Professor Li is a Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering.Professor Chun-Qing Li has been professor of civil engineering since 2006 initially in UK and now at RMIT. He was Head of School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from 2011 to 2016.
Professor Chun-Qing Li has been professor of civil engineering since 2006 initially in UK and now at RMIT, Australia. He is the fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers of UK (FICE) as well as the Institution of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust). He is also a chartered professional engineer of these two institutions.
Professor Li was Head of School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering in RMIT University from 2011 to 2016 during which period, the ranking of School’s civil and structure discipline has risen from beyond 100 to the top 51 to 100 bracket and its chemical engineering discipline has doubled its ranking from beyond 200 to the top 101 to 150 bracket (QS ranking 2015 and 2016).
Professor Li has taught a variety of courses ranging from theoretical subjects of mechanics and stochastic processes to practical subjects of materials and structures, e.g., reinforced concrete structures.
Professor Li’s core research expertise is time-dependent reliability theory and its application to service life prediction of deteriorating materials and structures. His research areas include whole life design of structures, risk and reliability analysis of engineering works, steel corrosion and its effects on mechanical property and structural behaviour, corrosion of buried metal pipes, mixed mode fracture failure and fracture toughness, stochastic modelling of loading and structural resistance, concrete technology and construction management. Professor Li’s research in risk-based service life prediction of civil infrastructure was rated “international leading” (i.e., 4* - the highest rating) in UK’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Professor Li’s contribution to time-dependent reliability theory is that he derived a closed-form solution to first passage probability for non-stationary Gaussian stochastic processes in 1993 and more recently (2016) he derived a new solution to first passage probability for non-stationary and non-Gaussian process. Professor Li is one of the first researchers to advance research on corrosion from material perspective to mechanical and structural perspectives since 1998; one of the first to apply first passage probability method to service life prediction of deteriorating structures since 2004; one of the first to propose risk-cost optimisation for developing maintenance strategy for deteriorating structures since 2007; and one of the first to develop models for mixed modes fracture failures of buried pipes since 2013. Professor Li recently discovered that the fracture toughness consists of both elastic and plastic parts and developed models for total fracture toughness in 2016.
Professor Li has published over 300 papers and more than 120 papers are published in high quality international journals, e.g., ASCE journal of engineering mechanics, journal of structural engineering, ACI journals etc.. He has been awarded many research grants in total over $10 m since 2000 as lead or sole CI from both national research councils of UK and Australia where he has worked, e.g., UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC). Professor Li currently holds as lead or sole CI in total of $2.6m, three ARC grants on service life prediction of buried pipelines and a few industry grants, the most notable one of which is one million dollars funding from Metro Trains Melbourne to investigates the remaining safe life of Metro infrastructure.
Professor Li has served on a number of professional bodies, including editorial boards, conference committees, codes and standards committees and so on. He is the Associate Editor for the prestigious international journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering.
Professor Li specialises in whole life design of structures, integrating reliability theory, corrosion science and fracture mechanics which is reflected in all his activities.
- Structural design
- Structural assessment
- Systems engineering
- Building materials
- Construction project management
- Research methodology
- Whole life design of structures
- Risk and reliability analysis of engineering works
- Steel corrosion and its effects on mechanical property and structural behaviour,
- Corrosion of buried metal pipes
- Mixed mode fracture failure and fracture toughness
- Stochastic modelling of loading and structural resistance
- Concrete technology
- Construction management
Current research projects
- Prediction of mixed mode fracture failures of metal pipelines, ARC DP170102211, $320,000
- Preventing reoccurrence of catastrophic failures of stormwater pipelines, ARC LP150100413, $410,000,
- Accurate Prediction of Safe Life of Buried Pipelines, ARC DP140101547, $280,000
- Investigation of Remaining Service Life of Metro Trains’ Infrastructure, Metro Trains Melbourne, 1,002,000
Supervision of students
- PhD and Masters research student
- Projects of Master students
- Capstone projects of undergraduate students
Various admin and management tasks
Thesis: Time-dependent structural systems reliability theory and its application University of Newcastle, 1993
- MSc (Structural Engineering)
Thesis: Behaviour of concrete beam-column joints under cyclic loading Wuhan University of Technology, 1985
- BEng H1 (Civil Engineering), Wuhan University of Technology, 1982
- Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, Australia – FIEAust
- Chartered Professional Engineer, Australia – CPEng
- Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers, UK – FICE
- Chartered Engineer, UK – CEng
Member of Editorial Board
- Editor, Advances in Civil Engineering, an international journal.
