Qingli Dai

Qingli Dai


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Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • PhD, University of Rhode Island


Dr. Dai’s primary professional and scholarly contributions have dealt with material design, characterization, test and analysis for sustainable civil infrastructure applications, especially on self-healing abilities, damage mechanism diagnosis and multi-physical interactions in asphalt mixtures or concrete.    

 Her research integrates design, processing and characterization, computational analysis, experimental testing and sensor techniques to investigate asphalt mixtures, concrete, geopolymer and fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Her research has been involved with other multidisciplinary areas: micromechanics, finite element method, discrete element method, fracture mechanics, molecular dynamic simulation, image-based computation, characterization and sensing for damage mechanism, self-healing materials, alternative and sustainable infrastructure materials, active-material actuator design and aerodynamic and aeroelastic simulation. She has taught class such as matrix structural analysis, finite element analysis and advanced mechanics of materials.

Dr. Dai has been one of the principle investigators of research projects funded by National Science Foundation and State Department of Transportation. Her group has investigated the performance and behavior of asphalt mixtures, chemo-physical characterization, fracture and self-healing construction materials, Non-destructive ultrasonic and acoustic techniques,  internal damage diagnosis and simulation  in concrete, actuator design and wind-structure interaction for vibration reduction. She has authored and co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed papers including 45 journal articles in ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Mechanics of Materials,  Construction & Building Materials, Materials and Structures, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Fuels, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Journal of Transportation Research Board, Journal of Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. She is an associate editor for ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. She is a member of ASCE granular material committee, bitumen committee, pavement committee, and geophysics committee.

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Teaching Interests

  • Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Civil engineering materials and Computational transportation materials

Research Interests

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, multiphysical modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Self-healing and accelerated healing of asphalt mixtures, micromechanical modeling
  • Internal curing concrete, early-age properties and concrete durability
  • Self-healing construction materials, alternative and sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Active-material actuator design, wind-structure interaction, vibration reduction
  • Acoustic and ultrasonic measurement, advanced X-ray and neutron scattering charaterization


  • Sun, X., Zhang, B., Dai, Q. and Yu, X. (2015) “Investigation of Internal Curing Effects on Microstructure and Permeability of Interface Transition Zones in Cement Mortar with SEM Imaging, Transport Simulation and Hydration Modeling Techniques”, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Volume 76, Pages 366–379.
  • Yao, H., Dai, Q. and You, Z. (2015) “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Physicochemical Properties of Asphalt Model”, Fuel, Elsevier, in press
  • Lemmens, R. J., Dai, Q., Meng, D.D. (2014), “Side-Groove Influenced Parameters for Determining Fracture Toughness of Self-Healing Composites Using a Tapered Double Cantilever Beam Specimen”, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Elsevier, Volume 74, December 2014, Pages 23–29
  • Sun, X., Dai, Q. and Ng, K. (2014) “Computational Investigation of Pore Permeability and Connectivity from Transmission X-Ray Microscope Images of a Cement Paste Specimen", Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, volume 68, 15, October 2014, pages 240-251.
  • Dai, Q. and Ng, K. (2014). “Transmission X-Ray Microscope Nanoscale Characterization and 3D Micromechanical Modeling of Internal Frost Damage in Cement Paste.” the Special Issue on: Mechanics of Nanocomposites and Nanostructures, ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, 4(1).
  • Yang, X., Dai, Q., You, Z., Wang, Z. (2014) “Integrated Experimental-Numerical Approach for Estimating Asphalt Mixture Induction Healing Level through Discrete Element Modeling of a Single-Edge Notched Beam Test”, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 27(9), 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001231.
  • Ng, K., Sun, Y., Dai, Q., and Yu, X. (2014) "Investigation of Internal Frost Damage in Cementitious Materials with Micromechanics Analysis, SEM Imaging and Ultrasonic Wave Scattering Techniques,” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 50(15), 478–485.
  • Ng, K. and Dai, Q. (2014) “Numerical Investigation of Internal Frost Damage of Digital Cement Paste Samples with Cohesive Zone Modeling and SEM Microstructure Characterization", Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 50(15), 266–275.