Haifeng Zhang

Associate Professor
F101S
940-369-8207
Haifeng.Zhang@unt.edu
  • Education
    • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, University of Nebraska (UNL), Lincoln, NE, Aug 2007   

      Dissertation: The Effect of Mechanical and Electrical Biasing Fields on Piezoelectric Resonators

    • M.S., Solid Mechanics, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi’an, China, April 2001

      Thesis: Active Vibration Control of Piezoelectric Intelligent Structure Based on Neural Network

    •  B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Hunan University, Changsha, China, July 1997
  • Biography

    Haifeng Zhang is an associate professor in UNT’s Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas. His research interests include advanced sensors in harsh environment, energy harvester design, structural health monitoring and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation. He has published more than 50 referred journal and conference papers and his research is funded by a variety of funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Research Office, the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Natic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry.

    Dr. Zhang’s group is specialized in developing advanced sensor for harsh environment applications such as pressure and temperature sensors in high temperature environment, and gas sensors for the monitoring of gas turbine engine. Recently, the group is working on a DOE funded project to transmit sensor signal through a metal wall in high temperature for nuclear spent fuel health monitoring. The through-wall transmission technique is based on ultrasonic principle and have promising application in other areas such as Surface or subsurface vessel hulls, Chemical storage tanks, and Astronautical vehicles. Dr. Zhang’s group is also working on several projects on nondestructive evaluation (NDE) sponsored by Defense agency.

    Zhang received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Hunan University in China, his master’s degree in solid mechanics from Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian, China, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University before joining UNT in 2008. Zhang also serves as a committee member on ASME’s energy harvesting technical committee.

  • Research

    Research area:

    • Smart materials
    • Advanced sensors
    • Nondestructive evaluation
    • Structural health monitoring
    • Vibration control

  • Publications

    Published

    39. Qian, F., Zhou, W., Kaluvan, S., Zhang, H. and Zuo, L. “Theoretical modeling and experimental validation of a torsional piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting system.” Smart Materials and Structures, 27(4), p.045018, 2018.

    38.  Alebrahim, Reza, G. Sharifishourabi, S. Sharifi, Mahdi Alebrahim, Haifeng Zhang, Y.  Yahya, and Amran Ayob. "Thermo-mechanical Behaviour of Smart Composite Beam under Quasi-Static Loading." Composite Structures, 2018.

    37. Yenuganti, Sujan, Haifeng Zhang, and Chen Zhang. "Langasite crystal based pressure sensor with temperature compensation" Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 2018.

    36. Sohrab Mirzaabedini, Haifeng Zhang and Sujan Yenuganti, “Analysis of Angular Position, Dimension and Material of a Cantilever Piezoelectric Energy Harvester”, Ferroelectrics, accepted.

    35. He, H., Yang, J., Kosinski, J. A., & Zhang, H., “Scalar differential equations for transversely varying thickness modes in doubly-rotated quartz crystal sensors. IEEE Sensors Letters, 2018 
    Chen Zhang*, Suresh Kaluvan, Haifeng Zhang, Guoan Wang and Lei Zuo, “A Study on the Langmuir Adsorption for Quartz Crystal Resonator based Low Pressure CO2 Gas Sensor,” Article reference: Measurement,  124, pp. 286-290,  2018.

    33. Wu, Y., Haifeng Zhang. and Zuo, L., Thermoelectric energy harvesting for the gas turbine sensing and monitoring system. Energy Conversion and Management, 157, pp.215-223, 2018.

    32.  Pisupati, Sameera*, Kundukoori, Divija Mekala*, Nithin Kumar Reddy*, Kaluvan, Suresh and Haifeng Zhang, “Design of Resonance Based DC Current Sensor Using BAW Quartz Resonators,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. 271, 2018.

    31. Yao, T., Lu, F., Haifeng Zhang, Gong, B., Ji, W., Zuo, L. and Lian, J., Radiation-induced  amorphization of Langasite La3Ga 5SiO 14. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2017.

    30. Pham, T.T.*, Kaluvan, S. and Haifeng Zhang, Characterization of the sensitivity of piezoelectric resonant pressure/force sensor with a new automatic device. Ferroelectrics, 520(1), pp.159-170, 2017.

