2000-present, Professor, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Manufacturing Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
1998-1999, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, France
1995-1997, Senior Researcher, LTAS-Aerospace Laboratory, University of Liege, Belgium
1992-1994, Postdoctoral researcher, LTAS-Aerospace Laboratory, University of Liege, Belgium
1985-1991 Master and Ph.D, LTAS-Aerospace Laboratory, University of Liege, Belgium
1980-1984 Bachelor of Aircraft Manufacturing Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Advanced Structures and Materials
Computational Mechanics of Solids and Structures
Computational Mechanics and simulation of Manufacturing Process
Nearly 400 Papers published in International Journals and Conferences, 40 invited lectures in international conferences. Here only lists selected papers in international peer-reviewed journals in recent 5 years (2011-2015):
 Y.J. Xu, H. Lu, T.L. Gao, W.H. Zhang. Predicting the low-velocity impacted behavior of polycarbonate: influence of thermal history during injection molding. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 2015, 86: 265-273.
 Y.J. Xu, Q. W. Zhang, W.H. Zhang, P. Zhang. Optimization of Injection Molding Process Parameters to Improve the Mechanical Performance of Polymer Product against Impact. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2015, 76: 2199-2208.
 U.A. Dar, W. H. Zhang. Polymer based aerospace structures under high velocity impact applications; experimental, constitutive and finite element analysis. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology. 2015, 29: 4259-4265.
 S.Y. Cai, W.H. Zhang. Stress constrained topology optimization with free-form design domains. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2015, 289: 267-290.
 H. Liu, W.H. Zhang, T. Gao. A comparative study of dynamic analysis methods for structural topology optimization under harmonic force excitations. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2015, 51: 1321-1333.
 Z. Moumni, W. Zaki, Q.S. Nguyen, W.H. Zhang. Modeling of materials capable of solid–solid phase transformation. Application to the analytical solution of the semi-infinite mode III crack problem in a phase-changing solid. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 2015, 69: 146-156.
 X.J. Gu, W. Zaki, C. Morin, Z. Moumni, W.H. Zhang. Time integration and assessment of a model for shape memory alloys considering multiaxial nonproportional loading cases. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2015, 54, 82-99.
 J. Wang, Y.J. Xu, W.H. Zhang. Finite element simulation of PMMA aircraft windshield against bird strike by using a rate and temperature dependent viscoelastic constitutive model. Composite Structures, 2014, 108: 21-30.
 U.A. Dar, W. H. Zhang, Y. J. Xu. Thermal and strain rate sensitive compressive behavior of Polycarbonate polymer-Experimental and constitutive analysis. Journal of Polymer Research, 2014, 21: 519-530.
 U.A. Dar, W. H. Zhang, Y. J. Xu. Numerical implementation of strain rate dependent thermo viscoelastic constitutive relation to simulate the mechanical behavior of PMMA. International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design, 2014, 10: 93-107.
 X. Chen, Z. Moumni, Y. He, W.H. Zhang. A three dimensional model of magneto mechanical behaviors of martensite reorientation in ferrom-agnetic shape memory alloys. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of solids, 2014, 64: 249-286.
 W.H. Zhang, J.G. Yang, Y.J. Xu, T. Gao. Topology optimization of thermoelastic structures: mean compliance minimization or elastic strain energy minimization. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2014, 49(3): 417-429.
 S.Y. Cai, W.H. Zhang, J.H. Zhu, T. Gao. Stress constrained shape and topology optimization with fixed mesh: A B-spline finite cell method combined with level set function. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2014, 278: 361-387.
 J.H. Zhu, J. Hou, W.H. Zhang, Y. Li. Structural topology optimization with constraints on multi-fastener joint loads. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2014, 50: 561-571.
 L. Meng, W.H. Zhang, J.H. Zhu, L. Xia. A biarc-based shape optimization approach to reduce stress concentration effects. Acta Mechanica Sinica, 2014, 30: 370-382.
