Dr Zixiao Wang works currently as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Materials of Structures group led by Dr Tsavdaridis at the University of Leeds (UK). Before this, he studied at the University of Regina (Canada) with a scholarship and then at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), obtaining his BASc (Hons) and MEng degrees in civil/structural engineering in 2010 and 2012, separately. In February 2021, he completed his PhD Degree in Structural Control from the City, University of London (UK). He was then recruited by Dr Tsavdaridis, working on the project “Design of Steel Connections for Modular Buildings, Optimisation and 3D Printing.”
Dr Wang’s current research interests and expertise include stochastic dynamics, structural wind engineering, passive vibration control, and structural optimisation. His PhD research focuses mainly on the multi-objective optimal design of wind-sensitive high-rise buildings equipped with inerter-based vibration absorbers. The research unlocks the advantages of inerter-based passive controllers for slender tall buildings under wind excitation, from serviceability resilience to structural weight minimisation under various performance constraints. From his PhD thesis, he has published three scientific articles in high-impact journals on vibration control and energy harvesting of dynamically-excited civil engineering structures using tuned mass damper inerter, with two more coming on weight-minimisation of building structures under various design constraints.
Before pursuing his PhD studies, he first worked as a civil/structural engineer for AREVA NP at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, China. In 2014, he joined an internationally recognised structural consulting firm, Schlaich Bergermann Partner, where he developed special know-how in form-finding and design of aesthetical and innovative steel/cable/membrane structures with minimal self-weight and large span/flexibility. During his PhD studies at City, he was involved heavily as a part-time research associate for two internally funded Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund projects (worth £10,000 each). During these periods, through close collaboration with the industrial stakeholders, he developed several bespoke numerical routines for purposes such as stochastic representation/simulation of dynamic wind loads, rapid dynamic analysis of tall buildings using model reduction techniques, and the optimal design of passive vibration controllers. During the third year of his PhD, he was employed by City University as a full-time research assistant, working on the research project ‘Steel cladding systems for stabilisation of steel buildings in fire (STABIFI)’ funded by Research Fund for Coal and Steel (EU F2020). On this post, he developed a stand-alone GUI program for instability analysis of unrestrained and stressed-skin-panel restrained steel members with elastic boundary conditions under complex loading at normal & elevated temperatures.