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Room 341, 3/F, Science Centre

WONG Hoi Chu Robina 黃凱珠

Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. Rock Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 1997
  • M.Sc. Geotechnical Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 1986
  • B.Sc. Geology, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan 1979
Academic Employments:
  • 2020 – Present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Earth System Science Programme, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2015 Sep – present:  Part time lecturer, Construction Industry Council
  • 2017 Sep – 2018 Dec Adjunct Associate Professor, The HK Polytechnic University, CEE Department
  • 2013 Retired
  • 2000 – 2013 Sep. Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CSE Department
  • 2004 – 2009 Part-time Degree Programme Leader, CSE Department
  • 1997 – 2013 Leader, Geology Laboratory
  • 1995 – 1997 Staff Development Committee member
  • 1995 – 2000, Assistant Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CSE Department
  • 1988 – 2013 Leader, Rock Mechanics Laboratory
  • 1988 – 1995, Lecturer, Hong Kong Polytechnic, CSE Department
Research Fields and Current Research Interests:
  • Rock Mechanics and Fracture Mechanics
  • Tsunami and Storm surge
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Landslides, rockfall, rock stability (Wedge and Toppling failure)
  • The failure mechanisms of cracked solids
  • Shear strength of jointed rock mass, rock joints and rock bridge study
  • Mechanical properties of Hong Kong rocks (point load strength, compressive strength and fracture toughness)
Honours and Awards:
  • Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, CEE, PolyU, 2011 – 2012.
  • Financial support for the course fee of PhD from Staff Development Committee of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1994 – 1997.
  • Hong Kong John Marden Family scholarship, Asian Institute of Technology, 1984 – 1986.
Professional Activities:
  • Short course organizer 1994 – 2010 for
    Dr. Nick Barton 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2010 (NGI Norway),
    Professor Dezhang Lin 1995 (University of Oklahoma)
    Professor P.H. Kulatilake 1996, 1998, 1999, 2006 (University of Arizona), Professor Professor Chen Yong 2000 (the State Seismological Bureau, China) / Professor T-F Wong 2000 (Stony Brook University, New York),
    Professor J. A. Hudson 2001 (Imperial College U.K),
    Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Hoesle 2001 (the University of Vienna),
    Weishen Zhu 2004 (ShanDong University, China), Tang Chunan. 2008 (Dalian University, China)

  • 2000, Consultancy Services for Meinhardt Consulting Engineers for Natural Hazard Study and Mitigation Measures Design for No. 41, Stubbs Road, Rosary Hill School Project Improvement. Working term: Dr. Robina Hoi Chu Wong, KamTim Chau and Cho Min Lee
  • 2000, Consultancy Services for Joseph Chow & Partners Ltd. (JMK) and Cinpek Engineering Limited (CEL) to conduct “Rockfall Test at No. 21, Tung Shan Terrace, Hong Kong, Working term: Kam Tim Chau and Robina, Hoi Chu Wong
  • 2002, Consultancy service for Gammon Skanska Limited, to conduct “Petrographic Analysis of Rocks in Tin Shui Wai
  • 2004 – 2009 Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Hong Kong Government to conduct a petrographic analysis and an investigation on the geological background on the sizable quantity of stone artifacts unearthed from the Sha Ha Area of Sai Kung Peninsula. The working term:Cho Min Lee, Hoi Yung Lin, Robina, Hoi Chu Wong and Kam Tim Chau
  • 2005, Consultancy Services for MateriaLab Division of Furgo Technical Services Limited to conduct “The indirect tensile strength of the Hong Kong rocks
  • 2006, Consultancy service for AECOM Asia Co. Ltd to conduct “Petrographic Description of Rock Samples from Chennai Metro Rail Project, India for EMBYE
  • 2007, Consultancy service for Gammon Construction Limited to conduct the Determination of Pulse Velocities in Rock
  • 2008, Consultancy service for Facadetech Laboratory Ltd. to conduct “Petrographic Analysis of Stones in Nape, Macau
  • 2013 – 2014, Consultancy Services for Hong Kong Housing Authority to conduct “Research and Development (R&D) Study on Correlation between Uniaxial Compressive Strength and Point Load Index Strength of Rocks. Working term: Yin Jian Hua, Wong Hoi Chu, Robina, Chau Kam Tim
  • 2011 – 2012, To help the local government of Bailu, Sichuan, China to construct an exhibition table and its decoration in Earthquake Museum.
