Dr Hao Zhang

PhD Georgia Institute of Technology
Senior Lecturer
School of Civil Engineering

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3923

Website School of Civil Engineering

Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering

Research interests

Earthquakes, cyclones, floods and tsunamis are events of low probability but high consequences. Dr Hao Zhang's research looks at the frequency and magnitude of such events, and at their effects on structures such as buildings and bridges, with the aim of increasing safety by improving design.

"We cannot eliminate earthquakes, cyclones and so on. They will happen. But in terms of our structures, we can be prepared.

"It's not possible to design a structure that is absolutely safe - one that will never fail - but we can certainly mitigate the risks so that, for example, if a major earthquake does occur, the people inside will be able to get out.

"I always wanted to be a structural engineer. My parents were both mechanical engineers, so I was familiar with engineering generally, but as a kid I decided I wanted to build something big, so I went into civil engineering!

"I worked in industry before entering academia, which means I appreciate the challenges and responsibilities of being a civil engineer. I wanted to gain this experience before becoming a researcher. Otherwise I felt that I would be doing research into, for example, building better bridges but would never have designed one myself.

"I joined the University of Sydney in 2008, and am very happy to have moved here. I can choose what I want to research, and the School of Civil Engineering provides me with a lot of support, including funding, student resources and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and industry. I really enjoy working in this environment."

Teaching and supervision

CIVL2230 - Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design

CIVL5268 - Structural Dynamics

CIVL5509 - Foundations of Structural Concepts and Design

Selected grants

2014

  • Built-up cold-formed steel structures; Rasmussen K, Zhang H, Schafer B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Sustainable structural design of deteriorating civil infrastructures in aggressive environments; Zhang H, Li Q, Wei L; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2012

  • Long-span cold-formed steel portal frames; Rasmussen K, Zhang H, Filonov A, Mysore K, Sharma S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Seismic behavior of drive-in steel storage racks; Rasmussen K, Clarke M, Zhang H, Clarke M, Yang D, Berry P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2011

  • System reliability-based criteria for designing steel structures by advanced analysis; Rasmussen K, Zhang H, Ellingwood B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Zhang, H., Dai, H., Beer, M., Wang, W. (2013). Structural reliability analysis on the basis of small samples: An interval quasi-Monte Carlo method. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 37(1-2), 137-151. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K. (2013). System-based design for steel scaffold structures using advanced analysis. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 89, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Dai, H., Zhang, H., Wang, W. (2012). A support vector density-based importance sampling for reliability assessment. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 106, 86-93. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Gilbert, B., Rasmussen, K. (2012). Drive-In Steel Storage Racks. II: Reliability-Based Design for Forklift Truck Impact. Journal of Structural Engineering, 138(2), 148-156. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H. (2012). Interval importance sampling method for finite element-based structural reliability assessment under parameter uncertainties. Structural Safety, 38, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Ellingwood, B. (2012). Reliability assessment of steel scaffold shoring structures for concrete formwork. Engineering Structures, 36, 81-89. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2012). Structural analysis with probability-boxes. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 6(1-3), 110-129. [More Information]
  • Dai, H., Zhang, H., Wang, W., Xue, G. (2012). Structural Reliability Assessment by Local Approximation of Limit State Functions Using Adaptive Markov Chain Simulation and Support Vector Regression. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 27(9), 676-686. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2010). Interval Monte Carlo methods for structural reliability. Structural Safety, 32(3), 183-190.
  • Peralta, L., Callow, J., Freebody, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Planning for student engagement in lecture contexts. Synergy, 30, 41-47.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2010). Probabilistic study of the strength of steel scaffold systems. Structural Safety, 32(6), 393-401. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Muhanna, R. (2009). Interval approach for nondeterministic linear static finite element method in continuum mechanics problems. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 3(1-2-3), 201-217.
  • Muhanna, R., Zhang, H., Mullen, R. (2007). Combined Axial and Bending Stiffness in Interval Finite-Element Methods. Journal of Structural Engineering, 133(12), 1700-1709.
  • Muhanna, R., Zhang, H., Mullen, R. (2007). Interval Finite Element as a Basis for Generalized Models of Uncertainty in Engineering Mechanics. Reliable Computing, 13(2), 173-194.
  • Muhanna, R., Mullen, R., Zhang, H. (2005). Penalty-Based Solution for the Interval Finite-Element Methods. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 131(10), 1102-1111.
  • Yang, Q., Cheng, Y., Zhang, H. (2003). Simulation of Cracking Processes of Rock Materials by Lattice Model. Gongcheng Lixue (Engineering Mechanics), 20(1), 117-120.

