Dr Yangming Gao
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Dr Yangming Gao is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Prior to that, he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Section of Pavement Engineering of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences at Delft University of Technology. Yangming received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Aston University in 2020. He was awarded BEng and MEng degrees from Hefei University of Technology, China.
Yangming’s research is focused on understanding, predicting and optimising the mechanical response of infrastructure materials. He combines theoretical development, experimental characterisation and computational modelling to develop mechanistic models that can reliably capture material deformation, damage and fracture.
Yangming's research interests include constitutive modelling of asphalt materials, molecular simulations of bituminous materials; modelling and measurement of bitumen-aggregate interfacial adhesion; micro-structural and micro-mechanical characterisation of asphalt mixtures; multiscale and multiphysics computational modelling of asphalt materials; durability assessment (ageing, moisture susceptibility, fatigue and healing) of asphalt mixtures, and asphalt recycling. The techniques are applied to develop novel and bio-based pavement materials that are more durable, sustainable, climate resilient and low carbon.
His interests are currently expanding to the development of smart (self-sensing and self-healing) asphalt materials for structural health monitoring (SHM) of digital pavements and the life cycle assessment (LCA) of sustainable asphalt pavements.
2020, Aston University, United Kingdom, PhD
2016, Hefei University of Technology, China, MEng
2013, Hefei University of Technology, China, BEng
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2023 - present
Visiting Researcher, RWTH Aachen University, 2022 - 2022
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, Delft University of Technology, 2021 - 2023
Visiting Researcher, University of Nottingham, 2021 - 2021
Research Assistant, Aston University, 2021 - 2021
Lu J, Zhang M, Feng J, Gao Y, Yang Y, Li Y, Li L. 2023. Investigation on the technical performance and workability of hot-melting road marking materials using for the high-altitude area Case Studies in Construction Materials, 18 DOI Publisher Url
Li Y, Bai T, Zhang J, Gao Y. 2023. Advances in Regenerated Asphalt Mixtures Materials, 16 DOI Author Url Publisher Url
Niu D, Zhang Z, Gao Y, Li Y, Yang Z, Niu Y. 2023. Effect of pretreated cow dung fiber on rheological and fatigue properties of asphalt binder Cellulose, 30 :3773-3791 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Ren S, Liu X, Gao Y, Jing R, Lin P, Erkens S, Wang H. 2023. Molecular dynamics simulation and experimental validation on the interfacial diffusion behaviors of rejuvenators in aged bitumen Materials and Design, 226 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Li Y, Li J, Li C, Chen A, Bai T, Tang S, Wu S, Gao Y, Zhu H, Feng J. 2022. Strength formation mechanism and performance of steel slag self-compacting epoxy resin concrete Construction and Building Materials, 359 DOI Publisher Url
Ren S, Liu X, Lin P, Gao Y, Erkens S. 2022. Review on the diffusive and interfacial performance of bituminous materials: From a perspective of molecular dynamics simulation Journal of Molecular Liquids, 366 DOI Publisher Url
Ren S, Liu X, Lin P, Gao Y, Erkens S. 2022. Insight into the compatibility behaviors between various rejuvenators and aged bitumen: Molecular dynamics simulation and experimental validation Materials and Design, 223 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Zhang C, Tan Y, Gao Y, Fu Y, Li J, Li S, Zhou X. 2022. Resilience assessment of asphalt pavement rutting under climate change Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 109 DOI Publisher Url
