Fuh-Gwo Yuan

Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor

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  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3306

Dr. Yuan’s long-term goal is to create new and unique innovations in the area of smart structures and to bring these advances into the classroom.

At the graduate level, Dr. Yuan teaches Structural Health Monitoring (MAE 589). This class exposes students to state-of-the-art sensors and signal processing methods for in in-situ, continual monitoring of the health of structural systems.

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Yuan teaches the Bio-flight option of Aerospace Senior Design (MAE 478 and 479). In this year-long course, students study the different flight principles of birds. They select the feature(s) that can best be translated into human flight, and then build working prototype aircraft that utilize the selected feature(s). The class is also unique in that it brings in the latest research in bio-flight, in particular, understanding of bi-flight resulting from recent studies, and new methods of actuation and sensing tailored to aircraft morphing.

In his research, Dr. Yuan looks for graduate students with a multi-disciplinary background. He trains his students to methodically solve challenging technical problems and his students are drawn to Dr. Yuan’s research, in large part, because his research involves making advancements to multi-disciplinary problems that are both challenging and of high societal impact.

Outside of work, Dr. Yuan enjoys travel and chatting with students and friends.



Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Engineering Science

National Cheng-Kung University

Research Description

Dr. Yuan is interested in structural health monitoring, damage tolerance of composite structures, smart materials and structures, and fracture and life prediction of advanced materials and structures. Dr. Yuan is currently developing methods for structural diagnosis and prognosis (involves evaluating remaining life of structures using failure/statistical analysis tools), is developing a wireless sensor that monitors structural integrity, is developing methods for in-situ, mount-ed/embedded sensors for multi-functional composite structures, and is studying bio-inspired morphing technologies for civil, mechanical, and aerospace structures. Within MAE, Dr. Yuan collaborates with Dr. Peters and Dr. Wu.


Enhanced damage imaging of a metallic plate using matching pursuit algorithm with multiple wavepaths
Kim, H. W., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), Ultrasonics, 89, 84-101.
Extraction of guided wave dispersion curve in isotropic and anisotropic materials by Matrix Pencil method
Chang, C. Y., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), Ultrasonics, 89, 143-154.
Air-coupled nondestructive evaluation dissected
Harb, M. S., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, 37(3).
Impact damage visualization in a honeycomb composite panel through laser inspection using zero-lag cross-correlation imaging condition
Girolamo, D., Chang, H. Y., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), Ultrasonics, 87, 152-165.
A semi-analytical approach for SH guided wave mode conversion from evanescent into propagating
Yan, X., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), Ultrasonics, 84, 430-437.
On vibrations of porous nanotubes
She, G. L., Ren, Y. R., Yuan, F. G., & Xiao, W. S. (2018), International Journal of Engineering Science, 125, 23-35.
Improvement of progressive damage model to predicting crashworthy composite corrugated plate
Ren, Y. R., Jiang, H. Y., Ji, W. Y., Zhang, H. Y., Xiang, J. W., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), Applied Composite Materials, 25(1), 45-66.
Study on random decrement signature under different triggering level and length of time history
Wu, J. Z., Zheng, X. J., Hu, J., Zhang, Y. G., & Yuan, F. G. (2017), In Topics in modal analysis & testing, vol 10. (Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, ) (pp. 159-166).
On buckling and postbuckling behavior of nanotubes
She, G. L., Yuan, F. G., Ren, Y. R., & Xiao, W. S. (2017), International Journal of Engineering Science, 121, 130-142.
Design of novel plug-type triggers for composite square tubes: Enhancement of energy-absorption capacity and inducing failure mechanisms
Jiang, H. Y., Ren, Y. R., Gao, B. H., Xiang, J. W., & Yuan, F. G. (2017), International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 131, 113-136.

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Structural Health Monitoring of Persistent Platforms
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/01/18 - 7/31/19)
Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program (LaP) – FY18
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/01/17 - 9/30/19)
Real-time Cure Monitoring of Composites Using Piezoelectric Wafers and Fiber Bragg Gratings/Phase-Shifted Fiber Bragg Gratings
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/15/17 - 8/14/18)
In-Processing Cure Monitoring of Composites
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/18/16 - 10/14/17)
NIA Graduate Research Assistantship for Mr. Dongwon Lee
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(8/16/16 - 8/15/18)
Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program (LaP)-FY16
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/01/15 - 12/31/17)
An Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging System for Rapid Inspection of Ultra Large Complex Composite Structures using Time Reversal-MUSIC Technique
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(7/07/15 - 12/07/15)
In-Processing Cure Monitoring of Composites
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/15/15 - 8/14/17)
Automated Data Analysis for the CLANDE System (NIA GRA for Donato Girolamo)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(3/01/15 - 2/28/17)
Automated Monitoring of Composite Structures (NIA GRA for Rey-Yie Fong)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(1/01/15 - 8/15/16)