Sheng-Wei Chi

Assistant professor of civil and materials engineering


Sheng-Wei Chi (Photo: Joshua Clark)

Sheng-Wei Chi is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 and continued his postdoctoral education at UCLA before his appointment at UIC.

Chi’s research centers around the development of advanced numerical methods for scientific and engineering computing, including the development of the image-based computational framework for biomedical applications, meshfree formulation based on the strong form collocation, multi-scale material modeling based on micrographs of microstructure, particle-based contact algorithms, mixed formulations for isogeometric analysis, and extended finite element methods for ductile failure. He applied the developed methods to various transient/dynamic problems and gained solid experience in analyses of wave propagation in nonlinear materials.

His research experiences also include simulation of high-speed penetration of concrete, simulation of earthmoving and excavation, multi-scale modeling of fracture processes of brittle and ductile materials — such as concrete and steel, respectively — patient-specific finite element modeling for skeletal muscles, and level-set based imaging processing.

Subject areas:

  • Computational mechanics
  • Nonlinear dynamics simulation
  • High-speed impact/penetration simulation
  • Soft tissue modeling
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