    29. Pham, Thanh Tuong, Haifeng Zhang, Sujan Yenuganti, Suresh Kaluvan, and John A. Kosinski. "Design, Modeling, and Experiment of a Piezoelectric Pressure Sensor Based on a Thickness-Shear-Mode Crystal Resonator." IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 64, no. 11 (2017): 8484-8491.

    28.  Zhang, Chen*, Suresh Kaluvan, Haifeng Zhang, and Guoan Wang. "PMN-PT based smart sensing system for viscosity and density measurement." Measurement 101 (2017): 15-18.

    26.  Thanh Tuong Pham* and Haifeng Zhang “A new apparatus for the measurement of force-frequency effect of crystal resonators,” Measurement, 93, pp. 524–528, 2016.

    25. Haifeng Zhang, J. A. Kosinski, and L. Zuo, “Analysis of contributions of material constants to temperature velocity shifts of quartz surface acoustic wave resonators,” Ultrasonics, 71,189-193, 2016.

    24. L. J. Yang* and H. F. Zhang, “A piezoelectric power harvester with adjustable frequency through rotating the angle of the jointed beam,” Ferroelectrics, in press.

    23.  L. J. Yang*, H. F. Zhang, “Experimental study on a wide-band piezoelectric energy harvester with rotating beams vibrating in perpendicular directions,” Integrated Ferroelectrics, vol. 168.1, pp. 85-96, 2016.

    22. L. J. Yang*, H. F. Zhang,”A new method for frequency adjustment of piezoelectric energy harvesters,” Ferroelectrics, vol. 486.1, pp. 49-56, 2015.

    21.   B., Y. Ye*, H. F. Zhang, and J. A. Kosinski,” Experimental measurement of the frequency shifts of degenerate thickness-shear modes in a rotated Y-cut quartz resonator subject to diametrical forces,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 560-564, 2015.

    20. H. F. Zhang and K. Afazul*, “Design and analysis of a connected broadband multipiezoelectric bimorph beams energy harvester,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 61, pp. 1016-1023, 2014.

    19.  M. Ahmadi*, H. F. Zhang, and J. Tian,”Investigation of piezoelectric Energy harvesting at Elevated Temperatures, Ferroelectrics, vol. 460, pp. 138-148, 2014.

    18.  Y. Y. Bao* , H. F. Zhang, M. Ahmadi*, K. M. Afazul*, and F. H. Wu,”Measurements of Young's and Shear Moduli of Rail Steel at Elevated Temperatures, Ultrasonics, vol.54 pp. 867-873, 2014.

    17.   H. F. Zhang and Y. Y. Bao*, “Sensitivity analysis of multi-layered C-Axis inclined Zig-zag zinc oxide thin film resonators as a viscosity sensor,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 61, pp. 525-534, 2014.

    16.   H. F. Zhang and M. Ahmadi*, “Resonance tuning of a multi-piezoelectric bimorph beams energy  harvester connected by springs,” Ferroelectrics, vol. 460, pp. 34-48, 2014.

    15.   M. Ahmadi*, H. F. Zhang, Y. Cheng, and J. Wahrmund, “Determining elastic and shear moduli of cold-formed steel at elevated temperatures using a new sonic resonance method,” Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, vol. 29, pp. 1-13, 2013.

    14.   H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski, “Experimental measurements of the force-frequency effect of thickness mode langasite resonators,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 60, pp. 1475-1478, 2013.     

    13.  H. F. Zhang, “Optimal Cuts to extract the third-order piezoelectric constants and electrostictive constants of langasite single crystals through the electroelastic effect,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 60, pp. 1453-1466, 2013. 

    12.   H. F. Zhang, J. A. Kosinski, and K. Afazul*, “Apparatus for measurement of acoustic wave propagation under uniaxial loading with application to measurement of third-order elastic constants of piezoelectric single crystals,” Review of Scientific Instrument, vol. 84, pp. 054901-1-5, 2013.       

