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Research interests

Dr. Zang is a Reader and the Founding Director of the Research Unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR), in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath. The WEIR Research Unit focuses on broad issues of water research related to the field of civil engineering. The challenges of climate change, and water and energy shortage are the key drivers for our research.

Dr Zang is leading one of the world leading groups in developing and using advanced CFD tools in modelling fluid-structure interactions, urban and coastal flooding, and violent wave impact on coastal and offshore structures. The major contributions include the development of nonlinear potential flow method,  Particle-In-Cell numerical method, nonlinear Shallow Water Equation and Boussinesq Equation solvers on dynamically adaptive cut-cell quadquree grids, and their applications, including OpenFOAM CFD tools, to various coastal and ocean engineering problems.

She has led/participated in a number of national and international collaborative research projects, which include extreme wave impact on offshore wind turbine foundations, breaking wave impact on coastal protection structures like seawalls and breakwaters, optimisation and survivability of marine renewable energy devices, and the development of advanced computational fluid dynamics tools for accurate simulation of complex free surace flows and wave-structure interactions etc. 

She has been an active member in promoting international research exchanges and networking. She has chaired a couple of major international conferences in her field; and was a past chair of PRIMaRE Prtnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy. 

Willing to supervise PhD

Development of marine renewable energy;
Violent wave impact on coastal and offshore structures;
Advanced computational fluid dynamics;
Urban and coastal flooding

External positions

Associate Editor, Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering

Board Member, Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE)

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Hydrodynamics Engineering & Materials Science
Diffraction Engineering & Materials Science
Piercing Engineering & Materials Science
Fluids Engineering & Materials Science
Water Engineering & Materials Science
Wave Interaction Mathematics
Water waves Engineering & Materials Science
Cell Mathematics

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Projects 2008 2021

Research Output 1991 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

Hydrodynamic performance of a floating breakwater as an oscillating-buoy type wave energy converter

Zhang, H., Zhou, B., Vogel, C., Wilden, R., Zang, J. & Zhang, L., 1 Jan 2020, In : Applied Energy. 257, p. 1-19 19 p., 113996.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

A 3D parallel Particle-In-Cell solver for extreme wave interaction with floating bodies

Chen, Q., Zang, J., Ning, D., Blenkinsopp, C. & Gao, J., 1 May 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 179, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

A Blind comparative study of focused wave interactions with a fixed FPSO-like structure (CCP-WSI Blind Test Series 1)

Ransley, E., Yan, S., Brown, S., Mai, T., Ma, Q., Engsig-Karup, A. P., Eskilsson, C., Xie, Z., Stoesser, V., Wan, D., Chen, H., Qian, L., Mingham, C., Causon, D., Gatin, I., Jasak, H., Downie, S., Higuera, P., Buldakov, E., Chen, Q. & 2 others, Zang, J. & Greaves, D., 2 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering. 29, 2, p. 113-127 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A coupled Particle-In-Cell (PIC)-Discrete Element Method (DEM) solver for fluid-solid mixture flow simulations

Chen, Q., Zhang, C., Zang, J. & Ning, D., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Fluids and Structures. 91, p. 1-15 15 p., 102772.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of offshore fringing reefs on the transient harbor resonance excited by solitary waves

Gao, J., Ma, X., Dong, G., Zang, J., Ma, Y. & Zhou, L., 15 Oct 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 190, p. 1-13 13 p., 106422.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Application of the Interfoam VoF Code to Coastal Wave/Structure Interaction

Author: Morgan, G., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Zang, J. (Supervisor) & Heath, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development of a full particle PIC method for simulating nonlinear wave-structure interaction

Author: Chen, Q., 20 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Zang, J. (Supervisor), Williams, C. (Supervisor), Dimakopoulos, A. (External person) (Supervisor) & Kelly, D. M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Investigating the Impact of Urbanisation on Rainfall-Runoff Models

Author: Fidal, J., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Zang, J. (Supervisor) & Kjeldsen, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Modelling of Marine Renewable Energy

Author: Chen, L., 16 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Zang, J. (Supervisor), Hillis, A. (Supervisor) & Plummer, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Numerical Investigation of Cross-Flow Tidal Turbine Hydrodynamics

Author: Stringer, R., 12 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Hillis, A. (Supervisor) & Zang, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD