Prof. Z.Q. Yue

Professor (Geotechnical Engineering)
Ir Professor Zhong-qi Quentin YUE

BSc (University Distinction), Peking University, Beijing, China
MS, Peking University, Beijing, China
PhD, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


MHKIE (1998), RPE (Geotechnical), PEng (1995)


Office: HW 6-02
Phone: +852 2859 1967
Fax: +852 2559 5337
Homepage: HKU Scholars Hub


Teaching Activities
  • CIVL2002 Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology
  • CIVL3014 Slope Engineering
  • CIVL3108 Foundation Engineering
  • CIVL4101 Capstone Design Project
  • CIVL4102 Final Year Project
  • MATH1853 Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics


Research Interests
  • Highly compressed methane gas cause and mechanism of earthquakes and/or volcanos
  • Highly compressed gas cause and mechanism of large and rapid landslides with long runout distances
  • Highly compressed micro-gas inclusion cause and mechanism of rock bursts and/or large deformation in rock tunnels
  • Development of an alternative theory of the Earth via a thin and highly dense and compressed methane gas-sphere between the solid crustal rocks and the hot mantle materials
  • Development and invention of automatic drilling process monitor (DPM) for in-situ continuously measuring and recording the strength and distribution of rock masses at depth in real time


Representative Research / Consultancy Projects
  • An alternative modeling framework for better interpretation of the observed volcano-hydrothermal system data
  • Effect of micro-fluid inclusions on abnormally delayed mechanical behavior of intact rocks after excavation
  • Investigation of fatal Zhaojiagou landslide of rapid, long and wide run-out in Zhen-xiong County, Yunnan Province
  • Migration and expansion of deep ground dense for cause of large rock avalanches
  • Monitoring, recording and analyzing of geological drilling process at complex environments


10 Selected Representative Publications
  • Yue ZQ 2020. An Alternative Gas Cause and Mechanism for Uplifting Tibetan Plateau, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2020,
  • Yue ZQ, 2016. Grouted jetted precast reinforced concrete piling technology for no-dredge seawall and land reclamation in Hong Kong, Proceedings of The HKIE Geotechnical Division 36th Annual Seminar 2016. June 3, 2016, Hong Kong, pp: 59-71
  • Yue ZQ, 2015a. Yue’s solution of classical elasticity in n-layered solids: Part 1, mathematical formulation, Part 2, mathematical verification, Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, 9(3): 215-285
  • Yue ZQ, 2014a. On cause hypotheses of earthquakes with external tectonic plate and/or internal dense gas loadings, Acta Mechanica, 225: 1447-1469
  • Yue ZQ, 2014b. Gas inclusions and their expansion power as foundation of rock “locked in” stress hypothesis, Journal of Engineering Geology, 22(4): 739-756
  • Yue ZQ, 2014c. Drilling process monitoring for refining and upgrading rock mass quality classification methods, Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, 33(10): 1977-1996
  • Yue ZQ, Xu Q, 2014. Fundamental drawbacks and disastrous consequences of current geotechnical safety design theories for slopes, Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 36(9): 1601-1606
  • Yue ZQ, Fan SP, Yang ZF, LI LH, Zhang LQ, ZJ Zhang, 2010. A hypothesis for crack free interior surfaces of Longyou caverns caved in argillaceous siltstone 2000 years ago, Frontiers of Architecture and Civil Engineering in China, 4(2): 165-177
  • Yue ZQ, Bekking W, Morin I, 1995. Application of digital image processing to quantitative study of asphalt concrete microstructure, Transportation Research Record No. 1492, Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., pp: 53-60
  • Yue ZQ, 1988. Solutions for the thermoelastic problems in vertically inhomogeneous media, Acta Mechanica Sinica, 4(2): 182-189


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