 J.H. Zhu, H.H. Gao, W.H. Zhang, Y. Zhou. A Multi-point constraints based integrated layout and topology optimization design of multi-component systems. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2014, 51: 397-407.
 T. Gao, W.H. Zhang, P. Duysinx. Simultaneous design of structural layout and discrete fiber orientation using bi-value coding parameterization and volume constraint. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2013, 48: 1075-1088.
 D. Wang, W.H. Zhang. A general material perturbation method using fixed mesh for stress sensitivity analysis and structural shape optimization. Computers & Structures, 2013, 129: 40-53.
 L. Xia, B. Raghavan, P. Breitkopf, W.H. Zhang. Numerical material representation using orthogonal decomposition and diffuse approximation. Applied Mathematics and Computation, 2013, 224, 450-462.
 L. Xia, J.H. Zhu, W.H. Zhang, P Breitkopf. An implicit model for the integrated optimization of component layout and structure topology. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2013, 257: 87-102.
 D. Wang, W.H. Zhang, J. Yang, Z. Wang. A virtual punching method for shape optimization of openings on curved panels using CAD-based Boolean operations. Computer-Aided Design, 2012, 44: 388-399.
 Y.J. Xu, W.H. Zhang. A strain energy model for the prediction of the effective coefficient of thermal expansion of composite materials. Computational Materials Science, 2012, 53: 241-250.
 Y.J. Xu, W.H. Zhang, D. Chamoret, M. Domaszewski. Minimizing thermal residual stresses in C/SiC functionally graded material coating of C/C Composites by using particle swarm optimization algorithm. Computational Materials Science, 2012, 61: 99-105.
 J. Zhang, W.H. Zhang, J.H. Zhu, L. Xia. Integrated layout design of multi-component systems using XFEM and analytical sensitivity analysis. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2012, 245: 75-89.
 T. Gao, W.H. Zhang, P. Duysinx. A bi‐value coding parameterization scheme for the discrete optimal orientation design of the composite laminate. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2012, 91: 98-114.
 J.H. Zhu, W.H. Zhang, L. Xia, Q. Zhang, D. Bassir. Optimal Packing Configuration Design with Finite-Circle Method. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2012, 67: 185-199.
 L. Xia, J.H. Zhu, W.H. Zhang. Sensitivity analysis with the modified Heaviside function for the optimal layout design of multi-component systems. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2012, 241: 142-154.
 Y.J. Xu, W.H. Zhang. Numerical modelling of oxidized microstructure and degraded properties of 2D C/SiC composite in oxidizing environments below 800°C. Materials Science and Engineering A, 2011, 528: 7974-7982.
 Y.J. Xu, W.H. Zhang, M. Domaszewski. Microstructure modelling and prediction of effective elastic properties of 3D multiphase and multilayer braided composite. Materials Science and Technology, 2011, 27(7): 1213-1221.
 J. Zhang, W.H. Zhang, J.H. Zhu. An extended stress-based method for orientation angle optimization of laminated composite structures. Acta Mechanica Sinica, 2011, 27: 977-985.
 T. Gao, W.H. Zhang. A mass constraint formulation for structural topology optimization with multiphase materials. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2011, 88: 774-796.
 W.H. Zhang, L. Xia, J.H. Zhu, Q. Zhang. Some recent advances in the integrated layout design of multicomponent systems. Journal of Mechanical Design, 2011, 133: 104503.
Vice president of International Association for Simulation and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Convener of engineering materials group for “Recruitment Program of High-end Foreign Experts” of Chinese government
Committee member of the evaluation groups of engineering and material sciences, mathematical and physical sciences for National Natural Science Foundation of China
Editorial Board Member of Struct. Multidisc. Opt.
Chief Edior of International Journal for Simulation and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Associate Editor of Int. J. Num. Anal. Model.
Reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals
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