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.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Renewable energy including solar hybrid system and geothermal system
Air quality and air conditioning
Coal and engine combustion
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 Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
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
Year Citation 2018 Tian, Z. F., Xu, C., & Dowd, P. (2018). Numerical Simulation of Flows in a Channel with Impermeable and Permeable Walls Using Finite Volume Methods. In N. Narayanan, B. Mohanadhas, & V. Mangottiri (Eds.), Flow and Transport in Subsurface Environment (1 ed., pp. 119-140). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
2017 Tian, Z., Witt, P., Schwarz, M., & Yang, W. (2017). Numerical modelling of pulverised coal combustion. In G. Yeoh (Ed.), Handbook of Multiphase Flow Science and Technology (pp. 1-35). Singapore: Springer.
2011 Tu, J., Yeoh, G., & Tian, Z. (2011). On the numerical study of particle dispersion in indoor airflow: Modelling challenges. In Energy and Buildings: Efficiency, Air Quality and Conservation (pp. 1-39).
Year Citation 2014 Evans, M. J., Medwell, P. R., & Tian, Z. F. (2014). Modelling Lifted Jet Flames in a Heated Coflow using an Optimised Eddy Dissipation Concept Model. Poster session presented at the meeting of 35th International Symposium on Combustion. San Francisco, USA. 2014 Medwell, P. R., Evans, M. J., Tian, Z. F., Chan, Q. N., Frassoldati, A., Cuoci, A., . . . Roquemore, W. M. (2014). MILD combustion under high pressure conditions. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th International Workshop on Measurement and Computation of Turbulent Flames. San Francisco, USA.
- 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.
MECHENG 4111/7045 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Engineering Applications, 2011-
MECHENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I: Thermodynamics, 2015-
MECH ENG 4109 Automotive Combustion, Powertrain and NVH: Internal Combustion, 2011-2014
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 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 2019 Co-Supervisor Assessing the Effect of Soil Grading Characteristics on Vacuum Dewatering Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhihao Huangfu 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 Hazardous chemical source localisation in indoor environments 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
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Multiscale Modelling of a Pharmaceutical Fluidized Bed Coating Process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Foad Farivar 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 2013 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Active Suppression of Aerofoil Flutter via Neural-Network-Based Adaptive Nonlinear Optimal Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Difan Tang 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
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
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