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School of Aeronautics




Work Experience

2016.09~present Northwestern Polytechnical University, Professor  

2014.06~2016.09 National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Postdoctoral Researcher

2014.01~2014.06 The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Education Experience

2010.08~2013.12 The University of Akron, Civil Engineering(Composite Mechanics), Ph.D.  

2008.09~2010.06 Wuhan University of Technology, Composite Science, M.E. 

2004.09~2008.06 Wuhan University of Technology, Composite Materials and Engineering, B.E. 

Admission Information

There are multiple positions for graduate studies and Postdoctoral Research in the area of composites, computational mechanics and aeronautical energy structures.

Awards Information

2017, Hundreds Youth Talents Plan, Shaanxi Province

2016, Travel Award for Attending World Congress on Computational Mechanics 

2014/2015, Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Aerospace Engineering 

2012, Best Paper Award for ASCE Earth and Space Conference

Scientific Research

Research Directions:

(1)Multi-scale failure behavior and meso-scale simulation of textile composites;

(2)Composite aging;(3)Impact dynamics of composites and composite structures;

(4)Multi-scale modeling method and structure optimization method for composites;

(5)Mechanical-electrochemical-thermal coupled failure behavior and simulation of lithium-ion battery.

Recent Projects: 

(1) National Nature Science Foundation of China, 11772267, Dynamic damage behavior and failure mechanism of two-dimensional triaxially braided composite under high strain rate tensile and compressive conditions, 2018/01-2021/12, 650K RMB,  Principal Investigator.

(2)National Nature Science Foundation of China,  51706187, Multi-scale coupled mechanical-electrochemical-thermal simulation of lithium-ion battery under mechanical abuse, 2018/01-2020/12,  250K RMB,  Principal Investigator. 

(3)National Key R&D Program of China, 2017YFB1103504, Additive manufacture technique and equipment for high-toughness ceramic composites, 2017/07-2020/12, 10.83 Million RMB, Participant.

(4) Impact failure mechanism and aging behavior of composite structures for aerospace application, 2017/06-2022/6, 4 Million RMB,  Principal Investigator.  

(5) Start-up Fund of Northwestern Polytechnical University, Impact dynamics of composite engine fan Case structure, 2016/09-2017/12, 200K RMB,  Principal Investigator.     

Academic Achievements

Representative Journal Articles

1. Chao Zhang*, Fangliang Chen, Matthew H Gray, Robert Tirawat, Ross E Larsen*. An elasto-plastic solution for channel cracking of brittle coating on polymer substrate. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2017, 120:125-136.

2. Chao Zhang, Jun Xu, Lei Cao, Zenan Wu, Shriram Santhanagopalan*. Constitutive behavior and progressive mechanical failure of electrodes in lithium-ion batteriesJournal of Power Sources, 2017, 357:126-137.

3. Howie Fang*, Jing Bi, Chao Zhang, Matthew Gutowski, Emre Palta, Qian Wang. A constitutive model of aluminum foam for crash simulationsInternational Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 2017, 90: 124-136.

4. Wenzhi Wang, Yonghui Dai, Chao Zhang*, Xiaosheng Gao, and Meiying Zhao. Micromechanical modeling of fiber-reinforced composites with statistically equivalent random fiber distributionMaterials, 2016, 9(8): 624.

5. Wei Mao, Wenzhi Wang*, Lijun He, Chao ZhangModeling and mechanical properties of composite bionic suture joint structuresJournal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016, 42(12):2762-2768. (In Chinese)

6. Lijun He, Wenzhi Wang*, Wei Mao, Chao ZhangEffect of geometry on the mechanical behavior of high-hierarchy composite bionic suture structureActa Materiae Compositae Sinica, 2016, 33(10): 2230-2236. (In Chinese)

7. Chao Zhang, Shriram Santhanagopalan*, Michael A Sprague, Ahmad A Pesaran. A representative sandwich model for simultaneous coupled mechanical-electrical-thermal simulation of lithium-ion battery under indentation testsJournal of Power Sources, 2015, 298:309-321.

