The general area of my research is agricultural Structures and Environment (S&E). This specialization covers structural design and environmental control for plat and animal production and storage of agricultural and good products. In the structures area, my research focuses primarily on bulk solids systems, including mechanical behaviour of granular materials, loads in grain storage bins, and discrete element and finite element modeling of bulk solids systems. I have severed on the technical committees of ASABE responsible for developing standards for design of grain bins. In the environment area, my research focuses on: controlled environment for animal production, odour management in livestock operations, airborne transmission of animal diseases, and greenhouse production in northern climate conditions. I have served on the technical committees of ASABE responsible for developing standards for odour measurement.
La, A., Q. Zhang, G. Zhu. 2015. Determining tolerance to odour annoyance in communities near swine operations. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 56:6.1-6.11.
Zhang, Q. and X. Cheng. 2014. An intermittent arch model for predicting dynamic pressures during discharge in grain storage bins. The Trans¬actions of the ASABE 57(6):1839-1844.
Sobieski, W. and Q. Zhang. 2014. Sensitivity analysis of Kozeny-Carman and Ergun equations. Technical Sciences 17(3), 2014, 235–248.
Beshada, E. Q. Zhang, R. Boris. 2014. Energy consumption of heat pad and heat lamps and aerial environment in a commercial swine farrowing facility. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 56:5.1-5.6.
Hao, X.X. W. Cao, B.M. Li, Q. Zhang, C.Y. Wang and L. Ge. 2014. Slightly acidic electrolyzed water for reducing airborne microorganisms in a layer breeding house. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 64(4):494-500.
Hu, Y. C. Liu, Q. Zhang, and Y. He. 2013. Building kinetic models for determining vitamin C content in fresh jujube and predicting its shelf life based on near-infrared spectroscopy. Sensors 13(11): 15673-15681.doi:10.3390/s131115673.
Hao, X.X, Z. Shen, C. Wang, J. Wang; Q. Zhang, B. Li, W. Cao. 2013. In vitro inactivation of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and pseudorabies virus by slightly acidic electrolyzed water. The Veterinary Journal 197(2):297-301.
Hao, X.X. B.M. Li, C.Y. Wang, Q. Zhang, and W. Cao. 2013. Application of slightly acidic electrolyzed water for inactivating microbes in a layer breeding house. Poultry Science 92(10):2560-2566. doi:10.3382/ps.2013-03117.
Hao, X.X., B.M. Li, Q. Zhang, B.Z. Lin, L.B. Ge, C.Y. Wang, W. Cao. 2013. Disinfection effectiveness of slightly acidic electrolyzed water in swine barns. Journal of Applied Microbiology 115(3):703-710. doi:10.1111/jam.12274.
Wu, J., D.S. Jayas, Q. Zhang, N.D.G. White and R.K. York. 2013. Feasibility of the application of electronic nose technology to detect insect infestation in wheat. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 55:3.1-3.9.
Sobieski, W., Q. Zhang, C. Liu. 2012. Predicting tortuosity in porous beds consisting of uniform spherical particles. Transport in Porous Media, DOI 10.1007/s11242-012-9961-8.
Zhou, X., Q. Zhang, A. Huang. 2011. Evaluation of a plant material-based air purifier for removing H2S, NH3 and pig manure odour. Environmental Technology (in press).
Ai, S., Y. Chen, and Q. Zhang. Simulation of liquid movement in soil following pocket injection. Transactions of the ASABE 55(1):85-92.
Rahman, S, T. DeSutter, and Q. Zhang. 2011. Efficacy of a microbial additive in reducing odor, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide emissions from farrowing-gestation swine operation. Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal, Vol.13, No.3, 2011.
Li, Z., Y. Luo, H. Chen, Q. Zhang and M. Del Bigio. 2011. On evaluation of intracranial pressure in closed head injury. International Journal for Multiscale Materials Modeling 1:9-23.
Liu, C. Q. Zhang, and Y. Chen. 2010. Discrete element simulations of vibration characteristics of bulk grain in storage bins. Transactions of the ASABE 53(5):1653-1659.
Cheng, X. and Q. Zhang. 2009. A predictive model for arch destruction in hopper-bottom bins for cohesive bulk solids. Transactions of the ASABE 52(6): 2039-2045.
Mahmood, K., D.D. Mann, Q. Zhang, and A. Brule-Babel. 2009. A perpetual harvest greenhouse system: integrating barn, biofilter and greenhouse. Agricultural Engineering International: The CIGR EJournal. Manuscript ERG 1310. Vol XI. August, 2009.
Guan, W. and Q. Zhang. 2009. The effect of moisture content and compaction on the strength and arch formation of wheat flour in a model bin. Journal of Food Engineering 94:227-232.
Ge, T. and Q. Zhang. 2009. Arch formation and destruction in a model bin during vibration. Trans¬actions of the ASABE 52(2):559-564.