6020
Email: jtao2@uakron.edu


Biography

Research Interests

General Interests 

Integration of science and technology from multiple disciplines to address the geotechnical engineering challenges.

Previous research activities

 Numerical Modeling of Bridge Scour, Bio-inspired Sensors Based on Smart Materials, TDR Technology in Civil Engineering (Bridge Scour Monitoring, Soil Characterization), Wireless Sensing Networks, Deep Foundation in Soft Soils, Super-deep Cement-Soil Mixed Piles and Geosynthetics.

Current and future research interests

    • Smart Infrastructure (Biomimicry, Smart Materials and Sensing Technology, Structural Health Monitoring)
    • Sustainable Geo-materials and Geo-systems (Mechanism/monitoring/countermeasure of scour/erosion problems, Stabilization of problematic Soil using Polyurethane Injection, Geophysical characterization of geo-materials, NDT QA/QC measures)
    • Energy Geo-structure and Geo-technics

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH   (2009-2013)
    Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Thesis topic: “Fusion of Numerical Modeling and Innovative Sensing to Advance Bridge Scour Research and Practice”
  • Tongji University, Shanghai, China   (2006-2009)
  • M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, Thesis topic: “Statistic Analysis of the Bearing Capacity of Axially Loaded Bored Piles in Shanghai Region”
  • China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China  ( 2002-2006)
    B.S. in Civil Engineering, Thesis topic: “Application of Incremental Method to Internal Structural Force Calculation in Design of Deep Foundation Pit”

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH  (August 2013 –Present)
  • Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve University (2009-2013)
  • Research Assistant, Tongji University (2006-2009)

Teaching

  • Spring 2014: 4300-314 Geotechnical Engineering
  • Fall 2013: 4300-201 Statics-                
  • Springs 2011, 2012, 2013 (CWRU): ECIV 330 (Soil Labs)

Professional Qualification and Affliation

  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) in the State of Michigan
  • Associate Member              American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Geo-Institute
  • Member                              Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Member                              International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Member                              Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member                              International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP)

Professional Services

Conference Organizing

  • Co-Chair               Student poster competition, The 4th Annual IACIP Workshop, January 12, 2014,Washington, D.C
  • Co-Editor              Geotechnical Special Publication Volume 5, Geo-Shanghai 2014, May 26-28, 2014

National Professional Committees

  • Committee Secretary, ASCE Geo-Institute Committee on Geotechnics of Soil Erosion
  • Young Member, TRB AFD35 Committee on Bridge Management
  • Young Member, TRB AFD20 Committee on Pavement Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Young Member, TRB AFS40 Committee on Subsurface Soil-Structure Interaction

Reviewing Service for Journals or Conferences

  • ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnical Testing Journal
  • Sensors
  • Construction & Building Materials
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Geo-Shanghai 2014, Geo-Congress 2014, TRB 2014, IACGE2013, ASCE GeoRisk 2011, ASCE GeoFrontiers 2011, GeoShanghai 2010, GeoFlorida 2010

University Service

  • Chair, Computer Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Akron

Honors and Awards

  • 2014       ASCE ExCEED 2014 Teaching Workshop Support
  • 2013       Geo-institute (ASCE) Travel Award, Geo-congress 2013 (San Diego, CA)
  • 2013       Roy Harley Prize  (Case Western Reserve University)
  • 2012       USUCGER Travel Award, 1st USUCGER Early Career Geotechnical Conference and NSF CMMI Research and Innovation Conference (Boston, MA)
  • 2012       Craig J. Miller Memorial Award (Case Western Reserve University)
  • 2011       SGS-Graduate Student Travel Award (Case Western Reserve University) for International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2011 (Stanford, CA)

Publications

Journal papers in preparation

  1. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2014. A Framework for Numerical Simulation of Bridge Scour Focusing on the Improvements of Sediment Transport Models Journal of Hydro-environment Research. (Ready for Submission)
  2. Tao, J., Yu, X. &Yu, X.* 2014. TDR Field Bridge Scour Monitoring System: Successes and Pitfalls Journal of Bridge Engineering (Ready for Submission)
  3. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2014. Influence of External Electric Circuit on the Dynamic Response of a Piezoelectric Micro-pillar Sensor (Ready for Submission)
  4. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2014 Optimization of the Geometry of a Bio-inspired Piezoelectric Composite Hair Sensor. (Ready for Submission)

