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Dr Zhichao Zhang

Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr Zhichao Zhang joined Northumbria University as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering in 2020. He did his postdoc in Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 2019 to 2020. He was awarded PhD in Newcastle University, UK, in 2019.

Dr Zhichao Zhang was doing research work on the hydrogen diffusion in turbine blades for the utilisation of hydrogen fuel in Delft. He completed the EPSRC funded project ‘Investigation Into Fuel Pre-treatments For Combustion Improvement On A Compression Ignition Engine’ in Newcastle University. He also conducted the NSFC project ‘Fundamental study of Quasi-hydrous Ethanol and Bio-jet Fuel Blends and their Influence on the Characteristics of Blow Off and Smoking Boundary’, and the BNSF project ‘Establishment of Particulate Emission Index on GDI Engines’ in China.

Dr Zhichao Zhang has published many journal papers in Applied Energy, Fuel, and Energy, and hold a patent for a commercial product. 

Zhichao Zhang

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Liquid fuel spray, combustion, hydrogen diffusion and embrittlement, renewable fuels, pollutant emissions, gas turbines, internal combustion engines

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Comparative study of using multi-wall carbon nanotube and two different sizes of cerium oxide nanopowders as fuel additives under various diesel engine conditions, Zhang, Z., Lu, Y., Wang, Y., Yu, X., Smallbone, A., Dong, C., Roskilly, T. Nov 2019, In: Fuel
  • Investigation of the macroscopic characteristics of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) spray using CFD method, Zhang, Z., Lu, Y., Roskilly, T., Yu, X., Wang, Y., Smallbone, A. 1 Feb 2019, In: Fuel
  • Lean ignition and blow-off behaviour of butyl butyrate and ethanol blends in a gas turbine combustor, Zhang, Z., Chen, L., Lu, Y., Roskilly, T., Yu, X., Smallbone, A., Wang, Y. 1 Mar 2019, In: Fuel
  • Experimental and numerical study on the initial tip structure evolution of diesel fuel spray under various injection and ambient pressures, Chen, L., Li, G., Huang, D., Zhang, Z., Lu, Y., Yu, X., Roskilly, A. 1 Nov 2019, In: Energy
  • Experimental study of the gaseous and particulate matter emissions from a gas turbine combustor burning butyl butyrate and ethanol blends, Chen, L., Zhang, Z., Lu, Y., Zhang, C., Zhang, X., Zhang, C., Roskilly, T. 1 Jun 2017, In: Applied Energy
  • Quantifying the effects of fuel compositions on GDI-derived particle emissions using the optimal mixture design of experiments, Chen, L., Zhang, Z., Wei Gong, W., Liang, Z. 15 Aug 2015, In: Fuel

Qualifications

  • Mechanical Engineering PhD April 24 2019
  • Guest Editor ‘Sustainability’ (MDPI) Special Issue: ‘Cleaner Fuels in Future Energy Systems’


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