Dr Yixiang Gan

Dr. -Ing (KIT, Germany)
Lecturer
School of Civil Engineering

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3721
Fax +61 2 9351 3343

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Biographical details

Dr. Yixiang Gan received the BE/BBA and ME degrees from the Xi'an Jiaotong University, China in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He received the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2008.

Research interests

  • Granular materials
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Multiphase and multiphysics problems

We are interested in granular materials, a material form that can have gas, liquid and solid characteristics depending the kinetics of deformation. Granular materials are common in our life, including sands and clay on the ground, flour and salt in the kitchen. Our daily life is filled with different processes of granular materials, and often include multi-physics and multi-phase aspects without even noticing. Cooking a cake, as an example, includes mixing the material (flour) with water (multi-phase), controlling the temperature in the oven (multi-physics), and waiting for 45 minutes (time effects). The granular materials draw wide interests from kids playing on the beach, mining and pharmaceutical engineers, to emerging international research communities.

Teaching and supervision

CIVL3411 - Geotechnical Engineering

Research supervision - (PhD/MPhil)

Current projects

  • Conduction in compacted granular media
  • Multiscale mechanics of granular materials
  • Unsaturated soils
  • Rough surfaces and grain morphology

Themes

Materials and structures

PhD and master's project opportunities

International links

Germany

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) We have been working with Professor Marc Kamlah from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on the mechanics of granular energy systems.

Selected grants

2015

  • Transport phenomena in granular materials for energy applications; Gan Y, Hanaor D, Proust G, Kamlah M, Abdou M, McMeeking R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2013

  • Heat flow in granular media under extreme loading conditions; Gan Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
  • nanoIR - nanoscale bioimaging with continuous mapping of chemical and physical properties; Gomes V, Dehghani F, Gan Y, Chang L, Jabbarzadeh-Khoei A, McKenzie D, Hanaor D, Zhou F, Chrzanowski W, Braet F, Bilek M, Chan H, Perrier S, O'Neill G, Ammit A, Brand-Miller J, McEwan A, Hawkett B, Kondyurin A, Li Q, Burgess J, Li Z; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.