Conferences

  • Chen, G., Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Fan, F. (2014). Modelling Geometric Imperfections of Spatial Latticed Structures Considering Correlations of Node Imperfections. 1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, Sydney: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney.
  • Xue, G., Dai, H., Zhang, H. (2013). An adaptive importance sampling scheme for efficient reliability analysis. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2013). On the modelling of Residual Stress in Advanced Analysis of Steel Frames. 7th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-7) 2013, Singapore: Research Publishing Services. [More Information]
  • Reynolds, J., Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Li, Q. (2013). Shore load monitoring during concrete placement. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H. (2013). Structural reliability analysis with imprecise probability using interval importance sampling method. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Ellingwood, B. (2013). System reliability considerations for steel design by inelastic analysis. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press. [More Information]
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2013). System reliability of steel frames designed by inelastic analysis. Structural Stability Research Council Annual Stability Conference (SSRC 2013), St Louis, United States: Curran Associates, Inc.
  • Zhang, X., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). Beam-Element-Based Analyses of Locally and Distortionally Buckled Columns. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, H., Gilbert, B., Rasmussen, K. (2012). Development of Limit State Criteria for Drive-In Steel Racks Under Forklift Truck Impact. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, X., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). Formulation and Implementation of Three-Dimensional Doubly Symmetric Beam Finite Elements with Warping Effects in OpenSees. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). On the Modelling if Geometric Imperfections of Steel Structural Members and Frames. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K. (2012). System-Based Design of Steel Scaffolding Structures Using Advanced Analysis. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). Transmission of Warping Through Joints of Steel Frames. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2011). Design of Support Formwork Systems by Advanced Structural Analysis. Third International Symposium on Innovative Design of Steel Structures, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Ellingwood, B. (2011). Reliability analysis of steel scaffold shoring structures. 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP 2011), London: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Gilbert, B., Rasmussen, K. (2011). Reliability-based design for steel drive-in racks under forklift truck impact. 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP 2011), London: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2010). Finite Element Structural Analysis using Imprecise Probabilities Based on P-Box Representation. 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing, India: Research Publishing Services. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Muhanna, R. (2010). Interval estimate of structural reliability. The 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, London, UK: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2010). Interval Estimates of Structural Reliability. 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing, India: Research Publishing Services.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2010). Probabilistic study of the strength of steel scaffold systems. The 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, London, UK: CRC Press.
  • Reynolds, J., Trouncer, A., Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K. (2010). Reliability-Based Limit State Design of Steel Support Scaffold Frames. 4th International Conference on Steel & Composite Structures, Singapore: Research Publishing Services. [More Information]
  • Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Reliability-based methodology for the design of support formwork systems by advanced structural analysis. The Fourth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, London: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2009). Probabilistic assessment of the strength of steel scaffold systems using advanced analysis. 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR'09). CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2009). System Reliability of Steel Scaffold Systems. Sixth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Steel Construction.
  • Zhang, H., Muhanna, R., Mullen, R. (2005). Finite Element Analysis for Uncertain Structures: An Interval Approach. 9th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR '05), Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Millpress.

2014

  • Chen, G., Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Fan, F. (2014). Modelling Geometric Imperfections of Spatial Latticed Structures Considering Correlations of Node Imperfections. 1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, Sydney: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney.

2013

  • Xue, G., Dai, H., Zhang, H. (2013). An adaptive importance sampling scheme for efficient reliability analysis. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2013). On the modelling of Residual Stress in Advanced Analysis of Steel Frames. 7th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-7) 2013, Singapore: Research Publishing Services. [More Information]
  • Reynolds, J., Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Li, Q. (2013). Shore load monitoring during concrete placement. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Dai, H., Beer, M., Wang, W. (2013). Structural reliability analysis on the basis of small samples: An interval quasi-Monte Carlo method. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 37(1-2), 137-151. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H. (2013). Structural reliability analysis with imprecise probability using interval importance sampling method. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Ellingwood, B. (2013). System reliability considerations for steel design by inelastic analysis. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR) 2013, Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press. [More Information]
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2013). System reliability of steel frames designed by inelastic analysis. Structural Stability Research Council Annual Stability Conference (SSRC 2013), St Louis, United States: Curran Associates, Inc.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K. (2013). System-based design for steel scaffold structures using advanced analysis. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 89, 1-8. [More Information]

