Professor Sarah Zhang

Professor Sarah Zhang

Professor in Civil Engineering,
Engineering

Biography

Professor Zhang joined in School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University (WSU) as an Associate Professor since Jan. 2019. She is now the Dputy Chair of Academic Senate of WSU, Co-Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Discipline Leader (Civil & Environmental)  She worked as the Deputy Director of the university Urban Transformation Research Centre and the Research Theme Champion (Environment and Sustainability) at WSU.  Before she moved to WSU, she worked in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra for 12 years as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor.  She worked in UNSW Sydney for three years from 2004-2006 first as a Research Associate and then a Lecturer in School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the University of Queensland from 2001-2002, and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea from 2002-2003 after completing her PhD in the University of Hong Kong in 2001. She obtained her Bachelor degree and Master degree 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 research interest has been on advanced materials and novel application of advanced materials in civil and mechanical/aeronautical structures. In civil engineering, she works on green construction materials by using industrial by-products and high-performance fibre reinforced cementitious composite aiming to achieve durable, resilient and sustainable infrastructures. In mechanical/aeronautical engineering, she focuses on studies on composite materials and structures aiming to enhance the structural integrity and performance. She has a strong expertise on numerical modelling and analysis and in addition to using the experimental technique she also uses advanced numerical modelling to calibrate the mechanical behaviour of materials and model the structural behaviour including under extreme loading conditions such as impact/blast/fatigue/fire loadings. Since 1998, she has published over200 peer-reviewed scholarly research papers including more than 70 research papers in top international journals in her research areas. She was awarded research grant of over $2.5 millions from various schemes including ARC. She was awarded one ARD DPon composites and one ARC LIEF grant in 2019. In addition, she is a chief investigator (CI) of the ARC research hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing which was awarded an ARC funding of $5 million, she is the lead CI of one project on green cement and the CI of one research project on composites under the hub. She led one defence project working with her partners in DST Groups to develop high strength nanocomposite adhesive. She was awarded the Spitfire Defence Memorial Fellowship in 2011 and received by the Australian Governor in General for her research on impact-resistance construction material. She has supervised 9 PhD students and 1 Master student to completion as a primary supervisor and supervised 4 postdoctoral research fellows and 37 visiting research fellows/PhD students. She was appointed as the Australian Research Coucil College of Expert member since 2021. She is now Fellow of Engineering Australia and a commitee member for the Civil and Structural College, Sydney Branch. She chaired ACCM 2021 and organized other 11 symposiums/workshop/forums. She served as local organisation committee and international technical committee member or advisory board member for over 20 international conferences and hold the editorship for two international journals.

This information has been contributed by Professor Zhang.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Hong Kong

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Computational Mechanics (2020 - 2020)
  • International Association for Computational Mechanics (2020)
  • Research Theme Champion (Environment & Sustainability) (2020)

Awards

  • Spitfire Defence Memorial Fellowship 2011-12-01

Interests

  • Composite materials and structures
  • Computational Mechanics, numerical methods and simulation
  • Green construction and building material using industry by-product
  • High performance fibre reinforced cementitious composites
  • Mechanical and structural behaviour under extreme loadings, such as impact/blast/fatigue/fire
  • Multiscale modelling of mechanical behaviour of composite materials

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Engineering

Committees

  • Professoriate Leadership Group

Contact

Email: Sarah.Zhang@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 916
(02) 47360 916
Mobile:
Location: XB.3.31
Penrith (Kingswood)XB.3.31
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300597 Master Project 1, 2019
  • 300598 Master Project 2, 2019
  • 300733 Introduction to Structural Engineering, 2019
  • 300971 Engineering Project 1, 2019
  • 300972 Engineering Project 2, 2019

Publications

Books

  • Zhang, Y. and Yu, K. (2022), 'Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composites: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling', : Elsevier 9780323851497.
  • Zhang, Y., Zhang, Z., Dong, K., Yu, Y., Xiang, Y. and Yang, C. (2021), 'Recent Advances in Computational Methods and Applications: Proceedings for the Fifth Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM 2021), Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 13 - 15 December 2021', : Western Sydney University 9781741085310.
  • Lin, X., Zhang, Y. and Pathak, P. (2020), 'Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Composite and Reinforced Concrete Beams', : Woodhead Publishing 9780128168998.
  • Saha, S., Zhang, Y., Yazdani, S. and Singh, A. (2015), 'Implementing Innovative Ideas in Structural Engineering and Project Management', : ISEC Press 9780996043717.

