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Visiting Scholar in Department of Civil Engineering,

Northwestern University; 

Ph.D. Candidate in Department of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering, Hohai University, China.


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Lifu is a third-year PhD candidate of Civil Engineering with Professor Cusatis' Research Group as a visiting scholar from January 2019 to September 2020.


Lifu has received a Bachelor's Degree in Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering at Hohai University (China) on June 2016.



Current Research


Modeling the effect of ASR in hydraulic concrete

This study focuses on modeling the mechanical damage due to ASR in hydraulic concrete. The modeling is based on the Alkali-Silica Reaction- Lattice Discrete Particle Model (ASR-LDPM). The work aims to understand the coupled effect of water transport, external and internal pressures and ASR on the mechanical behavior of dams.


Multiscale research on ASR-affected dam

This work aims to apply homogenization techniques to upscale the results of lab-sized ASR affected concrete and real size dams. 


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