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Dr. Hongyang Cheng is a postdoctoral researcher in the Multi-Scale Mechanics group in the Faculty of Engineering Technology and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente. He holds a PhD and a M.Eng. degree in geotechnical engineering of Hiroshima University in Japan. His research interests lie in the predictive computational science for granular materials, using advanced experiments (micro-CT imaging), numerical simulations (DEM-LBM-FEM coupling) and Bayesian inference as the cornerstones. Dr. Cheng's main research focuses on the development of an intelligent, unified material informatics framework for Bayesian uncertainty quantification, validation and selection of geomechanical models at various scales, in multi-physical processes.

Dr. Cheng was awarded the Japanese government scholarship in 2011 to work on multiscale characterization of geosynthetic-reinforced soils at Hiroshima University. During his PhD, he initiated an independent research line on Bayesian calibration for discrete element method (DEM) simulations of granular media. Based on assumptions drawn from micromechanics, he formulated a new constitutive model for geotextile-wrapped granular soils.

Dr. Cheng has developed and coupled several open-source software packages (e.g., YADEMercuryDPM, and LB3D) for solving various geomechanics/geophysics problems, including soil-geomembrane interaction (FEM-DEM) and wave propagation in dry/saturated granular media (LBM-DEM). He is actively develping machine learning-based Bayesian calibration tools which have lead to many industrial collaborations and invited talks. Since January 2019, Dr. Cheng started working with Dr. Thomas Weinhart on his Vidi project. They will develop a unified multiscale modeling framework for optimizing solid/fluid-like granular processes, such as additive manufacturing and wet granulation.​

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hiroshima University

1 Oct 201328 Sep 2016

Master, Hiroshima University

1 Oct 201128 Sep 2013


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Geomechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geosynthetics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Data Assimilation
  • Multiscale Modeling
  • Discrete Element Modeling
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Wave Propagation in Porous Media
  • Lattice Boltzmann Method

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Research Output

  • 85 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 2 Paper

Influence of Load Mode on Particle Crushing Characteristics of Silica Sand at High Stresses

Wu, Y., Yamamoto, H., Cui, J. & Cheng, H., 1 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Geomechanics. 20, 3, 04019194.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    An iterative Bayesian filtering framework for fast and automated calibration of DEM models

    Cheng, H., Shuku, T., Thoeni, K., Tempone, P., Luding, S. & Magnanimo, V., 15 Jun 2019, In : Computer methods in applied mechanics and engineering. 350, p. 268-294 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    38 Downloads (Pure)

    Elastic wave propagation in dry granular media: effects of probing characteristics and stress history

    Cheng, H., Luding, S., Saitoh, K. & Magnanimo, V., 8 May 2019, In : International journal of solids and structures. 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    63 Downloads (Pure)

    Fast, flexible particle simulations — An introduction to MercuryDPM

    Weinhart, T., Orefice, L., Post, M., van Schrojenstein Lantman, M. P., Denissen, I. F. C., Tunuguntla, D. R., Tsang, J. M. F., Cheng, H., Shaheen, M. Y., Shi, H., Rapino, P., Grannonio, E., Losacco, N., Barbosa, J., Jing, L., Alvarez Naranjo, J. E., Roy, S., den Otter, W. K. & Thornton, A. R., 27 Dec 2019, In : Computer physics communications. 107129.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    34 Downloads (Pure)

    Faster, more flexible particle simulations: The future of MercuryDPM

    Thornton, A. R., Post, M., Orefice, L., Rapino, P., Roy, S., Polman, H., Shaheen, M. Y., Alvarez Naranjo, J. E., Cheng, H., Jing, L., Shi, H., Mbaziira, J., Roeplal, R. & Weinhart, T., 2019. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
  • 64 Downloads (Pure)


    Top 5 downloaded articles in 2018 in Granular Matter

    Hongyang Cheng (Recipient), Takayuki Shuku (Recipient), Klaus Thoeni (Recipient) & Haruyuki Yamamoto (Recipient), 25 Apr 2019


  • Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

    Hongyang Cheng (Recipient), Oct 2011

    Prize: Other distinction


    8th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods, DEM 2019

    Hongyang Cheng (Organiser)
    21 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Computers and Geotechnics (Journal)

    Hongyang Cheng (Guest Editor)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Direct numerical simulation of wave propagation in dry and saturated granular media

    Hongyang Cheng (Speaker)
    28 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk