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Zhihua Wang

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

Zhihua Wang is originally from Zhejiang Province of China. He spent nine years (1997-2006) in Singapore, a small beautiful tropical island in Southeast Asia, completed his bachelor's and master's degrees and later worked as a researcher in Nanyang Technological University. Prior to joining ASU, he worked with Professors Elie Bou-Zeid and Jim Smith in Enviromental Engineering and Water Resarch (EEWR) program in Princeton University. Wang is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Physical Society (APS), American Geophysical Union (AGU) and International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC).

Wang is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. His research interests include multiscale urban climate modeling, land-atmospheric interactions, landscape and infrastructure management, urban environmental sustainability study and energy efficiency analysis.

As a passionate and higly-motivated researcher, Wang has been highly productive and published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals and conference proceedings.

Education
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering and Water Research, Princeton University 2011
  • M. A. Materials, Mechanics and Structures, Princeton University 2008
  • M. Eng. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2004
  • B. Eng. Civil and Environmental Engineering (1st class honor), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2002
Research Interests

Dr Zhihua Wang's research primarily focuses on the urban environment under the changing climate, including land-atmosphere interactions, subsurface heat/water transport, mitigation of urban heat island effect and the long-term sustainability of cities.

We conduct both field measurements and numerical modeling to investigate the physics of flow and the transport of energy in urban canopy layers. Field measurements consist of deployment of a sensor network with a wide range of sensing instruments, including the eddy-covariance tower, wireless micrometeorological stations, the scintillometer, the SODAR system and other sensors. It is aimed to provide long term monitoring of the urban environment in the developing urban areas of the great Phoenix area.

Multi-scale multi-physics numerical modeling is developed as a powerful tool to tackle urban environmental problems, ranging from local (~10-100 m) to neighborhood (~ 1 km) to meso (~100 km) scales. The integrated model also embraces a variety of physical components: the boundary-layer meteorology in canopy layers, the subsurface transport of heat and water, the mesoscale atmospheric dynamics and the building energy system. Coupling of different scales and interaction of different physics requires a dedicated research effort.

Stochastic simulations are also involved in quantifying the important physics in numerical models, using Monte Carlo techniques. A perspective research area will be using Stochastic Langrangian modeling for the dispersion of pollutant in urban areas, as well as to investigate the footprints of field measurements.

Publications
  • Wang ZH and Bou-Zeid E. A novel approach for the estimation of soil ground heat flux. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2012).
  • Wang ZH and Bou-Zeid E. Comment on "Impact of wave phase difference between soil surface heat flux and soil surface temperature on soil surface energy balance closure" by Z. Gao, R. Horton and H. P. Liu. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmosphere (2011).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA. A spatially-analytical scheme for surface temperatures and conductive heat fluxes in urban canopy models. Boundary-Layer Meteorology (2011).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E, Au SK and Smith JA. Analyzing the sensitivity of WRF’s single-layer urban canopy model to parameter uncertainty using advanced Monte Carlo simulation. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2011).
  • Wang ZH. Geometric effect of radiative heat exchange in concave structure with application to heating of steel I-sections in fire. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2010).
  • Scherer GW, Prévost JH and Wang ZH. Bending of poroelastic beam with lateral diffusion. International Journal of Solids and Structures (2009).
  • Wang ZH, Prévost JH and Coussy O. Bending of fluid-saturated linear poroelastic beams with compressible constituents. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2009).
  • Scherer GW, Prévost JH and Wang ZH. Finite element analysis of the bending of a saturated beam. Poromechanics IV, Proc. Fourth Biot Conf. on Poromechanics (2009).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Green’s function approach for heat conduction: application to steel members protected by intumescent paint. Numerical Heat Transfer Part B: Fundamentals (2008).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Radiative heat transfer for structural members exposed to fire: an analytical approach. Journal of Fire Sciences (2008).
  • Au SK, Wang ZH and Lo SM. Compartment fire risk analysis by advanced Monte Carlo simulation. Engineering Structures (2007).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Temperature prediction for contour-insulated concrete-filled CHS subjected to fire using large time Green’s function solutions. Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2007).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Temperature prediction for multi-dimensional domains in standard fire. Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering (2007).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Temperature prediction of concrete-filled rectangular hollow sections in fire using Green’s function method. Journal of Engineering Mechanics – ASCE (2007).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Green’s function solution for transient heat conduction in concrete-filled steel CHS subjected to fire. Engineering Structures (2006).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Residual area method for heat transfer analysis of concrete-encased I-sections in fire. Engineering Structures (2006).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Sensitivity study of time delay coefficient of heat transfer formulations for insulated steel members exposed to fire. Fire Safety Journal (2006).
  • Wang ZH and Tan KH. Time delay coefficient of temperature formulations in EC3 Part 1-2 and classification of fire protection materials. Proceedings of 4th international workshop of Structures in Fire (2006).
  • Wang ZH, Au SK and Tan KH. Heat transfer analysis using a Green’s function approach for uniformly insulated steel members subjected to fire. Engineering Structures (2005).
  • Tan KH, Wang ZH and Au SK. Heat transfer analysis for steel work insulated by intumescent paint exposed to standard fire conditions. Proceedings of 3rd international workshop of Structures in Fire (2004).
Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 341Fluid Mech for Civil Engineers
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 341Fluid Mech for Civil Engineers
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA. A coupled energy transport and hydrological model for urban canopies. 2011 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (Dec 2011).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA. A new urban surface exchange scheme: coupling physically-based energy transport with hydrological model. European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2011 (Apr 2011).
  • Wang ZH. A Sensor Network Over Princeton – application to the study of urban micrometeorology. Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and Environment (MIRTHE) monthly lecture series (Dec 2010).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA, Au SK, Miller S, Schreiber D. Towards improving energy budgets in urban canopy models. 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (Dec 2010).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA. Simple models and sensor networks to study flow and energy transport in urban canopies. Ninth Symposium on the Urban Environment (Aug 2010).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA. A sensor network to study turbulent fluxes in urban canopies. Second SEAS-AOS-GFDL workshop (May 2010).
  • Wang ZH, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA. Application of a sensor network to study the energy budget in urban canopies. 90th Annual Meeting of American Meteorological Society (Jan 2010).