Dr Xiaonan HouLecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Dr Xiaonan Hou is a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Lancaster. He obtained his BEng in Material Forming Engineering from Shenyang University of Technology, China (2003). Then he came to UK for postgraduate study. He received his MSc by research in mechanical engineering from University of Leeds, UK (2006), which was a full time research degree in the field of analysing components fabricated by means of additive manufacturing. Then he went to work at Loughborough University, UK (2006-2010) for his PhD in mechanics of advanced materials. The research project was to analyse a kind of random fibrous material, which was sponsored by both Loughborough University (UK) and NC State University (USA).
After his PhD research, he joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK) and then The University of Warwick (UK) as a research fellow (2010-2016), when he started to work closely with world leading industry companies, such as Jaguar Land Rover, TATA Steel, EMS, Henkel, UnderArmor and Stratasys. The projects extensively include materials for body protector, vehicle lightweighting and metamaterial design.
On basis of his experience, Xiaonan has expertise in various advanced experimental and numerical methods to analyse mechanical properties of engineering materials under different loading conditions, such as static/dynamic testing systems, micro-CT system, optical image analysis system and finite element methods. Besides, he also has a wide knowledge in various manufacturing technologies: casting, injection moulding, adhesive jointing and rapid manufacturing.
His current research interests are in following areas:
- New composite materials with tailored mechanical properties and smart structures.
- Metamaterials with Negative Poisson’s ratio and Negative stiffness
- Multi-material jointing technologies for lightweighting
- Fellowship by University of Warwick (UK) with Jaguar and Land Rover (2014)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and HK Innovation and Technology Commission (2010)
- Congress Student Fellowships by IACM/ECCOMAS Congress (Venice, Italy, 2008)
- EDANA Grant by European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (Brussels, Belgium, 2007)
PhD Supervision Interests
Analysis of engineering materials; Development of mechanical meta-materials;
A novel 3D composite structure with tunable Poisson's ratio and stiffness
Hou, X., Hu, H. 07/2015 In: physica status solidi (b). 252, 7, p. 1565–1574 . 10 p.
Metamaterials with negative Poisson’s ratio: a review of mechanical propterties and deformation mechanisms
Hou, X., Silberschmidt, V. 10/04/2015 In: Mechanics of Advanced Materials. Springer International Publishing p. 155-179. 25 p. ISBN: 9783319171173. Electronic ISBN: 9783319171180.
Tailoring structure of inclusion with strain-induced closure to reduce Poisson's ratio of composite materials
Hou, X., Hu, H., Silberschmidt, V. 10/06/2014 In: Journal of Applied Physics. 115, 8 p.
Numerical analysis of composite structure with in-plane isotropic negative Poisson’s ratio: effects of materials properties and geometry features of inclusions
Hou, X., Hu, H., Silberschmidt, V. 03/2014 In: Composites Part B: Engineering. 58, p. 152–159. 8 p.
Erratum to: A composite material with Poisson’s ratio tunable from positive to negative values: an experimental and numerical study
Hou, X., Hu, H., Silberschmidt, V. 01/2014 In: Journal of Materials Science. 49, 1, p. 461. 1 p.
A composite material with Poisson’s ratio tunable from positive to negative values: an experimental and numerical study
Hou, X., Hu, H., Silberschmidt, V. 12/2013 In: Journal of Materials Science. 48, 24, p. 8493-8500. 8 p.
A novel concept to develop composite structures with isotropic negative Poisson's ratio: effects of random inclusions
Hou, X., Hu, H., Silberschmidt, V. 12/10/2012 In: Composites Science and Technology. 72, 15, p. 1848–1854. 7 p.
A study of computational mechanics of 3D spacer fabric: factors affecting its compression deformation
Hou, X., Hu, H., Silberschmidt, V. 05/2012 In: Journal of Materials Science. 47, 9, p. 3989–3999. 11 p.
Numerical modelling of thermally bonded nonwovens: continuous and discontinuous approaches
Hou, X., Demirci, E., Acar, M., Pourdeyhimi, B., Silberschmidt, V. 05/2012 In: Solid State Phenomena. 188, p. 164-169. 6 p.
Finite element simulation of low-density thermally bonded nonwoven materials: effects of orientation distribution function and arrangement of bond points
Hou, X., Acar, M., Silberschmidt, V. 02/2011 In: Computational Materials Science. 50, 4, p. 1292–1298. 7 p.
Non-uniformity of deformation in low-density thermally point bonded non-woven material: effect of microstructure
Hou, X., Acar, M., Silberschmidt, V. 01/2011 In: Journal of Materials Science. 46, 2, p. 307–315. 9 p.
Nonlinear compression behavior of warp-knitted spacer fabric: effect of sandwich structure
Hou, X., Hu, H., Liu, Y., Silberschmidt, V. 2011 In: Computers, Materials & Continua. 23, 2, p. 119-134. 16 p.
2D finite element analysis of thermally bonded nonwoven materials: continuous and discontinuous models
Hou, X., Acar, M., Silberschmidt, V. 09/2009 In: Computational Materials Science. 46, 3, p. 700–707. 8 p.
Tensile behaviour of low density thermally bonded nonwoven material
Hou, X., Acar, M., Silberschmidt, V. 2009 In: Journal of Engineered Fibres and Fabrics . 4, 1, p. 26-33. 8 p.