Kaiwen Xia


Professor Kaiwen Xia is seeking to advance the understanding of the fracturing of rocks through dynamic testing using a variety of innovative approaches. This includes extensive development and application of the split-Hopkinson bar apparatus. Improved understanding of fractures, cracks and micro cracks is providing new insights into the formation of earthquakes, and leading to better methods for predicting stability of rock masses for application in mining, tunnelling, hydrocarbon reservoir production, and rock slope stability.

Education and Designations

B.S. & M.S. (Mech. Eng., U. of Sci. & Tech. China)
M.S. (Geophysics, Caltech)
Ph.D. (Mech. Eng, Caltech)


Research Interests

Dynamic fracture mechanics

Earthquake physics

Dynamic friction

Dynamic response of rock materials

Impact damage, and sensor technology



Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEnd
CIV100HFall 2017Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Summer 2018Monday to Friday, May 1-17, 2018. (Note: Last day to drop course without academic penalty is May 8)13:0016:00
Fall 2017Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.


Kaiwen Xia
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


Office: GB130D

Tel: 416-978-5942
Fax: 416-978-6813