Professor of Engineering
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Professor Zhan Chen received his Bachelor of Engineering in materials engineering from the (now named) Central South University in China in 1982, before completing his Master of Engineering in 1985, and PhD research in 1989 at the University of Auckland.
He then spent ten years in Australia conducting research on materials processing; three years with the then Pasminco Research Centre; and seven years with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). During that period, he worked in the areas of squeeze and high pressure die casting, semisolid forming and mechanical properties of aluminium and magnesium alloys.
On his return to New Zealand in 2000, Professor Chen joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at AUT. Today, he teaches topics on engineering materials and manufacturing technologies/processes at various levels.
Throughout his time at AUT he has conducted research with his students on thermomechanical related processes (materials science and mechanics of), particularly friction stir welding/processing (FSW/P) of various alloys and machinability of difficult-to-cut materials. He has also conducted research on welding metallurgy. More recently, Professor Chen has been working on metal additive manufacturing (AM), both electron beam melting and selective laser melting technologies. In this work, he examines how the complex thermal conditions and melting dynamics affect the tracks, microdefects and microstructures formed during AM and the subsequent mechanical properties of the AM alloy products.
Professor Chen is the author and co-author of 120 scientific and technical publications in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.
Professor Zhan Chen’s extended academic profile