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 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 2 book chapters and more than 100 technical papers in influential international journals and conferences. His work has attracted more than 2400 citations with an h-index 23 and i10-index 34 (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. Bo Sheng (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2014 - )
  • 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 - )

Supervised to completion:

  • 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:

  • Dr. Xiaobin Cui (Visiting Scholar, Nanjing Tech University, China, 2018.09 - )


  • 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

  • Conference Committee (Technical Program Committee), The 1st International Conference on Vibration and Energy Harvesting Application (VEH 2018)
  • 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 - )
  • 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, SPIE


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhang, Z., Tang, L., & Xiang, H. (2019). Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Bridge Vibrations Using Different Models for Moving Vehicles. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 32 (2), 04018141-04018141. 10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0000968
  • Evans, M., Tang, L., Tao, K., & Aw, K. (2019). Design and optimisation of an underfloor energy harvesting system. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 285, 613-622. 10.1016/j.sna.2018.12.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kean Aw, Matt Evans
  • Yang, Z., Tang, L., Xie, M., Sun, S., Li, W., & Aw, K. C. (2019). Soft magneto-sensitive elastomer and polyvinylidene fluoride polymer based nonlinear piezoelectric energy harvesting: design, modelling and experiment. Smart Materials and Structures, 28 (1).10.1088/1361-665X/aaee4e
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kean Aw
  • Rezaie, H., Hu, A. P., Tang, L., & Cordell, R. (2018). Improving Detachable Ultrasonic Power Transfer System Using Piezoelectric Stack. 2018 IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Antennas and Propagation (APCAP), 57-61. Auckland, New Zealand. 10.1109/APCAP.2018.8538032
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Xiong, L., Tang, L., Liu, K., & Mace, B. R. (2018). On the Use of Piezoelectric Nonlinear Energy Sink for Vibration Isolation and Energy Harvesting. ASME 2018 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, 2 (51951), V002T07A004-V002T07A004. San Antonio, USA. 10.1115/SMASIS2018-7968
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liuyang Xiong
  • Xiong, L., Tang, L., Liu, K., & Mace, B. R. (2018). Piezoelectric Nonlinear Energy Sink for Energy Harvesting With Rectifying DC Interface Circuit. 30th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, 8 (51852), V008T10A058-V008T10A058. Quebec, Canada. 10.1115/DETC2018-85682
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liuyang Xiong
  • Hu, G., Tang, L., & Das, R. (2018). General Framework for Modeling Multifunctional Metamaterial Beam Based on a Derived One-Dimensional Piezoelectric Composite Finite Element. JOURNAL OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, 31 (6)10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0000920
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43606
  • Wang, J., Liu, D., Li, W., Wei, P., & Tang, L. (2018). Effects of electrodes and electrical connections of piezoelectric layers on dynamic characteristics of radially polarized multilayer piezoelectric cylindrical transducers. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures10.1177/1045389X18803454


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