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.


3D printing of electroactive PVDF thin films with high beta-phase content
Chen, C., Cai, F., Zhu, Y., Liao, L., Qian, J., Yuan, F.-G., & Zhang, N. (2019), SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 28(6). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-665X/ab15b7
Energy-absorption performance of composite corrugated plates with corrugated-shape ditch plug initiator
Liu, Z., Jiang, H., Ren, Y., Qian, Z., & Yuan, F.-G. (2019), POLYMER COMPOSITES, 40(5), 1708–1717. https://doi.org/10.1002/pc.24924
Guided wave-based system for real-time cure monitoring of composites using piezoelectric discs and phase-shifted fiber Bragg gratings
Hudson, T. B., Auwaijan, N., & Yuan, F.-G. (2019), JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS, 53(7), 969–979. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021998318793512
Hygro-thermal wave propagation in functionally graded double-layered nanotubes systems
She, G.-L., Ren, Y.-R., & Yuan, F.-G. (2019), STEEL AND COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 31(6), 641–653. https://doi.org/10.12989/scs.2019.31.6.641
On nonlinear bending behavior of FG porous curved nanotubes
She, G.-L., Yuan, F.-G., Karami, B., Ren, Y.-R., & Xiao, W.-S. (2019), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 135, 58–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijengsci.2018.11.005
Research on the Actuation Performance of 2D-Orthotropic Piezoelectric Composite Materials Linear Phased Array Transducer
Wang, Z., Li, X., Yuan, F.-G., & Bao, Z. (2019), JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, 19(8), 5205–5210. https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2019.16814
A bi-stable horizontal diamagnetic levitation based low frequency vibration energy harvester
Palagummi, S., & Yuan, F. G. (2018), SENSORS AND ACTUATORS A-PHYSICAL, 279, 743–752. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2018.07.001
Air-Coupled Nondestructive Evaluation Dissected
Harb, M. S., & Yuan, F.-G. (2018), JOURNAL OF NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION, 37(3). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10921-018-0502-4
Damage Detection and Isolation via Autocorrelation: A Step toward Passive Sensing
Damage Detection in Composite Structures Using Time-Reversal Migration Technique
Xiang, D., Yuan, F.-G., & He, J. (2018), 2018 PROGNOSTICS AND SYSTEM HEALTH MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE (PHM-CHONGQING 2018). https://doi.org/10.1109/PHM-Chongqing.2018.00069

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NIA Graduate Research Assistantship for Mr. Dongwon Lee - Investigating the Structural and Mechanical Properties of Boron Nitride Nanotubes and their Polymer Nanocomposites
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)(8/16/18 - 7/31/19)
Augmented Analysis and Data Collection for Materials Design and Evaluation
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/01/18 - 9/30/19)
Structural Health Monitoring of Persistent Platforms
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/01/18 - 7/31/20)
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)