Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Fan Zheng, David
Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Chair (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
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Dr. Fan is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Acoustics at Nanjing University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He carried out his PhD research in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London from 2006 to 2010, focused on Non-Destructive Testing using ultrasonic structural guided waves. From 2010 to 2013, he continued his research in NDT as a post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College London, with particular interest in ultrasonic phased array imaging and structure health monitoring.

Dr. Fan received the Bob Chivers Prize from UK Institute of Physics for the best PhD paper in Physical Acoustics in 2010, and he was also awarded the Unwin Postgraduate Prize by Imperial College London for the best PhD thesis of the year in Mechanical Engineering.
- Non-destructive testing of composites

- Structure health monitoring

- Materials characterization

- Ultrasonic modeling
  • ENSURE WP 2: Structural Digital Twin
  • Feature detection in WAAM: Assessment of ultrasonic response
  • Holistic Management of HDB Flats against Spalling Concrete
  • Metasurface Based Broadband Ultrasonic Deep-subwavelength Imaging
  • Selective Acoustic Tweezing by a Compact 3D-printed Metalens
  • Ultrasonic Characterization of Steel Component From Selective Laser Melting Process
US 2021/0041399 A1: Arrangement For Non-Destructive Testing And A Testing Method Thereof (2022)
Abstract: An arrangement for non-destructive testing of a component part, which may include a first end surface and a second opposite end surface. The arrangement may include a plurality of discrete piezoelectric transduction elements arranged in a circular array on the first end surface, and an electric wave signal transmitting and receiving unit electrically coupled to the piezoelectric transduction elements. The electric wave signal transmitting and receiving unit may be able to generate an electric excitation wave signal and to receive an electric response wave signal. The piezoelectric transduction elements may deform, upon an application of the electric excitation wave signal, in an in-phase shearing motion parallel to the first end surface and in respective tangential direction with respect to the circular array so as to generate a corresponding structure-borne wave in the component part at the first end surface such that said structure-borne wave can propagate in the component part.