Coventry University Xiang Zhang

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Coventry University Xiang Zhang

Coventry University Xiang Zhang

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Xiang Zhang joined Coventry University in January 2015 as Professor of Structural Integrity. Prior to this new position, she has worked at Cranfield University (1997-2014, as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Structural Integrity), at Imperial College London (1990-96, as Research Associate), and the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (1981-85, as Research Engineer). She has degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Northwestern Polytechnical University in China (MSc) and Imperial College London (PhD). She is a registered Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She has over 30 years’ experience in the field of aircraft structures and materials, specialising in the durability and failure analysis, of both metallic and composite materials and structures. She has a particular interest in the application of finite element method for predicting structural failures. She has a number of UK government, European Council, and industrial funded research projects and has published over 100 papers in this field.

Her external duties include Visiting Professor to Northwestern Polytechnical University (China), member of Editorial Board of five technical journals, and member of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Specialist Group for Structures and Materials.

Vision Statement

Structural Integrity is an important area in the design, certification, manufacture and operation of engineering products. Having focused mainly on the aerospace materials and structures, I’m ready to perform research also in the Energy and Automotive Sectors. My mission is to develop analysis models and design tools for safer and lighter structures. A step change can be made in the structural performance if we integrate the advanced materials and innovative manufacturing technologies with novel design solutions. It is also important to keep working on both the metallic and composite material fronts to respond to the industrial requirements.