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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, for which advanced experiments (e.g., micro-CT imaging), numerical simulations (e.g., DEM/LBM/FEM coupling) and Bayesian inference (e.g., sequential Monte Carlo methods, maximum a posteriori estimation) are the three cornerstones. Dr. Cheng's main research focus is on the development of an intelligent, unified material informatics framework for Bayesian uncertainty quantification, validation, selection and eventually unsupervised learning of granular mechanics at various scales.

Dr. Cheng was awarded the Japanese government scholarship in 2011 to work on multiscale characterization of geosynthetic-reinforced soils, i.e., structured/nonstructured fiber-soil mixtures, 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 accurately calibrated DEM simulations, 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 develop efficient Bayesian calibration tools, aided by machine learning, which have lead to several 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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discrete element method Earth & Environmental Sciences
Wave propagation Engineering & Materials Science
Granular materials Engineering & Materials Science
Geotextiles Engineering & Materials Science
Elastic waves Engineering & Materials Science
geotextile Earth & Environmental Sciences
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
Calibration Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 62 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 9 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution
  • 2 Paper
7 Citations (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

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
Granular materials
Finite difference method
2 Citations (Scopus)
40 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

Granular Media
Elastic Waves
Elastic waves
elastic waves
Wave propagation

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.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)

Hydro-micromechanical modeling of wave propagation in saturated granular crystals

Cheng, H., Luding, S., Rivas, N., Harting, J. & Magnanimo, V., 10 Apr 2019, In : International journal for numerical and analytical methods in geomechanics. 43, 5, p. 1115-1139 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
granular medium
Wave propagation
wave propagation
4 Downloads (Pure)

Strain-accumulation mechanisms in sands under isotropic stress

Sajeva, A., Capaccioli, S. & Cheng, H., 7 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Geophysics and Engineering. 16, 6, p. 1139-1150 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2017 2017

  • 3 Publication Peer-review

International journal of hydrogen energy (Journal)

Hongyang Cheng (Reviewer)
29 Apr 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Granular matter (Journal)

Hongyang Cheng (Reviewer)
28 Feb 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Geosynthetics International (Journal)

Hongyang Cheng (Reviewer)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review