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Richard Birkelands vei 1a, Materialteknisk * 3-131

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Two research areas: Fracture Mechanics and Nanomechanics


Zhiliang Zhang graduated with a BSc and MSc degree, both in structural engineering, from Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He received his PhD degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland in 1994, working on modeling of ductile fracture. Before being appointed as a full Professor in Mechanics and Materials at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2003, Zhang had worked at SINTEF Materials Technology, Trondheim, for 9 years, and played a central role in building up the competence of the Fracture Mechanics group to an international level. He was a visiting young scientist (1998) at GKSS Research Centre, Germany and a visiting scientist (2000-2001) at Harvard University, USA. He was a visiting professor at Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) (2005) and Changjinag visiting professor at Beijing University of Science and Technology (2008-2011).  Since 2009 Professor Zhang has been a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA). He was a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 2011. He is currently a member of the executive committee of European Structural Integrity Society (2010-2016) and the International Congress on Fracture (2013-2017).

Professor Zhang was the founder of NTNU Nanomechanical Lab, which was officially opened on the 29th of August 2006 by the former NTNU Rector Torbjørn Digerns. He was the chairman of the 20th European Conference on Fracture (ECF20) which was successfully held at Trondheim from 30 June to 4 July 2014 with about 600 participants from all over the world.

Since 2004 Professor Zhang has educated 12 PhD students, 5 post-doctoral candidates, and 34 master students. He is currently supervising/co-supervising 19 PhD students, working on diverse aspects of engineering materials and nanotechnology by using combined experimental and multi-scale computational simulation approach.

Professor Zhang holds close contacts with the industry. During the last 13 years he has been the project leader at NTNU for 12 projects funded externally with a total budget more than 70 million NOK. His work on the complete Gurson model, crack tip constraints J-Q-M formulations and many new mechanical testing methods have been widely referred in the literature, and his UMAT code of the complete Gurson model to ABAQUS has been distributed in many countries.

He has authored and co-authored about 200 scientific papers (120 journal papers and 80 conference papers) with the latest ones published in top international journals such as Nature Communications, Nano Letters, SMALL, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS), Polymer and Acta Materialia.



Project and master student topics:

Arctic materials: local brittle zone and crack arrest
Arctic materials: residual stresses and ductile brittle transition
Arctic materials: temperature and tensile properties
Nanotechnology: low adhesion anti-icing coatings
Damage mechanics: effect of secondary inclusions on ductile fracture
Hydrogen embrittlement: notch sensitivity
Hydrogen embrittlement: crystal plasticity modelling
Fracture mechanics: structural integrity of composite steel pipes
Fracture mechanics: development of notched cross weld tensile method
Nanotechnology: wettability alteration by nanoparticles
Nanotechnology: tougher and stronger materials
Nanotechnology: negative Poission materials
Nanotechnology: electrical-mechanical characterization of metal-coated polymer particles

Ongoing Research Projects

Duration: 2016-2020
Funding: Norwegian Research Council the PRTROMAKS II program
Duration: 2014-2018
Funding: 17 mkr from the Norwegian Research Council
Duration: 2016-2020
Funding: 9 mkr from the Norwegian Research Council FRINATEK program
Title: Nanotechnology for anti-icing application 
Duration: 2013-2016
Funding: Statoil AS
Duration: 2014-2017
Funding: Aker solution and NTNU
Title: Wettability alteration and improved flow transport by engineered nanoparticles for petroleum application (WINPA) (Prof. Jianying He is the project leader)
Duration: 2014-2018
Funding: from the Norwegian Research Council, Det norske oljeselskap ASA and Wintershall Holding GmbH
Title: Nano-enabled sustainable cement sheath behind casings (led by Prof. Pål Skalle)
Duration: 2013-2017
Funding: from the Norwegian Research Council
Title: Arctic Materials – Effect of residual stresses
Duration: 2013-2017
Funding: from the Norwegian Research Council and the industry


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