Dr Lihua Tang

PhD (Nanyang Technological University, 2012), MENG (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2008), BENG (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2005)


Dr. Tang is currently working as a senior lecturer (above bar) with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. He was a postdoctoral research associate/fellow at NTU from February 2012 to January 2014. His main research interests include energy harvesting, passive and active vibration control, smart materials and structures, structural dynamics and aerodynamics, acoustic energy transfer, MEMS.

Dr. Tang has authored and co-authored 3 book chapters and more than 130 technical papers in influential international journals and conferences. His work has attracted more than 3400 citations with an h-index 29 and i10-index 49 (Google Scholar).


Research | Current

Energy harvesting: Capture the renewable energies from environment, such as vibrations, wind, sound, etc. Design (a) innovative nonlinear structures and (b) interface electronic circuits to maximize energy conversion and extraction efficiency.

Smart materials and structures: Utilize the unique properties of smart materials, such as piezoelectric ceramics and magnetorheological elastomers, to design adaptive structures and devices for sensing, energy harvesting and vibration control.

Vibration control: Passive and semi-passive vibration isolation and suppression system development by exploiting metamaterials (phononic crystals), nonlinear mechanisms (nonlinear energy sink, internal resonance) and piezoelectric shunt circuits.

Aerodynamics: (a) Utilize the aerodynamic instabilities (flutter, galloping, wake galloping and VIV) for energy harvesting. (b) Control the aerodynamic instabilities using vibration control methods.

Acoustics: (a) Acoustic energy transfer. Understand the electro-fluid-structral interaction and design proper acoustic transmitter and receiver (harvester). (b) Thermoacoustic engine. Understand the mechanism of theromacoustic instability and utilize it for energy harvesting or thermal management.

Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 222 - Dynamics (2014 - )
  • MECHENG 325 - Dynamics of Fluids and Structures (2017 - )
  • MECHENG 705 - Mechatronic Systems (2014 - 2015)
  • MECHENG 722 - Engineering Vibrations (2014 - )
  • MECHENG 719 - Advanced Engineering Vibrations (2017 - )

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervision:

  • Mr. Yupei Jian (PhD, 2019 - )
  • Mr. Zhaoyu Li (PhD, Sponsored by Marsden Fund, 2018 - )
  • Mr. Geng Chen (PhD, 2016 - )
  • Mr. Liuyang Xiong (PhD, 2015 - )
  • Mr. Hesheng Han (Visiting PhD, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2019 - )
  • Mr. Tengfei Chen (Visiting PhD, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, Sponsored by China Association for Science and Technology, 2019 - )
  • Ms. Hoda Rezaie (PhD, co-supervised with Patrick Hu, 2014 - )
  • Mr. Tianyi Zhang (MEng, 2019.03 - )
  • Ms. Lulu Wang (MEng, 2019.03 - )

Completed supervision:

  • Dr. Zhaoshu Yang (PhD, Sponsored by Government of China, 2017 - 2020)
  • Dr. Guobiao Hu (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2015 - 2019)
  • Dr. Bo Sheng (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2014 - 2019)
  • Dr. Matthew Evans (PhD, co-supervised with Kean Aw, 2016 - 2019)
  • Dr. Iman Izadgoshasb (PhD, Southern Cross University, Australia, co-supervised with Yee Yan Lim and Ricardo Vasquez Padilla, 2015 - 2019) (Chancellor's Medal for Outstanding PhD Thesis)
  • Mr. Zhenkun Guo (Visiting PhD, Beijing University of Technology, China, CSC sponsored, 2018.09 - 2019.09)
  • Mr. Liuding Yu (Visiting PhD, Harbin Engineering University, China, CSC sponsored, 2017.09 - 2019.09)
  • Dr. Zhiwei Zhang (Visiting PhD, Beijing Jiao Tong University, China, CSC sponsored, 2017.09 - 2018.09). Currently Asst. Prof. at Beiijng Forestry University.
  • Dr. Chunbo Lan (Visiting PhD, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, CSC sponsored, 2016.4 - 2017.3). Currently Asst. Prof. at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Mr. Marlon Nacario Junior (MEng, 2016.07 - 2018.04)
  • Mr. John Chua (MEng, 2015.02 - 2017.02)
  • Mr. Qiming Chen (MEngSt, 2015.07 - 2015.12)
  • Mr. Muhammad Asyraf Bin Ishak (MEngSt, 2015.07 - 2015.12)