Wang F, Zhu H, Shu B, Li Y, Gu D, Gao Y, Chen A, Feng J, Wu S, Liu Q, Li C. 2022. Microwave heating mechanism and self-healing performance of asphalt mixture with basalt and limestone aggregates Construction and Building Materials, 342 DOI Publisher Url
Ren S, Liu X, Lin P, Gao Y, Erkens S. 2022. Molecular dynamics simulation on bulk bitumen systems and its potential connections to macroscale performance: Review and discussion Fuel, 328 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wang F, Zhu H, Li Y, Gu D, Gao Y, Feng J, Shu B, Li C, Wu S, Liu Q, Xu Z. 2022. Microwave heating mechanism and Self-healing performance of scrap tire pyrolysis carbon black modified bitumen Construction and Building Materials, 341 DOI Publisher Url
Yi J, Feng J, Li Y, Bai T, Chen A, Gao Y, Wu F, Wu S, Liu Q, Li C. 2022. Research on Design and Performance of Self-Compacting Cement Emulsified Bitumen Mixture (CEBM) Materials, 15 DOI Author Url Publisher Url
Ren S, Liu X, Erkens S, Lin P, Gao Y. 2022. Multi-component analysis, molecular model construction, and thermodynamics performance prediction on various rejuvenators of aged bitumen Journal of Molecular Liquids, 360 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Ren S, Liu X, Lin P, Erkens S, Gao Y. 2022. Chemical characterizations and molecular dynamics simulations on different rejuvenators for aged bitumen recycling Fuel, 324 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Gao Y, Zhang Y, Zhang C, Liu X, Jing R. 2022. Quantifying oxygen diffusion in bitumen films using molecular dynamics simulations Construction and Building Materials, 331 DOI Publisher Url
Wu J, Wang H, Liu Q, Gao Y, Liu S. 2022. A Temperature-Independent Methodology for Polymer Bitumen Modification Evaluation Based on DSR Measurement Polymers, 14 DOI Author Url Publisher Url
Chen P, Luo X, Gao Y, Zhang Y. 2022. Modeling percentages of cohesive and adhesive debonding in bitumen-aggregate interfaces using molecular dynamics approaches Applied Surface Science, 571 DOI Publisher Url
Chen J, Dan H, Ding Y, Gao Y, Guo M, Guo S, Han B, Hong B, Hou Y, Hu C, Hu J, Huyan J, Jiang J, Jiang W, Li C, Liu P, Liu Y, Liu Z, Lu G, Ouyang J, Qu X, Ren D, Wang C, Wang C, Wang D, Wang D, Wang H, Wang H, Xiao Y, Xing C, Xu H, Yan Y, Yang X, You L, You Z, Yu B, Yu H, Yu H, Zhang H, Zhang J, Zhou C, Zhou C, Zhu X. 2021. New innovations in pavement materials and engineering: A review on pavement engineering research 2021 Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition), 8 :815-999 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Gao Y, Zhang Y, Omairey EL, Al-Malaika S, Sheena H. 2021. Influence of anti-ageing compounds on rheological properties of bitumen Journal of Cleaner Production, 318 DOI Publisher Url
Li L, Yang Y, Gao Y, Zhang Y. 2021. Healing characterisations of waste-derived bitumen based on crack length: Laboratory and modelling Journal of Cleaner Production, 316 DOI Publisher Url
Li L, Gao Y, Zhang Y. 2021. Predicting healing in viscoelastic bitumen using alien strain method International Journal of Fatigue, 145 DOI Publisher Url
Zhang Y, Gao Y. 2021. Predicting crack growth in viscoelastic bitumen under a rotational shear fatigue load Road Materials and Pavement Design, 22 :603-622 DOI Publisher Url
Li L, Gao Y, Zhang Y. 2021. Fatigue cracking characterisations of waste-derived bitumen based on crack length International Journal of Fatigue, 142 DOI Publisher Url
Dong M, Sun W, Li L, Gao Y. 2020. Effect of asphalt film thickness on shear mechanical properties of asphalt-aggregate interface Construction and Building Materials, 263 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Li L, Zhang Y. 2020. Modelling crack initiation in bituminous binders under a rotational shear fatigue load International Journal of Fatigue, 139 DOI Publisher Url
Zhou X, Zhao G, Wu S, Tighe S, Pickel D, Chen M, Adhikari S, Gao Y. 2020. Effects of biochar on the chemical changes and phase separation of bio-asphalt under different aging conditions Journal of Cleaner Production, 263 DOI Publisher Url