  • Slope Stability and Maintenance
  • Advanced Rock Engineering
  • Rock Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Soil and Rock Engineering
  • Geology
Short Courses
  • Wenchuan earthquake site investigation and experimental study
  • Rockfall Problems and its protection
  • Geohazards: Earthquakes, Tsunami and Storm Surges
  • Experimental study on 3-D surface crack propagation and failure mechanisms
Selected Recent Publications:
  1. Wong, R.H.C. and Chau, K.T., 2020, Effect of Cyclic Heating on Subcritical Crack Growth of Rock Beams under Four-point Bending Test Int. J. of Rock Mech. and Min. Sci., accepted, in press (SCI journal published by Elsevier)
  2. Wong R.H.C., Chau K.T., Yin Jian-Hua, Lai D.T.W., Zhao Guang-Si, 2017, Uniaxial compressive strength and point load index of volcanic irregular lumps, Int. J. of Rock Mech. and Min. Sci.; 93, 307-315
  3. Yin Jian-Hua, Wong R.H.C., Chau K.T., Lai D.T.W., Zhao Guang-Si, 2017, Point load strength index of granitic irregular lumps: Size correction and correlation with uniaxial compressive strength, Tunneling and Underground Space Technology 70,388-399  
  4. Wong R.H.C. and Lin P., 2015, Numerical study of stress distribution and coalescence mechanisms of solid containing multiple holes. Int. J. of Rock Mech. and Min. Sci.; 79, 41-54
  5. Lin P., Wong R.H.C. and Tang C.A., 2015, Experimental study of coalescence mechanisms and failure under uniaxial compression of granite containing multiple holes. Int. J. of Rock Mech. and Min. Sci.; 77, 313-327
  6. Li L.Y., Wong R.H.C., Han Z.C., Li L.X., Li H.Y. 2012, An Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Crack Propagation in 3-D Surface Crack, Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, 31(2),311-318 (in Chinese)
  7. ZhangQ.B., Wong R.H.C. 2011, Experimental Study on the Movement of the Reverse Fault causing Surface Rupture on Wet Sand Deposit, Journal of Sichuan University: Engineering Science,43 (4), 13-20 (in Chinese)
  8.  Wong R.H.C., ZhangQ.B., Cheung T.K.H., 2010, Geomechanical model testing of surface rupture and bridge damage produced by discontinuous reverse fault, Journal of Sichuan University: Engineering Science,42 (5), 58-67 (in Chinese)
  9. Wong, R.H.C. Lin, P. and Tang, C.A., 2006, Experimental and numerical study on splitting failure of brittle solids containing single pore under uniaxial compression, Mech. of Materials, 38 (1-2): 142-159
  10. Wong T-f., Wong R.H.C., Chau K.T. and Tang C. A., 2006, Microcrack statistics, Weibull distribution and micromechanical modeling of compressive failure in rock Mech. of Materials, 38/7 pp 664-681
  11. Tang C.A., Wong R.H.C., Chau K.T. and Lin P., 2005, Modeling of compression-induced splitting failure in heterogeneous brittle porous solids, Engineering Fracture Mech., 72: 597-615
  12. Chau K.T., Wong R.H.C., Lui J., and Lee C.F., 2003, Rockfall hazard for Hong Kong based on rockfall inventory, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 36 (5): 383-408
  13. Wong, R. H. C., Huang, M. L., Jiao, M.R. and Tang, C.A., 2003, Crack propagation from brittle solid containing surface fracture under uniaxial compression, Rock Mech. and Engineering, 22 (supp.1) 2145-2148 (in Chinese)
  14. Wong R.H.C., Lin, P., Tang, C.A. and Chau, K.T.,2002, The mechanisms of crack coalescence of pre-existing closed flaws under biaxial compression, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, 21(6) pp. 808-816 (in Chinese)