Chapters in Books

  • Soe, K., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, L. (2022), 'Material properties and high-velocity impact responses of a new hybrid fiber-reinforced engineered cementitious composite (ECC)', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Kabir, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Enhancement on the flexural behavior of engineered cementitious composite (ECC) encased steel composite beams', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Thanh, H., Li, J. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Numerical modeling of the flow of self-consolidating engineered cementitious composite (ECC) using smoothed particle hydrodynamics', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Huang, T. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Multiscale modeling of multiple-cracking fracture behavior of engineered cementitious composite (ECC)', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Meng, D., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Structural behavior of reinforced polyvinyl alcohol engineered cementitious composite (PVA-ECC) beams under static and fatigue loadings', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Kabir, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Finite element analysis of engineered cementitious composite (ECC) encased steel composite beams subjected to bending', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Yu, K. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Introduction to the development and application of engineered cementitious composite (ECC)', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Khan, M., Lee, C., Zhang, Y. and Rana, M. (2022), 'Structural behavior of engineered cementitious composite (ECC)-concrete encased steel composite columns under axial compression', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Khan, M., Lee, C., Zhang, Y. and Rana, M. (2022), 'Finite element analysis of engineered cementitious composite (ECC)-concrete-encased steel composite columns under axial compression', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Zhu, S., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Finite element analysis of engineered cementitious composite (ECC) slabs', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Li, J. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Numerical modeling of structural behavior of engineered cementitious composite (ECC) slabs subjected to high-velocity projectile impact', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Meng, D., Huang, T., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2022), 'Mechanical behavior of a polyvinyl alcohol engineered cementitious composite (PVA-ECC) using local ingredients', Advances in Engineered Cementitious Composite: Materials, Structures, and Numerical Modeling, Woodhead Publishing 9780323851497.
  • Liu, X., Wang, Q., Duan, X., Zhang, Y. and Yu, K. (2020), 'Mechanical properties of nano-particle modified ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete', ACMSM25: Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Springer 9789811376023.
  • Guo, Y., Zhang, Y. and Soe, K. (2020), 'Influence of silica fume on material properties of magnesium oxychloride cement', ACMSM25: Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Springer 9789811376023.
  • Meng, D., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2020), 'Structural performance of steel reinforced PVA-ECC beams subjected to fatigue flexural loading', ACMSM25: Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Springer 9789811376023.
  • Pathak, P. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Finite element analysis of fibre reinforced polymer strengthened reinforced concrete beams', Reinforced Concrete: Design, Performance and Applications, Nova Science Publishers 9781536107524.
  • Zhang, Y. and Lin, X. (2015), 'Toughening mechanisms for fiber-reinforced polymer-reinforced concrete beams', Toughening Mechanisms in Composite Materials, Elsevier 9781782422792.
  • Yang, C. and Zhang, Y. (2011), 'Special Finite Element-based Unit Cell Approaches for Heterogeneous Materials', Advances in Engineering Mechanics, Nova Science Publishers 978-1-60876-901-8..
  • Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2011), 'Shear-flexible Quadrilateral Composite Plate Elements Based on Timoshenko's Composite Beam Function Method', Advances in Engineering Mechanics, Nova Science Publishers 978-1-60876-901-8.
  • Zhang, Y. and Lin, X. (2011), 'Advances of finite element analysis for FRP concrete beams', Advances in FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, Springer 9783642174865.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2011), 'Nonlinear finite element analysis of composite steel/FRP-reinforced concrete beams using a new beam element', Advances in FRP Composites in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2010), Springer 9783642174865.

