Hongbin Sun

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Hongbin Sun is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He received 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

  • ASNT and ASCE member


  • 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.