Hongbin Sun

Hongbin Sun

R&D Associate Staff

Hongbin Sun is currently an R&D associate staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020 with an outstanding dissertation award. His research interests include ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation, ultrasonic sensor development, structural health monitoring using ultrasound, machine learning for ultrasonic NDE, and their applications for nuclear power systems and civil infrastructures. 


Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (US), 2015-2020

M.S. (Structural Engineering), Northwestern Polytechnical University (China), 2011-2014

B.S. (Civil Engineering), Northwestern Polytechnical University (China), 2007-2011


Professional membership

  • ANS, ASNT, and ASCE member

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Nguyen, Thien Duy, Hongbin Sun, Ruhul Ruhul Amin, Pradeep Ramuhalli, Chol-Bum Kweon, and Ilias Belharouak. "Ultrasonic Nondestructive Diagnosis of Cylindrical Batteries Under Various Charging Rates." Journal of The Electrochemical Society (2024).
  • Hongbin Sun, Pradeep Ramuhalli, Ruhul Amin, and Ilias Belharouak. ”Second Harmonic Generation for Estimating State of Charge of Lithium-ion Batteries,” Applied Physics Letter, 124.7 (2024)
  • Clayton Malone, Hongbin Sun, and Jinying Zhu. ”Nonlinear impact-echo test for quantitative evaluation of ASR damage in concrete.” Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation 42, 93 (2023).
  • Hongbin Sun, Yalei Tang, Clayton Malone, and Jinying Zhu. ”Long-term ultrasonic monitoring of concrete affected by alkali-silica reaction”, Structural Health Monitoring-SAGE Journal (2023): 14759217231169000.
  • Hongbin Sun, Pradeep Ramuhalli, and Richard E. Jacob. ”Machine learning for ultrasonic NDE of welding defects: A systematic review”, Ultrasonics (2022): 106854.
  • Hongbin Sun, Vivek Rathod, Miguel Crespillo, William J. Weber, Steven J. Zinkle, Eva Zarkadoula, and Pradeep Ramuhalli. ”Laser Doppler vibrometry for piezoelectric coefficient (d33) measurements in irradiated aluminum nitride”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (2022): 113886.
  • Hongbin Sun, Pradeep Ramuhalli, Nitin Muralidharan, Ruhul Amin, and Ilias Belharouak. ”Ultrasonic nondestructive diagnosis of Lithium-ion battery using multiple frequencies,” Journal of Power Sources 549 (2022): 232091.
  • Baral, Aniruddha, Elena Tajuelo Rodriguez, William A. Hunnicutt, Ercan Cakmak, Hongbin Sun, Jan Ilavsky, Yann Le Pape, Thomas M. Rosseel, and Nishant Garg. ”Ultra-high gamma irradiation of calcium silicate hydrates: Impact on mechanical properties, nanostructure, and atomic environments.” Cement and Concrete Research 158 (2022): 106855.
  • Taeyong Shin, Hongbin Sun, Jinying Zhu, and Ying Zhang. ”Nondestructive damage detection of concrete with alkali-silica reactions using coda wave and anomaly detection,” IEEE Sensors Journal,(2022) 22.6:6124-6135
  • Hongbin Sun, Jinying Zhu. "Determination of acoustic nonlinearity parameters using thermal modulation of ultrasonic waves", Applied Physics Letter (2020)116:241901
  • Hongbin Sun, and Jinying Zhu. "Nondestructive evaluation of steel-concrete composite structure using high-frequency ultrasonic guided wave", Ultrasonics 103 (2020):106096.
  • Hongbin Sun, and Jinying Zhu. "Thermal modulation of nonlinear ultrasonic wave for concrete damage evaluation." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 145.5(2019): EL405-EL409.
  • Hongbin Sun, Sepehr Pashoutani, and Jinying Zhu. "Nondestructive Evaluation of Concrete Bridge Decks with Automated Acoustic Scanning System and Ground Penetrating Radar." Sensors (Basel, Switzerland) 18.6 (2018).
  • Hongbin Sun, Jinying Zhu, and Suyun Ham. "An Automated Acoustic Scanning System for Delamination Detection in Concrete Bridge Decks." ASCE-Journal of Bridge Engineering 23.6 (2018):04018027
  • Hongbin Sun, Jinying Zhu, and Suyun Ham. "Acoustic Evaluation of Concrete Delaminations Using Ball-chain Impact Excitation." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141.5 (2017): EL477-EL481.
  • Hongbin Sun, and Jinying Zhu. "Monitoring Early Age Properties of Cementitious Material Using Ultrasonic Guided Waves in Embedded Rebar." Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation 36.1 (2017): 5.