Aixi Zhou, Ph.D., P.E.

Aixi Zhou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Fire Safety Engineering Technology
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, China, 1999
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shenyang Aerospace University, China, 1996
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management, Associate Professor, 2013-Present; Assistant Professor, 2007-2013
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2007; Research Assistant, 2000-2002
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Lecturer and Senior Scientist, 2003-2006
  • University of California at San Diego, Department of Structural Engineering, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2002-2003
Research Grants: 
  1. Effect of weathering on the performance of fire retardant coatings, sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), PI, 5/2014-12/2019.
  2. Fire safety performance of clothes dryers, sponsored by Electrolux USA, PI, 3/2014-9/2014.
  3. Development of high performance PBI polymers and their composites, sponsored by PBI Performance Products, Inc., PI, 9/2011-12/2013.
  4. Composite storage reservoir for ocean compressed air energy storage, sponsored by the NC Coastal Studies Institute, PI, 7/2012-6/2013.
  5. Ocean energy power take-off using magnetic gears, sponsored by the NC Coastal Studies Institute, Co-PI, 7/2011-6/2013.
  6. Structure Protection Project: Evaluation of coatings and wrapping systems for structural fire protection on national forest lands and the wildland urban interface, sponsored by the US Forest Service, PI, 7/2010-9/2012.
  7. Tidal power generator for superior functionality, sponsored by the NC Coastal Studies Institute, Co-PI, 7/2011-6/2012.
  8. FTIR gas analyzer and smoke density chamber for fire safety research and education, sponsored by the UNC General Administration, PI, 6/2011.
  9. Vacuum furnace for VULCAN, sponsored by ORNL, PI, 8/2010-5/2011.
  10. Effectiveness of pre-applied wetting agents in prevention of urban wildland interface fires, sponsored by DHS, Co-PI, 7/2008-8/2011. 
  11. Structural fire resistance of fiber reinforced polymer composites, sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant, PI, 1/2008-5/2009.  
  12. Development and application of fire resistive models for naval composite structures, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, PI, 7/2007-6/2010.
  13. Standard for load resistance factor design of pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer structures, sponsored by ASCE, PI, 10/2007-10/2008.
  14. Fire integrity in advanced ship structures, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, Co-PI, 08/2007-03/2008.
Recent Publications: 
  1. Tian, N. and Zhou, A. (2014). “An ignition criterion for combustible solids integrating surface temperature and heating rate.” Fire and Materials, in press, DOI: 10.1002/fam.2237.
  2. Zhang, J., Liu, C., Chen, X., Cheng, G., and Zhou, A. (2014). “Study on constant-step stress accelerated life tests in white organic light-emitting diodes.” Luminescence, in press, DOI 10.1002/bio.2644.
  3. Zhang, J., Guo, L., Wu, H., Zhou, A., Hu, D., and Ren, J. (2014). “The influence of wind shear on vibration of geometrically nonlinear wind turbine blade under fluid-structure interaction”, Ocean Engineering, 84:14-19.
  4. Zhang, J., Zhang, K., Zhou, A., Zhou, T., Hu, D., Ren, J. (2014). “Analysis of nonlinear dynamic response of wind turbine blade under fluid–structure interaction and turbulence effect.” J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power, 136(10): 102604.
  5. Zhang, J., Zhou, A., Du, Y., Wu, H., Ren, J., Hu, D. (2014). “Influences of gas velocity and particle distribution on PM10 collection in wire-plate ESP under diffusion charging mechanisms.” Advanced Materials Research, 864: 1399-1407.
  6. Tian, N. and Zhou, A. (2014). “A simplified model for predicting the ignition of fiber reinforced polymer composite with validation using intermediate-scale fire experiment data.” Fire and Materials, 38(3):356–380.
  7. Zhou, A., and Yu, Z. (2014). “Validating thermal response models using bench-scale and intermediate-scale fire experiment data.” Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 24(5), 412-421.
  8. Yu, Z., and Zhou, A. (2014). “Effect of flame heat flux on the fire properties of char forming materials.” Fire and Materials, 38(1): 100-110.
  9. Nicholas, T., Boyajian,D., Chen,S.E., and Zhou, A. (2013). "Finite element modeling of Mode I failure of the single contoured cantilever CFRP-reinforced concrete beam," Journal of Structures, vol. 2013, Article ID 138617, DOI: 10.1155/2013/138617.
  10. Yu, Z., and Zhou, A. (2013). “Fiber reinforced polymer composite structures in fire: modeling and validation.” Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 20 (5), 361-372.
  11. Zhang, J.P., Wu, J.L., Liu, Y., Wu, H., Zhou, A., and Wu, W.L. (2013). “White OLED Weibull life prediction using maximum likelihood estimation”, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 41(1), 76-80.
  12. Zhou, A. (2013). “Analysis of FRP structural members.” in the Int. Handbook of FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CRC Press, 131-154.
  13. Zhou, A. and Zhao, L. (2013) “Connection design for FRP structural members.”, in the Int. Handbook of FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CRC Press, 171-190.
  14. Zhuge, J., Gou, J., Chen, R.-H., Zhou, A., and Yu, Z. (2012). “Fire performance and post-fire mechanical properties of polymer composites coated with hybrid carbon nanofiber paper.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 124 (1), 37-48.
  15. Zhang, J.P., Liu, F., Liu, Y., Wu, H., Wu, W.L., and Zhou, A. (2012). “A study of accelerated life test of white OLED based on maximum likelihood estimation using lognormal distribution”, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices,   59(12), 3401-3404.
Honors & Awards: 
  • ASCE ExCEEd Fellow, 2010
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2009