Associate Professor Lihai Zhang

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: D210
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • (1) Modelling fluid-structure interaction, mass transfer and reactive transport in deformed porous media
  • (2) The development of advanced stochastic analysis method
  • (3) Life-cycle performance assessment of bridges (Engineering Reliability; Structural health monitoring using non-destructive testing techniques and drone; Aerodynamic performance; Concrete corrosion)
  • (4) Orthopaedic Biomechanics and mechano-biology (Cartilage mechanics and homeostasis; Reactive transport in biological tissues; Bone fracture healing)


Associate Professor Lihai Zhang is an academic staff in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He received his Master of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore with Research Scholarship in 1995. Following a successful ten year career in industry, he went on the Melbourne International Research Scholarship to further his PhD study at the University of Melbourne and graduated in 2009. He has been employed at The University of Melbourne since obtaining his PhD.

A/Prof Zhang is best known for his expertise in numerically modelling of fluid-structure interaction, mass transfer and reactive transport in deformed porous media as well as the development of advanced stochastic analysis methods. This gives him a leading advantage and a unique angle to solving outstanding engineering problems in both Civil Engineering (Life-cycle performance assessment of bridges) and Biomedical Engineering fields (Orthopaedic Biomechanics & Mechano-Biology). A/Prof Zhang has been successful in making use of strong and sustained external collaborations both within Australia, and internationally, to seek cash funding from both public and industrial sources (e.g. ARC, NHMRC and CRC) along with supports from industrial collaborators (e.g. China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation, and Johnson & Johnson Medical) to produce a coherent body of knowledge that has been disseminated in high impact publications.

A/Prof Zhang has published more than 100 international journal papers, conference papers and book chapters. He has been awarded more than 20 National and International Competitive Grants with a total of over AU$9 million. He is the Founding Director of Melbourne-Shenzhen Rehabilitation Research Centre and Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Applied Mechanics (World Scientific). He is also an Adjunct A/Prof in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, and a Visiting Professor in Earthquake Engineering Research & Test Centre at Guangzhou University, China. Currently, A/Prof Zhang is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He has supervised/co-supervised more than 20 PhD students.

Recent publications

  1. Liu, Z.; Zhou, C.; Su, D.; Du, Z.; Zhu, F.; Zhang, L. Rheological Deformation Behavior of Soft Rocks under Combination of Compressive Pressure and Water-Softening Effects. Geotechnical Testing Journal. ASTM International. 2020, Vol. 43, Issue 3, pp. 20180342-20180342. DOI: 10.1520/gtj20180342
  2. Zhou, R.; Ge, Y.; Yang, Y.; Liu, S.; Du, Y.; Zhang, L. A nonlinear numerical scheme to simulate multiple wind effects on twin-box girder suspension bridges. Engineering Structures. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2019, Vol. 183, pp. 1072-1090. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.11.040
  3. Smith, DW.; Gardiner, BS.; Zhang, L.; Grodzinsky, AJ. A Systems Approach to Articular Cartilage. . Springer Singapore. 2019, pp. 361-428. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1474-2_5
  4. Zhou, C.; Lu, Y.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, L. An Innovative Acousto-optic-Sensing-Based Triaxial Testing System for Rocks. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. Springer Nature. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s00603-019-01764-1
  5. Ganadhiepan, G.; Miramini, S.; Patel, M.; Mendis, P.; Zhang, L. Bone fracture healing under Ilizarov fixator: Influence of fixator configuration, fracture geometry, and loading.. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. Wiley. 2019, Vol. 35, Issue 6, pp. e3199-. DOI: 10.1002/cnm.3199
  6. Smith, DW.; Gardiner, BS.; Zhang, L.; Grodzinsky, AJ. Cartilage Tissue Dynamics. . Springer Singapore. 2019, pp. 245-309. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1474-2_3
  7. Smith, DW.; Gardiner, BS.; Zhang, L.; Grodzinsky, AJ. Cartilage Tissue Homeostasis. . Springer Singapore. 2019, pp. 65-243. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1474-2_2
  8. Sun, D.; Wu, K.; Shi, H.; Miramini, S.; Zhang, L. Deformation behaviour of concrete materials under the sulfate attack. Construction and Building Materials. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2019, Vol. 210, pp. 232-241. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.03.050
  9. Ghimire, S.; Miramini, S.; Richardson, M.; Mendis, P.; Zhang, L. Effects of dynamic loading on fracture healing under different locking compression plate configurations: A finite element study. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 94, pp. 74-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.03.004
  10. Liu, Z.; Zhou, C.; Li, B.; Zhang, L.; Liang, Y. Effects of grain dissolution–diffusion sliding and hydro-mechanical interaction on the creep deformation of soft rocks. Acta Geotechnica. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s11440-019-00823-9
  11. Ren, J.; Thompson, RG.; Zhang, L. Impact of Payload Spectra of Heavy Vehicles on Pavement Based on Weigh-in-Motion Data. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2019, Vol. 145, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1061/JPEODX.0000099
  12. Shi, L.; Cheng, X.; Zhang, L.; Li, Z.; Zhang, G.; Huang, D.; Tu, J. Interaction effect of room opening and air inlet on solar chimney performance. Applied Thermal Engineering. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 159, pp. 113877-113877. DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.113877
  13. Smith, DW.; Gardiner, BS.; Zhang, L.; Grodzinsky, AJ. Introduction to Articular Cartilage. . Springer Singapore. 2019, pp. 1-63. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1474-2_1
  14. Smith, DW.; Gardiner, BS.; Zhang, L.; Grodzinsky, AJ. Lubrication, Friction, and Wear in Diarthrodial Joints. . Springer Singapore. 2019, pp. 311-359. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1474-2_4
  15. Liu, Z.; Zhou, C.; Du, Z.; Su, D.; Li, J.; Zhang, L. Modeling cover-collapse sinkhole based on the theory of shells. International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Engineering. WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD. 2019, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1142/S2047684118500288
  16. Zhou, R.; Ge, Y.; Yang, Y.; Du, Y.; Liu, S.; Zhang, L. Nonlinear behaviors of the flutter occurrences for a twin-box girder bridge with passive countermeasures. Journal of Sound and Vibration. ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2019, Vol. 447, pp. 221-235. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2019.02.002
  17. Smith, DW.; Gardiner, BS.; Zhang, L.; Grodzinsky, AJ. Osmotic Pressure, Solid Stress, and the Diffuse Double Layer. . Springer Singapore. 2019, pp. 429-467. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1474-2_6
  18. Cheng, C.; Zhang, L.; Thompson, RG. Reliability analysis of road networks in disaster waste management. Waste Management. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2019, Vol. 84, pp. 383-393. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.11.027
  19. Shanshan, G.; Wang, Y.; Wang, K.; Long, J.; Lv, X.; Huang, Z.; Yang, Y.; Miramini, S.; Zhang, L. Robot-assisted weight-bearing exercise for stroke patients with limited mobility. Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control. SAGE Publications. 2019, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 879-892. DOI: 10.1177/1461348418816269
  20. Ganadhiepan, G.; Zhang, L.; Miramini, S.; Mendis, P.; Patel, M.; Ebeling, P.; Wang, Y. The Effects of Dynamic Loading on Bone Fracture Healing Under Ilizarov Circular Fixators. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. ASME. 2019, Vol. 141, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1115/1.4043037

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