Dr Lihai Zhang

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

Research interests

  • (1) Modelling fluid flow, 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)


Dr 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.

Dr Zhang is best known for his expertise in numerically modelling of fluid flow, 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). Dr 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.

Dr Zhang has published more than 90 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$8 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 Associate Professor 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

Recent publications

  1. Zhou R, Yang Y, Ge Y, Zhang L. Comprehensive evaluation of aerodynamic performance of twin-box girder bridges with vertical stabilizers. JOURNAL OF WIND ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL AERODYNAMICS. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 175. DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2018.01.039
  2. Cheng C, Zhang L, Thompson R. Disaster waste clean-up system performance subject to time-dependent disaster waste accumulation. NATURAL HAZARDS. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2018, Vol. 91, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-3151-5
  3. Yang Y, Zhou R, Ge Y, Zhang L. Flutter Characteristics of Thin Plate Sections for Aerodynamic Bridges. JOURNAL OF BRIDGE ENGINEERING. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2018, Vol. 23, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0001165
  4. Pathirana M, Lam N, Perera S, Zhang L, Gad E, Aye L. High strength structural glass for walk-on photovoltaic modules. Proceedings of Zero Energy Mass Custom Home 2018. 2018.
  5. Zhang Q, Tang W, Liu J, Duffiel CF, Hui K, Zhang L, Zhang X. Improving Design Performance by Alliance between Contractors and Designers in International Hydropower EPC Projects from the Perspective of Chinese Construction Companies. SUSTAINABILITY. MDPI AG. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 4. DOI: 10.3390/su10041171
  6. Perera S, Lam N, Pathirana M, Zhang L, Ruan D, Gad E. Probabilistic modelling of forces of hail. NATURAL HAZARDS. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2018, Vol. 91, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-3117-7
  7. Pathirana M, Lam N, Perera S, Zhang L, Ruan D, Gad E. Probabilistic modelling of Hertzian fracture of glass by flying objects impact in bad weather. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 118. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2018.03.010
  8. Cheng C, Zhang L, Thompson R. Reliability analysis for disaster waste management systems. Waste Management. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 78. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.05.011
  9. Ghimire S, Miramini S, Richardson M, Mendis P, Zhang L. Role of Dynamic Loading on Early Stage of Bone Fracture Healing. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. American Institute of Physics. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-018-2083-x
  10. Yang Y, Zhou R, Ge Y, Du Y, Zhang L. Sensitivity analysis of geometrical parameters on the aerodynamic performance of closed-box girder bridges. Sensors (Switzerland). Molecular Diversity Preservation International. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 7. DOI: 10.3390/s18072053
  11. Miramini S, Zhang L, Richardson M, Mendis P. The Role of Locking Plate Stiffness in Bone Fracture Healing Stabilized by Far Cortical Locking Technique. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL METHODS. World Scientific Publishing Co. 2018, Vol. 15, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1142/S021987621850024X
  12. Zhou R, Ge Y, Yang Y, Du Y, Zhang L. Wind-induced nonlinear behaviors of twin-box girder bridges with various aerodynamic shapes. Nonlinear Dynamics. Springer. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s11071-018-4411-y
  13. Herath N, Mendis P, Zhang L. A probabilistic study of ground motion simulation for Bangkok soil. BULLETIN OF EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING. Springer. 2017, Vol. 15, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1007/s10518-016-0058-6
  14. Kashani J, Pettet GJ, Gu Y, Zhang L, Oloyede A. An agent-based method for simulating porous fluid-saturated structures with indistinguishable components. PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS. Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 483. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2017.04.093
  15. Afara IO, Singh S, Moody H, Zhang L, Oloyede A. Characterization of Articular Cartilage Recovery and Its Correlation with Optical Response in the Near-Infrared Spectral Range. CARTILAGE. Sage Publications. 2017, Vol. 8, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1177/1947603516662502

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