Journal Articles

  • Zhu, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2024), 'An experimental study on hybrid fibre reinforced engineered cementitious composite link slabs under static and fatigue loadings', Engineering Structures, vol 300 .
  • Rawat, S., Saliba, P., Estephan, P., Ahmad, F. and Zhang, Y. (2024), 'Mechanical performance of hybrid fibre reinforced magnesium oxychloride cement-based composites at ambient and elevated temperature', Buildings, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Zhu, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2023), 'Finite element analysis of hybrid fiber reinforced engineered cementitious composite link slabs', International Journal of Computational Methods, vol 20, no 9 .
  • Qasim, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2023), 'Flexural strengthening of reinforced concrete beams using hybrid fibre reinforced engineered cementitious composite', Engineering Structures, vol 284 .
  • Armaghani, D., He, B., Mohamad, E., Zhang, Y., Lai, S. and Ye, F. (2023), 'Applications of two neuro-based metaheuristic techniques in evaluating ground vibration resulting from tunnel blasting', Mathematics, vol 11, no 1 .
  • Kabir, M., Wong, L., Wang, J., Yang, C. and Zhang, Y. (2023), 'Slow growth damage assessment of bonded metal-composite joint using a numerical approach', International Journal of Applied Mechanics, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Qasim, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2023), '[In Press] Numerical modeling of interface bond behavior between hybrid steel-PVA fiber-reinforced engineered cementitious composite and concrete', International Journal of Computational Methods, .
  • Panta, J., Rider, A., Wang, J., Yang, C., Stone, R., Taylor, A., Brack, N., Cheevers, S. and Zhang, Y. (2023), 'High-performance carbon nanofiber reinforced epoxy-based nanocomposite adhesive materials modified with novel functionalization method and triblock copolymer', Composites Part B: Engineering, vol 249 .
  • Zhang, B., Lin, X., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, L. (2023), 'Microscale failure analysis of the ultra-high-performance polypropylene fibre reinforced concrete panel subjected to high thermal loading induced by fire exposure', Engineering Structures, vol 292 .
  • Tekle, B., Al-Deen, S., Anwar-Us-Saadat, M., Willans, N., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2022), 'Use of maturity method to estimate early age compressive strength of slab in cold weather', Structural Concrete, vol 23, no 2 , pp 1176 - 1190.
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2022), 'A multi-material topology optimization with temperature-dependent thermoelastic properties', Engineering Optimization, vol 54, no 12 , pp 2140 - 2155.
  • Wu, H., Lin, X., Zhou, A. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'A temperature-dependent material model for numerical simulation of steel fibre reinforced concrete', Construction and Building Materials, vol 320 .
  • Rawat, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2022), 'Multi-response optimization of hybrid fibre engineered cementitious composite using Grey-Taguchi method and utility concept', Construction and Building Materials, vol 319 .
  • Khan, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Development of analytical model for predicting compressive behavior of engineered cementitious composites-concrete encased steel composite columns', Structural Concrete, vol 23, no 4 , pp 2576 - 2599.
  • Guo, Y., Zhang, Y. and Soe, K. (2022), 'Effect of sodium monofluorophosphate and phosphates on mechanical properties and water resistance of magnesium oxychloride cement', Cement and Concrete Composites, vol 129 .
  • Tekle, B., Al-Deen, S., Anwar-Us-Saadat, M., Willans, N., Zhang, Y., Lee, C. and Ribakov, Y. (2022), '[In Press] Maturity method to estimate early age concrete strength in cold weather : alternative activation energy calibration', Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, .
  • Qasim, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'An experimental study on interfacial bond strength between hybrid engineered cementitious composite and concrete', Construction and Building Materials, vol 356 .
  • Zhu, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2022), 'A new finite element procedure for simulation of flexural fatigue behaviours of hybrid engineered cementitious composite beams', Engineering Structures, vol 269 .
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Kinloch, A. and Zhang, Y. (2022), '3D printed carbon-fibre reinforced composite lattice structures with good thermal-dimensional stability', Composites Science and Technology, vol 227 .
  • Zhu, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2022), 'Experimental investigation of flexural behaviours of hybrid engineered cementitious composite beams under static and fatigue loading', Engineering Structures, vol 262 .
  • Chilvers, J., Yang, L., Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2022), 'Experimental and numerical investigations of hybrid-fibre engineered cementitious composite panels under contact explosions', Engineering Structures, vol 266 .
  • Panta, J., Zhang, Y., Rider, A. and Wang, J. (2022), 'Ozone functionalized graphene nanoplatelets and triblock copolymer hybrids as nanoscale modifiers to enhance the mechanical performance of epoxy adhesives', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol 116 .
  • Yu, Y., Zhang, Y., Liu, A. and Fu, J. (2022), 'Performance decay analysis of cementitious composite cladding structure under stochastic aging', Engineering Structures, vol 273 .
  • Yi, J., Chen, J., Qu, C., Zhang, Y. and Cui, Y. (2022), 'A hybrid method for predicting fatigue life of lead-free solder joints under coupled electrical-thermal-mechanical fields', International Journal of Applied Mechanics, vol 14, no 6 .
  • Shu, C., Hou, S., Zhang, Y. and Luo, Y. (2021), 'Crashworthiness analysis and optimization of different configurations multi-layered corrugated sandwich panels under crush loading', Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, vol 23, no 7 , pp 2901 - 2922.
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Escobedo-Diaz, J. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Effect of initiator geometry on energy absorption of CFRP tubes under dynamic crushing', International Journal of Crashworthiness, vol 26, no 5 , pp 526 - 536.
  • Zhang, Y., Zhu, Z., Joseph, R. and Shihan, I. (2021), 'Damage to aircraft composite structures caused by directed energy system : a literature review', Defence Technology, vol 17, no 4 , pp 1269 - 1288.
  • Guo, Y., Zhang, Y., Soe, K., Wuhrer, R., Hutchison, W. and Timmers, H. (2021), 'Development of magnesium oxychloride cement with enhanced water resistance by adding silica fume and hybrid fly ash-silica fume', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 313 .
