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Assistant Professor


Dr. Yuan Chen serves as an assistant professor at Southern University of Science and Technology. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Sydney in 2019. From 2019 to 2022, he was an ARC postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney, focusing his research on mechanism analysis, damage prediction, structural design and advanced manufacturing, etc. for composite materials and structures. His research interests are mostly concentrated on additive manufacturing of composite materials, design and computational analysis of composite structures, topological and structural optimisation for metamaterials and advanced composites, etc., attained a series of significant achievements. As the first or correspondent author, he has published over 30 papers in renowned international journals such as Compos Sci Technol, Compos Part A, etc. and his research outcomes have been well recognised and appraised by world-renowned experts, academic institutions, international organisations and so forth - He has been elected as Editor-in-Chief for Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science (Taylor & Francis)and invited to give speeches and chair sessions at various prestigious academic seminars and international conferences, and currently he has been the editorial board member, topical advisory panel member, guest editor, etc. of famous international academic journals. Currently, he has been supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Key Research & Development Program of China, Guangdong University Key-Area Special Program, etc. and was a national project reviewer for National Science Centre (NCN), Poland. He is also a professional member of several renowned academic societies and organisations, such as Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), European Materials Research Society, etc.

Research Area:

  • Mechanism analysis and damage modelling for composites

  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing of continuous fibre reinforced composites

  • Topology optimisation and structural design of composites

  • Multiscale modelling and experimental technique

  • Design, intelligent manufacturing and application of innovative metacomposites


SDM 474 Advanced Design-Manufacture Integrated Technique

SDM 101 Integrated system design: Fundamentals

SDM 232 Mechanical Design and Manufacturing I

Education Background:

2015 – 2019, University of Sydney, Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering

2012 – 2015, Hunan University, M. E. in Mechanical Engineering

Working Experience:

May. 2022 – Present, Assistant Professor, School of System Design and Intelligent Manufacturing, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.

Sep. 2019 – May. 2022, ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Nov. 2020 – Aug. 2021, Project Technical Advisor, School of Engineering and IT, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Feb. 2021 – Oct. 2021, Visiting Research Fellow, School of Engineering, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.

Jan. 2019 – Sep. 2019, Research Assistant, Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (CAMT), University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Mar. 2018 – Dec. 2021, Teaching Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Representative publications:

(1) CHEN Yuan*, MAI Yiu-Wing, YE Lin. (2023) “Perspectives for multiphase mechanical metamaterials”. Materials Science & Engineering R: Reports, 153: 100725. (IF: 33.667, Q1)

(2) CHEN Yuan, YE Lin, KINLOCH Anthony, ZHANG YiXia. (2022) “3D printed carbon-fibre reinforced composite lattice structures with good thermal-dimensional stability”. Composites Science and Technology, 227: 109599. (IF: 9.879, Q1)

(3) CHEN Yuan*, YE Lin, DONG Hang. (2022) “Lightweight 3D carbon fibre reinforced composite lattice structures of high thermal-dimensional stability”. Composite Structures, 304: 116471. (IF: 6.603, Q1)

(4) CHEN Yuan*, YE Lin (2021) “Designing and tailoring effective elastic modulus and negative Poisson’s ratio with continuous carbon fibres using 3D printing”. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 150: 106625. (IF: 9.463, Q1)

(5) CHEN Yuan, YE Lin. (2021) “Topological design for 3D-printing of carbon fibre reinforced composite structural parts”. Composites Science and Technology, 204: 108644. (IF: 9.879, Q1)

(6) CHEN Yuan*, YE Lin, FU KunKun. (2021) “Progressive failure of CFRP tubes reinforced with composite sandwich panels: Numerical analysis and energy absorption”. Composite Structures, 263: 113674. (IF: 6.603, Q1)

(7) CHEN Yuan*, HE QingHao. (2020) “3D-printed short carbon fibre reinforced perforated structures with negative Poisson's ratios: Mechanisms and design”. Composite Structures, 236: 111859. (IF: 6.603, Q1)

(8) CHEN Yuan, YE Lin, FU KunKun, HAN Xu. (2018) “Transition from buckling to progressive failure during quasi-static in-plane crushing of CF/EP composite sandwich panels”. Composites Science and Technology, 168: 133-144. (IF: 9.879, Q1)

(9) CHEN Yuan, FU KunKun, HOU ShuJuan, HAN Xu, YE Lin. (2018) “Multi-objective optimization for designing a composite sandwich structure under normal and 45° impact loadings”. Composites Part B Engineering, 142: 159-170. (IF: 11.322, Q1)

(10) CHEN Yuan, HOU ShuJuan, Fu KunKun, HAN Xu, YE Lin. (2017) “Low-velocity impact response of composite sandwich structures: Modelling and experiment”. Composite Structures, 168: 322-334. (IF: 6.603, Q1)

 Honors and Awards:

1、最佳会议报告(Best Oral Presentation),The 6th International Conference on Material Strength and Applied Mechanics,2023

2、鹏城孔雀计划(Pengcheng Peacock Plan), Shenzhen Government,2022

3、国际旅行奖(Travel Award), Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute,2022

4、最佳会议报告(Best Oral Presentation),The 4th International Conference on Material Strength and Applied Mechanics,2021

5、青年科学家奖(Young Scientist Medal),International Association of Advanced Materials,2021

6、悉尼大学研究生科研奖励计划(Postgraduate Research Student Scheme),The University of Sydney,2018

7、悉尼大学研究生科研奖励计划(Postgraduate Research Student Scheme),The University of Sydney,2017