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Zhu, Hongtao Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Overview


Dr. Hongtao Zhu obtained BEng in 1993, MEng in 1996, PhD in 2000 from Northeastern University, P.R. China. After working in Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for two years, he joined the University of Wollongong in 2002. Now he is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia.

Dr. Zhu’s major research interests include tribology and lubrication, wheel and rail contact, fracture control, oxidation mechanics, quantum and molecular dynamic simulation. He has a strong track record of publications relative to opportunity, authored/co-authored 136 refereed journal and 59 conference papers. H-index=19, citations =1279 from Scopus for 160 articles, average 8.0 citations per paper. H-index =22, citations = 1489 from Google Scholar. Currently, he is supervising and co-supervising 9 PhD research students.

Dr. Zhu leads the research group on Wheel and Rail Contact System at the University of Wollongong. He has strong ability to win external competitive research grants. He has been awarded 5 ARC Discovery Projects (2nd CI, DP170103173, DP150103718, DP110104823, DP130103973 and DP0773329) and 2 ARC Linkage Projects (LP160101871, LP0991012). He is a CI for 1 ARC LIEF Project (LE0989804) and 1 ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (IC170100006). He is also the leading CI for 3 Industry Contract Projects with total funds of 1.2 million.

Dr. Zhu is substantially engaged with professional communities. He is an assessor for ARC; National Science Centre, Poland; and National fund for Scientific and Technological Development, Chile. He is an editorial board member of the Journal ‘Advances in Materials Science and Engineering’. Guest Journal editors for CMS, MMTB, SRI, IJMPT and IJSurfSE in 2014. He was symposium chair, CAMS 2018 and executive Conference Secretariat, AMPT 2012. He is regularly invited to review papers for more than 20 prestigious journals.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • *Tribology (friction, lubrication and wear)
    *Wheel and rail contact analysis, squat management
    *Fracture, fatigue and failure
    *High temperature wear and oxidation
    *Computational Mechanics (FEM, MD, QM) in metal forming
    *Metal Forming, Micro forming, Severe Plastic Deformation
    *Rolling Technology
    *Contact Mechanics

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • High temperature tribology
    • Tribology (friction, lubrication and wear) 
    • Wheel and rail contact mechanics
    • Rail squat and its management 
    • Fatigue, fracture and failure of materials
    • High temperature oxidation
    • Surface functioning technology
    • Computational Mechanics (FEM, MD, QM)
    • Metal Forming, Micro forming, Severe Plastic Deformation 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanism of Squat Initiation and Propagation on Rail Surface Al-Juboori, Ali
    Doctor of Philosophy Tribo chemical reaction on aqueous lubricant at interface in metal forming Le, Manh Ha
    Doctor of Philosophy The Tribo chemical reaction on aqueous lubricant at interface in metal forming at high temperature. Tran, Hoang Bach
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of novel eco-friendly surfactant-free vegetable oil in water (vo/w) emulsion for metal processing lubrication Taheri, Reza
    Doctor of Philosophy Quantum modelling of lubricant at interface in metal forming at high temperatures Ta, Thi Thuy Huong
    Doctor of Philosophy A New Adaptive Aqueous Lubricant for Severe Metalworking at Elevated Temperature Tran, Nam Van
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanics, Prediction and Management of Squat Defects on Train Rails Tovar Camacho, Eduardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Research in Hot Rolling Lubricants at Temperature of 800oC-1100oC Pham, The Sang
    Doctor of Philosophy Numerical Investigation of Wear Modes due to the Slurry Flow in the Oil Pipeline by Coupled CFD and Discrete Element Method Nguyen, Do Xuan Vinh
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of Squat Failure on Rails Nguyen, Ba Hieu

Reviewer Of


Professional Service Activities


Keywords


  • Tribology and lubrication; wheel and rail contact; oxidation mechanics; quantum and MD simulation

Full Name


  • Hongtao Zhu

Mailing Address


  • School of Mechanical, Material Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • *Tribology (friction, lubrication and wear)
    *Wheel and rail contact analysis, squat management
    *Fracture, fatigue and failure
    *High temperature wear and oxidation
    *Computational Mechanics (FEM, MD, QM) in metal forming
    *Metal Forming, Micro forming, Severe Plastic Deformation
    *Rolling Technology
    *Contact Mechanics

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Potential Supervision Topics


    • High temperature tribology
    • Tribology (friction, lubrication and wear) 
    • Wheel and rail contact mechanics
    • Rail squat and its management 
    • Fatigue, fracture and failure of materials
    • High temperature oxidation
    • Surface functioning technology
    • Computational Mechanics (FEM, MD, QM)
    • Metal Forming, Micro forming, Severe Plastic Deformation 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanism of Squat Initiation and Propagation on Rail Surface Al-Juboori, Ali
    Doctor of Philosophy Tribo chemical reaction on aqueous lubricant at interface in metal forming Le, Manh Ha
    Doctor of Philosophy The Tribo chemical reaction on aqueous lubricant at interface in metal forming at high temperature. Tran, Hoang Bach
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of novel eco-friendly surfactant-free vegetable oil in water (vo/w) emulsion for metal processing lubrication Taheri, Reza
    Doctor of Philosophy Quantum modelling of lubricant at interface in metal forming at high temperatures Ta, Thi Thuy Huong
    Doctor of Philosophy A New Adaptive Aqueous Lubricant for Severe Metalworking at Elevated Temperature Tran, Nam Van
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanics, Prediction and Management of Squat Defects on Train Rails Tovar Camacho, Eduardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Research in Hot Rolling Lubricants at Temperature of 800oC-1100oC Pham, The Sang
    Doctor of Philosophy Numerical Investigation of Wear Modes due to the Slurry Flow in the Oil Pipeline by Coupled CFD and Discrete Element Method Nguyen, Do Xuan Vinh
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of Squat Failure on Rails Nguyen, Ba Hieu

Reviewer Of


Professional Service Activities


Keywords


  • Tribology and lubrication; wheel and rail contact; oxidation mechanics; quantum and MD simulation

Full Name


  • Hongtao Zhu

Mailing Address


  • School of Mechanical, Material Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia