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.


Design of an orthotropic piezoelectric composite material phased array transducer for damage detection in a concrete structure
Wang, Z. P., Luo, Y., Zhao, G. Q., Xu, B. Q., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, 27(4), 204-215.
A quantitative damage imaging technique based on enhanced CCRTM for composite plates using 2D scan
He, J. Z., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), Smart Materials & Structures, 25(10).
An anisotropic ultrasonic transducer for Lamb wave applications
Zhou, W. S., Li, H., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), Smart Structures and Systems, 17(6), 1055-1065.
An efficient low frequency horizontal diamagnetic levitation mechanism based vibration energy harvester
Palagummi, S., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), In Active and passive smart structures and integrated systems 2016. (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799).
An enhanced CCRTM (E-CCRTM) damage imaging technique using a 2-D areal scan for composite plates
He, J. Z., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), In Nondestructive characterization and monitoring of advanced materials, aerospace, and civil infrastructure 2016. (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9804).
Embedded Ni-Ti particles for the detection of fatigue crack growth in AA7050
Leser, W. P., Newman, J. A., Hochhalter, J. D., Gupta, V. K., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, 39(6), 686-695.
Study on a flexoelectric microphone using barium strontium titanate
Kwon, S. R., Huang, W. B., Zhang, S. J., Yuan, F. G., & Jiang, X. N. (2016), Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 26(4).
Damage modes recognition and Hilbert-Huang transform analyses of CFRP laminates utilizing acoustic emission technique
Han, W. Q., Ying, L., Gu, A. J., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), Applied Composite Materials, 23(2), 155-178.
Lamb waves based fast subwavelength imaging using a DORT-MUSIC algorithm
He, J. Z., & Yuan, F. G. (2016), In 42nd annual review of progress in quantitative nondestructive evaluation: incorporating the 6th european-american workshop on reliability of nde. (AIP Conference Proceedings, 1706).
System efficiency of miniature horizontal-axis wind turbines with and without gear transmission
Xu, F. J., Yuan, F. G., & Hu, J. Z. (2016), Journal of Energy Engineering, 142(1).

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In-Processing Cure Monitoring of Composites
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/18/16 - 8/14/17)
NIA Graduate Research Assistantship for Mr. Dongwon Lee
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(8/16/16 - 8/15/17)
Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program (LaP)-FY16
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/01/15 - 9/30/16)
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)
Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program (LaP)-FY15
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/01/14 - 6/30/16)
Defect Detection of Composite Panels
National Institute of Aerospace(7/01/14 - 7/31/15)
“In-situ Cure Monitoring Using Fiber Optic/PZT Sensors”(NIA GRA for Mohammad Harb)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(3/01/14 - 2/29/16)