Professor Yuntian Feng
Personal Chair
Telephone: (01792) 295161
Room: Academic Office - A_132
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Specialist Subjects: Computational Mechanics, Computational Science and Engineering

Research Includes:

Finite/Discrete Element Methods for Discrete/Discontinuous Systems
Fluid-Solid(Particle)-Thermal Interaction
Stochastic Modelling of Engineering Problems
Computational Biomechanics
Large Scale Engineering & Scientific Computations
High Performance Computing for Engineering
Linear & Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
Structural Dynamics & Seismic Assessment

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Structural Dynamics
  • Discrete Element Modelling
  • Lattice Boltzmann method
  • Fluid–solid interaction
  • High performance computing


  1. Qu, T., Feng, Y., Zhao, T., Wang, M., Feng, Y. Calibration of linear contact stiffnesses in discrete element models using a hybrid analytical-computational framework Powder Technology
  2. Zhao, T., Feng, Y., Tan, Y. Characterising 3D spherical packings by principal component analysis Engineering Computations ahead-of-print ahead-of-print
  3. Wang, M., Feng, Y., Wang, Y., Qu, T., He, W., Feng, Y. A hybrid discrete bubble-lattice Boltzmann–discrete element model for gas-charged sediments Computational Particle Mechanics
  4. Gao, W., Feng, Y., Feng, Y. A coupled 3D discrete elements/isogeometric method for particle/structure interaction problems Computational Particle Mechanics
  5. Qu, T., Feng, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, M., Feng, Y. Discrete element modelling of flexible membrane boundaries for triaxial tests Computers and Geotechnics 115 103154

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  • EG-320 Structural Mechanics III

    This module aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of structural instability and the principles of limit state analysis and elasto-plastic bending. Study of structural instability will include the potential energy approach and stability analysis of beam/columns, rigid bar/spring systems. Statical and kinematic solution approaches to plastic collapse problems wlll be analysed and applied in the solution of the plastic collapse of beams/frameworks.

  • EGIM07 Dynamics and Earthquake Analysis of Structures

    This module aims to develop the understanding and skills necessary to analyse linear structures under general dynamic, including earthquake loading, and to understand the use of time stepping schemes for linear dynamic and transient problems.


  • Wave propagation in the multi-phase medium (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Djordje Peric
  • A Computational Multi-scale Approach to the Micro-discrete to Macro-continuum Transition (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Eduardo De Souza Neto
  • Finite Element modellin of interfacial effects of mechanical behaviour of concrete filled steel tube sections (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
  • Total Lagrangian Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics with Reproducing Kernel Corrections for Solid Dynamics (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
  • Vibration and buckling of hybrid nanotubes based on carbon nanotubes (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
  • Computational characterization of electromechanical properties of Gan and ZnO nanowires (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
  • The Developments of Multi-level computational methodologies for discrete element modelling of granular materials (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Chenfeng Li
  • Projection methods for stochastically parametrised structural systems (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Sondipon Adhikari
  • Modelling Damage, Fragmentation and Progressive Collapse of Structures using a Gaussian Springs based Applied Element Method. (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Oubay Hassan

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Joint Director - Discontinuum Mechanics for Engineering Disasters (DMED) (with Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

    2008 - Present

  • Co-Editor - Proceedings of International Symposium on Discrete Element Methods and Numerical Modelling of Discontinuum Mechanics

    2008 - Present

  • Guest Editor - Engineering Computations; Currently editing a special issue on DEM/Discontinuum Methods

    2008 - Present


  • 2009: Plumer visiting fellowship, St. Anne College, Oxford University
  • 2007-2009: Leverhulme research fellowship, Leverhulme Trust Foundation, UK
  • 2003: Sandia National Laboratories, USA