2012

  • Plasticity and creep of granular materials at elevated temperatures; Gan Y, Kamlah M; Group of Eight/Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme.
  • The micro-mechanical origins of creep in granular materials; Einav I, Gan Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Ott, J., Volker, B., Gan, Y., McMeeking, R., Kamlah, M. (2013). A micromechanical model for effective conductivity in granular electrode structures. Acta Mechanica Sinica, 29(5), 682-698. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Maggi, F., Buscarnera, G., Einav, I. (2013). A particle–water based model for water retention hysteresis. Geotechnique Letters, 3(October - December 2013), 152-161. [More Information]
  • Hanaor, D., Gan, Y., Einav, I. (2013). Effects of surface structure deformation on static friction at fractal interfaces. Geotechnique Letters, 3(2), 52-58. [More Information]
  • Alonso-Marroquin, F., Ramirez-Gomez, A., Gonzalez-Montellano, C., Balaam, N., Hanaor, D., Flores-Johnson, E., Gan, Y., Chen, S., Shen, L. (2013). Experimental and numerical determination of mechanical properties of polygonal wood particles and their flow analysis in silos. Granular Matter, 15(6), 811-826. [More Information]
  • Zhao, S., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2013). Failure initiation and propagation of Li4SiO4 pebbles in fusion blankets. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(1), 8-16. [More Information]
  • Zhao, S., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M., Kennerknecht, T., Rolli, R. (2013). Influence of plate material on the contact strength of Li4SiO4 pebbles in crush tests and evaluation of the contact strength in pebble-pebble contact. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 100, 28-37. [More Information]
  • Choi, I., Gan, Y., Kaufmann, D., Kraft, O., Schwaiger, R. (2012). Measurement of Young's modulus of anisotropic materials using microcompression testing. Journal of Materials Research, 27(21), 2752-2759. [More Information]
  • Annabattula, R., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2012). Mechanics of binary and polydisperse spherical pebble assembly. Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(5-6), 853-858. [More Information]
  • Annabattula, R., Gan, Y., Zhao, S., Kamlah, M. (2012). Mechanics of crushable pebble assembly using discrete element method. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 430(1-3), 90-95. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Rognon, P., Einav, I. (2012). Phase transitions and cyclic pseudotachylyte formation in simulated faults. Philosophical Magazine (London, 2003), 92(28-30), 3405-3417. [More Information]
  • Zhao, S., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2012). Spherical ceramic pebbles subjected to multiple non-concentrated surface loads. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 49(3-4), 658-671. [More Information]
  • Ying, A., Reimann, J., Boccaccini, L., Enoeda, M., Kamlah, M., Knitter, R., Gan, Y., van der Laan, J., Magielsen, L., Di Maio, P., et al (2012). Status of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermo-mechanics R&D and impact on breeder material mechanical strength. Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(7-8), 1130-1137.
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M., Riesch-Oppermann, H., Rolli, R., Liu, P. (2011). Crush probability analysis of ceramic breeder pebble beds under mechanical stresses. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 417, 706-709. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M., Reimann, J. (2010). Computer Simulation of Packing Structure in Pebble Beds. Fusion Engineering and Design, 85, 1782-1787. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2010). Discrete element modelling of pebble beds: With application to uniaxial compression tests of ceramic breeder pebble beds. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 58(2), 129-144. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2010). Thermo-mechanical modelling of pebble bed-wall interfaces. Fusion Engineering and Design, 85(1), 24-32. [More Information]
  • Rupert, T., Gianola, D., Gan, Y., Hemker, K. (2009). Experimental observations of stress-driven grain boundary migration. Science, 326, 1686-1690. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2009). Thermo-mechanical analyses of HELICA and HEXCALIBER mock-ups. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 386-388(C), 1060-1064. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2008). Thermo-mechanical analysis of pebble beds in HELICA mock-up experiments. Fusion Engineering and Design, 83(7-9), 1313-1316. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2007). Identification of material parameters of a thermo-mechanical model for pebble beds in fusion blankets. Fusion Engineering and Design.
  • Gan, Y., Chen, C., Shen, Y. (2005). Three-dimensional modeling of the mechanical property of linearly elastic open cell foams. International Journal of Solids and Structures.

Conferences

  • Einav, I., Rognon, P., Gan, Y., Miller, T., Griffani, D. (2013). 10,000 - A Reason to Study Granular Heat Convection. 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media: Powders and Grains 2013, Melville, New York, USA: American Institute of Physics (AIP). [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Maggi, F., Einav, I. (2013). Water retention in discrete element method. 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media: Powders and Grains 2013, Melville, New York, USA: American Institute of Physics (AIP). [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Einav, I. (2012). The competition between grain melting and solidification during shear heating in simulated faults. 23rd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Beijing: The International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM).

