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Hongtao Zhu



Current Positions:

Senior Lecturer
School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
University of Wollongong

Biography:

Academic Qualifications
*PhD, Materials Processing Technology, Northeastern University, P.R. China, (2000)
*MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, P.R. China, (1996)
*BSc., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, P.R. China, (1993)

Positions Held and Work Experience
*Senior Lecturer, Jan. 2015 -- present
School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering
University of Wollongong

*Lecturer, Feb. 2013 -- Dec. 2014
School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering
University of Wollongong

*Research Fellow, May 2004 -- Jan. 2013
School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering
University of Wollongong

*Visiting Research Fellow, Aug. 2002 -- Apr. 2004,
School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering
University of Wollongong

*Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Apr. 2000 -- Jul. 2002
Department of Materials Science, School of Materials Science and Engineering
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China

Research Interests:

*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

Publication Summary:
*Total 177 papers, including 127 in refereed journals and 50 in conference proceedings
*H-index=16, citation =832 from Scopus

Professional Activities:

¿ Assessor for ARC Discovery, Linkage Grants, Future Fellowships, DECRA since 2008
¿ Assessor for National Science Centre, Poland since 2017

*Guest Journal editor in 2013-2014
Computational Materials Science (Vol . 81, 2014, CMS)
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science (Vol. 45, Issue 3, 2014, MMTB)
Steel Research international (Vol. 84, Issue 12, 2013, SRI)
International Journal of Materials and Product Technology (Vol. 47, Issue 1-4, 2013, IJMPT),
International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering (Vol. 8, Issue2-3, 2013, IJSurfSE),
Material Sciences Forum, (Vols. 773-774, 2014, MSF)

*Executive Conference Secretariat
15th International Conference on Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies (AMPT 2012)

*Reviewer for Scientific Journals
The Journal of Physical Chemistry; Corrosion Science; International Journal of Mechanical Sciences; Wear; Shock and Vibration etc.

Awards:

Competitive Grant Funding:

*ARC Linkage, LP160101871, An Integrated surface conversion for life extension of oil pipelines, 2017-2019: $450K.

*ARC Discovery, DP170103173, A novel tribological approach to improve surface quality of Silicon steel, 2017-2019: $401.5K

*ARC Discovery, DP150103718, A new adaptive composite phosphate-polymer lubricant for hot metal forming, 2015-2018: $455K.

*ARC Discovery DP130103973, A physically based abrasive wear model for high-speed steel at high temperature, 2013-2015: $310K.

*ARC Discovery, DP110104823, Lubrication mechanics in hot strip rolling, 2011-2013: $345K.

*ARC Discovery, DP0773329, Tribological contact of work roll in hot rolling, 2007-2009: $360K.

*ARC Linkage, LP0991012, Development of advanced lithium battery and battery management system for electric / hybrid electric vehicle application, 2009-2011: 220K.

*EPCRC, RP3-02J, Three-dimensional fracture simulation for gas pipelines using advanced finite element method techniques: Phase II, 2012-2014: $230K.

*ARC LIEF, LE0989804, A universal nano-tribometer for surface and thin film characterization, 2009: $150K.

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre
*IC170100006, ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure, 2017-2020: $3,938K.

Industry Contract Projects:
* BAJC, Novel surface functioning technology during hot strip rolling to improve corrosion resistance of the steels, 2018-2020, $150K

*Taiyuan Heavy Industry Railway Transit Equipment Co. LTD, Roll contact fatigue defects of railway wheels for high-speed and heavy haul operations, 2017-2020: $360K.

*Sydney Train, Australia, Rail breaks and deterioration, 2015-2018: $762K.

*Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation, Australia) Rail Flash-Butt Welding, 2015-2018: $418K.

*Posco Steel, Korea, Systematic Investigation of Setup Scheme and Development of a New Setup Scheme of Shape Control Model in Hot Strip Mill, 2015-2016: $60K.

*BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre Support Funds, Australia, Characterisation and adhesive performance of resin coatings on metal coated steel, 2013-2014: 28K

*BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre Support Funds, Australia), Characterisation and adhesive performance of passivation coatings on metal coated steel, 2012-2013: 25K.

*Posco Steel, Korea, Development of prediction technology of strip shape in a 4-Hi cold rolling mill, 2009-2010: $45K.

*Jinan Iron and Steel Company Ltd., P.R. China, Strip shape performance in the hot strip mill, 2008-2009: $70K.

*BP/Castrol Australia Pty Limited, Australia & Nishin Steel, Japan: Rolling of stainless steel with smart lubricant, 2007-2008: $42K.

*BP/Castrol Australia Pty Limited, Australia), Performance of Smart lubricant in rolling of stainless steel, 2006-2007: $25K.

UOW internal:
*2013/2014 UIC International Links Grant), Neutron reflectometry measurement of aqueous polymer adsorption characteristics on metal surfaces, 2014: $5k.

*URC Small Grant, Tribology of Renewable Oil-in-water Emulsions for sustainable green manufacturing, 2014: $6.5K.

*URC Small Grant, Rolling mechanics in the manufacture of ultra-thin foils, 2013: 6K.

*URC Small Grant, Experimental investigation of lubricity and tribology properties of a synthetic Lubricant at the macro and nano scales, 2010: $8K.

*URC Small Grant, Molecular investigation of a new intelligent aqueous lubricant containing triblock copolymer, 2009: $9K.

*URC Small Grant, Mechanics of work roll wear in hot rolling, 2007: $14K.

Academic Awards:
*1999 Government Science & Technology Progress Prize, First grade, Improving the Dimension Precision of the Strip in Hot Strip Mill, Liaoning Province, China

*1999 Government Science & Technology Progress Prize, Second grade, Flatness and Profile Control in Hot Strip Rolling, National Metallurgy Industry Ministry, China

*1999 Government Science & Technology Progress Prize, Second grade, Rigid plastic finite element method in rolling", Liaoning Province, China

Future Research Topics:

1. Wear and oxidation for high-speed steel at high temperature

2. Wheel/rail contact analysis, rail crack initiation/propagation, and squat management

3. Tribofilm characterization, and phosphate-polymer lubricant for hot metal forming

4. A chemical reactive approach to improve surface quality of hot rolled Silicon-containing steel

5. Green metalworking Fluids

6. Slurry erosion-corrosion mechanism of steel in saline aqueous environment

7. Molecular dynamic Simulation (MD) and Quantum mechanics (QM) of boundary / thin film lubrication

8. Hot and cold Rolling of steel: shape, profile, rolling technology

Research Students

  • Qing Meng : Development of a smart battery management system for lithium-ion battery
  • Shaogang Cui : Investigation of Surface Wear Mechanism of High-Speed Steel Hot Rolls in Hot Rolling.
  • Reza Taheri : Development of novel eco-friendly surfactant-free vegetable oil in water (vo/w) emulsion for metal processing lubrication
  • The Sang Pham : Research in Hot Rolling Lubricants at Temperature of 800oC-1100oC
  • Manh Ha Le : Tribo chemical reaction on aqueous lubricant at interface in metal forming
  • Nam Van Tran : A New Adaptive Aqueous Lubricant for Severe Metalworking at Elevated Temperature
  • Thi Thuy Huong Ta : Quantum modelling of lubricant at interface in metal forming at high temperatures
  • Hoang Bach Tran : The Tribo chemical reaction on aqueous lubricant at interface in metal forming at high temperature.