Dr Daniel Chen

Dr Daniel Chen

Doctor of Philosophy (Structural Engineering)          The University of Queensland, Australia

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr Da (Daniel) Chen is an ARC DECRA fellow and a Lecturer at School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney. He also holds honorary appointments in the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the University of Queensland (UQ). He is a member of Engineers Australia and The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS).

In 2018, Daniel obtained his PhD in Structural Engineering from UQ with the topic: Static and Dynamic Analysis of Functionally Graded Porous Structures, where he systemically examined the bending, buckling, vibration, and energy absorption of innovative composite forms made of metal foams and featured by graded porosities. After PhD, he embarked on new research related to novel vibration absorbers, offshore fish cages, and wheel-rail interaction.

During May 2021 to May 2022, Daniel joined Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and was affiliated with Division Mechanics of Functional Materials (MFM) and Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design (ISMD). He continued his journey on porous structures and extended his study towards multi-scale modelling and deep learning. During May 2022 and April 2023, he worked for UoM under his DECRA project: Smart Optimisation of Functionally Graded Porous Structures. Meanwhile, he was also involved in the experimental investigation of advanced composite concrete columns and structural health monitoring of bridges and road networks.

Daniel started his role in UNSW Sydney as a Lecturer from May 2023.

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Room 614, Level 6, Civil Engineering Building (H20) UNSW SYDNEY 2052
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Experimental fire performance assessment of a new type of prestressed composite circular precast concrete columns', Engineering Structures, 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2022.115509
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Linking mesoscopic and macroscopic aspects of inclined self-weight sandwich beams with functionally graded porous cores under moving loads', International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/s021945542340014x
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Enhanced thermal buckling resistance of folded graphene reinforced nanocomposites with negative thermal expansion: From atomistic study to continuum mechanics modelling', Composite Structures, 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.114872
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Impact of surface doping profile and passivation layers on surface-related degradation in silicon PERC solar cells', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 235, pp. 111497 - 111497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2021.111497
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Impact response of inclined self-weighted functionally graded porous beams reinforced by graphene platelets', Thin-Walled Structures, 179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2022.109501
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Multiscale modelling of functionally graded porous beams: Buckling and vibration analyses', Engineering Structures, 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2022.114568
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Buckling and free vibration of axially functionally graded graphene reinforced nanocomposite beams', Engineering Structures, 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.113327
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Examination of net volume reduction of gravity-type open-net fish cages under sea currents', Aquacultural Engineering, 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaeng.2020.102128
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Vibration Absorber for Spring-Mass System Using a Hanging Heavy Column with Rotationally Restrained End', Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001750
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Buckling and bending analyses of a novel functionally graded porous plate using Chebyshev-Ritz method', Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 19, pp. 157 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acme.2018.09.004
    Journal articles | 2018
    Gao K; Gao W; Chen D; Yang J, 2018, 'Nonlinear free vibration of functionally graded graphene platelets reinforced porous nanocomposite plates resting on elastic foundation', Composite Structures, 204, pp. 831 - 846, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.08.013
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Buckling and free vibration analyses of functionally graded graphene reinforced porous nanocomposite plates based on Chebyshev-Ritz method', Composite Structures, 193, pp. 281 - 294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.03.090
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Dynamic response and energy absorption of functionally graded porous structures', Materials and Design, 140, pp. 473 - 487, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.12.019
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Vibration characteristics of functionally graded graphene reinforced porous nanocomposite cylindrical shells with spinning motion', Composites Part B: Engineering, 145, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.03.009
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Free vibration and elastic buckling of functionally graded porous beams reinforced by graphene platelets', Materials and Design, 116, pp. 656 - 665, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2016.12.061
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Nonlinear vibration and postbuckling of functionally graded graphene reinforced porous nanocomposite beams', Composites Science and Technology, 142, pp. 235 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2017.02.008
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'Corrigendum to "Elastic buckling and static bending of shear deformable functionally graded porous beam" [Compos. Struct. 133 (2015) 54-61] DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.07.052', Composite Structures, 139, pp. 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.12.063
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'Free and forced vibrations of shear deformable functionally graded porous beams', International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 108-109, pp. 14 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2016.01.025
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'Nonlinear free vibration of shear deformable sandwich beam with a functionally graded porous core', Thin-Walled Structures, 107, pp. 39 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2016.05.025
    Journal articles | 2015
    2015, 'Elastic buckling and static bending of shear deformable functionally graded porous beam', Composite Structures, 133, pp. 54 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.07.052
    Journal articles | 2014
    2014, 'Braking performance of working Rail-mounted cranes under wind load', Wind and Structures, An International Journal, 19, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/was.2014.19.1.001
  • Conference Papers | 2017
    2017, 'Nonlinear free vibration of shear deformable functionally graded porous beams', in 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2017
    Conference Papers | 2017
    2017, 'Postbuckling of shear deformable sandwich beam with a functionally graded porous metal foam core', in Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016, pp. 1797 - 1802

  • Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant (2022)                                                    The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA, 2022)                                   Australian Research Council, Australia

  • ´Future Talent´ Short-term Scholarship (2021)                                           Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • ´Future Talent´ Guest Stay (2020)                                                                 Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding HDR Theses (2018)                                            The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Civil Engineering Conference Travel Contribution Award (2017)                     The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (2014)                   Australian Government, Australia
  • UQ Centennial Scholarship (2014)                                                                         The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Research Higher Degree Top Up Scholarship (2014)                                          The University of Queensland, Australia

With diverse research experience in Australia and Germany, Daniel has an interdisciplinary knowledge background across structural, material, and mechanical engineering. He is best known for his expertise in the development of functionally graded porous structural components.

Daniel is interested in the following research fields :

  • Lightweight multifunctional structural forms
  • Architectured materials
  • Machine learning aided analysis
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Offshore structures