2013

  • Einav, I., Rognon, P., Gan, Y., Miller, T., Griffani, D. (2013). 10,000 - A Reason to Study Granular Heat Convection. 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media: Powders and Grains 2013, Melville, New York, USA: American Institute of Physics (AIP). [More Information]
  • Ott, J., Volker, B., Gan, Y., McMeeking, R., Kamlah, M. (2013). A micromechanical model for effective conductivity in granular electrode structures. Acta Mechanica Sinica, 29(5), 682-698. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Maggi, F., Buscarnera, G., Einav, I. (2013). A particle–water based model for water retention hysteresis. Geotechnique Letters, 3(October - December 2013), 152-161. [More Information]
  • Hanaor, D., Gan, Y., Einav, I. (2013). Effects of surface structure deformation on static friction at fractal interfaces. Geotechnique Letters, 3(2), 52-58. [More Information]
  • Alonso-Marroquin, F., Ramirez-Gomez, A., Gonzalez-Montellano, C., Balaam, N., Hanaor, D., Flores-Johnson, E., Gan, Y., Chen, S., Shen, L. (2013). Experimental and numerical determination of mechanical properties of polygonal wood particles and their flow analysis in silos. Granular Matter, 15(6), 811-826. [More Information]
  • Zhao, S., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2013). Failure initiation and propagation of Li4SiO4 pebbles in fusion blankets. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(1), 8-16. [More Information]
  • Zhao, S., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M., Kennerknecht, T., Rolli, R. (2013). Influence of plate material on the contact strength of Li4SiO4 pebbles in crush tests and evaluation of the contact strength in pebble-pebble contact. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 100, 28-37. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Maggi, F., Einav, I. (2013). Water retention in discrete element method. 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media: Powders and Grains 2013, Melville, New York, USA: American Institute of Physics (AIP). [More Information]

2012

  • Choi, I., Gan, Y., Kaufmann, D., Kraft, O., Schwaiger, R. (2012). Measurement of Young's modulus of anisotropic materials using microcompression testing. Journal of Materials Research, 27(21), 2752-2759. [More Information]
  • Annabattula, R., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2012). Mechanics of binary and polydisperse spherical pebble assembly. Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(5-6), 853-858. [More Information]
  • Annabattula, R., Gan, Y., Zhao, S., Kamlah, M. (2012). Mechanics of crushable pebble assembly using discrete element method. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 430(1-3), 90-95. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Rognon, P., Einav, I. (2012). Phase transitions and cyclic pseudotachylyte formation in simulated faults. Philosophical Magazine (London, 2003), 92(28-30), 3405-3417. [More Information]
  • Zhao, S., Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2012). Spherical ceramic pebbles subjected to multiple non-concentrated surface loads. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 49(3-4), 658-671. [More Information]
  • Ying, A., Reimann, J., Boccaccini, L., Enoeda, M., Kamlah, M., Knitter, R., Gan, Y., van der Laan, J., Magielsen, L., Di Maio, P., et al (2012). Status of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermo-mechanics R&D and impact on breeder material mechanical strength. Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(7-8), 1130-1137.
  • Gan, Y., Einav, I. (2012). The competition between grain melting and solidification during shear heating in simulated faults. 23rd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Beijing: The International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM).

2011

  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M., Riesch-Oppermann, H., Rolli, R., Liu, P. (2011). Crush probability analysis of ceramic breeder pebble beds under mechanical stresses. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 417, 706-709. [More Information]

2010

  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M., Reimann, J. (2010). Computer Simulation of Packing Structure in Pebble Beds. Fusion Engineering and Design, 85, 1782-1787. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2010). Discrete element modelling of pebble beds: With application to uniaxial compression tests of ceramic breeder pebble beds. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 58(2), 129-144. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2010). Thermo-mechanical modelling of pebble bed-wall interfaces. Fusion Engineering and Design, 85(1), 24-32. [More Information]

2009

  • Rupert, T., Gianola, D., Gan, Y., Hemker, K. (2009). Experimental observations of stress-driven grain boundary migration. Science, 326, 1686-1690. [More Information]
  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2009). Thermo-mechanical analyses of HELICA and HEXCALIBER mock-ups. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 386-388(C), 1060-1064. [More Information]

2008

  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2008). Thermo-mechanical analysis of pebble beds in HELICA mock-up experiments. Fusion Engineering and Design, 83(7-9), 1313-1316. [More Information]

2007

  • Gan, Y., Kamlah, M. (2007). Identification of material parameters of a thermo-mechanical model for pebble beds in fusion blankets. Fusion Engineering and Design.

2005

  • Gan, Y., Chen, C., Shen, Y. (2005). Three-dimensional modeling of the mechanical property of linearly elastic open cell foams. International Journal of Solids and Structures.

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