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Tieling Zhang



Biography:

Tieling received a PhD degree in engineering. He has very strong expertise in data processing and modelling, system reliability engineering, condition based prediction, process simulation and optimisation. He has published 70 research articles in the related fields and completed more than 12 major research projects. He is an invited referee serving for over 20 international journals and, reviewer/technical team member for many international conferences. He holds 5 patents with 7 others published and pending for grant. He has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate subjects under the program of engineering asset management. He is working on EPCRC projects by taking the leadership and supervising PhD students who are doing projects in the fields of systems engineering and engineering asset management. He serves for the Engineering Asset Management Group at the University of Wollongong (http://eis.uow.edu.au/mmm/engineering-asset-management/index.html).

Teaching Subjects:
MECH474: Reliability Engineering
ENGG961: Systems Reliability Engineering
ENGG953: Modelling of Engineering Asset Management System

List of Selected Publications in Recent Three Years
Journal papers (*: Corresponding Author)
1. W.X. Li, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang (2015). On the study of vibration of a supported railway rail using the semi-analytical finite element method, Journal of Sound and Vibration. Vol. 345, 9 June 2015, pp. 121-145. ERA A*
2. K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang* (2015). Explore structure and role of engineering asset management system in production organizations, International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management. Vol. 4, 2015.
3. W.N. Cahyo, K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang* (2015). Managing maintenance resources for better asset productivity, Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering, Vol. 11, 2015.
4. N.K.W. Wellalage, Tieling Zhang*, R. Dwight (2015). Calibrating Markov Chain Based Deterioration Models for Predicting Future Conditions of Railway Bridge Elements, Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(2), 2015. 04014060, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000640. ERA A
5. C.W. Zhang, Tieling Zhang, M. Xie (2013). Analyzing highly censored reliability data without exact failure times: An efficient tool for practitioners, Quality Engineering, vol. 25(4), 392-400.
6. K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang (2013). The strategic role of engineering asset management, International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 146(1), 227-239. ERA A
7. Tieling Zhang, R. Dwight (2013). Choosing an optimal model for failure data analysis by graphical approach, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 115, pp. 111-123. ERA A
8. C.W. Zhang, Tieling Zhang*, N. Chen and T.D. Jin (2013). Reliability modelling and analysis for a novel design of modular converter system of wind turbines, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 111, pp. 86-94. ERA A

Book Chapters
1. Tieling Zhang, R. Dwight, K. El-Akruti. Chapter 87: Condition based maintenance and operation of wind turbines, Engineering Asset Management - Systems, Professional Practices and Certification (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering 2015), edited by Peter W. Tse et al., Springer, 2015, p. 1013-1015.
2. K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang. Chapter 17: The role of life cycle cost in engineering asset management", Engineering Asset Management - Systems, Professional Practices and Certification (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering 2015), edited by Peter W. Tse et al., Springer, 2015, p. 173-188.
3. W.W.N. Karunarathna, Tieling Zhang*, R. Dwight. Chapter 47: Bridge deterioration modeling by Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation method, Engineering Asset Management - Systems, Professional Practices and Certification (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering 2015), edited by Peter W. Tse et al., Springer, 2015, p. 545-556.
4. W. Cahyo, K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, T. Zhang. Chapter 22: A resources provision policy for multi-unit Maintenance program, Engineering Asset Management - Systems, Professional Practices and Certification (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering 2015), edited by Peter W. Tse et al., Springer, 2015, p. 241-252.

Conference papers
1. W.W.N. Karunarathna, Tieling Zhang*, R. Dwight. "Modified Weibull approach to deterioration Modelling: An application to bridge elements", The 2014 IRED Conference in Birmingham, Nov 14-15, 2014, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
2. K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang. "A tool to investigate the status of engineering asset management in organizations", AMPEAK 2014 Asset Management Council Conference, 2 June ~ 5 June 2014, Perth, Australia.
3. W.N. Cahyo, K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang. "Managing maintenance resources for better asset productivity", AMPEAK 2014 Asset Management Council Conference, 2 June ~ 5 June 2014, Perth, Australia.
4. Tieling Zhang, R. Dwight, K. El-Akruti. "Condition based maintenance and operation of wind turbines", 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management & 3rd International Conference on Utility Management & Safety, 30 Oct ~ 1 Nov 2013, Hong Kong.
5. K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang. "The role of life cycle cost in engineering asset management", 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management & 3rd International Conference on Utility Management & Safety, 30 Oct ~ 1 Nov 2013, Hong Kong.
6. W.W.N. Karunarathna, Tieling Zhang*, R. Dwight. "Bridge deterioration modeling by Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation method", 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management & 3rd International Conference on Utility Management & Safety, 30 Oct ~ 1 Nov 2013, Hong Kong.
7. W.N. Cahyo, K. El-Akruti, R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang. "A resources provision policy for multi-unit maintenance program", 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management & 3rd International Conference on Utility Management & Safety, 30 Oct ~ 1 Nov 2013, Hong Kong.
8. R. Dwight, Tieling Zhang*, K. El-Akruti. "Asset management in energy pipeline industry in Australia", World Trends in Maintenance Engineering, Aug. 13~15, 2013, Pretoria, South Africa.
9. Tieling Zhang, H. Z. Li, R. Dwight. "Reliability analysis and optimization of modular converter system of wind turbines in design", RAMS 2013 The Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, Jan. 28~31, 2013, Orlando, Florida.
10. Tieling Zhang, R. Dwight, K. El-Akruti. "On a Weibull related distribution model with decreasing, increasing and upside-down bathtub-shaped failure rate", RAMS 2013 The Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, Jan. 28~31, 2013, Orlando, USA.
11. Tieling Zhang, R. Dwight. "Optimization of proof-test interval of safety-related system for asset management", APARM 2012 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Advanced Reliability and Maintenance Modelling, Nov. 1~3, 2012, Nanjing, China.

List of Patents
Patents Granted
1. J. K. Ong, Tieling Zhang, Y. Zhou, et al. "Method and A System for Controlling Operation of A Wind Turbine", Patent No.: US 8577509, CN101929432B, EP2267305A3, Pub. Date: Nov. 5, 2013.
2. Tieling Zhang, Y. Zhou, K. P. Lim, et al. "Method and System for Controlling Operation of A Wind Turbine", Patent No.: US 8355823 B2, CN101900079B, EP2264314A3, Date of Patent: January 15, 2013.
3. Y. Zhou, Tieling Zhang. "Method and A System for Adjusting Alarm Level of A Component in A Wind Turbine", Patent No.: US 7,993,098 B2, CN102022263A, EP2290488A1, Date of Patent: August 9, 2011.
4. K. P. Lim, Tieling Zhang, P. Y. Siew, S. Narasimalu. "Method for Controlling the Operation of a Wind Turbine Based on Deviation between Operating and Predetermined Frequency Response Functions", Patent No.: US 7,945,351 B2, CN101793227B, EP2204579A2, Date of Patent: May 17, 2011.
5. Z. M. Zhang, H. X. Tian, P. Yuan, Tieling Zhang. "Study on On-line Measurement for Accelerated Abrasion Rate of Sliding Thrust Bearings" was granted as a novel and practical patent of China. The number of this patent is 95208823.

Patents Published and Pending for Grant
1. Qinghua Xia, Tieling Zhang, Adrian Liew. "Maintaining A Wind Turbine with A Maintenance Robot", Pub. No.: US 2012/0165985 A1, CN102606415A, EP2472103A3, Pub. Date: June 28, 2012.
2. Khoon Peng Lim, Tieling Zhang, Pey Yen Siew, Xiao Qian Li. "Wind Turbine Tower Monitoring Device", Pub. No.: US 2011/0254282 A1, WO 2010/057972A3, EP2359000A2, CN102257271A, Pub. Date: May 27, 2010, October 20, 2011.
3. Tieling Zhang, Kim Hui Too, Abdullah Zain. "Method and System for Estimating the Lifetime of A Battery of An Energy Backup System of A Wind Turbine", International Pub. No.: WO 2011/075080 A1, International Pub. Date: June 23, 2011.
4. Heng Deng, Tieling Zhang, Yin Bo. "Estimation and Control of Wear in Wind Turbine Slip Ring Brushes", Pub. No.: WO 2010/000350 A1, Pub. Date: January 7, 2010.
5. Heng Deng, Yin Bo, Tieling Zhang. "Modular Converter System Supporting Harmonic Suppression" Pub. No.: WO 2010/000315 A1, Pub. Date: January 7, 2010.
6. Tieling Zhang, Ingemann Hvas Sandvad. "Wear-out Pattern Recognition", Pub. No.: WO 2010/069318 A1, WO 2010069318 A8, Pub. Date: September 16, 2010.
7. Tieling Zhang. "Fault Tolerant Design for A Wind Turbine", Pub. No.: DK200900377A, Pub. Date: Feb. 18, 2010.

Research Interests:

1. Statistical data modelling
2. System reliability modelling and analysis
3. Degradation modelling and condition prediction
4. Condition based maintenance and operation of wind turbines
5. System and process optimization
6. Energy storage system management
7. Smart Grid management and optimization

Professional Activities:

1. Current Research Projects:
* Prediction-Based Decision Support Framework for Energy Pipelines (EPCRC project, 2015 ~ 2018)
* Pipeline Operational Life Prediction by Neural Networks (EPCRC project, 2013 ~ 2015)
* Benchmarking Pipeline Corrosion for Life Prediction (EPCRC project, completed)
* Predicting Service Potential of Railway Bridge (Railway CRC project, completed)
The total project fund is over AU$800K.

2. Invited Referee for Over 20 International Journals

3. Technical Program Committee Member for a Number of International Conferences

Awards:

1. Best Paper Award
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Future Research Topics:

1. Degradation modelling with application to industrial asset management
2. Condition based maintenance and operation of wind turbines
3. Smart Grid reliability and management
4. Energy storage system management
5. Energy storage techniques by application of dynamics simulation
6. MEMS and NEMS reliability

PhD Student Research Topics under Supervision:
1. Predicting service potential of railway bridges
2. Integration of condition monitoring data into railway asset management
3. Energy pipeline life prediction using neural networks
4. Energy pipeline degradation modelling by Bayesian Fuzzy inference and stochastic approach

Research Students

  • Paul McMahon : Integration of Condition Monitoring Data for Asset Management Purposes
  • Anshul Bajpai : Design of Asset Management Model by Big Data Analytics Technologies