Zhao Tian

Dr Zhao Tian

Senior Lecturer

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Zhao Tian is a senior lecturer at the School of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Adelaide, Australia. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, in 1997 and a Master’s Degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2002. He attained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at RMIT University, Australia in 2007. His research and teaching interests focus on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of engineering combustion, particularly solid fuel combustion and solar-enhanced combustion/gasification, and CFD applications in geothermal flows. He also has research experience in indoor air quality and bioflows in human body.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Renewable energy including solar hybrid system and geothermal system 

Air quality and air conditioning

Coal and engine combustion

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2010 Post doctor Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
    2007 - 2007 Research associate Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2010 Fellowship Endeavour Research Fellowship Award Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education)
    2003 - 2007 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University Australia PhD
    2001 - 2002 University of New South Wales Australia Masters in Engineering Science
    1993 - 1997 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China Bachelor in Thermal Engineering
  • Research Interests

  • Australia Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centres (IC170100032) (A$4,272,072), Title: ARC Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety  Technologies, Investigators: GH Yeoh, CH Wang, ER Hawkes, C Sammut, S Kook, QN Chan, A Mouritz, S Cheung, E Kandare, SSaha, Y He, H Wang, ZF Tian, V Kodur, Y Wang, J Wen, J Zhang, N Liu, Y Hu, WK Chow, KL Tsui, R Yuen, SM Lo, Q Meng, M Burgess, G Buckley, M Cook, R Llewellyn, A Stingemore, J Moon, Z Mathys, W Bretherton, W Thompson, E Hajjar, B Hughes, A Rendell, Y Fan, W Li, P Montoya, 2017.
  • Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), (A$4,500,000) Integrating concentrating solar thermal energy into the Bayer alumina process, Investigators: J Abraham, Z Alwahabi, M Arjomandi, P Ashman, R Chatfield, I Harrison, E Hawkes, R Haywood, J Hinkley, K Lovegrove, G Nathan, W Saw, W Stein, A Steinfeld, I Stephenson, R  Taylor, ZF Tian, P van Eyk, GH Yeoh, 2016
  • Australia Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project LP150101241 (A$645,000)  Project title: Commercial scale production of biocrude by hydrothermal liquefaction. Investigators: GJ Nathan, P Ashman ZT Alwahabi, ZF Tian, D Lewis, J Abraham, 2015.
  • Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project DP150102230 (A$611,800)  Project title: New understanding for next-generation solar thermal particle receivers and their hybrids. Investigators: GJ Nathan, ZT Alwahabi, M Arjomandi, ZF Tian, J Abraham, A Steinfeld, 2015.

Current courses

MECHENG 4111/7045 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Engineering Applications,  2011-

MECHENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I: Thermodynamics, 2015-

Previous courses

MECH ENG 4109 Automotive Combustion, Powertrain and NVH: Internal Combustion, 2011-2014

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Gas-Particle Flows in Indirect Vortex-Flow Type Solar Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shipu Han
    2019 Principal Supervisor Assessing the Performance within Solar Expanding Vortex Receiver by Experimental and Numerical Methods Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Jin Tung Ang
    2019 Principal Supervisor Development and Integration of Fire Suppression Modelling Techniques Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rainsey Ros
    2019 Principal Supervisor Modelling of fines retention and detachment in a fracture using computational fluid dynamics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Heng Zheng Ting
    2019 Co-Supervisor Human gut-pancreas chip - a novel in vitro model for diabetes study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Weikun Huang
    2018 Co-Supervisor Understanding the flow behaviour in human maxillary sinuses for drug delivery applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Oveis Pourmehran
    2018 Principal Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Gas-Particle Flows in Solar Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yining Tang
    2018 Principal Supervisor Localisation of Early Stage Fires in Warehouses by Using Plume-tracing Methods Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Zeqi Li
    2018 Co-Supervisor Numerical Study of Particle-laden Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xinchen Zhang
    2017 Co-Supervisor Design and Development of a Fluidic Seal of HSRC Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Elham Alipour
    2016 Co-Supervisor Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Cell Growth Inside Hydro-Gel Using Lattice Boltzmann Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Foad Farivar
    2013 Co-Supervisor Morphing Wing Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Difan Tang
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Large Scale Flow Characteristics of Multiple Annular Impinging Jets within a Cylindrical Chamber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shen Long
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Initiation of smouldering combustion in biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Houzhi Wang
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Flame Stabilisation in the Transition to MILD Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael John Evans
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Performance of Petrodiesel and Biodiesel Fuelled Engines: A Fundamental Study of Physical and Chemical Effects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gary Cai
    2011 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Numerical Study of Precessing Jet Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Xiao Chen
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Impact of Undulating Leading-Edge Modifications on the Flow Characteristics of NACA 0021 Foils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nikan Rostamzadeh Torghabeh
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member The 8th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2017) International Scientific Advisory Committee http://www.sci-en-tech.com/ICCM/index.php/iccm2017/index/schedConfs/current China
    2017 - 2018 Co-Chair The 4th International Conference On Building Energy & Environment RMIT University Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member The 7th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2016) Internation Scientific Advisory Committee University of California at Berkeley United States
    2013 - ongoing Member The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013) Program Committee and Editorial Board Australia
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131125
  • Email: zhao.tian@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 2
  • Room: 2 34
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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