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Tao Liu

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering


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    University Park
    NG7 2RD
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Dr Tao Liu is a member of the Centre for Structural Engineering & Informatics Research Group.

Teaching Summary

  1. Structural Analysis 1 (CIVE1020)
  2. Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 2 (CIVE1005 )
  3. Advanced Structural Analysis (CIVE4097 )

Research Summary

  • Ultralight weight cellular materials/structures, small structures, multi-functional and smart materials/structures
  • Micromechanics of cellular materials and composite materials
  • Computer simulation of granular material impact and dynamic soil-structural interaction.
  • Impact engineering & dynamic fracture
  • Finite element analysis
  • Design Optimization and bio-inspired designs
  • Cell Mechanics
  • Multiscale / multiphysical modeling

Full publication list : https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=01cSuSEAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Research facility : The research group has a single stage gas gun impact test rig ( 4 m long gun barrel ), Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar ( SHPB ), high speed camera and digital image correlation measurement system.

I currently have three funded PhD positions. Please feel free to contact with me for more information .

PhD 1- Mechanics and biomimicking of marine mussel plaque-substratum interactions

PhD 2 - The experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of mussel plaque-substratum

PhD 3 - Life Prediction of Power Plant Components with Welds under Flexible, Thermal-Mechanical Loadings and Operation Cycle Optimization

Funded research projects :

2020-23, Leverhulme Trust Research Grant, Mechanics and biomimicking of marine mussle plaques , £323,000.00 - PI Description of the project

2018-20, EU Horizon 2020 Clean Sky, LIFT-Lightweight Innovative Generator for Future Air Transportation, €600, 000.00 - CI

2018-19, International Collaboration Grant with UCSB, £ 3800.00 - PI

2017-20, Industry funding, Development of high performance graphene Lithium-sulphur battery, £ 1,170,000.00 - Principal Investigator (multiphysics modelling and integrated optimisation).

2016-17, EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Partnered Access Fund, £ 3500.00-PI

2016-18, Royal Society Research Grant, £ 12,500.00 - PI

2016-17, Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Ministry of Defense), £92,000.00 -PI

2014, Nottingham-Tsinghua Collaboration Fund, £ 5000.00 -PI

2012-14, Nottingham university, Early Career Research and Knowledge Transfer Awards, £35,000.00-PI

2012-15, EPSRC Doctor Training Grant, £45,000 - PI

2012, Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Ministry of Defense), Optimized armor systems for protection against soil impact: £30,000 -CI

Selected Publications

  • Micromechanics and multiscale modeling of metallic materials and fiber reinforced composite materials .
  • Mechanics and design of additively manufactured architectured structures and materials .
  • Multifunctional design of metallic / composite sandwich structures - The project aims to develop high performance,lightweight sandwich structures to fulfill multifunctional requirements in engineering applications such as energy absorption, active cooling and acoustic noise reduction.
  • Polymer Composites and composite sandwich panels under high velocity impact - This project includes numerical modelling of failure and damage of composite materials.
  • Computational simulations of cell / tissue mechanics - The project aims to develop bio-chemo- mechanical computational modelling of cells under chemical or mechanical stimulation such as cell- substrate interaction. This is an interdisciplinary research that combines computational biology and computational mechanics. The outcome of the project will be used to (i) develop novel understanding on mechanical stimulation induced cellular behaviour as well as tissue behaviour,(ii) design novel experimental protocols and (iii) design of engineered tissues.
  • Cellular concrete and cellular concrete based sandwich structures
  • Structural impact
  • Self-healing materials / structures

Scholarship information :http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus/international-applicants/scholarships-fees-and-finance/scholarships/research-scholarships/research-scholarships.aspx

Please feel free to contact with me for more information .

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Ultralight weight materials/structures; micromechanics of composite materials; numerical simulations of materials behaviour under extreme environment; impact engineering; design optimisation of multifunctional materials/structures; modelling of live cells and cell mechanics.

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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