Zhou X, Zhao G, Tighe S, Chen M, Wu S, Adhikari S, Gao Y. 2020. Quantitative comparison of surface and interface adhesive properties of fine aggregate asphalt mixtures composed of basalt, steel slag, and andesite Construction and Building Materials, 246 DOI Publisher Url
Li L, Gao Y, Zhang Y. 2020. Crack length based healing characterisation of bitumen at different levels of cracking damage Journal of Cleaner Production, 258 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Li L, Zhang Y. 2020. Modeling Crack Propagation in Bituminous Binders under a Rotational Shear Fatigue Load using Pseudo J-Integral Paris’ Law Transportation Research Record, 2674 :94-103 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Zhang Y, Yang Y, Zhang J, Gu F. 2019. Molecular dynamics investigation of interfacial adhesion between oxidised bitumen and mineral surfaces Applied Surface Science, 479 :449-462 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Zhang Y, Gu F, Xu T, Wang H. 2018. Impact of minerals and water on bitumen-mineral adhesion and debonding behaviours using molecular dynamics simulations Construction and Building Materials, 171 :214-222 DOI Publisher Url
Dong MS, Gao YM, Li LL, Wang LN, Sun ZB. 2016. Viscoelastic micromechanical model for dynamic modulus prediction of asphalt concrete with interface effects Journal of Central South University, 23 :926-933 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Dong M, Li L, Wang L, Sun Z. 2015. Interface effects on the creep characteristics of asphalt concrete Construction and Building Materials, 96 :591-598 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Liu X, Ren S, Li Y, Zhang Y. Role of Surface Roughness in Surface Energy Calculation of Aggregate Minerals Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, :036119812311701-036119812311701 DOI Publisher Url
Li L, Gao Y, Zhang Y. 2022. Healing Characterisation of Waste-Derived Bitumen Based on Crack Length RILEM Bookseries 27 :975-982 DOI Publisher Url
Gao Y, Li L, Zhang Y. 2022. Crack Evolution of Bitumen Under Torsional Shear Fatigue Loads RILEM Bookseries 27 :481-487 DOI Publisher Url
Zhao W, Gao YM, Dong MS. 2014. Computation model of network scale for urban rail transit based on mutualism model Applied Mechanics and Materials, 631-632 :1329-1333 DOI Publisher Url
Best Paper Award, The TRC 2021 Transportation Research Congress. 2021
Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, China Scholarship Council. 2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF), EU Horizon 2020. 2021
ARMOURERS & BRASIERS’ Prize, The Armourers & Brasiers' Company. 2019
Fully-funded PhD Studentship, Aston University. 2017
Research Grants Awarded:
EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF), Fatigue Damage and Healing of Bituminous Materials: from Microscopic Mechanism towards Lifetime Extension (FHBMicro), Grant value (£): € 187 572.48, Duration of research project: 2 Years. 2021
Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition), Young Academic Editor.
MDPI Materials - Special Issue "Advances in Regenerated Asphalt Mixtures", Guest Editor, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials/special_issues/Regenerated_Asphalt_Mixtures.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE).
Member, International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP).
Member, RILEM, 278-CHA (Crack-Healing of Asphalt Pavement Materials) Technical Committee.
Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee (AKM 20).
The Chinese-European Workshop on Functional Pavement (CEW 2023), 2-4 July 2023, Birmingham, UK, International Scientific Committee Member, http://cew2023.allconfs.org/meeting/index_en.asp?id=13520.
The International Symposium on Frontiers of Road and Airport Engineering (iFRAE 2021), 12-14 July 2021, Delft, The Netherlands, Organizing Committee/Youth Committee Member.
The TRC 2021 Transportation Research Congress, 5-7 November 2021, Hangzhou, China, Youth Committee Member.