Research Areas

  1. Numerical simulation on earthquake by FEM and DDA;
  2. Mechanical analysis on dyke transportation in Earth’s crust


Oct., 1978-July, 1982:  Department of Mathematics and Mechanics , 
            Lanzhou University  
            Undergraduate student for Bachelor Degree
            Major:  Mechanics 
Oct,, 1983-Aug., 1986:  Graduate School, 
            Chinese Academy of Sciences
            Graduate student for Master Degree 
            Major:  Rock mechanics                      
Mar., 1989-Mar., 1993:  Institute of Geophysics,  
            Chinese Academy of Sciences  
            Graduate student for Ph. D 
            Major:  Rock mechanics                    


Work Experience
Aug., 1986-Dec, 1994:   Lab of Geodynamics under High Temperature and High Pressure  
            Institute of Geophysics, 
            Chinese Academy of Sciences  
            Assistant Professor   
Jan., 1995-July, 1999:  Lab of Geodynamics under High Temperature and  
            High Pressure  
            Institute of Geophysics, 
            Chinese Academy of Sciences  
            Associate Professor 
May, 1998-Oct., 1998:  Department of Civil Engineering,  
            University of Calgary, Canada 
            Visiting Scholar                    
1999-present:      Institute of Geology and Geophysics, 
            Chinese Academy of Sciences 
            Associate Professor 
Sept., 2003:          School of Earth and Atomospheric Sciences, 
            Georgia Institute of Technology,  
            Atlanta,Georgia, USA 
            Visiting Scholar 
Mar., 2006-April, 2006: Department of Mechanics Engineering,  
            University of Maine, USA 
            Visiting Scholar 
Sept., 2009-Oct., 2009: Department of Mechanics Engineering,  
            University of Maine, USA 
            Visiting Scholar


  1. Zuan Chen, Xu Cheng, Xiaoge Huang, Wuming Bai, Zhi-he Jin, 2014. Three-dimensional numerical analysis of magma transport through a pre-existing fracture in crust. Journal of Geodynamics, 76, 46-55.
  2. Zuan Chen, Banghui Lin, Wuming Bai et al., 2011. A study on the influence of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake on the stability of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau tectonic block system. Tectonophysics,510,94-103.
  3. Zuan Chen, Z.-H. Jin and S.E. Johnson,2011.Transient dike propagation and arrest near the level of neutral buoyancy. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 203,81-86.
  4. Zuan Chen and Z.-H. Jin, 2011.Subcritical dyke propagation in a host rock with temperature-dependent viscoelastic properties. Geophys. J. Int.,186, 1095-1103.
  5. Zuan Chen, Wuming Bai, Wenyue Xu,Zhihe Jin,2010. An Analysis on Stability and Deposition Zones of Natural Gas Hydrate in Dongsha Region, North of South China Sea. Journal of Thermodynamics,Volume 2010, Article ID 185639, 6 pages doi:10.1155/2010/185639
  6. Chen Zuan, Lin Banghui and Bai Wuming et al., 2009. The mechanism of generation of May 12, 2008 Ms8.0 Wenchuan earthquake. Chinese J. Geophys, 52(2):408-417
  7. Chen Z A, Lin B H, Bai W M, 2008. 3-D numerical simulation on influence of 1997 Mani earthquake occurrence to stability of tectonic blocks system in Qinghai-Tibet-Sichuan-Yunnan border region using DDA+FEM method. Chinese J. Geophys, 51(5):1422-1430
  8. Zuan Chen, Z.-H. Jin and S.E. Johnson,2007. A perturbation solution for dyke propagation in an elastic medium with graded density. Geophys.J. Int.,169,348-356.
  9. Zuan Chen and Wuming Bai, 2006. Fault creep growth model and its relationship with occurrence of earthquakes, Geophys.J. Int., 165, 272-278.
  10. Zuan Chen and Z.-H. Jin, 2006. Magma-driven subcritical crack growth and implications for dike initiation from a magma chamber.Geophysical Research Letters , Vol. 33, L19307,doi:10.1029/2006GL026970.
  11. Zuan Chen, 2003. Analysis of a microcrack model and constitutive equations for time-dependent dilatancy of rocks. Geophys. J. Int. 155,601-608.