  • Shu, R., Jiang, X., Zhang, Y., Wuhrer, R., Liu, B., Sun, H., Shao, Z. and Luo, Z. (2021), 'Microstructure and mechanical properties of nano-carbon reinforced Mo-Cu-Zr composites', Carbon, vol 179 , pp 227 - 239.
  • Khan, M., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2021), 'Mechanical properties of high-strength steel-polyvinyl alcohol hybrid fibre engineered cementitious composites', Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, vol 6, no 1 , pp 47 - 57.
  • He, J., Xian, G. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Numerical modelling of bond behaviour between steel and CFRP laminates with a ductile adhesive', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol 104 .
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Zhang, Y. and Fu, K. (2021), 'Compression behaviours of 3D-printed CF/PA metamaterials : experiment and modelling', International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, vol 206 .
  • Kabir, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Numerical and analytical investigations of flexural behaviours of ECC-LWC encased steel beams', Engineering Structures, vol 239 .
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Xu, C. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Multi-material topology optimisation of micro-composites with reduced stress concentration for optimal functional performance', Materials and Design, vol 210 .
  • Khan, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Parametric study on high strength ECC-CES composite columns under axial compression', Journal of Building Engineering, vol 44 .
  • Rawat, S., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Performance of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites at elevated temperatures : a review', Construction and Building Materials, vol 292 .
  • Zhu, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2021), 'Polyethylene-steel fibre engineered cementitious composites for bridge link slab application', Structures, vol 32 , pp 1763 - 1776.
  • Jojibabu, P., Panta, J., Zhang, Y. and Prusty, G. (2020), 'A review of research advances in epoxy-based nanocomposites as adhesive materials', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol 96 .
  • Jojibabu, P., Panta, J., Zhang, Y., Rider, A. and Wang, J. (2020), 'Mechanical performance of adhesive joints using high-performance nanocomposite adhesive material with carbon nanotube and triblock copolymer hybrids', Composites Part B: Engineering, vol 186 .
  • Fu, K., Wang, H., Zhang, Y., Ye, L., Escobedo-Diaz, J., Hazell, P., Friedrich, K. and Dai, S. (2020), 'Rheological and energy absorption characteristics of a concentrated shear thickening fluid at various temperatures', International Journal of Impact Engineering, vol 139 .
  • Khan, M., Rana, M., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2020), 'Compressive behaviour of engineered cementitious composites and concrete encased steel composite columns', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, vol 167 .
  • Kabir, M., Lee, C., Rana, M. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Strength enhancement of high strength steel beams by engineered cementitious composites encasement', Engineering Structures, vol 207 .
  • Lee, C., Khan, M., Zhang, Y. and Rana, M. (2020), 'Engineered cementitious composites (ECC) encased concrete-steel composite stub columns under concentric compression', Structures, vol 24 , pp 386 - 399.
  • Panta, J., Jojibabu, P., Zhang, Y., Rider, A., Wong, J., Wuhrer, R. and Prusty, B. (2020), 'High-performance epoxy-based adhesives modified with functionalized graphene nanoplatelets and triblock copolymers', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol 98 .
  • Thranh, H., Li, J. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Numerical simulation of self-consolidating engineered cementitious composite flow with the V-funnel and U-box', Construction and Building Materials, vol 236 .
  • He, J., Xian, G. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Effect of moderately elevated temperatures on bond behaviour of CFRP-to-steel bonded joints using different adhesives', Construction and Building Materials, vol 241 .
  • Guo, Y., Zhang, Y., Soe, K., Hutchison, W., Timmers, H. and Poblete, M. (2020), 'Effect of fly ash on mechanical properties of magnesium oxychloride cement under water attack', Structural Concrete, vol 21, no 3 , pp 1181 - 1199.
  • Gan, J., Zhang, Y. and Liu, X. (2020), 'An application of the high-density electrical resistivity method for detecting slide zones in deep-seated landslides in limestone areas', Journal of Applied Geophysics, vol 177 .
  • Khan, M., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Numerical modelling of engineered cementitious composites-concrete encased steel composite columns', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, vol 170 .
  • Lee, C., Khan, M., Zhang, Y. and Rana, M. (2020), 'Compressive performance of ECC-concrete encased high strength steel composite columns', Engineering Structures, vol 213 .
  • Gan, J. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Analysis of model tests of rainfall-induced soil deposit landslide', Advances in Civil Engineering, vol 2020 .
  • Yu, K., Ding, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Size effects on tensile properties and compressive strength of engineered cementitious composites', Cement and Concrete Composites, vol 113 .
  • Shu, R., Jiang, X., Zhang, Y., Wuhrer, R., Sun, H., Shao, Z. and Luo, Z. (2020), 'Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mo-Cu-Zr composites fabricated via microwave sintering', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol 844 .
  • Yu, K., Guo, Y., Zhang, Y. and Soe, K. (2020), 'Magnesium oxychloride cement-based strain-hardening cementitious composite : mechanical property and water resistance', Construction and Building Materials, vol 261 .
  • Kabir, M., Lee, C., Rana, M. and Zhang, Y. (2020), 'Flexural behaviour of ECC-LWC encased slender high strength steel composite beams', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, vol 173 .
  • Chen, H., Zhang, Y., Zhu, L., Xiong, F., Liu, J. and Gao, W. (2020), 'A particle-based cohesive crack model for brittle fracture problems', Materials, vol 13, no 16 .
  • Khan, M., Lee, C., Zhang, Y. and Rana, M. (2020), 'Compressive behaviour of ECC confined concrete partially encased steel composite columns using high strength steel', Construction and Building Materials, vol 265 .
  • Khan, M., Rana, M., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2020), 'Behaviour of engineered cementitious composite-encased stub concrete columns under axial compression', Magazine of Concrete Research, vol 72, no 19 , pp 984 - 1005.
  • Brown, A., Waters, J., Zhang, Y., Saadatfar, M., Escobedo-Diaz, J. and Hazell, P. (2019), 'The mechanical response of commercially available bone simulants for quasi-static and dynamic loading', Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol 90 , pp 404 - 416.
