Professor Xiang Zhang

Xiang Zhang joined Coventry University in January 2015 as Professor of Structural Integrity. Prior to this new position, she has worked at Cranfield University (1997-2014, as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Structural Integrity), at Imperial College London (1990-96, as Research Associate), and the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (1981-85, as Research Engineer). She has degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Northwestern Polytechnical University in China (MSc) and Imperial College London (PhD). She is a registered Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She has over 30 years’ experience in the field of aircraft structures and materials, specialising in the durability and failure analysis, of both metallic and composite materials and structures. She has a particular interest in the application of finite element method for predicting structural failures. She has a number of UK government, European Council, and industrial funded research projects and has published over 100 papers in this field.

Her external duties include Visiting Professor to Northwestern Polytechnical University (China), member of Editorial Board of five technical journals, and member of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Specialist Group for Structures and Materials.

  • Green Aeronautical International Networking (GRAIN2): Continuation of GRAIN to further explore the key green technologies for the aeronautical applications, e.g. propulsion and emission reduction, drag and noise reduction, greener, lighter and smart materials and structures. 
  • Green Aeronautical International Networking (GRAIN): Explore the key green technologies for the aeronautical applications, e.g. propulsion and emission reduction, drag and noise reduction, greener, lighter and smart materials and structures. 
  • Airstream: Application of bonded crack retarders to achieve damage tolerant aircraft structures. 
  • Bonded Crack Retarders (BCR): Development of bonded crack retarders for damage tolerant aircraft structures. 
  • Bridging the Divide (BtD): Development of novel joints for hybrid material structures (joining composites to metallic parts). 
  • Cost effective integral metallic structures (COINS): Development of analysis methods and test data for friction stir welded structures. 
  • Whole Life Assessment. 
  • Fail-safe design of welded aircraft structures (WELDES): Development of fail-safe design solution for welded wing structures. 
  • Light weight composite joints with z-pin reinforcement (JOINTS): To develop analysis method for through-thickness reinforced composites. 
  • Through-thickness reinforced composites by z-fibre pinning (MercuryM): Development of numerical models for predicting failure behaviour of though-thickness reinforced composites.