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Zhiliang Zhang

Zhiliang Zhang

Professor of Mechanics and Materials
Dept. of Structural Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Trondheim, Norway


Zhiliang Zhang received his BSc and MSc degrees in Structural Engineering from Tongji University in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology in 1994. Before being appointed as a full Professor of Mechanics and Materials at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2003, he had worked at the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, SINTEF, Trondheim, Norway, for 9 years, and played a central role in building up the competence of the Fracture Mechanics Group to an international level. He spent his sabbatical leaves as a visiting scientist at Harvard University (2000-2001), University of Science and Technology Beijing (2010), Kyoto University (2011), and California Institute of Technology (2017-2018).


Professor Zhang founded the NTNU Nanomechanical Lab in 2006. He was elected as the chairman for organizing the 20th European Conference on Fracture, 2014, by the Council of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) and has been an executive committee member of the ESIS since 2010. Professor Zhang is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and an elected ESIS Fellow.


His main scientific contribution has been related to the development of the complete Gurson model and physics-based method for damage parameter identification; accurate and efficient numerical algorithms for implementing porous plasticity models; new methods for determining the mechanical properties of materials with limited volume; the J-Q-M framework for describing the geometry and material mismatch constraints at a crack tip; mechanism-based predictive models for hydrogen embrittlement; fracture-mechanics based design of super-low ice adhesion surfaces; novel deposition patterns for reducing residual stresses in 3D printed components; machine-learning based real-time prediction method of thermal history in 3D printing; and new understanding of nanoscale deformation and fracture mechanisms.


He has published his work as the corresponding author in top international journals such as Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Science, Materials Horizons, Nano Letters, Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Acta Materialia, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS), and Additive Manufacturing.


Professor Zhang currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief based on Europe for Engineering Fracture Mechanics, an international flagship journal for fracture mechanics from 1968.