  • Liu, L., Yang, Q. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Plastic damage of additive manufactured aluminium with void defects', Mechanics Research Communications, vol 95 , pp 45 - 51.
  • Pathak, P. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Numerical study of structural behavior of fiber-reinforced polymer-strengthened reinforced concrete beams with bond-slip effect under cyclic loading', Structural Concrete, vol 20, no 1 , pp 97 - 107.
  • Zhao, G., Li, J., Zhang, Y., Zhong, J., Liang, Z. and Xiao, S. (2019), 'A study on ductile fracture of coiled tubing based on cohesive zone model', Engineering Fracture Mechanics, vol 209 , pp 260 - 273.
  • Zhang, W., Jia, Z., Zhang, Y., Hu, K., Ding, L. and Wang, F. (2019), 'The effect of direct-to-plant styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer components on bitumen modification', Polymers, vol 11, no 1 .
  • Zhao, G., Zhong, J. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Research progress on mechanical properties of short carbon fibre/epoxy composites', Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering, vol 12, no 1 , pp 3 - 13.
  • Zhang, W., Zhang, Y., Jia, Z., Wang, F. and Ding, L. (2019), 'Test method and material design of asphalt mixture with the function of photocatalytic decomposition of automobile exhaust', Construction and Building Materials, vol 215 , pp 298 - 309.
  • Kabir, M., Lee, C., Rana, M. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Flexural and bond-slip behaviours of engineered cementitious composites encased steel composite beams', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, vol 157 , pp 229 - 244.
  • Jojibabu, P., Panta, J., Zhang, Y., Rider, A., Wang, J. and Prusty, G. (2019), 'Synergetic effects of carbon nanotubes and triblock copolymer on the lap shear strength of epoxy adhesive joints', Composites Part B: Engineering, vol 178 .
  • Gan, J. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Numerical simulation of debris flow runout using Ramms : a case study of Luzhuang Gully in China', Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences, vol 121, no 3 , pp 981 - 1009.
  • Meng, D., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2019), 'Flexural fatigue behaviour of steel reinforced PVA-ECC beams', Construction and Building Materials, vol 221 , pp 384 - 398.
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Escobedo-Diaz, J., Zhang, Y. and Fu, K. (2019), 'Quasi-static and dynamic progressive crushing of CF/EP composite sandwich panels under in-plane localised compressive loads', Composite Structures, vol 222 .
  • Thanh, H., Li, J. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Numerical modelling of the flow of self-consolidating engineered cementitious composites using smoothed particle hydrodynamics', Construction and Building Materials, vol 211 , pp 109 - 119.
  • Li, L., Cai, Z., Yu, K., Zhang, Y. and Ding, Y. (2019), 'Performance-based design of all-grade strain hardening cementitious composites with compressive strengths from 40 MPa to 120 MPa', Cement and Concrete Composites, vol 97 , pp 202 - 217.
  • Meng, D., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Flexural fatigue properties of a polyvinyl alcohol-engineered cementitious composite', Magazine of Concrete Research, vol 71, no 21 , pp 1130 - 1141.
  • Li, T., Yang, Q., Ma, L. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'A non-Gaussian model for the chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of largely deformed hydrogels', Soft Materials, vol 17, no 2 , pp 126 - 136.
  • Xu, H. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'A review on conducting polymers and nanopolymer composite coatings for steel corrosion protection', Coatings, vol 9, no 12 .
  • Zhao, G., Li, J., Zhang, Y., Liang, Z. and Yang, C. (2018), 'An inverse analysis-based optimal selection of cohesive zone model for metallic materials', International Journal of Applied Mechanics, vol 10, no 2 .
  • Fu, K., Cui, X., Zhang, Y., Ye, L., Chang, L. and Friedrich, K. (2018), 'Confined compression behavior of a shear thickening fluid with concentrated submicron particles', Composites Communications, vol 10 , pp 186 - 189.
  • Yu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Effect of capillary connectivity and crack density on the diffusivity of cementitious materials', International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, vol 144 , pp 849 - 857.
  • Guo, Y., Zhang, Y., Soe, K. and Pulham, M. (2018), 'Recent development in magnesium oxychloride cement', Structural Concrete, vol 19, no 5 , pp 1290 - 1300.
  • Yu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Numerical modelling of mechanical deterioration of cement mortar under external sulfate attack', Construction and Building Materials, vol 158 , pp 490 - 502.
  • Rana, M., Lee, C., Al-Deen, S. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Flexural behaviour of steel composite beams encased by engineered cementitious composites', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, vol 143 , pp 279 - 290.
  • Huang, T. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Numerical modelling on degradation of mechanical behaviour for engineered cementitious composites under fatigue tensile loading', Engineering Fracture Mechanics, vol 188 , pp 309 - 319.
  • Zhao, G., Zhao, L., Zhang, Y. and Li, J. (2018), 'Finite element analysis of dynamic fracture behaviour of drill pipe under various impact loads', Mechanika, vol 24, no 4 , pp 404 - 411.
  • Wang, R. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Recycling fresh concrete waste : a review', Structural Concrete, vol 19, no 6 , pp 1939 - 1955.
  • Zhang, Y., Kerr, Z., Jarvis, B. and Volant, R. (2018), 'High-velocity impact behaviour of a new hybrid fibre-reinforced cementitious composite', Advances in Structural Engineering, vol 21, no 4 , pp 589 - 597.
  • Shi, L., Lin, S., Lu, Y., Ye, L. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Artificial neural network based mechanical and electrical property prediction of engineered cementitious composites', Construction and Building Materials, vol 174 , pp 667 - 674.
  • Tian, H., Cui, Y., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2017), 'The application of general self-consistent model on mechanical behaviour of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites', Construction and Building Materials, vol 146 , pp 114 - 121.
  • Meng, D., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Flexural and shear behaviours of plain and reinforced polyvinyl alcohol-engineered cementitious composite beams', Engineering Structures, vol 151 , pp 261 - 272.
  • Pathak, P. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of fiber-reinforced polymer-strengthened steel-reinforced concrete beams under cyclic loading', Structural Concrete, vol 18, no 6 , pp 929 - 937.
  • Teng, X. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Structural behavior FRP-strengthened steel-reinforced concrete slabs under moving-wheel cyclic loads', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, vol 18, no 2 , pp 86 - 94.
  • Tian, H. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Ageing effect on tensile and shrinkage behaviour of new green hybrid fibre-reinforced cementitious composites', Cement and Concrete Composites, vol 75 , pp 38 - 50.
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y. and Ye, L. (2017), 'High velocity impact responses of sandwich panels with metal fibre laminate skins and aluminium foam core', International Journal of Impact Engineering, vol 100 , pp 139 - 153.
  • Yu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Coupling of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics for simulations of leaching of cement paste in ammonium nitrate solution', Cement and Concrete Research, vol 95 , pp 95 - 107.
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y. and Li, J. (2017), 'Impact responses of sandwich panels with fibre metal laminate skins and aluminium foam core', Composite Structures, vol 182 , pp 183 - 190.
  • Meng, D., Huang, T., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2017), 'Mechanical behaviour of a polyvinyl alcohol fibre reinforced engineered cementitious composite (PVA-ECC) using local ingredients', Construction and Building Materials, vol 141 , pp 259 - 270.
  • Huang, T., Zhang, Y., Lo, S. and Lee, C. (2017), 'Experimental study on crack bridging in engineered cementitious composites under fatigue tensile loading', Construction and Building Materials, vol 154 , pp 167 - 175.
  • Pathak, P., Zhang, Y. and Teng, X. (2017), 'Nonlinear finite element analysis of FRP strengthened RC beams with bond-slip effect', International Journal of Computational Methods, vol 14, no 3 .
  • Huang, T., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2016), 'Multiscale modelling of multiple-cracking tensile fracture behaviour of engineered cementitious composites', Engineering Fracture Mechanics, vol 160 , pp 52 - 66.
  • Tian, H., Zhang, Y., Yang, C. and Ding, Y. (2016), 'Recent advances in experimental studies of the mechanical behaviour of natural fibre-reinforced cementitious composites', Structural Concrete, vol 17, no 4 , pp 564 - 575.
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2016), 'Numerical modelling of mechanical behaviour of aluminium foam using a representative volume element method', International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, vol 118 , pp 155 - 165.
  • Tian, H., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2016), 'Numerical modelling of mechanical behaviour of fibre reinforced cementitious composites', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 846 , pp 139 - 144.
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2016), 'Representative volume element-based modelling of closed-cell aluminum foams', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 846 , pp 530 - 534.
  • Yu, Y., Khennane, A. and Zhang, Y. (2016), 'Numerical modelling of degradation of cement paste under external sulfate attack', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 846 , pp 127 - 132.
  • Chen, H., Zhang, Y., Zang, M. and Hazell, P. (2016), 'A Lagrangian coupling approach for the combination of finite-discrete element method', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 846 , pp 518 - 523.
  • Pathak, P. and Zhang, Y. (2016), 'Finite element simulation for nonlinear finite element analysis of FRP strengthened RC beams with bond-slip effect', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 846 , pp 440 - 445.
  • Tian, H. and Zhang, Y. (2016), 'The influence of bagasse fibre and fly ash on the long-term properties of green cementitious composites', Construction and Building Materials, vol 111 , pp 237 - 250.
  • Huang, T. and Zhang, Y. (2016), 'Numerical modelling of mechanical behaviour of engineered cementitious composites under axial tension', Computers and Structures, vol 173 , pp 95 - 108.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2016), 'Nonlinear finite element analysis of FRP-strengthened reinforced concrete panels under blast loads', International Journal of Computational Methods, vol 13, no 4 .
  • Chen, H., Zang, M. and Zhang, Y. (2016), 'A ghost particle-based coupling approach for the combined finite-discrete element method', Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, vol 114 , pp 68 - 77.
  • Tian, H., Zhang, Y., Ye, L. and Yang, C. (2015), 'Mechanical behaviours of green hybrid fibre-reinforced cementitious composites', Construction and Building Materials, vol 95 , pp 152 - 163.
  • Teng, X., Zhang, Y. and Lin, X. (2015), 'Two new composite plate elements with bond-slip effect for nonlinear finite element analyses of FRP-strengthened concrete slabs', Computers and Structures, vol 148 , pp 35 - 44.
  • Teng, X. and Zhang, Y. (2015), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of FRP-strengthened concrete slabs under fixed-point cyclic loading', Journal of Composites for Construction, vol 19, no 3 .
  • Chen, H., Zhang, Y., Zang, M. and Hazell, P. (2015), 'An accurate and robust contact detection algorithm for particle-solid interaction in combined finite-discrete element analysis', International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 103, no 8 , pp 598 - 624.
  • Huang, T., Zhang, Y., Su, C. and Lo, S. (2015), 'Effect of slip-hardening interface behavior on fiber rupture and crack bridging in fiber-reinforced cementitious composites', Journal of Engineering Mechanics, vol 141, no 10 .
  • Bai, L., Cui, Y., Zhang, Y. and Zhao, N. (2014), 'A three-dimensional numerical simulation of cell behavior in a flow chamber based on fluid-solid interaction', Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering, vol 24 , pp 2645 - 2655.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2014), 'Evaluation of bond stress-slip models for FRP reinforcing bars in concrete', Composite Structures, vol 107 , pp 131 - 141.
  • Teng, X. and Zhang, Y. (2014), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of FRP-strengthened reinforced concrete slabs using a new layered composite plate element', Composite Structures, vol 114 , pp 20 - 29.
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y. and Heslehurst, R. (2014), 'Impact resistance and bonding capability of sandwich panels with fibre-metal laminate skins and aluminium foam core', Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, vol 28, no 24 , pp 2378 - 2392.
  • Lin, X., Zhang, Y. and Hazell, P. (2014), 'Modeling of steel-reinforced concrete panels under blast loads', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 553 , pp 100 - 105.
  • Yu, Y., Zhang, Y. and Huang, Y. (2014), 'Investigation of bond strength of FRP-to-concrete interface', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 553 , pp 655 - 660.