2012

  • Dai, H., Zhang, H., Wang, W. (2012). A support vector density-based importance sampling for reliability assessment. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 106, 86-93. [More Information]
  • Zhang, X., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). Beam-Element-Based Analyses of Locally and Distortionally Buckled Columns. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, H., Gilbert, B., Rasmussen, K. (2012). Development of Limit State Criteria for Drive-In Steel Racks Under Forklift Truck Impact. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, H., Gilbert, B., Rasmussen, K. (2012). Drive-In Steel Storage Racks. II: Reliability-Based Design for Forklift Truck Impact. Journal of Structural Engineering, 138(2), 148-156. [More Information]
  • Zhang, X., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). Formulation and Implementation of Three-Dimensional Doubly Symmetric Beam Finite Elements with Warping Effects in OpenSees. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, H. (2012). Interval importance sampling method for finite element-based structural reliability assessment under parameter uncertainties. Structural Safety, 38, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). On the Modelling if Geometric Imperfections of Steel Structural Members and Frames. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Ellingwood, B. (2012). Reliability assessment of steel scaffold shoring structures for concrete formwork. Engineering Structures, 36, 81-89. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2012). Structural analysis with probability-boxes. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 6(1-3), 110-129. [More Information]
  • Dai, H., Zhang, H., Wang, W., Xue, G. (2012). Structural Reliability Assessment by Local Approximation of Limit State Functions Using Adaptive Markov Chain Simulation and Support Vector Regression. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 27(9), 676-686. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K. (2012). System-Based Design of Steel Scaffolding Structures Using Advanced Analysis. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.
  • Shayan, S., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2012). Transmission of Warping Through Joints of Steel Frames. 7th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2012), Nanjing: Southeast University Press.

2011

  • Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2011). Design of Support Formwork Systems by Advanced Structural Analysis. Third International Symposium on Innovative Design of Steel Structures, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
  • Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K., Ellingwood, B. (2011). Reliability analysis of steel scaffold shoring structures. 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP 2011), London: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Gilbert, B., Rasmussen, K. (2011). Reliability-based design for steel drive-in racks under forklift truck impact. 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP 2011), London: CRC Press.

2010

  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2010). Finite Element Structural Analysis using Imprecise Probabilities Based on P-Box Representation. 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing, India: Research Publishing Services. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Muhanna, R. (2010). Interval estimate of structural reliability. The 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, London, UK: CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2010). Interval Estimates of Structural Reliability. 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing, India: Research Publishing Services.
  • Zhang, H., Mullen, R., Muhanna, R. (2010). Interval Monte Carlo methods for structural reliability. Structural Safety, 32(3), 183-190.
  • Peralta, L., Callow, J., Freebody, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Planning for student engagement in lecture contexts. Synergy, 30, 41-47.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2010). Probabilistic study of the strength of steel scaffold systems. Structural Safety, 32(6), 393-401. [More Information]
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2010). Probabilistic study of the strength of steel scaffold systems. The 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, London, UK: CRC Press.
  • Reynolds, J., Trouncer, A., Zhang, H., Rasmussen, K. (2010). Reliability-Based Limit State Design of Steel Support Scaffold Frames. 4th International Conference on Steel & Composite Structures, Singapore: Research Publishing Services. [More Information]
  • Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Reliability-based methodology for the design of support formwork systems by advanced structural analysis. The Fourth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, London: CRC Press.

2009

  • Zhang, H., Muhanna, R. (2009). Interval approach for nondeterministic linear static finite element method in continuum mechanics problems. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 3(1-2-3), 201-217.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2009). Probabilistic assessment of the strength of steel scaffold systems using advanced analysis. 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR'09). CRC Press.
  • Zhang, H., Chandrangsu, T., Rasmussen, K. (2009). System Reliability of Steel Scaffold Systems. Sixth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Steel Construction.

2007

  • Muhanna, R., Zhang, H., Mullen, R. (2007). Combined Axial and Bending Stiffness in Interval Finite-Element Methods. Journal of Structural Engineering, 133(12), 1700-1709.
  • Muhanna, R., Zhang, H., Mullen, R. (2007). Interval Finite Element as a Basis for Generalized Models of Uncertainty in Engineering Mechanics. Reliable Computing, 13(2), 173-194.

2005

  • Zhang, H., Muhanna, R., Mullen, R. (2005). Finite Element Analysis for Uncertain Structures: An Interval Approach. 9th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR '05), Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Millpress.
  • Muhanna, R., Mullen, R., Zhang, H. (2005). Penalty-Based Solution for the Interval Finite-Element Methods. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 131(10), 1102-1111.

2003

  • Yang, Q., Cheng, Y., Zhang, H. (2003). Simulation of Cracking Processes of Rock Materials by Lattice Model. Gongcheng Lixue (Engineering Mechanics), 20(1), 117-120.

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