Xia Liang

Associate Professor


Email: xialiang@hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: Topology optimization, Multiscale modeling, Model order reduction, Fracture analysis

Dr. Liang XIA is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He received his Doctoral degree from University of Technology of Compiegne (UTC, France) and Bachelor degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU, China). Dr. Liang XIA joined School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in February 2017. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Roberval Laboratory of Mechanics (CNRS 7337) and Laboratory of Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (CNRS 8208) in France. His PhD thesis received UTC 2015 Guy Deniélou PhD Thesis Award, the Best PhD Thesis Award from the CSMA association and had been nominated for ECCOMAS 2015 PhD Thesis Award. His research interests cover structural topology optimization, multiscale modeling and model order reduction. He is the author and co-author of over 20 peer reviewed journal papers with 445 citations and h-index 13 (Google Scholar Citations by Dec. 2017).

Academic Degrees


 2015.11   University of Technology of Compiegne   PhD

 2010.07   Northwestern Polytechnical University     Bachelor


Professional Experience

Since 2017.02, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China 

2016.02 – 2017.01, Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, CNRS 8208, University of Paris-Est, Paris, France 

2015.12 – 2016.01, Postdoctoral Researcher, Roberval Laboratory of Mechanics, CNRS 7337, University of Technology of Compiegne, Compiegne, France

Selected Publications


  1. Xia L, Multiscale structural topology optimization, ISTE-Elsevier, London, 2016, ISBN: 9781785481000

    Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  2. Xia L, Yvonnet J*, Ghabezloo S, Phase field modeling of hydraulic fracturing with interfacial damage in highly heterogeneous fluid-saturated porous media, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2017.10.005

  3. Xia L*, Xia Q, Huang X, Xie YM, Bi-directional Evolutionary Structural Optimization on Advanced Structures and Materials: A Comprehensive Review, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11831-016-9203-2

  4. Xia L*, Breitkopf P, Recent advances on topology optimization of multiscale nonlinear structures, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s11831-016-9170-7

  5. Zhu J*, Zhang W, Xia L*, Topology optimization in aircraft and aerospace structures design, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 2016, 23(4):595-622

  6. Xia L*, Breitkopf P, Design of materials using topology optimization and energy-based homogenization approach in Matlab, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2015, 52:1229-1241

  7. Fritzen F*, Xia L, Leuschner M, Breitkopf P, Topology optimization of multiscale elastoviscoplastic structures, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2015, 106(6):430-453

  8. Xia L*, Breitkopf P, Multiscale structural topology optimization with an approximate constitutive model for local material microstructure, Computer

  9. Xia L*, Breitkopf P, Concurrent topology optimization design of material and structure within FE2 nonlinear multiscale analysis framework, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2014, 278:524-542

  10. Xia L*, Raghavan B, Breitkopf P, Zhang W, Numerical material representation using proper orthogonal decomposition and diffuse approximation, Applied Mathematics and Computation, 2013, 224: 450-462

  11. Xia L, Zhu J, Zhang W*, Breitkopf P, An implicit model for the integrated optimization of component layout and structure topology, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2013, 257: 87-102

Awards and Honors

1. Nominee of ECCOMAS 2015 PhD Thesis Award

2. CSMA 2015 Best PhD Thesis Award

3. UTC 2015 Guy Deniélou PhD Thesis Award

4. Early Career Researchers Fellowship, WCSMO-11, Sydney, Australia, July 2015

5. Best Paper Award, the 5th ICCM conference, Cambridge, UK, July 2014

Courses Taught

(a) Machine Design

(b) Computer Graphics and CAD Techniques


National Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 51705165), Integrated Design Method for Ultra-lightweight Hierarchical Aircraft Structures, 2018-2020, Principal Investigator