Dr Lihua Tang

PhD (Nanyang Technological University, 2012), MENG (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2008), BENG (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2005)


Dr. Tang is currently working as a senior lecturer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. He was a postdoctoral research associate/fellow at NTU from February 2012 to January 2014. His main research interests include energy harvesting, passive and active vibration control, smart materials and structures, structural dynamics and aerodynamics, acoustic energy transfer, MEMS.

Dr. Tang has authored and co-authored 2 book chapters and more than 80 technical papers in influential international journals and conferences. His work has attracted more than 2000 citations with an h-index 20 and i10-index 32 (Google Scholar).


Research | Current

Energy harvesting: Capture the renewable energies from environment, such as vibrations, wind, sound, etc. Design (a) innovative nonlinear structures and (b) interface electronic circuits to maximize energy conversion and extraction efficiency.

‚ÄčSmart materials and structures: Utilize the unique properties of smart materials, such as piezoelectric ceramics and magnetorheological elastomers, to design adaptive structures and devices for sensing, energy harvesting and vibration control.

Vibration control: Passive and semi-passive vibration isolation and suppression system development by exploiting metamaterials (phononic crystals), nonlinear mechanisms (nonlinear energy sink, internal resonance) and piezoelectric shunt circuits.

Aerodynamics: (a) Utilize the aerodynamic instabilities (flutter, galloping, wake galloping and VIV) for energy harvesting. (b) Control the aerodynamic instabilities using vibration control methods.

Acoustics: (a) Acoustic energy transfer. Understand the electro-fluid-structral interaction and design proper acoustic transmitter and receiver (harvester). (b) Thermoacoustic engine. Understand the mechanism of theromacoustic instability and utilize it for energy harvesting or thermal management.

Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 222 - Dynamics (2014 - )
  • MECHENG 325 - Dynamics of Fluids and Structures (2017 - )
  • MECHENG 705 - Mechatronic Systems (2014 - 2015)
  • MECHENG 722 - Engineering Vibrations (2014 - )
  • MECHENG 719 - Advanced Engineering Vibrations (2017 - )

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervised:

  • Mr. Zhaoshu Yang (PhD, Sponsored by Government of China, 2017 - )
  • Mr. Geng Cheng (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2016 - )
  • Mr. Guobiao Hu (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2015 - )
  • Mr. Liuyang Xiong (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2015 - )
  • Mr. Bo Sheng (PhD, CSC sponsored, 2014 - )
  • Mr. Zhiwei Zhang (Visiting PhD, Beijing Jiao Tong University, China, CSC sponsored, 2017 - )
  • Mr. Liuding Yu (Visiting PhD, Harbin Engineering University, China, CSC sponsored, 2017 - )
  • Mr. Matthew Evans (PhD, co-supervised with Kean Aw, 2016 - )
  • Mr. Iman Izadgoshasb (PhD, Southern Cross University, Australia, co-supervised with Neal Lake, 2015 - )
  • Ms. Hoda Rezaie (PhD, co-supervised with Patrick Hu, 2014 - )

Supervised to completion:

  • Mr. Chunbo Lan (Visiting PhD, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, CSC sponsored, 2016.4 - 2017.3). Currently Lecturer at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Mr. Marlon Nacario Junior (MEng, 2016.07 - 2018.04)
  • Mr. John Chua (MEng, 2015.02 - 2017.02)
  • Mr. Qiming Chen (MEngSt, 2015.07 - 2015.12)
  • Mr. Muhammad Asyraf Bin Ishak (MEngSt, 2015.07 - 2015.12)


2017.11 Marsden Fund (fast-start)


  • TA Coordinator in the department (2015 - )
  • Teaching Group (Dynamics & Control) Convenor (2018 - )
  • Staff / PhD / Visitor Seminar Coordinator in the department (2014 - 2015)
  • Course Director for MECHENG 222 - Dynamics (2015 - )
  • Course Director for MECHENG 325 - Dynamics of Fluids and Structures (2017)
  • Course Director for MECHENG 722 - Engineering Vibrations (2017 - )
  • Course Director for MECHENG 719 - Advanced Engineering Vibrations (2017 - )

Areas of expertise

  • Energy harvesting
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Vibration control
  • Acoustics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Conference Committee (Program Chair, Associate Editor), IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2018)
  • Conference Committee, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE (2017 - )
  • Conference Committee (Organizing Chair/Symposium Chair), IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA) (2016)
  • Member (elected), Energy Harvesting Technical Committee, ASME
  • Member (elected), Adaptive Structures & Material Systems (ASMS) Technical Branch, ASME
  • Member, ASME
  • Member, SPIE


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chen, G., Tang, L., & Mace, B. R. (2018). Theoretical and experimental investigation of the dynamic behaviour of a standing-wave thermoacoustic engine with various boundary conditions. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 123, 367-381. 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2018.02.121
  • Hu, G., Tang, L., Das, R., & Marzocca, P. (2017). A two-degree-of-freedom piezoelectric energy harvester with stoppers for achieving enhanced performance. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2017.07.051
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Lan, C., Tang, L., & Qin, W. (2017). Obtaining high-energy responses of nonlinear piezoelectric energy harvester by voltage impulse perturbations. The European Physical Journal Applied Physics, 79 (2), 20902-20902. 10.1051/epjap/2017170051
  • Zhang, Y., Liu, K., Xiong, L., & Tang, L. (2017). Energy transfer in nonlinear vibration absorbers. Paper presented at 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24), London, UK. 23 July - 27 July 2017. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liuyang Xiong
  • Evans, M. J. J., Aw, K. C., & Tang, L. (2017). Low frequency energy harvesting using a force amplified piezoelectric stack. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), 1568-1573. Munich, Germany: IEEE. 10.1109/AIM.2017.8014242
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Evans, Kean Aw
  • Tao, K., Chang, H., Wu, J., Tang, L., Kottapalli, A. G. P., Hu, L., ... Miao, J. (2017). Enhanced Performance of Electrostatic Energy Harvester with Integrated Opposite-Charged Electrets. Paper presented at The 19th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers 2017), Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 18 June - 22 June 2017. Related URL.
  • Hu, G., Tang, L., & Das, R. (6/6/2017). Acoustic Metamaterials with Coupled Local Resonators for Broadband Vibration Suppression. Poster presented at 4th International Conference on Phononic Crystals/Metamaterials, Phonon Transport/Coupling and Topological Phononics (Phononics 2017), Changsha, China. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu
  • Hu, G., Tang, L., & Das, R. (2017). Metamaterial-inspired piezoelectric system with dual functionalities: energy harvesting and vibration suppression. Proc. SPIE 10164, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2017, 10164, 101641X-101641X-10. Portland, Oregon, United States. 10.1117/12.2260396
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Guobiao Hu


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Primary location

New Zealand

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