  • Chen, H., Zhang, Y., Zang, M. and Hazell, P. (2014), 'An explicit Lagrange constraint method for finite element analysis of frictionless 3D contact/impact problems', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 553 , pp 751 - 756.
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y., Qin, Q. and Heslehurst, R. (2014), 'High velocity impact modelling of sandwich panels with aluminium foam core and aluminium sheet skins', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 553 , pp 745 - 750.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2014), 'Finite element analysis of FRP-reinforced concrete beams with bond-slip effect', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 553 , pp 661 - 666.
  • Lin, X., Zhang, Y. and Hazell, P. (2014), 'Modelling the response of reinforced concrete panels under blast loading', Materials and Design, vol 56 , pp 620 - 628.
  • Soe, K., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, L. (2013), 'Material properties of a new hybrid fibre-reinforced engineered cementitious composite', Construction and Building Materials, vol 43 , pp 399 - 407.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2013), 'Novel composite beam element with bond-slip for nonlinear finite-element analyses of steel/FRP-reinforced concrete beams', Journal of Structural Engineering, vol 139, no 12 .
  • Yang, H., Zhang, Y. and Lin, X. (2013), 'Stress analyses of composite tee joints at elevated temperature', Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, vol 27, no 17 , pp 1899 - 1910.
  • Tian, H. and Zhang, Y. (2013), 'Mechanical properties of a green hybrid fibre-reinforced cementitious composite', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 438-439 , pp 275 - 279.
  • Zhang, Y. and Lin, X. (2013), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of steel/FRP-reinforced concrete beams by using a novel composite beam element', Advances in Structural Engineering, vol 16, no 2 , pp 339 - 352.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2013), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of steel/FRP-reinforced concrete beams in fire conditions', Composite Structures, vol 97 , pp 277 - 285.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2013), 'Bond-slip behaviour of FRP-reinforced concrete beams', Construction and Building Materials, vol 44 , pp 110 - 117.
  • Soe, K., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, L. (2013), 'Impact resistance of hybrid-fiber engineered cementitious composite panels', Composite Structures, vol 104 , pp 320 - 330.
  • Panigrahi, S. and Zhang, Y. (2012), 'Characteristics of interlaminar stresses for damages in adhesively-bonded composite single lap joints', Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, vol 9, no 2 , pp 93 - 100.
  • Li, J. and Zhang, Y. (2012), 'Evaluation of constitutive models of hybrid-fibre engineered cementitious composites under dynamic loadings', Construction and Building Materials, vol 30 , pp 149 - 160.
  • Panigrahi, S. and Zhang, Y. (2011), 'Investigation of damage growth in single lap joints of composite laminates', Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, vol 25, no 11 , pp 1223 - 1244.
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2011), 'A novel one-dimensional two-node shear-flexible layered composite beam element', Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, vol 47, no 7 , pp 676 - 682.
  • Liang, S. and Zhang, Y. (2011), 'Digital topology optimization design and manufacturing based on the level set method', Modern Applied Science, vol 5, no 5 , pp 269 - 279.
  • Zhang, Y. and Zhu, Y. (2010), 'A new shear-flexible FRP-reinforced concrete slab element', Composite Structures, vol 92, no 3 , pp 730 - 735.
  • Panigrahi, S. and Zhang, Y. (2010), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of tee joints of laminated composites', IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol 10, no 1 .
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2010), 'A new one-dimensional two-node layered composite beam element', IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol 10, no 1 .
  • Cui, Y., Wang, X., Zhang, Y. and He, F. (2010), 'Poro-viscoelastic properties of anistropic cylindrical composite materials', Philosophical Magazine, vol 90, no 9 , pp 1197 - 1212.
  • Zhang, Y. and Zhang, H. (2010), 'Multiscale finite element modeling of failure process of composite laminates', Composite Structures, vol 92, no 9 , pp 2159 - 2165.
  • Zhu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2010), 'Nonlinear finite element analyses of FRP-reinforced concrete slabs using a new layered composite plate element', Computational Mechanics, vol 46, no 3 , pp 417 - 430.
  • Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2009), 'Recent developments in finite element analysis for laminated composite plates', Composite Structures, vol 88, no 1 , pp 147 - 157.
  • Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2008), 'Recent advances of finite elements for laminated composite plates', Recent Patents on Engineering, vol 2, no 1 , pp 36 - 46.
  • Cui, Y., Wang, X., Zhang, Y., Wu, Y. and Xu, J. (2008), 'Poroelastic properties of anisotropic cylindrical composite materials', Philosophical Magazine Letters, vol 88, no 11 , pp 767 - 783.
  • Zhang, Y., Bradford, M. and Gilbert, R. (2007), 'A layered cylindrical quadrilateral shell element for nonlinear analysis of RC plate structures', Advances in Engineering Software, vol 38, no 7 , pp 488 - 500.
  • Zhang, Y. and Bradford, M. (2007), 'Nonlinear analysis of moderately thick reinforced concrete slabs at elevated temperatures using a rectangular layered plate element with Timoshenko beam functions', Engineering Structures, vol 29, no 10 , pp 2751 - 2761.
  • Zhang, Y., Bradford, M. and Gilbert, R. (2007), 'A layered shear-flexural plate/shell element using Timoshenko beam functions for nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete plates', Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, vol 43, no 11-12 , pp 888 - 900.
  • Yang, C., Zhang, Y. and Huh, H. (2006), 'Hybrid special finite element method for bi-material crack', Key Engineering Materials, vol 312 , pp 95 - 104.
  • Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2006), 'A family of simple and robust finite elements for linear and geometrically nonlinear analysis of laminated composite plates', Composite Structures, vol 75, no 1-4 , pp 545 - 552.
  • Bradford, M., Zhang, Y., Gilbert, R. and Wang, T. (2006), 'In-plane nonlinear analysis and buckling of tied circular arches', Advances in Structural Engineering, vol 9, no 3 , pp 311 - 319.
  • Zhang, Y. and Kim, K. (2006), 'Geometrically nonlinear analysis of laminated composite plates by two new displacement-based quadrilateral plate elements', Composite Structures, vol 72, no 3 , pp 301 - 310.
  • Zhang, Y., Bradford, M. and Gilbert, R. (2006), 'A new triangular layered plate element for the non-linear analysis of reinforced concrete slabs', Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 22, no 7 , pp 699 - 709.