Other Supervision:

  • Assoc. Prof. Junlei Wang (Visiting Scholar, Zhengzhou University, China, CSC sponsored, 2019.12 - )
  • Dr. Xiaobin Cui (Visiting Scholar, Nanjing Tech University, China, Sponsored by Jiangsu Overseas Visiting Scholar Program, 2018.09 - 2019.08)


  • 2018.06 New Zealand Chinese Scientists Association Young Scientist Award
  • 2017.11 Marsden Fund (fast-start)


  • TA Coordinator in the department (2015 - )
  • Teaching Group (Dynamics & Control) Convenor (2018 - )
  • Staff / PhD / Visitor Seminar Coordinator in the department (2014 - 2015)
  • Course Director for MECHENG 222 - Dynamics (2015 - )
  • Course Director for MECHENG 325 - Dynamics of Fluids and Structures (2017)
  • Course Director for MECHENG 722 - Engineering Vibrations (2017 - )
  • Course Director for MECHENG 719 - Advanced Engineering Vibrations (2017 - )

Areas of expertise

  • Energy harvesting
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Vibration control
  • Acoustics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Editorial Board

  • Associate Editor, SAGE Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (2019- )

Conference Committee

  • Conference Committee (Technical Program Committee), International Conference on Vibration and Energy Harvesting Application (VEH 2018, 2019)
  • Conference Committee (Conference Editorial Board), IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2019)
  • Conference Committee (Program Chair, Conference Editorial Board), IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2018)
  • Conference Committee, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 )
  • Conference Committee (Organizing Chair/Symposium Chair), IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA) (2016)

Technical Committee

  • Member (elected), Energy Harvesting Technical Committee, ASME
  • Member (elected), Adaptive Structures & Material Systems (ASMS) Technical Branch, ASME

Professional Membership

  • Member, ASME
  • Member, ENZ
  • Member, SPIE


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Yang, Z., Tang, L., Yu, L., Tao, K., & Aw, K. (2020). Modelling and analysis of an out-of-plane electret-based vibration energy harvester with AC and DC circuits. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 14010.1016/j.ymssp.2020.106660
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zhaoshu Yang, Kean Aw
  • Wang, J., Tang, L., Zhao, L., Hu, G., Song, R., & Xu, K. (2020). Equivalent circuit representation of a vortex-induced vibration-based energy harvester using a semi-empirical lumped parameter approach. International Journal of Energy Research10.1002/er.5228
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Yu, L., Tang, L., Xiong, L., & Yang, T. (2020). Capture of high energy orbit of Duffing oscillator with time-varying parameters. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 30 (2), 023106-023106. 10.1063/1.5129424
  • Chen, G., Krishan, G., Yang, Y., Tang, L., & Mace, B. (2020). Numerical investigation of synthetic jets driven by thermoacousticstanding waves. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 14610.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2019.118859
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48962
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Mace, Yi Yang
  • Hu, G., Xu, J., Tang, L., Lan, C., & Das, R. (2019). Tunable metamaterial beam using negative capacitor for local resonators coupling. JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, 31 (3), 389-407. 10.1177/1045389X19891575
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49441
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Chen, G., Tang, L., Yang, Z., Tao, K., & Yu, Z. (2019). An electret-based thermoacoustic-electrostatic power generator. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH10.1002/er.5019
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49471
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zhaoshu Yang
  • Wang, J., Hu, G., Su, Z., Li, G., Zhao, W., Tang, L., & Zhao, L. (2019). A cross-coupled dual-beam for multi-directional energy harvesting from vortex induced vibrations. Smart Materials and Structures, 28 (12)10.1088/1361-665X/ab5249
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49080
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Fan, K., Zhang, Y., Shiju, E., Tang, L., & Ou, H. (2019). A string-driven rotor for efficient energy harvesting from ultra-low frequency excitations. Applied Physics Letters, 115 (20)10.1063/1.5128397
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48947


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Primary office location

Level 7, Room 704
New Zealand

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