Dr Lihua Tang

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

Biography

Dr. Tang is currently working as a senior lecturer 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 100 technical papers in influential international journals and conferences. His work has attracted more than 2800 citations with an h-index 25 and i10-index 43 (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

Currently supervised:

  • Mr. Zhaoyu Li (PhD, Sponsored by Marsden Fund, 2018 - )
  • Mr. Zhaoshu Yang (PhD, Sponsored by Government of China, 2017 - )
  • Mr. Geng Chen (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2016 - )
  • Mr. Guobiao Hu (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2015 - )
  • Mr. Liuyang Xiong (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2015 - )
  • Mr. Zhenkun Guo (Visiting PhD, Beijing University of Technology, China, CSC sponsored, 2018 - )
  • Mr. Liuding Yu (Visiting PhD, Harbin Engineering University, China, CSC sponsored, 2017 - )
  • Mr. Matthew Evans (PhD, co-supervised with Kean Aw, 2016 - )
  • Mr. Iman Izadgoshasb (PhD, Southern Cross University, Australia, co-supervised with Neal Lake, 2015 - )
  • Ms. Hoda Rezaie (PhD, co-supervised with Patrick Hu, 2014 - )
  • Mr. Tianyi Zhang (MEng, 2019.03 - )
  • Ms. Lulu Wang (MEng, 2019.03 - )

Supervised to completion:

  • Dr. Bo Sheng (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2014 - 2019)
  • Mr. Zhiwei Zhang (Visiting PhD, Beijing Jiao Tong University, China, CSC sponsored, 2017.09 - 2018.09 )
  • Mr. Chunbo Lan (Visiting PhD, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, CSC sponsored, 2016.4 - 2017.3). Currently Lecturer 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, 2019.09 (expected) - )
  • Dr. Xiaobin Cui (Visiting Scholar, Nanjing Tech University, China, Sponsored by Jiangsu Overseas Visiting Scholar Program, 2018.09 - )

Distinctions/Honours

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

Responsibilities

  • 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

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

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Fan, K., Cai, M., Wang, F., Tang, L., Liang, J., Wu, Y., ... Tan, Q. (2019). A string-suspended and driven rotor for efficient ultra-low frequency mechanical energy harvesting. Energy Conversion and Management, 198, 111820-111820. 10.1016/j.enconman.2019.111820
  • Hu, G., Tang, L., & Cui, X. (2019). On the modelling of membrane-coupled Helmholtz resonator and its application in acoustic metamaterial system. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 132, 595-608. 10.1016/j.ymssp.2019.07.017
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Sheng, B., Tang, L., Moosman, O. M., Deng, C., Xie, S., & Zhang, Y. (2019). Development of a biological signal-based evaluator for robot-assisted upper-limb rehabilitation: a pilot study. Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, online first10.1007/s13246-019-00783-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yanxin Zhang
  • Sheng, B., Huang, L., Wang, X., Zhuang, J., Tang, L., Deng, C., & Zhang, Y. (2019). Identification of Knee Osteoarthritis Based on Bayesian Network: Pilot Study. JMIR medical informatics, 7 (3)10.2196/13562
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yanxin Zhang
  • Tang, L., Yang, Z., Tao, K., & Aw, K. (2019). A dynamic model for cantilever type electret-based energy harvester. Paper presented at The 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV), Montreal, Canada. 7 July - 11 July 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kean Aw
  • Hu, G., Tang, L., Xu, J., Lan, C., & Das, R. (2019). Metamaterial with local resonators coupled by negative stiffness springs for enhanced vibration suppression. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 86 (8)10.1115/1.4043827
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Wang, J., Tang, L., Zhao, L., & Zhang, Z. (2019). Efficiency investigation on energy harvesting from airflows in HVAC system based on galloping of isosceles triangle sectioned bluff bodies. Energy, 172, 1066-1078. 10.1016/j.energy.2019.02.002
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45678
  • Yu, L., Tang, L., & Yang, T. (2019). Experimental investigation of a passive self-tuning resonator based on a beam-slider structure. Acta Mechanica Sinica
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47057

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ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 7, Room 704
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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