    11.   H. F. Zhang, “Analysis of thickness vibrations of C-Axis inclined Zig-Zag multi-layered zinc oxide thin film resonators,” Ferroelectrics, vol. 445, pp. 96-106, 2013.     

    10.  H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski, Y. Y. Bao*, “Experimental measurement of the electroelastic effect in thickness mode langasite resonators,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 60, pp. 970-974, 2013.

    9.     H. F Zhang, J. A. Kosinski, “Analysis of contributions of nonlinear material constants to stress-induced velocity shifts of quartz and langasite surface acoustic wave resonators, IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 60, pp. 975-985, 2013.

    8.    H. F. Zhang, J. A. Kosinski, Y. Xie*, and J. A. Turner, “Drive level dependence of doubly rotated langasite resonators with different configurations,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 60, pp.963-969, 2013.

    7.    H. F. Zhang, J. A. Kosinski, “Analysis of thickness vibrations of C-Axis inclined zig-zag two-layered zinc oxide thin film resonators,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 59, pp. 2831-2836, 2012.

    6.   H. F. Zhang, P. H. Lee*, J. A. Kosinski, “Experimental study of a frequency-adjustable piezoelectric bimorph energy harvester,” Ferroelectrics, vol. 437, pp. 34 – 44, 2012.

    5.    H. F. Zhang, “Optimal cuts to extract the third-order elastic constants of langasite single   crystals,” IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 58, pp. 1245-1254, 2011.50, 479-490, 2010.

    2.    H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner and J. A. Kosinski, “Analysis of thickness vibration of C-axis inclined aluminum-nitrogen thin film resonators,” Integrated Ferroelectrics, vol. 9, pp. 95-108, 2009.

    1.    H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski, “Electroelastic effect of thickness mode langasite resonators,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric, and Frequency Control, vol. 54, pp. 2210-2218, 2007.

    BOOK CHAPTER

    Chapter 8 in Piezoelectric Structures and Devices, Walter De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany (ISBN: 978-3-11-029788-1)

    CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

    Published

    18. Zaman Chini, and Haifeng Zhang, “Optimized Vibration Suppression of Structural Floor Using Passive Tuned Mass Damper,” in Proceeding of 2018 IMECE conference.

    17. J. Wang, L. M. Zhang, S.Y. Wang, L. T. Xie, B. Huang, T. F. Ma, J. K. Du, M. C. Chao, S. Shen, R. X. Wu,and H. F. Zhang, “Optimal Orientations of Quartz Crystals for Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators with the Consideration of Thermal Properties,” in Proceeding of 2017 International Congress of Ultrasonics Conference.

    16. S. Kaluvan and H. F. Zhang, “A novel DC current sensor using SMA controlled piezoelectric biomorph,” in proceeding of ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, pp. V001T04A011, 2016.

    15.  S. Kaluvan, J. Y. Park, H. F. Zhang, U. Mangalanathan, and S. B. Choi. "A new resonance based method for the measurement of magnetic field intensity." In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, pp. 97992V-97992V. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2016.

    14.  S. Kaluvan and H. F. Zhang,Design of an Oscillator Circuit for Langasite (LGS) Based Resonant Pressure - Temperature Sensor,” in Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, pp. 1-6, 2016.

    13. C. Zhang, H. F. Zhang and X. Yu, “Performance Enhanced PMN-PT Piezo based Smart Probe for Viscosity and Density Measurement,” in Proceeding of 2016 International Conference on Motion and Vibration Control,

    12. S. W. Bi, N. Wu, J. C. Zhou, H. F. Zhang, and X. W. Wang. "All-optically driven system in ultrasonic wave-based structural health monitoring." In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, pp. 98030K-98030K. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2016.

    11  C. Zhang and H. F. Zhang. "Piezoelectric-based smart sensing system for I-type steel structural health monitoring." In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, pp. 98052C-98052C. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2016.

    10.  N. Wu, L. J. Yang, H. F. Zhang, and X. W. Wang, “Optical excitation and detection of a  quartz crystal resonator,” in SPIE Smart Structures conference, pp. 94360L-94360L, 2015.

