Dr Shu Yan Zhang

Intrument Scientist

Location R 3, 2. 16
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
E-mail shu-yan.zhang@stfc.ac.uk
Telephone (office) +44 (0) 1235 445011
Mobile (short code) 1875 (only works when dialed on site)

Introduction and profile

Shu Yan is a senior scientist for the  ENGIN-X beamline at ISIS. She is the ISIS representative for the Engineering Facility Access Panels at ISIS and also the member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the European Spallation Source.

Following a DPhil in Engineering Science at University of Oxford, Shu Yan joined ISIS in 2008 as a post-doc and was promoted to become instrument scientist in the same year. In 2012 she was promoted to be a senior scientist in recognition of her valued contribution to build bridges between ISIS and Industry by generating impact through science. She has close collaborative links with the nuclear, aerospace and steel industries; in particular with EDF Energy, AREVA (France), Rolls Royce, Tata Steel and TWI. 

Shu Yan has made a major contribution to raising awareness of residual stress effects and advancing neutron and synchrotron x-ray measurement techniques for stress measurement. Currently she has seven research grants and supervises PhD students. She is internationally recognized in the field. She has published over 70 papers. In the last 5 years, she has been involved in the organization of 5 international conferences and given 13 keynote/invited lectures at international conferences. She is also frequently invited by industry to give talks at their seminars. 

Research and development interests

Research interests:

Shu Yan has 10 years of experience in synchrotron X-ray and neutron analysis of engineering materials. She has made a major contribution to raising awareness of residual stress effects and advancing neutron and synchrotron x-ray measurement techniques for stress measurement. She has established close research collaborative links nationally and internationally with industries, universities and research institutes on a broad range of research projects related to stress evaluations for nuclear industry, aerospace industry and transport. In particularly for:

Residual stress analysis using neutron and X-ray diffraction

Micromechanical properties of engineering materials

Structural integrity of engineering materials and components

Fatigue assessment

Instrument development projects:

Development of a system for the control and tracking of neutron and synchrotron beam line experiments

Tomography loading rig for IMAT, SNAS2D and ENGIN-X instruments

Portable creep-fatigue loading rig for IMAT, SNAS2D and ENGIN-X instruments

Strain tomography

Professional activities: Memberships/External organisations

Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the European Spallation Source

Guest editor for Materials Today: Proceedings

International conference/workshop organisation:

2014   3rd UK-China Steel Research Forum, UK

2014   15th CMA-UK conference on Materials Science and Engineering, UK

2012   14th CMA-UK conference on Materials Science and Engineering, UK

2011   Materials engineering at a long pulse source, UK

2009   Neutron Wavelength Dependent Imaging, UK

2009   Mesomechanics - Dissipation and Damage across Multiple Scales in Physical and Mechanical Systems, UK


Grants, awards, teaching and other activities


•        2014 – 2019 (EP/L016206/1) : EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing, CI (£3M)

•        2014 - 2017 EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship - Electropulse-induced microstructure and property evolution in pearlitic steel, CI (£92K)

•        2014 – 2017 National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC 51371091) - Mechanism research and process simulation of micro/nanoscale metal matrix composites subject to plastic deformation based on the magnetoplasticity effect, CI (RBM 800K)

•        2013 – 2016 TWI Core research project - Improving the Prediction and Treatment of Residual Stresses in ECA, CI (£360K)

•        2013 – 2016 Received funding agreement from Open University and ISIS to sponsor a PhD student to upgrade SScanSS software for sample alignment and instrument setup (£90K)

•        2011-2013 EPSRC (EP/I020691/1) Multi-disciplinary Centre for In-situ Processing Studies, CI (£150K)

•        2011-2016 EPSRC (EP/I02249X/1) Structural evolution across multiple time and length scales, CI (£1.6M)

•        2010-2014 EPSRC (EP/H003215/1) New Dimensions of Engineering Science at Large Facilities, CI (£138K)

Teaching and supervision

•        PhDs (as the co-supervisor): Stephen Nneji (2013 – present, Open University, UK), Mengyin Xie (2010- 2014, University of Oxford, UK) and Anusha Kankanala (2011, Open University, UK)

•        Master students: Silene Danion (2013, ENSICAEN, France), Baptiste Godin (2012, ENSICAEN, France), Etienne Compagnon (2011, ENSICAEN, France), Daniele Cortinovis (2011-2012, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), Adelaide Dubreuil (2010, ENSICAEN, France),

•        External PhD examiner: Xu Xong (University of Oxford, UK)

•        ISIS Neutron Training course, 2010 to present

•        Lecture for “Leading Edges in Welding: Summer School in Modelling of Welding” organized by TWI, UK in 2012

Selected Publications

•         B Chen, J N Hu, PEJ Flewitt, DJ Smith, ACF Cocks, SY Zhang, Quantifying Internal Stress and Internal Resistance associated with Thermal Ageing and Creep in a Polycrystalline Material, Acta Materialia, 2014, in press

•         S.Y. Zhang, J. Kelleher, W. Kockelmann, Celebration of 10 years of ENGIN-X – Materials Science and Engineering research at ISIS, Notiziario Neutroni e Luce di Sincrotrone, 18 (1), 2013 

•         S.Y. Zhang, et al, ENGIN-X – Instrument for Materials Science and Engineering research, Neutron News, 2013, 24:3, 22-26

•         Y.F. Shen, Y.D. Wang, X.P. Liu, X. Sun, R. Lin Peng, S.Y. Zhang, L. Zuo, P.K. Liaw, Deformation mechanisms of a 20Mn TWIP steel investigated by in situ neutron diffraction and TEM, Acta Materialia 61 (2013) 6093–6106