Journal Papers

  1. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2014. CFD Modeling for Flow and Scour around Bridge Piers—A review. Journal of Hydro-environment Research. (Tentatively Accepted)
  2. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2014. Bio-inspired Hair Sensor with Piezoelectric Microfiber and Spiral Electrodes. IEEE Sensors Journal. (Tentatively Accepted)
  3. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2014. Effects of Pier Configurations on the Flow Pattern and Scour: CFD Modeling and Practical Implications. Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (Tentatively Accepted)
  4. Tao, J., Sun, Y., Wu, G. & Yu, X.* 2013. Emulating the directional sensitivity of fish hair cell sensor. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. 24(12), pp. 1484-1493
  5. Yu, X., Zhang, B., Tao, J. & Yu, X. * 2013. A New Time Domain Reflectometry Bridge Scour Sensor. Structural Health Monitoring. 12 (2), pp. 99-113
  6. Wang, R.*, Tao, J., Yu, X. & Dai, L. 2013. Characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes/polymethyl meth-acrylate composites as denture base materials. J. Biomater. Res. Part B (in press)
  7. Sun, Y., Yu, X., Liu, Z., Liu, Y., Tao, J. 2013. Advanced ultrasonic technology for freezing damage prevention of concrete pavement. International Journal of Pavement Research & Technology, Vol. 6, I. 2, pp. 86-92, 2013.
  8. Liu, Z., Zhang, B., Yu, X., Tao, J., Sun, Y. & Gao, Q. 2013. Thermally Induced Water Flux in Soils. Transportation Research Record. (Accepted)
  9. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* 2012. Hair flow sensors: from bio-inspiration to bio-mimicking—a review. Smart Materials and Structures, 21, 113001. (Featured Article, Highlight of 2012, Most Read)
  10. Sun, Y., Chung, C.-Y., Yu, X., Liu, Z., Liu, Y. & Tao, J. 2012. Advanced ultrasonic technology for air void distribution in concrete. Materials Evaluation, ASNT, Vol. 71, pp. 359-368.
  11. Gao, Q., Tao, J., Hu, J. & Yu, X.* 2012. Experimental Study on Mechanical Behavior of Anisotropic Shale. Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. (Under Review)
  12. Liu, Z., Yu, X.*, Tao, J. & Sun, Y. 2012. Multiphysics extension to physically based analyses of pipes with emphasis on frost actions. Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A, 13, 877-887. DOI: 10.1631/jzus.A12ISGT2
  13. Liu, Z., Zhang, B., Yu, X.*, Zhang, B. & Tao, J. 2012. A New Method for Soil Water Characteristic Curve Measurement Based on Similarities between Soil Freezing and Drying. Geotechnical Testing Journal, 35, GTJ103653 DOI: 10.1520/GTJ103653
  14. Tao, J., Wu, J., Yin, Y. & Zhao, C.* 2008. Laboratory Experiment and Analysis on the Permeability of Supper-deep Cement-soil Mixing Pile. Geotechnical Engineers, 19. (In Chinese)
  15. Wu, J., Liu, F., Tao, J. & Zhao, C.* 2008. Permeability of Super-deep Cement-soil Mixing Piles in Soft Soil Region. Underground Engineering and Tunnels, 2008, 12-15. (In Chinese)

Selected Conference Papers

  1. Tao, J. and Yu, X. (2014) Sediment Transport Model Considering Turbulent Flow. Geo-Congress 2014 Technical Papers: pp. 1072-1080.
  2. Tao, J. and Yu, X. (2014) Flow and Scour Patterns around Bridge Piers with Different Configurations: Insights from CFD Simulations. Geo-Congress 2014 Technical Papers: pp. 2655-2664.
  3. Gao, Q., Hu, J., Tao, J., and Yu, X. (2014) Experimental Characterization of the Anisotropic Behaviors of Shale Rock. Geo-Congress 2014 Technical Papers: pp. 563-571.
  4. Tao, J. and Yu, X. (2014) Influence of Shunt-damping circuit on the dynamic response of a bio-inspired piezoelectric micropillar sensor. SPIE Smart Structures/ NDE 2014, San Diego, California
  5. Sun, Y., Tao, J. Wu, G. and Yu, X. (2013) A non-contact wearable wireless body sensor network for multiple vital signal detection. Sensors, IEEE 2013, Baltimore, MD
  6. Tao, J., Yu, X. &Yu, X.* (2013) Real-time TDR Field Bridge Scour Monitoring System. ASCE Structures Congress 2013, Pittsburg
  7. Tao, J., Gao, Q. & Yu, X.* (2013) Assessment of the Effects of Pier Configurations on the Flow Pattern and Scour: A CFD Modeling Approach.  The 92nd TRB Annual Conference, 2013 Washington D.C.
  8. Tao, J. & Yu, X.* (2013) A Framework for Numerical Simulation of Bridge Scour Focusing on the Improvements of Sediment Transport Models The 92nd TRB Annual Conference, 2013 Washington D.C.
  9. Liu, Z., Yu, X.*, Tao, J., Wu, G. & Sun, Y. (2012) Thermo-hydro-mechanical Modeling of Soil-Pipe Interactions in Cold Weather Conditions.  The 91st TRB Annual Conference, 2012 Washington D.C.
  10. Sun, Y., Yu, X.*, Liu, Z., Liu, Y. & Tao, J. (2012) Advanced Ultrasonic Technology for Measurement of Pore Size Distribution in Concrete.  The 91st TRB Annual Conference, 2012.
  11. Tao, J., Richardson, M., Yu, X.*, Zhang, B., Sun, Y. & Liu, Z. (2011) Performance Evaluation of a Wireless Sensor Network Protocol for Structural Health Monitoring.  The 90th TRB Annual Conference, 2011 Washington, D.C.
  12. Tao, J., Yu, X.* & Berrilla, J. (2011) Bio-inspired Flow and Acoustic Sensor.  Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3i) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense X, 2011 Orlando, Florida. 80190R. DOI:10.1117/12.886564
  13. Tao, J., Yu, X.* & Berrilla, J. (2011) Micropillar sensing element for bio-Inspired flow sensors. In: CHANG, F., ed. 8th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 2011 Standford, CA. 1732-9.
  14. Yu, X.*, Tao, J. & Yu, X.* (2011) Comparison Study on Computer Simulations for Bridge Scour Estimation.  GeoRisk 2011 Conference: Geotechnical Risk Assessment and Management (GSP 244), 2011. 1125-1132. DOI: 10.1061/41183(418)123
  15. Liu, Z., Zhang, B., Yu, X.*, Zhang, B. & Tao, J. (2011) A New Freezing Method for Soil Water Characteristic Curve Measurement.  The 90th TRB Annual Conference, 2011 Washington D.C.
  16. Yu, X.*, Tao, J. & Berilla, J. (2010) A Bio-Inspired Flow Sensor.  Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2010, 2010. 764618 Doi:10.1117/12.849230.
  17. Yu, X.*, Zhang, B., Tao, J. & Liu, Z. (2010) Smart pavement sensor based on thermoelectricity power.  SPIE Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010, 2010 San Diego, CA. 76470X.