Dr Lihai Zhang

Research Interests

  • Civil Engineering (Life-cycle performance assessment of road structures; non-destructive testing; impact dynamics; risk-based cost-benefit analysis)
  • Engineering computational biology (Bone fracture healing; cartilage mechanics; nutrient transport)


Dr Lihai Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. 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. Dr Zhang is currently the Founding Director of Melbourne-Shenzhen Rehabilitation Research Centre and Executive Committee member of Australasia Investment and Trade Association. He is also the Associate Editor of Electronic Journal of Structure Engineering and Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Applied Mechanics.

Dr Zhang received his Master of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore with Research Scholarship in 1996, and then worked in the industry in the area of Civil Engineering and Information Technology application for nearly 10 years. Subsequently, he went on the Melbourne International Research Scholarship to further his PhD study at the University of Melbourne, where he obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2009. Dr Zhang has extensive experience in multidisciplinary research and program development with successful track record in both Civil Engineering and Biomedical Engineering areas. His work on characterising the impact of heavy truck loading on the bridge structural performance using Engineering Reliability approach in conjunction with Non-destructive Testing techniques has built strong links with industry both nationally and internationally (e.g. VicRoads, Roads and Maritime Services, Metro Trains). Dr Zhang is also innovatively applying his Civil Engineering knowledge (e.g. Engineering Reliability and Porous Media Theory) in his Biomedical Engineering research. This gives him a leading advantage and a unique angle to solving outstanding human health problems in the areas of osteoporotic bone fracture healing and osteoarthritis.

He has published more than 80 international journal papers, conference papers and book chapters. He has been awarded 21 National and International Competitive Grants (Four “Category 1” and sixteen “Category 2-4”) with a total of around AU$8 million. Most importantly, Dr Zhang has gained international recognition for his research work. He is the Lead Chief Investigator of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation Research Grant, Australia-Indonesia Centre Tactical Research Project Grant, Johnson & Johnson Medical Grant, and AOTrauma Asia Pacific Grant.

Dr Zhang has chaired and been invited to serve in international scientific committees of many conferences that include International Symposium on Frontiers in Applied Mechanics, International Conference on Computational Methods, and Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics. He is the chairman of The 3rd International Symposium on Frontiers in Applied Mechanics (1-4 December 2016, Melbourne Australia).

At University of Melbourne, Dr Zhang is Co-ordinator, Bachelor of Science (Civil Systems) and the member of Departmental Education Committee. He has supervised/co-supervised 18 PhD students (8 completed), and 4 Master by research students (2 completed). He also has two Post-doctoral Research Fellows working under his supervision.

Recent Publications

  1. Herath N, Mendis P, Zhang L. A probabilistic study of ground motion simulation for Bangkok soil. BULLETIN OF EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING. Springer Verlag. 2017, Vol. 15, Issue 5.
  2. Kashani J, Pettet GJ, Gu YT, 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.
  3. Atmo GU, Duffield C, Zhang L, Wilson DI. Comparative performance of PPPs and traditional procurement projects in Indonesia. International Journal of Public Sector Management. 2017, Vol. 30, Issue 2.
  4. Zhang L, Miramini S, Richardson M, Ebeling P, Little D, Yang Y, Huang Z. Computational modelling of bone fracture healing under partial weight-bearing exercise. MEDICAL ENGINEERING & PHYSICS. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 42.
  5. Sun J, Lam N, Zhang L, Ruan D, Gad E. Computer Simulation of Contact Forces Generated by Impact. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL STABILITY AND DYNAMICS. World Scientific Publishing Co. 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 1.
  6. Pathirana M, Lam N, Perera S, Zhang L, Ruan D, Gad E. Damage modelling of aluminium panels impacted by windborne debris. JOURNAL OF WIND ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL AERODYNAMICS. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 165.
  7. Maizuar M, Zhang L, Miramini S, Mendis P, Thompson R. Detecting structural damage to bridge girders using radar interferometry and computational modelling. Structural Control and Health Monitoring. 2017.
  8. Yang Y, Zhou R, Ge Y, Zou X, Zhang L. Flutter characteristics of twin-box girder bridges with vertical central stabilizers. ENGINEERING STRUCTURES. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 133.
  9. Zhou R, Yang Y, Zhang L, Ge Y. Interference Effect on Stationary Aerodynamic Performance between Parallel Bridges. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL STABILITY AND DYNAMICS. World Scientific Publishing Co. 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 2.
  10. Kafle B, Zhang L, Mendis P, Herath N, Maizuar M, Duffield C, Thompson R. Monitoring the Dynamic Behavior of The Merlynston Creek Bridge Using Interferometric Radar Sensors and Finite Element Modeling. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS. Imperial College Press. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 1.
  11. Miramini S, Smith DW, Zhang L, Gardiner BS. The spatio-temporal mechanical environment of healthy and injured human cartilage during sustained activity and its role in cartilage damage. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 74.
  12. Perera S, Lam N, Pathirana M, Zhang L, Ruan D, Gad E. Use of static tests for predicting damage to cladding panels caused by storm debris. Journal of Building Engineering. 2017, Vol. 12.
  13. Kashani J, Zhang L, Gu Y, Oloyede A. An innovative approach to computational simulation of the functional characteristics of poroelastic materials illustrated with diffusion into articular cartilage. 7th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM). 2016. Editors: Liu GR, Li S.
  14. 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. 2016.
  15. Perera S, Lam N, Pathirana M, Zhang L, Ruan D, Gad E. Deterministic solutions for contact force generated by impact of windborne debris. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING. Pergamon. 2016, Vol. 91.

Lihai Zhang

Level: 02 Room: D210
Engineering Block D, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: +61 3 83447179
F: +61 3 83444616
E: lihzhang@unimelb.edu.au

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