Dr Chenfeng Li
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 602256
Room: Office - 108
First Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus


  • Computational Engineering
  • Computer Graphics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geomechanics, Oil & Gas Reservoir
  • Concrete, Composite and Heterogeneous Material


  • Computer simulation of deformation, fracture, energy and mass transport
  • Physically-based modelling with visual applications
  • Uncertainty quantification, reliability and risk assessment


  1. & Propagation of a Plane Strain Hydraulic Fracture With a Fluid Lag in Permeable Rock. Journal of Applied Mechanics 85(9), 091003
  2. & Adaptive finite element analysis for damage detection of non-uniform Euler–Bernoulli beams with multiple cracks based on natural frequencies. Engineering Computations 35(3), 1203-1229.
  3. & Visual Simulation of Multiple Fluids in Computer Graphics: A State-of-the-Art Report. Journal of Computer Science and Technology 33(3), 431-451.
  4. & New analytical calculation models for compressive arch action in reinforced concrete structures. Engineering Structures 168, 721-735.
  5. & High-performance geometric nonlinear analysis with the unsymmetric 4-node, 8-DOF plane element US-ATFQ4. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering

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  • EG-107 Civil Laboratory I

    Competence in engineering drawing using AutoCAD and essential laboratory skills for Civil Engineering.

  • EG-112 Introduction to Civil Engineering Materials

    This module is designed for Year 1 Civil Engineering students. It provides a conceptual introduction to a broad range of civil engineering materials, including material properties, fabrication and construction methods etc.The materials covered by this module mainly include: metals and alloys, concrete, polymers, fibre composites, glass, timber, masonry, and bituminous materials.

  • EG-D04 MSc Dissertation - Civil and Computational Engineering

    The module aims to develop fundamental research skills. It comprises the development of supervised research work leading to a dissertation in the field of the Master's degree programme. The specific research topic will be chosen by the student following consultation with academic staff.

  • EGIM14 Research Case Study

    The aim of the module is to undertake an in-depth study into the use of research methods in engineering practice by carrying out a detailed literature survey and state of the art examination in a given topic of specialization.


  • Numerical Simulation of Multiphase Fresh Concrete in the Application of Tremie Pile (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Wulf Dettmer
  • Structure Reliability Analysis (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • Numerical simulation of hydraulic fracturing using finite element method (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • Impact of Manufacturing Changes on Probiotic Functionality (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Wulf Dettmer
  • Structural Reliability Analysis (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • Proppant transport modeling in hydraulic fracturing. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • Stochastic Discrete Element Modelling of Particle Systems in Engineering«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Yuntian Feng
  • Numerical Methods and Simulation«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» of Subsurface Fracture Propagation. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Edwards
  • Structural reliability and risks of temporary works (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Owens
  • Homogenisation and Upscaling Modelling Technology for Oil & Gas Applications (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Barron
  • Stochastic characterization and reconstruction of heterogeneous materials . (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • Higher resolution and multidimensional methods for flow and transport in fractured porous media. (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Edwards
  • Stochastic modelling in Engineering: Theory and Applications (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • 'Structural reliability analysis and Stochastic Finite Element Method' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Roger Owen
  • 'Some fluid-structure interaction studies using openFOAM Technology' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 Present Associate Professor Swansea University
2007 2013 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer Swansea University
2003 2007 Senior Research Assistant Swansea University
2003 2007 PhD Computational Engineering Swansea University
1999 2002 MSc Solid Mechanics Tsinghua University, China
1995 1999 BEng Engineering Mechanics Tsinghua University, China

Key Grants and Projects

  • "Impact of Manufacturing Changes on Probiotic Functionality" 2016 - 2020

    Material and Manufacturing Academy and Cultech Ltd., £100k

  • "Homogenisation and Upscaling Modelling Technology" 2016 - 2019

    NRN and eCORP Ltd., £100k

  • "Temporary Works: Embedded Physics, Structural Reliability and Risk Assessment" 2016 - 2017

    Royal Academy of Engineering, £30k

  • "Feasibility Study for Cyber-Physical Systems on Temporary Works" 2016 - 2017

    EPSRC, £9k

  • "Real-time Surgical Simulation" 2015 - 2016

    Leverhulme Trust, £50k

  • "Parallel Mesh Generation and Parallel Simulation of Glass Forming" 2014 - 2015

    HPC Wales and Rockfield Software Ltd., £94k

  • "TriContinental Alliance in Numerical Methods Applied to Natural Disasters" 2014 - 2018

    partnered with CIMNE-Spain, Tsinghua-China and CIMAT-Mexico, FP7 IRSES, €434k

  • "Uncertainty Propagation: Fundamentals and Applications" 2013 - 2015

    British Council and Chinese Scholarship Council, £72k

  • "Increased Robustness & Practicability for Physical Modeling in Computer Graphics" 2011 - 2013

    Royal Society and NSFC, £24k

  • "Dynamic in vitro Models of the GI Tract and Stochastic Biomodelling of Human Gastrointestinal Microbial Ecosystem" 2011 - 2012

    Royal Society, £15k

  • "Simulation Based Product Design in Engineering" 2010 - 2013

    Welsh Assembly Government, £715k

  • "Stochastic Simulation of Human Gastrointestinal Microbial Ecosystem and Virtual Design of Probiotic Products" 2010 - 2013

    Welsh Assembly Government and Cultech Ltd., £100k

  • "Stochastic Analysis of Nuclear Graphite with Dispersed Micro Cracks" 2010 - 2012

    Royal Academy of Engineering, £20k

  • "Stochastic Mechanics of Geotenichal Infrastructures and its Applications" 2008 - 2010

    , with Royal Society, £18k

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2013 ICACM Young Investigator Award
2011 Emerald Literati Highly Commended Paper Award
2006 ACME Award of UK’s Best PhD Thesis in Computational Mechanics
2005 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
2003 The Most Downloaded Paper in Elsevier JCOMA
2002 Numerous academic awards in Tsinghua University