    9.   J. A. Kosinski, H. F. Zhang, Y. Y. Bao, “Measurement of the Second Order Elastic Constant of Langasite Crystals,” In ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems pp. V001T01A035-V001T01A035, 2014.

    8.    B. Y. Ye and H. F. Zhang. "1A15 Feasibility Study of Langasite Wafer Active Sensors for High Temperature Structural Health Monitoring (The 12th International Conference on Motion and Vibration Control)." 「運動と振動の制御」 シンポジウム講演論文集 2014, no. 12 (2014).

    7.    H. F. Zhang, Tinghui Fan*, “Wireless electric field sensor based on a langasite resonator,” in In European Frequency and Time Forum & International Frequency Control Symposium (EFTF/IFC), 2013pp. 458-461, 2013.

    6.    H. F. Zhang, Benjamin D. Montz, Tinghui Fan* and John A. Kosinski, “Wireless langasite resonator as a force sensor,” Proceedings of IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, 1-6, 2012.       

    5.   K. Afazul*, H. F. Zhang, “Measurement of nonlinear elastic constants of rail steel,” Proceedings of the SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, v 8347, 83472U, 2012.   

    4.    H. F. Zhang, Y. Xie*, J. A. Turner, J. A. Kosinski, “Drive level dependence of doubly rotated langasite resonators with different configurations” Proceedings of IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, 1-4, 2011.      

    3.    Z. Salmani*, Y. Xie*, G. Zheng*, H. F. Zhang, H. L. Zhang, “Application of antenna in strain measurement,” Proc. IEEE Int. Workshop on Antenna Technology, 336-339, 2011.      

    2.   H. F. Zhang, “Optimal cuts to extract the third-order elastic constants of langasite single crystals,” Proceedings of IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, 262-267, 2010.   

    1.    H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski. “Sensitivity of electroelastic effect to nonlinear material behavior in langasite resonators,” Proceedings of IEEE International  Frequency Control Symposium, 670-675, 2006.

    CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

    29. S. Kaluvan and H. F. Zhang,”Design of piezo actuated torsional resonator for fluid viscosity measurement,” 2018 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring.

    28.  C. Zhang and H. F. Zhang, “Comparison of CO2 gas sensing between Langasite resonator and QCM,” 2018 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring.

    27.  B. Stewart and H. F. Zhang, “Development of a piezoelectric energy harvesting floor,” 2018 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring,

    26. S. Kaluvan, and H. F. Zhang, ”High Temperature  Ultrasound Through Wall Data Communication,” 2017 Joint IEEE ISAF – IWATMD – PFM conference, Atlanta, GA, May, 2017.

    25. S. Kaluvan, and H. F. Zhang, “High-Temperature Through-Wall Data Communication Based on Reflection Wave Modulation Technique,” Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, July, Provo, UT.

    24. H. F. Zhang,” Design of harsh environment piezoelectric sensor,” National Energy Research lab, Pittsburg, PA, Nov, 2017.

    23. H. F. Zhang, Harsh-enviroment piezoelectric resonant sensing, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Dec, 2017.

    22.  S. Kaluvan, J. Y. Park, H. F. Zhang, U. Mangalanathan, and S. B. Choi. "A new resonance based method for the measurement of magnetic field intensity." in 2016 SPIE Smart Structures conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

    21.  S. Kaluvan and H. F. Zhang,Design of an Oscillator Circuit for Langasite (LGS) Based Resonant Pressure - Temperature Sensor,” in Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, accepted.

    20. C. Zhang, H. F. Zhang and X. Yu, “Piezoelectric PMN-PT-based Smart Viscometer for Viscous Fluid Monitoring,” in 2016 SPIE Smart Structures conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

    19.  S. W. Bi, N. Wu, J. C. Zhou, H. F. Zhang, and X. W. Wang. "All-optically driven system in ultrasonic wave-based structural health monitoring." in 2016 SPIE Smart Structures conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

    18. C. Zhang and H. F. Zhang. "Piezoelectric-based smart sensing system for I-type steel structural health monitoring." in 2016 SPIE Smart Structures conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

    17.  N. Wu, L. J. Yang, H. F. Zhang, and X. W. Wang, “Optical excitation and detection of a  quartz crystal resonator,” in 2016 SPIE Smart Structures conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

    16. L. J. Yang, H. F. Zhang and S. Mirzaabedini, ”Rotating beam flexural vibrations in perpendicular directions as a wideband piezoelectric energy harvester,” 2015 SPIE smart material symposium, Mar 8-12, San Diego, CA, US.

