Professor of Thermal Engineering

Phone: (+86)138-0718-3846


Academic Areas: Thermal Engineering

Research Interests: Coal combustion theory and technology, Coal fired power plant operation optimization


Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Thermal Power Engineering, 2001, Huazhong University of Science & Technology;

MS in Thermal Power Engineering, 1991, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

BA in Power Engineering, 1986, Huazhong University of Science & Technology.

Professional Experience

Professor (2001-present), School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology;

AssociateProfessor (1997-2001), School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology;

Lecturer (1993- 1997), School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Visiting Scholar(2005), Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

Selected Publications


  1. Chen Gang, Fang Qingyan, Zhang Cheng, Xia Ji. Coal blending combustion and operation optimization for utility boiler. China Power Press, 2013.
  2. Papers(2010-2016)
  3. Xiaofei Feng, Cheng Zhang*, Peng Tan, Xiaopei Zhang, Qingyan Fang, Gang Chen*(2016), “Experimental study of the physicochemical structure and moisture readsorption characteristics of Zhaotong lignite after hydrothermal and thermal upgrading”, Fuel,2016. 185,112–121
  4. Tan Peng, Zhang Cheng*, Xia Ji, Fang Qingyan, Chen Gang*(2016). “Modeling and reduction of NOX emissions for a 700 MW coal-fired boiler with the advanced machine learning method”. Energy, 2016, 94:672-679
  5. Tan Peng, Zhang Cheng*, Xia Ji, Fang Qingyan, Chen Gang*(2016). “NOx Emission Model for Coal-Fired Boilers Using Principle Component Analysis and Support Vector Regression”. Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, 2016, 49(2):211-216.
  6. Tan Peng, Ma Lun, Fang Qing-yan*, Zhang Cheng*, Chen Gang (2016). “Application of different combustion models for simulating the co-combustion of sludge with coal in a 100 MW tangentially coal-fired utility boiler”. Energy & Fuels, 2016, 30 (3), pp 1685–1692
  7. Peng Tan, Cheng Zhang*, Ji Xia, Qing-Yan Fang, Gang Chen(2015), “Estimation of higher heating value of coal based on proximate analysis using support vector regression”,Fuel Processing Technology 138 (2015) 298-304
  8. Changya Deng, Cheng Zhang*, Peng Tan, Qingyan Fang, and Gang Chen*(2015), “The melting and transformation characteristics of minerals during co-combustion of coal with different sludge”, Energy Fuels, 2015, 29 (10), pp 6758–6767
  9. Cheng Zhang*, Tingting Li, Dong Li, Ji Xia, Gang Chen*(2015), “Releasing behavior of mercury in coal during mild thermal treatment” Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Vol. 22, November 2015, pp.328-332
  10. Lun Ma, Qingyan Fang,* Dangzhen Lv,* Cheng Zhang, Yiping Chen, Gang Chen(2015), Xuenong Duan and Xihuan Wang, “Reducing NOx Emissions for a 600 MWe Down-Fired Pulverized-Coal Utility Boiler by Applying a Novel Combustion System”,Environ. Sci. Technol., 2015, 49 (21), pp 13040–13049
  11. Dengfeng Tian, Lijin Zhong, Peng Tan, Lun Ma, Qingyan Fang*, Cheng Zhang, Dianping Zhang, Gang Chen*, “Influence of vertical burner tilt angle on the gas temperature deviation in a 700 MW low NOx tangentially fired pulverised-coal boiler”,Fuel Processing Technology 138 (2015) 616–628
  12. Ji Xia, Gang Chen*, Peng Tan, Cheng Zhang*(2014), “An online case-based reasoning system for coal blends combustion optimization of thermal power plant”,Electrical Power and Energy Systems,2014,62:299–311
  13. Jinping Zhang, Cheng Zhang,* Yongqi Qiu, Lei Chen, Peng Tan, and Gang Chen*(2014), “Evaluation of Moisture Readsorption and Combustion Characteristicsof a Lignite Thermally Upgraded with the Addition of Asphalt”,Energy Fuels,2014, 28, 7680−7688
  14. Xianjun Yang, Cheng Zhang,* Peng Tan, Tao Yang, Qingyan Fang, and Gang Chen*(2014), “Properties of Upgraded Shengli Lignite and Its Behavior for Gasification”,Energy Fuels,2014, 28, 264−274
  15. Dong Li, Cheng Zhang,* Ji Xia, Peng Tan, Li Yang, and Gang Chen(2013), “Evolution of Organic Sulfur in the Thermal Upgrading Process of Shengli Lignite”, Energy Fuels 2013, 27, 3446−3453
  16. Guangqian Luo, Jingjing Ma , Jun Han , Hong Yao , Minghou Xu , Cheng Zhang , Gang Chen ,Rajenda Gupta , Zhenghe Xu(2013). “Hg occurrence in coal and its removal before coal utilization”. Fuel, 104 ,70–76,2013
  17. Junjun Yin,Cheng Zhang, Changlei Qin , Wenqiang Liu, Hui An, Gang Chen, Bo Feng(2012) “Reactivation of calcium-based sorbent by water hydration for CO2 capture”,Chemical Engineering Journal 198–199 (2012) 38–44
  18. Yuangang Xu, Cheng Zhang, Ji Xia, Yonghua Duan, Junjun Yin and Gang Chen(2010) “Experimental study on the comprehensive behavior of combustion for blended coals”,Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering,2010,5(3):435-440.(SCI)

Selected Cases

Awards and Honors

  1. China General Chamber of Commerce Science & Technology Progress, First-class Award,2015
  2. National Science & Technology Progress, Second-class Award ,2014
  3. National Education Minister Science & Technology Progress, Second-class Award, 2012
  4. Gold medal of the 39th Geneva International Invention Show, 2011
  5. Hubei province science & Technology Progress, First-class Award, 2010

Courses Taught

Combustion theory (MS course)

Theory of Boiler (BA course)


  1. Improvement of adaptability for boiler with multiple coal after low-NOx renovation. Shajiao C Power Plant. 2015-2017, Principal Investigator.
  2. Dynamic and accurate control of flow field in SCR, Project of science and technology from Guangdong Yudean Guoup CO., LTD. 2015-2017, Principal Investigator.
  3. Development and application projects of the dynamic whole coal blending process optimization system. The Zhuhai Power Plant, Guangdong Power Group, 2012-2013, Principal Investigator.
  4. Science and technology special project of Guangdong Province (Project No. 2009B090300304) “The investigation of key technology for the co-combustion of coal and sludge in a coal-fired boiler” 2009-2011,2013-2014
  5. National Basic Research Program of China(“973” project, No. 2009CB226110, 2009-2011) The fundamental research on high efficiency hydrogen production from coal based on CO2 capture. Principal Investigator.
  6. Major science and technology special project of Guangdong Province (No. 2008A080800029, 2008-2010): Study on the coal blending and economic operation and Application in large coal fired power plants. Principal Investigator.
  7. Guangdong Yuedian Zhuhai Power Station project (2007-2008) ---- The study on the coal adaptation expansion for 600MW boiler and combustion optimization Principal Investigator.
  8. Guangdong Shajiao C Power Station (3X660MW) project (2006-2008)---- Investigation on the blend coal combustion with high efficiency and low emission. Principal Investigator.
  9. National Basic Research Program of China(“973” project, No. 2005CB724905, 2005-2007) ---- The emission control and removal of multi-pollutant during energy utilization
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