- Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
- PhD, Applied Mechanics, University of Rhode Island
- MS, Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China
- BS, Engineering Mechanics, China Institute of Metrology
Dr. Dai’s material-related research has mainly 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 material 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 material 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 recycled infrastructure materials.
Dr. Dai’s structure-related research has conducted 1) active material-based actuator design, wind-structure interaction, aerodynamic-aeroelastic simulation, dynamic blade vibration reduction, 2) structure resilience on energy storage and power distribution system, and 3) mechanical analysis of CLT panels and performance-based design of CLT structure components subjected to structural loads. She has taught classes including Structure analysis, Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Advanced concrete materials and Advanced mechanics of materials.
Dr. Dai has been one of the principle investigators of research projects funded by National Science Foundation, State Department of Transportation and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). She has authored and co-authored more than 120 peer reviewed papers including 98 journal articles in prestigious national and international Journals such as ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Structure Engineering, ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Elsevier Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier Journal of Mechanics of Materials, Elsevier Journal of Construction & Building Materials, Elsevier Journal of Cement and Concrete Research, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Fuels, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Journal of Transportation Research Board, ACI Journal of Materials, 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 Mechanics committee, and geophysics Committee. She is also a member of ACI technical committee 555, 241 and 236.
Links of Interest
- Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Civil engineering materials and Computational transportation materials
- 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 characterization.
- Wang, J., Dai, Q., Si, R. and Guo, S., 2019, Mechanical, durability, and microstructural properties of macro synthetic Polypropylene (PP) fiber-reinforced rubber concrete. Journal of Cleaner Production, 234, 10, Pages 1351-1364
- Si, R., Dai, Q. 2019 Mechanical Property, Nanopore Structure and Drying Shrinkage of Metakaolin-based Geopolymer with waste glass powder, Journal of Cleaner Production.
- Yao, H., Dai, Q., You, Z., J Zhang, S Lv, X Xiao. 2019 “Evaluation of contact angle between asphalt binders and aggregates using Molecular Dynamics (MD) method.” Construction and Building Materials 212, 727-736.
- Wang, J., Guo, S., Dai, Q., Si, R. and Ma, Y. 2019 "Evaluation of cathode ray tube (CRT) glass concrete with/without surface treatment." Journal of Cleaner Production 226 (2019): 85-95.
- Si, R., Guo, S., Dai, Q., (2018), “Influence of calcium content on the atomic structure and phase formation of alkali-activated cement binder”, Wiley Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 102 (3), 1479-1494
- Guo, S., Dai, Q., Chang, L., Hu, Y., Xie, X., Si, R., Wang, J., (2018), “Kinetic Analysis and Thermodynamic Simulation of Alkali-Silica Reaction in Cementitious Materials”, Wiley Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 102 (3), 1463-1478
- Guo, S., Hu, J., and Dai, Q., (2018), “A Critical Review on the Performance of Portland Cement Concrete with Recycled Organic Components”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier, Volume 188, 1, July 2018, Pages 92-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.244
- Guo, S., Dai, Q., Si, R. (2018) “Effect of Calcium and Lithium on Alkali-silica reaction kinetics and phase development,” Elsevier, Cement and Concrete Research, Volume 115, January 2019, Pages 220-229
Dr. Dai teaches matrix structural analysis, advanced concrete materials, and finite element analysis.