Researcher

Associate Professor Yixia Zhang

My Expertise

High performance construction and building materials; Green construction and building materials; Computer simulation and numerical modelling of various engineering structures; Composite materials and structures

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr. Zhang is an Associate Professor in School of Engineering and Information Technology in the University of New South Wales, Canberra.  She is now the Undergraduate Civil Engineering Discipline Coordinator. She gained intensive research experience as a postdoctoral research fellow in UNSW, the University of Queensland of Australia, Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea after completing her PhD in the University of Hong...view more

Dr. Zhang is an Associate Professor in School of Engineering and Information Technology in the University of New South Wales, Canberra.  She is now the Undergraduate Civil Engineering Discipline Coordinator. She gained intensive research experience as a postdoctoral research fellow in UNSW, the University of Queensland of Australia, Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea after completing her PhD in the University of Hong Kong in 2001. She obtained her Bachelor degree and Master degree in Engineering Mechanics from Tianjin University, China in 1992 and 1995. She was awarded the Postgraduate certificate for Higher Education by the University of New South Wales in 2007.

Dr. Zhang’s main research areas are high performance construction and building materials, green construction and building materials, composite materialsand structures, numerical methods and modelling, and structural behaviour under extreme loadings including impact and blast. She has strong expertise on computer simulation and numerical modelling of engineering structures in various engineering areas in particularly under extreme loadings such as fire, impact and blast. Till Jan. 2019, she has published over 200 scholarly peer-reviewed research papers including over 70 papers in the top leading International journals. She has supervised 10 PhD students and one Master by Research student to completion.  In recent years she has developed a ultra ductile and crack-resistance construction material and an impact-resistance material and she is interested in promoting the application of the new materials towards innovative design of structures. Currently she works on ARC DP project on composite   Structures and defence funded research project on high performance nanocomposite adhesive materials. She has also been working on ARC project to develop green and environmental friendly MOC cement under the ARC research hub. She is also interested in the recycling and reuse of fresh concrete wastes. 

PhD scholarhips are avaiable and please contact Dr. Zhang (y.zhang@adfa.edu.au) for details.

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Location

Building 20 Room 101
School of Engineering and Information Technology, The University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

Contact

+61 2 6268 8169
+61 2 6268 8581