Dr Gang Zhou PhD
Senior Lecturer in Composite Aerospace Structures
Prior to becoming an academic, Gang worked as research associate on several government-funded research projects in both UK and USA.
- PhD 1988 University of Durham, Solid Mechanics
- Light Weight Structures
Research Interests, Experiences and Activities
- Mechanical characterisation, including tension, compression, in-plane & interlaminar shear & flexure.
- Development of test methods for mechanical properties
Advanced monolithic composite and sandwich structures:
- Material and structure design.
- Manufacturing, including autoclaving, vacuum bagging and hot pressing.
- Stress, structural and fracture mechanics analysis.
- Quasi-static and impact testing.
Damage characterisation and NDT:
- Destructive methods.
- No-destructive methods, including C-scanning and X-ray
Impact damage resistance and tolerance assessment:
- Impact damage resistance.
- Compression-after-impact (CAI) damage tolerance assessment.
- Development of CAI test methods.
Smart structures and structural health monitoring:
- Fibre optic strain sensors.
- Shape memory alloy wire actuators.
Finite element modelling and stress analysis:
- Quasi-static behaviour using NASTRAN, ABAQUS and NIKE.
- Impact response and penetration using LS-DYNA and FE77.
Current teaching responsibilities
- TTA202 Mechanics of Materials
- TTB204 Mechanics of Solids
- TTC054 Principles of Composite Materials & Structures