- Associate Editor, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, an international journal.
- Member of Editorial Board, Material and Structural Reliability, an international journal.
- Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Building Pathology and Rehabilitation, an international journal.
- Member of Editorial Board, Advanced Civil Engineering Practice and Research, an international journal.
Member of Research Consortia
- Member of Task Group CIB/TG22, Environmental design methods in materials and structural engineering
- Member of Working Group ISO/TC98/SC/2/WG10, General Principles on the Design of Structures for Durability
- Member of LIFETIME network, EU
Member of Conference Committees
- Steering Committee, International Conference on Durability of Building and Construction Materials (dbcm), On-going
- Scientific Committee, International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE), on-going
- Scientific Committee, International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT), on-going
- Scientific Committee, Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM), on-going
- Scientific Committee, International Conference on Structural and Civil Engineering (ICSCE 2017), Lyon, France, 21 – 23 September 2017
- Scientific Committee, International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 – 22 June 2016
- Scientific Committee, International Conference of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Sustainable Infrastructure, Zhengzhou, China, 13 – 15 July 2013.
- Wasim, M.,Robert, D.,Li, C. (2021). (In Press) Corrosion effects on the granular nano mechanical properties of buried cast iron In: Engineering Failure Analysis, 119, 1 - 12
- Baji, H.,Yang, W.,Li, C.,Shi, W. (2020). Probabilistic model for time to cover cracking due to corrosion In: Structural Concrete, , 1 - 17
- Li, L.,Li, C.,Mahmoodian, M.,Shi, W. (2020). Corrosion induced degradation of fatigue strength of steel in service for 128 years In: Structures, 23, 415 - 424
- Wasim, M.,Li, C.,Robert, D.,Mahmoodian, M. (2020). Effect of Soil's Acidity and Saturation on Degradation of Fracture Toughness of Buried Cast Iron In: Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32, 1 - 10
- Wasim, M.,Li, C.,Robert, D.,Mahmoodian, M. (2020). Fracture toughness degradation of cast iron due to corrosive mediums In: International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping, 186, 1 - 8
- Wimalasiri, L.,Robert, D.,Li, C. (2020). Permeability Degradation of Stressed Concrete Considering Concrete Plasticity In: Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32, 1 - 12
- Gao, H.,Li, C.,Wang, W.,Wang, Y.,Zhang, B. (2020). Factors affecting the agreement between unloading compliance method and normalization method In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 235, 1 - 14
- Wang, Y.,Wang, W.,Zhang, B.,Li, C. (2020). A review on mixed mode fracture of metals In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 235, 1 - 25
- Wasim, M.,Robert, D.,Li, C.,Mahmoodian, M. (2020). Coupled effect of soil's acidity and saturation on pitting corrosion of buried cast iron In: Geotechnical Testing Journal, 44, 1 - 13
- Wasim, M.,Mahmoodian, M.,Robert, D.,Li, C. (2020). Correlation Model for the Corrosion Rates of Buried Cast Iron Pipes In: Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32, 1 - 7
8 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions9 PhD Current Supervisions
- Nano science based construction materials manufacturing (Administered by Monash Uni). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant 2016 from (2017 to 2022)
- Prediction of mixed mode fracture failures of metal pipelines. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2020)
- Deterioration modeling of bridge structures using visual inspection data (Administered by Monash University). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant 2016 from (2017 to 2019)
- Preventing reoccurrence of catastrophic failures of stormwater pipelines. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2015 Round 1 from (2016 to 2020)
- The use of brown coal ash as a replacement of cement in concrete masonry bricks (Administered by Monash Uni). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant 2016 from (2016 to 2021)