Dr. Y. (Yangming) Gao


Yangming joined Delft University of Technology in April 2021 as a Marie S. Curie Research Fellow in the section of Pavement Engineering of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences. Prior to that, he was a visiting scholar in the

Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC) at University of Nottingham and a postdoc researcher in the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) at Aston University, UK. Yangming received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Aston University in March 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. Current research topics include the molecular simulations, micromechanics, continuum damage mechanics, multiscale mechanistic modelling, interfacial adhesion, fatigue damage and healing in pavement materials.

  • Y. Gao, L. Li, Y. Zhang. (2020) Modelling crack initiation in bituminous binders under a rotational shear fatigue load. International Journal of Fatigue 139, 105738.
  • Y. Gao, L. Li, Y. Zhang. (2020) Modelling crack propagation in bituminous binders under a rotational shear fatigue load using pseudo J-integral Paris’ law. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2674(1), 94-103.
  • Y. Zhang, Y. Gao. (2019) Predicting crack growth in viscoelastic bitumen under a rotational shear fatigue load. Road Materials and Pavement Design 22 (3), 603-622.
  • Y. Gao, Y. Zhang, Y. Yang, J. Zhang, F. Gu. (2019) Molecular dynamics investigation of interfacial adhesion between oxidised bitumen and mineral surfaces. Applied Surface Science 479, 449-462.
  • Y. Gao, Y. Zhang, F. Gu, T. Xu, H. Wang. (2018) Impact of minerals and water on bitumen-mineral adhesion and debonding behaviours using molecular dynamics simulations. Construction and Building Materials 171, 214-222.
  • Y. Gao, M. Dong, L. Li, L. Wang, Z. Sun. (2015) Interface effects on the creep characteristics of asphalt concrete. Construction and Building Materials 96, 591-598.
  • L. Li, Y. Gao, Y. Zhang. (2020) Predicting healing in viscoelastic bitumen using alien strain method. International Journal of Fatigue 145, 106102.
  • L. Li, Y. Gao, Y. Zhang. (2020) Fatigue cracking characterisations of waste-derived bitumen based on crack length. International Journal of Fatigue 142, 105974.
  • L. Li, Y. Gao, Y. Zhang. (2020) Crack length based healing characterisation of bitumen at different levels of cracking damage. Journal of Cleaner Production 258, 120709.
  • M. Dong, Y. Gao, L. Li, L. Wang, Z. Sun. (2016) Viscoelastic micromechanical model for dynamic modulus prediction of asphalt concrete with interface effects. Journal of Central South University 23, 926-933.

Yangming Gao

Postdoc Researcher

  • Y.Gao-3@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Delft University of Technology
    Stevinweg 2628 CN

    Room: S2.2.36

Engineering Structures

Pavement Engineering