•         D.F. Li, C.M. Davies, S.Y. Zhang, C. Dickinson, N. P. O'Dowd, The effect of prior deformation on subsequent microplasticity and damage evolution in an austenitic stainless steel at elevated temperature, Acta Materialia, 2013,  61 (2013) 3575–3584

•         W. Gong, Y. Tomota, Y. Adachi, A. M. Paradowska, J. F. Kelleher, S. Y. Zhang, Effect of Ausforming Temperature on Bainite Transformation, Microstructure and Variant Selection in a Nano-Bainite Steel, Acta Materialia, 2013, Vol 61, 11, 4142-4154

•         W. Kockelmanna, SY. Zhang, J.F. Kelleher, J.B. Nightingale, G. Burca, J.A. James, IMAT – a new imaging and diffraction instrument at ISIS, Physics Procedia 43 ( 2013 ) 100 – 110

•         R.J. Moat, S.Y. Zhang , J. Kelleher, A.F. Mark, T. Mori, P.J. Withers, Work hardening induced by martensite during transformation-induced plasticity in plain carbon steel, Acta Materialia 60 (2012) 6931–6939

•         B Abbey, SY Zhang, W Vorster, AM Korsunsky, Reconstruction of axisymmetric strain distributions via neutron strain tomography, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B, 270 28-35 (2012)

•         B Abbey, SY Zhang, M Xie,X Song. AM Korsunsky, Neutron strain tomography using Bragg-edge transmission, International Journal of Materials Research 103 (2) 234-241 (2012).

•         Y Ma, SY Zhang , C Goodway,R Done, B Evans, O Kirichek, et.al. A non-destructive experimental investigation of elastic plastic interfaces of autofrettaged thick-walled cylindrical aluminium high pressure vessels, International Journal of High Pressure Research 32 (3) 364-375 (2012)

•         L D Frame, I C Freestone, S Y Zhang, M Nicholas, The effects of corrosion and conservation treatments on non-destructive neutron diffraction analysis of archaeological copper alloys: Preliminary results, Archaeometry (2012)

•         M Turski, A Paradowska, S Zhang, D Mortensen, H Fjaer, J Grandfield, et.al. Validation of Predicted Residual Stresses within Direct Chill Cast Magnesium Alloy Slab, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 43A (5) 1547-1557 (2012)

•         G Burca, J James, W Kockelmann, M Fitzpatrick, S Zhang, J Hovind, et al, A new bridge technique for neutron tomography and diffraction measurements, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A  Volume 651, Issue 1, Pages 229–235, 2011

•         R van Langh, J. James, G. Burca, W. Kockelmann, S. Y. Zhang, E. Lehmann, M. Estermann, A. Pappot, New insights into alloy compositions: studying Renaissance bronze statuettes by combined neutron imaging and neutron diffraction techniques, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 2011,26, 949-958 2011

•         D-F Li, NP O'Dowd, C Davies, SY Zhang . Microscale prediction of deformation in an austenitic stainless steel under uniaxial loading, European Journal of Mechanics 2011,30 (5) 748-760

•         M Boin, A Hilger, N Kardjilov, SY Zhang, EC Oliver, JA James, et al, Validation of Bragg edge experiments by Monte Carlo simulations for quantitative texture analysis, Journal of Applied Crystallography  44 (Part 5) 1040-1046 (2011)

•         Song, X., S. Y. Zhang, et al. “Strain Gradient Polycrystal Plasticity Analysis: Fe Modeling and Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction.” International Journal of Modern Physics B 24(1-2): 10-17, 2010

•         S. Y. Zhang, et al. “Materials engineering - High-tech composites to ancient metals”, Materials Today 12 (7-8) 78-84 (2009)

•         B. Abbey, S. Y. Zhang, W. J. J. Vorster, A. Korsunsky, “Feasibility study of neutron strain tomography”, International Journal of Modern Physics B, 24 (1-2) 10-17 2009

•         Dini, D., Zhang, S.Y., Song, X. and Korsunsky, A.M, “Residual Strain Analysis in Polycrystalline Aggregates Using Diffraction Measurement and Finite Element Modelling”, Volume 44; Number 1 pp. 55-70; 2009. The article is an invited contribution for the Journal of Strain Analysis Special Issue on Residual Stresses.

•         S. Y. Zhang, A. Venter, W. J. J. Vorster, A. M Korsunsky, “High energy synchrotron X-ray analysis of residual plastic strains induced in shot peened steel plates”, Journal of Strain Analysis, Vol. 43, pp 229-241, 2008.

•         X Song, SY Zhang, D Dini, AM Korsunsky, Finite element modelling and diffraction measurement of elastic strains during tensile deformation of HCP polycrystals, Computational Materials Science 44 (1) 131-137 (2008)

•         W. J.J. Vorster, S. Y. Zhang, M. Golshan, D. Laundy, D. Dini and A. M. Korsunsky “Comparison of X-ray diffraction measurement of residual elastic strains using monochromatic image plate data and white beam energy-dispersive analysis”, Journal of Strain Analysis, v.42 (1), p. 23-37. 2007

•         AM Korsunsky, J Liu, M Golshan, D Dini, SY Zhang, WJ Vorster, Measurement of residual elastic strains in a titanium alloy using high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Experimental Mechanics 46 (4) 519-529 (2006)

•         A.M. Korsunsky, W.J.J. Vorster, S.Y. Zhang, D. Dini, D. Latham, M. Golshan, J. Liu, Y. Kyriakoglu, and M.J. Walsh, “The Principle of Strain Reconstruction Tomography: Determination of Quench Strain Distribution from Diffraction Measurements”, Acta Materialia 54 (8), p. 2101-2108, 2006


Please find more publications here http://epubs.cclrc.ac.uk/search?st=browse-by-person&pid=2729

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