    15.   H. F. Zhang, J. A. Kosinski and L. Zuo, “Analysis of Contributions of Nonlinear Material Constants to Temperature-induced Velocity Shifts of Quartz and Langa-site Surface Acoustic Wave Resonators,” Joint IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications, Apr 12-16, 2015, Denver, CO, US.

    14.   Y. Y. Bao* and H. F. Zhang, “Feasibility Study of LangasiteWafer Active Sensors for High Temperature Structural Health   Monitoring,” The 12th International Conference on Motion  and Vibration, Sapporo, Japan, Aug, 2014.

    13.   T. H. Fan*, H. F. Zhang, “A wireless langasite resonant electrical field/voltage sensor,”  Joint IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications, July 21-25, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

    12.   H. F. Zhang, M. Ahmadi* and F. Wu, “Measurement of elastic constants of rail steel at elevated temperatures using ultrasound, sonic resonance, and laser detection methods,” SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring conference, Mar 10-14, 2013, San Diego, CA.

    11.   H. F. Zhang, “Modeling of wide-band frequency-adjustable piezoelectric bimorph energy harvester,” SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring conference, Mar 10-14, 2013, San Diego, CA. 

    10.   H. F. Zhang, Benjamin D. Montz, Tinghui Fan* and John A. Kosinski, “Wireless langasite resonator as a force sensor,” IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, May 22-24, 2012, Baltimore, MD.

    9.    K. M. Afazul*, H. F. Zhang, “Measurement of nonlinear elastic constants of rail steel,” SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring conference, Mar 10-14, 2012San Diego, CA.

    8.  H. F. Zhang, Y. Xie*, J. A. Turner, J. A. Kosinski, “Drive level dependence of doubly rotated langasite resonators with different configurations” IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, May 2-5, 2011, San Francisco, California.

    7.    Z. Salmani*, Y. Xie*, G. Zheng*, H. F. Zhang, H. L. Zhang, “Application of antenna in strain measurement,” May 2-7, 2012, Tucson, AZ, IEEE Int. Workshop on Antenna Technology.

    6.   H. F. Zhang, “Optimal cuts to extract the third-order elastic constants of langasite single crystals,” IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, June 2-4, 2010, Newport Beach, California.

    5.  H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, “Sensitivity analysis of measurements associated with nonlinear material constants for piezoelectric crystals,” 158th Meeting of The Acoustic Society of America, October26-30, 2009, San Antonio, Texas.

    4.   H. F. Zhang, “Electroelastic effect of thickness mode langasite resonators,” Dec 4, 2008, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA

    3.   H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski, “Determination of third-order elastic constants of langasite single crystals through force-frequency effect,” IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, October 28-31, 2007, New York.

    2.   H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski, “Force-frequency effect of thickness mode langasite resonators,” 153RD Meeting of The Acoustic Society of America, June 4-8, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah.

    1.  H. F. Zhang, J. A. Turner, J. S. Yang and J. A. Kosinski, “Electrical field frequency effect of thickness mode langasite resonators,” 2005 Joint IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications Meeting, 29-31 Aug, 2005, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • Professional Experience
    • Associate Professor with tenure, Dept. of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Univ. of North Texas, Denton, TX, 09/2017 - Present ​
    • Associate Professor with tenure, Dept. of Engineering Technology, Univ. of North Texas, Denton, TX, 09/2014 - 08/2017​
    • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering Technology, Univ. of North Texas, Denton, TX, 06/2008 - 09/2014​

    • Postdoctoral researcher, Dept. of Material Science and Engineering, The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, 01/2008 - 06/2008

  • Honors and Awards
    ASEE Spread the Word / Campus Representative award.