School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - 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 systems, and geothermal systems
Solar cars design/build and simulations
Combustion/gasification including fire simulations, coal combustion/gasification, MILD combustion,
Multiphase flows particularly particle-laden flows
Date Position Institution name 2016 - ongoing 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. Y., Yeoh, G. H., & Tian, Z. F. (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, 2015-2020
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 2023 Co-Supervisor Production of personalised mRNA vaccines - a process based modelling approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr The Nhut Nguyen 2022 Co-Supervisor Assessment of Hydrogen Driven Alumina Calcination Process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Jin Tung Ang 2022 Principal Supervisor Thermal Performance of the Solar Expanding Vortex Receiver (SEVR) with a Buffer Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Gangyisen Lu 2022 Principal Supervisor Numerical analysis of In-situ gasification processes in coal mines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shuyu Tian 2022 Co-Supervisor Environmental impact assessments of in-situ syngas generation from coal for urea production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zihan Zhang 2021 Co-Supervisor Rotating detonation engines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jordan Kildare 2021 Co-Supervisor Fines migration in porous media. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yutong Yang
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Multiphase Flow in Porous Media: Dewatering and Consolidation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhihao Huangfu 2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Mechanical Theory for Particle Detachment in Porous Media Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Heng Zheng Ting 2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Study of Free-falling Particle-laden Flows Relevant to Solar Particle Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shipu Han 2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Thermal Performance of the Solar Expanding Vortex Receiver (SEVR) Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Jin Tung Ang 2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Understanding the Flow Behaviour in Human Maxillary Sinuses for Drug Delivery Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Oveis Pourmehran 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Numerical Study of Particle-laden Flows Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xinchen Zhang 2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Hazardous Chemical Source Localisation in Indoor Environments Using Plume-Tracing Methods Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Zeqi Li 2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation on Particle-gas Flows in Open Vortex-based Solar Cavity Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yining Tang 2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Design and Development of a Fluidic Barrier for Solar Cavity Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Elham Alipour 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 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Flame Stabilisation in the Transition to MILD Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael John Evans 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Initiation of smouldering combustion in biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Houzhi Wang 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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