Conference Papers

  • Rawat, S., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2023), 'Spalling resistance of hybrid polyethylene and steel fiber-reinforced high-strength engineered cementitious composite', International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Withana, H. and Zhang, Y. (2023), 'Behavior of hybrid engineered cementitious composites containing nanocellulose', International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Tran Thanh, H., Li, J. and Zhang, Y. (2021), 'Numerical evaluation the effect of specimen thickness on fibre orientation in self-consolidating engineered cementitious composites', International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Valencia, Spain.
  • Veerappan , V., Majji, R., Zhang, Y., Wang, B. and Yang, C. (2021), 'Numerical modelling of additive manufacturing process for stainless steel tension testing samples', Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Chen, Y., Ye, L., Escobedo-Diaz, J. and Zhang, Y. (2019), 'Experiment and prediction of in-plane localised crushing responses of CF/EP composite sandwich panels under a semicircular indenter', International Conference on Composite Materials, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Meng, D., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2018), 'Flexural behaviour of reinforced polyvinyl alcohol-engineered cementitious composite beams', International Conference on Strain-Hardening Cement-Based Composites, Dresden, Germany.
  • Tian, H., Zhang, Y., Cui, Y. and Yang, C. (2017), 'Analytical study on material properties of fibre reinforced cementitious composites', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, W.A..
  • Meng, D., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'An experimental study on the flexural behaviour of reinforced polyvinyl alcohol-engineered cementitious composite beams', Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, Sydney, Australia.
  • Panta, J., Zhang, Y. and Prusty, G. (2017), 'Effect of nanoclay addition on the lap shear strength of epoxy adhesive bonded joints', Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Meng, D., Zhang, Y. and Lee, C. (2017), 'Numerical study on flexural behaviour of steel reinforced polyvinyl alcohol-engineered cementitious composite beams', Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Yu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'A novel numerical method for simulations of leaching of cementitious materials in ammonium nitrate solution', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, W.A..
  • Liu, C. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Impact responses of aluminium foam sandwich panels with fibre metal laminate skins', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials , Perth, W.A..
  • Meng, D., Lee, C. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Mechanical behavior of a new polyvinyl alcohol fiber reinforced engineered cementitious composite (PVA-ECC) using local ingredients', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, W.A..
  • Yu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2017), 'Estimation of elastic modulus of cementitious materials under external sulfate attack', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, W.A..
  • Liu, C., Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2016), 'Numerical investigation on mechanical behaviour of closed-cell aluminium foams using a representative volume element method', International Conference on Nanomaterial, Semiconductor and Composite Materials, Singapore.
  • Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2015), 'Effective implementation of contemporary principles on learning and teaching a fundamental first-year engineering course', International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Lin, X. and Zhang, Y. (2015), 'Parametric study of FRP-strengthened reinforced concrete panels under blast loads', International Conference on Computational Methods, Auckland, N.Z..
  • Yu, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2015), 'Modelling the degradation of mechanical properties of cementitious materials under leaching', International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Liang, S. and Zhang, Y. (2011), 'Impact performance of embedded and co-cured composite damping panels', International Conference on Composite Structures, Porto, Portugal.
  • Zhang, Y. and Yang, C. (2008), 'Laminated plate elements based on higher-order shear deformation theories', International Conference on Frontiers in Materials Science and Technology, Brisbane, QLD; Australia.

Dr. Zhang’s research interest has been on advanced materials and novel application of advanced materials in civil and mechanical/aeronautical structures. In civil engineering, she works on green construction materials by using industrial by-products and high-performance fibre reinforced cementitious composite aiming to achieve durable, resilient and sustainable infrastructures. In mechanical/aeronautical engineering, she focuses on studies on composite materials and structures aiming to enhance the structural integrity and performance. She has a strong expertise on numerical modelling and analysis and in addition to using the experimental technique she also uses advanced numerical modelling to calibrate the mechanical behaviour of materials and model the structural behaviour including under extreme loading conditions such as impact/blast/fatigue/fire loadings.

This information has been contributed by Professor Zhang.

Current Projects

Title: SmartCrete CRC [Via MQ] - CRC Core Partner Agreement
Funder:
  • Department of Industry, Science and Resources (CRC)
Western Researchers: Bijan Samali, Zhong Tao, Vivian Tam, Sarah Zhang, Olivia Mirza, Qinghua Zeng, Zhu Pan, Mariam Darestani, Md Abdul Alim and Nassim Ghosni
Years: 2020-03-01 - 2027-02-28
ID: P00026177
Title: Provision of a literature review on the effects of high energy lasers on personal protective equipment
Funder:
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
Western Researchers: Sarah Zhang and Jojibabu Panta
Years: 2024-02-15 - 2024-09-30
ID: P00029084
Title: A green and fire-resistant fibre reinforced Magnesium Oxychloride cementitious composite
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Sarah Zhang
Years: 2022-01-01 - 2025-01-01
ID: P00027679
Title: Cleaning of tough paints on advanced composites using laser technologies
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Sarah Zhang and Richard Yang
Years: 2023-03-01 - 2026-02-28
ID: P00027770

Previous Projects

Title: Meta-composites of high level thermal dimensional stability [via USyd]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Sarah Zhang
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2022-07-15
ID: P00025466
Title: Development of Digital Twining for Chair Product Development and Design
Funder:
  • MAXTON FOX COMMERCIAL FURNITURE PTY. LIMITED
  • NSW Treasury
Western Researchers: Richard Yang and Sarah Zhang
Years: 2021-01-04 - 2021-07-02
ID: P00026882
Title: Developing a Fire Resistance Level (FRL) design guideline for RC columns
Funder:
  • Smart Structures Australia
Western Researchers: Sarah Zhang and Richard Yang
Years: 2022-05-01 - 2023-12-19
ID: P00027900

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