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 TimeEndSection
Rock MechanicsFall 2022Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Dynamic Response Of Engineering Materials

Summer 2022
May 2 to May 13
Add deadline: May 3
Drop deadline: May 6
Monday to Friday (every weekday)


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


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