Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Li Hua

Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Assoc Prof Li Hua

Dr. Li Hua received his B.Sc and M.Eng degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Wuhan University of Technology, P.R.C., in 1982 and 1987, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 1999. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Li was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the end of 2005, he was a Visiting Scientist on invitation at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in Johns Hopkins University. From 2001 to 2006, he was a Research Scientist in the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing. Dr Li joined NTU as an Assistant Professor in June 2006 and he was promoted to Associate Professor in March 2013. He is currently in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at NTU. His research interests include the multiphysics modelling of soft matters (smart hydrogel in BioMEMS and biological cell in microscale fields); development of highly efficient numerical computational methodology (meshless & multiscale algorithms); simulation of sustainable energy (building energy efficiency and fuel cell system); and structural dynamics (high-speed rotating shell and composite materials structure). He has sole-authored a monograph book entitled “Smart Hydrogel Modelling” published by Springer, co-authored three monograph books entitled "Reduced Modelling of Planar Fuel Cells – Spatial Smoothing and Asymptotic Reduction” by Springer, “Meshless Methods and Their Numerical Properties” by CRC Press and “Rotating Shell Dynamics” by Elsevier, and 2 book chapters, one on MEMS simulation and the other on hydrogel drug delivery system modelling, and authored/co-authored over a 150 articles published in peer-reviewed international journals. He received the Silver Award in HPC Quest 2003 - The Blue Challenge presented by IBM & IHPC in 2003, and Winner of Top Project of the Singapore Maritime Institute Forum – Research Showcase 2015. He is also extensively funded by agencies, such as NRF, EDB and SMI, including the principal investigator of a computational BioMEMS project awarded under A*STAR’s strategic research programme in MEMS, and by industries, including SUN Microsystems (Oracle), Sony, Philips, Lloyd's Register, Emerson, ABB, DSO and JTC.
Research Interests
Dr. Li Hua's area of expertise is computational science and engineering. His current research works focus on the multiphysics modelling of soft matters (smart hydrogel in BioMEMS and biological cell in micro scale fields), development of highly efficient numerical computational methodology (meshless & multiscale algorithms), simulation of sustainable energy (building energy efficiency and fuel cell system), and dynamics (high-speed rotating shell and composite materials structure).
Current Projects
  • Development of a Simulation Tool for Design and Analysis of Energy efficiency of buildings in Singapore
  • Energy Efficiency in HVAC System in Data Centre
  • Fatigue Analysis of SLM Components under Thermal Loading
  • High Performance Cool Roof Coating for Green Buildings
  • Innovative manufacturing processes for low cost flexible GaAs solar cells
  • Investigation of Cargo Heating Systems Based on a Zero-Order Model and a Fast-Algorithm Optimization Strategy
  • MT1.3: Modification of Baseline Electrical Machine for Alternative Cooling and Reduced Mass
  • Modelling & Simulations of BioMEMS Manipulation of Cell/Bioparticle
  • Multiscale Materials Modelling
  • Numerical simulation of Directed Energy Deposition (DED) process
  • Parameter optimization and property evaluation of metal parts manufacturing using DED process
  • Project 1: Application of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) In Additive Manufacturing Technology to Produce Full Internal Cladding On Globe Valve Body, Project 2: Influence of Powder Recycling System on Properties of Recycled Metal Powders and Its Correlation with The Mechanical Properties of Additively Manufactured Parts
  • Reduction of Residual Stress in Parts Produced by Laser Beam Power Bed Additive Manufacturing Process
  • Scientific Planning Support for Developing Sustainable Buildings Using Cleantech Two as Pilot Project
  • Study of Cool Roof Materials for HDB Buildings
  • Using Cool (High Albedo) Building Pavement Surfaces as a strategic measure for energy saving and reduction of heat island effect in Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Qimin Liu, Hua Li, and K.Y. Lam. (2017). Development of a multiphysics model to characterize the responsive behaviour of magnetic-sensitive hydrogels with finite deformation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical, 121(22), 5633−5646.
  • Tao Wu and Hua Li. (2017). Liquid–solid phase transition of physical hydrogels subject to an externally applied electro-chemo-mechanical coupled field with mobile ionic species. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19(31), 21012–21023.
  • Hua Li. (2013). Free vibration of a high-speed rotating truncated spherical shell. Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 135(3), 031006-(1~14).
  • Rongmo Luo, Hua Li, Khin Yong Lam. (2009). Modelling the effect of environmental solution pH on the mechanical characteristics of glucose-sensitive hydrogels. Biomaterials, 30, 690-700.
  • Hua Li, Rongmo Luo, Erik Birgersson, Khin Yong Lam. (2009). A chemo-electro-mechanical model for simulation of responsive deformation of glucose-sensitive hydrogels with effect of enzyme catalysis. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 57, 369-382.

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