Dr. Fiona C. Y. KWOK

Assistant Professor (Geotechnical Engineering)
Dr. Fiona C. Y. KWOK

BEng, University of Sheffield, U.K.
MEng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
PhD, University of Cambridge, U.K.



Office: HW 6-23
Phone: +852 2859 2655
Fax: +852 2559 5337
E-mail: fiona.kwok@hku.hk
Homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/fcykwok/


Teaching Activities
    Undergraduate Courses:
  • CIVL2106 Soil mechanics
  • CIVL4103 Project
  • CIVL4101 Capstone Design Project
  • Taught Postgraduate Courses:
  • CIVL6001 Project
  • CIVL6004 Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • CIVL6077 Ground Investigation and Soil Testing
  • CIVL6078 Rock Engineering
  • Research Postgraduate Courses:
  • CIVL8013 Advanced Numerical Modelling in Geomechanics


Research Interests
  • Computational mechanics of geotechnical and geological processes
  • Micromechanics of particulate systems, their internal fabric, strength relationships and force transmissions
  • Engineering analysis and modelling of powders and grains subject to various loading conditions and stress paths
  • Time effects in soil and rock, and their influence on construction activities
  • Debris flow and grain segregation
  • Evaluation of embodied energy and carbon of geotechnical engineering constructions


Representative Research / Consultancy ProjectsProfessional Activities
  • Micromechanical modelling of soil creep, ageing and rate effects
  • Coupled fluid-particle modelling of debris flow
  • Micromechanical modeling of anisotropic rock and its application in borehole breakout analyses
  • Static liquefaction and instability in pure sand and sand-rubber mixtures
  • Numerical simulation of hydraulic fracturing
  • Embodied energy and embodied carbon in geotechnical engineering structures


Professional Activities
  • Member, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Geotechnical Division - Task Force on Physical Modelling for Flexible Debris-resisting Barriers
  • Member, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Geotechnical Division - Working Group on Application of Innovative Technology in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Nominated member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), TC307 Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering


10 Selected Representative Publications
  • Duan, K., Kwok, C.Y. (2016) Evolution of stress-induced borehole breakout in inherently anisotropic rock: insights from Discrete Element modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 121 (4) 2361-2381.
  • Lopera Perez, J.C., Kwok, C.Y., O’Sullivan, C., Huang, X. & Hanley, K.J. (2016) Exploring the micro-mechanics of drained instability in granular materials. Geotechnique. 66(9), 725–740.
  • Lopera Perez, J.C., Kwok, C.Y. & Senetakis, K. (2016) Effect of rubber size on the behavior of sand-rubber mixtures: a numerical investigation. Computers and Geotechnics. 80, 199-214.
  • Duan, K., Kwok, C.Y., & Pierce, M. (2015) DEM modeling of inherently anisotropic rocks under uniaxial compression loading. International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 40(8) 1150-1183.
  • Duan, K. & Kwok, C.Y. (2015) Discrete element modeling of inherently anisotropic rock under Brazilian test conditions. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 78, 46-56.
  • Jing, L., Kwok, C.Y., Leung, A.Y.F. & Sobral, Y. (2015) Extended CFD-DEM for free-surface flow with multi-size granules. International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 40(1) 62-79.
  • Huang, X., O’Sullivan, C., Hanley, K. J. & Kwok, C.Y. (2014) Discrete-element method analysis of the state parameter. Geotechnique. 64(12), 954-965.
  • Huang, X., Hanley, K.J., O’Sullivan, C. & Kwok, C.Y. (2014) Exploring the influence of interparticle friction on critical state behaviour using DEM. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. 38(12), 1276-1297.
  • Kwok, C.Y. & Bolton, M.D. (2013). DEM simulations of soil creep due to particle crushing. Geotechnique. 63(16), 1365-1376.
  • Kwok, C.Y. & Bolton, M.D. (2010). DEM simulations of thermally activated creep in soils. Geotechnique. 60(6), 425-433.


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