8. Ning Li, Howie Fang*, Chao Zhang, Matthew Gutowski, Emre Palta, Qian Wang. A numerical study of occupant responses and injuries in vehicular crashes into roadside barriers based on finite element simulationsAdvances in Engineering Software, 2015, 90:22-40.

9. Chao Zhang*, Natalie Waksmanski, Vincent M Wheeler, Ernian Pan, Ross E Larsen. The effect of photodegradation on effective properties of polymeric thin films: A micromechanical homogenization approachInternational Journal of Engineering Science, 2015, 94:1-22.

10. Chao Zhang, Shriram Santhanagopalan*, Michael A Sprague, Ahmad A Pesaran. Coupled mechanical-electrical-thermal modeling for short-circuit prediction in a lithium-ion cell under mechanical abuseJournal of Power Sources, 2015, 290:102-113.

11. Chao Zhang*, Ning Li, Wenzhi Wang, Wieslaw K. Binienda, Howie Fang. Progressive damage simulation of triaxial braided composite using a 3D meso-scale finite element modelComposite Structures, 2015, 125:104-116.

12. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda, Robert K Goldberg. Free-edge effect on the effective stiffness of triaxially braided compositeComposites Science and Technology, 2015, 107:145-153.

13. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda. A meso-scale finite element model for simulating free-edge effect of Carbon/epoxy textile compositeMechanics of Materials, 2014, 76: 1-19. 

14. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda. Numerical analysis of free-edge effect on size-influenced mechanical properties of single-layer triaxially braided compositeApplied Composite Materials, 2014, 21: 841-859.

15. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda, Robert K Goldberg, Lee W Kohlman, Meso-scale failure modeling of single layer triaxial braided composite using finite element methodComposites Part A, 2014, 58: 36-46. 

16. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda, Lee W Kohlman, Analytical model and numerical analysis of the elastic behavior of triaxial braided compositesJournal of Aerospace Engineering, 2014, 27: 473-483.

17. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda, Frank E Horvat, and Wenzhi Wang, Application of numerical methods for crashworthiness investigation on aircraft wing impact with treeMathematical and Computational Forestry & Natural-Resource Sciences, 2013, 5(1):71-85.

18. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda, Gregory N Morscher, Rirchard E Martin, Lee W Kohlman, Experimental and FEM study of thermal cycling induced microcracking in carbon/epoxy triaxial braided compositeComposites Part A, 2013, 46, 34-44.

19. Chao Zhang*, Wieslaw K Binienda, Liming Zeng, Xiaochuan, Ye, Shuwen Chen, Kinetic study of the novolac resin curing process using model fitting and model-free methodsThermochimica Acta, 2011(523):63-69.

Representative Book Chapters

Chao Zhang, Wenzhi Wang, Virtual Testing of Three-Dimensional Hollow/Porous Braided Composites. In: Yiqi Yang, Jianyong Yu, Helan Xu, Baozhong Sun (eds) Porous lightweight composites reinforced with fibrous structures. 2017, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.  

Social Appointments

2017, 21st International Conference on Composite Materials , Session Chair  

2016, ASCE Earth and Space 2016 Advanced Composites, Session Chair 

2015,  ASC Composites 30th Annual Technical Conference, Session Chair

2015, 13th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Session Chair

American Society of Composites, Test and Analysis Division, Committee Member

American Society of Civil Engineers, Advanced Materials and Structures Division, Committee Member 

U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics, Member 

Chinese Society of Composite Materials, Member

Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, Editor Committee Member

Journal Reviewer

  1. Composites Science and Technology
  2. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacture
  3. Composites Part B: Engineering
  4. Composite Interfaces
  5. Composite Structures
  6. Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  7. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
  8. Journal of Composite Materials
  9. Mechanics Research Communication
  10. Journal of Power Sources
  11. International Journal of Fatigue