  15. Chau, K.T. Wong R.H.C. and Wu J.J., 2002, Coefficient of restitution and rotational motions of rockfall impacts, Int. J. of Rock Mech. & Min. Sci., Vol.39, pp. 69-77
  16. Wong R. H. C., Tang C.A., Chau K.T., and Lin P., 2002, Splitting failure in brittle rocks containing pre-existing flaws under uniaxial compression. Engineering Fracture Mech., 69, 1853-1871
  17. Wong R. H. C., Lin P., Tang C.A., and Chau K.T., 2002, Creeping damage around an opening in jointed rock mass observed in laboratory, Engineering Fracture Mech., 69, 2015-2027
  18. Wong R. H. C., Chau K.T., Lin P. and Tang C.A., 2001, Analysis of crack coalescence in rock-like materials containing three flaws - Part I: Experimental approach, Int. J. of Rock Mech. & Min. Sci., 38, 909-924
  19. Wong R.H.C. and Chau K.T., 1998, Crack coalescence in rock-like material containing two cracks, Int. J. of Rock Mech. & Min. Sci., 35, No.2, 147-164
  20. Chau K.T. and Wong R.H.C., 1997, Effective moduli of microcraked-rock: Theories and Experiments, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, August, pp.258-277,
  21. Wong R.H.C. and Chau K.T. and Wang P., 1996, Microcracking and Grain Size Effect in Yuen Long Marbles, Int. J. of Rock Mech. & Min. Sci. & Geomech. Abstr. .33, No.5, 479-485
  22. Chau K.T. and Wong R.H.C., 1996, Uniaxial Compressive Strength and Point Load Strength of Rocks, Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci. Geomech. Abstr., 33 No.2, 183-188
Review Article:
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Science
  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • HKIE Transaction
Research Grants:
  • CERG, Microcracking in Fissured Rocks and Cavern Instability (B-Q081)
  • CERG, A Theoretical and Experimental Study on Point Load Strength Test for Rock Cores (B-Q150)
  • CERG, Theoretical, experimental and field studies on rockfall dynamics (B-Q173)
  • CERG, Corrosive and fatigue crack growths of microcracks in façade rock panels subject to solar heating and environmental effect of polluted air (PolyU 5166/04E; B-Q810)
  • CERG, Mechanisms of three-dimensional crack growth and coalescence under compression (PolyU 5049/01E; GT419)
  • CERG, Experimental and numerical study on coalescence Mechanisms of En-echeion surface flaws for predicting fault propagation in earthquake regions (PolyU 5024/09P, G-U665)
  • RGC, Numerical Simulations on the Influence of Pressure, Porosity and Grain Size on the Progressive Development of Brittle Failure (A-PD49)
  • RGC, Numerical studies on the mechanism of seismic patterns on rock mass containing heterogeneity properties and fractures (A-PE31)
  • RGC, Theoretical Analysis of Three-dimensional Surface-cracks under Far Field Loadings and Its Applications to Earthquake Mechanics (A-PF62)
  • RGC, Acoustic Emission Sequences of Fracture Propagation from Faulted (A-PG46)
  • RGC, Experimental and Theoretical Study on Crack Branching Phenomenon from a Closed 3-D Surface Fault under Compression (G-U141)
  • RGC, Rock Bridge Study under Direct Shear Test (G-YC36)
  • RGC, Experimental Study on Mechanisms of Nucleation and Growth of Strike-slip Surface Fault (G-YG58)
  • RGC, Acoustic Emission and Strain Measurement on the Crack Growth Mechanisms of a 3-D Surface Flaw in Rock Under Biaxial Compression (G-YF88)
  • RGC, Macro- and Micro-mechanisms of Crack Coalescence in Fractured Rock Mass (G-T038)