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Structural Health Assessment and Monitoring Laboratory

The Structural Health Assessment and Monitoring Laboratory (SHAML) is a research laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Our research focuses on structural dynamics with an emphasis on its applications to structural health assessment and monitoring. Specifically, we are currently expending our research efforts on damage identification of simple and complex structures and on modeling and testing dynamic properties of structures with various joints. Our research embraces numerical modeling/simulation and experimental validation.

Research Areas

  • Structural dynamics and vibrations
  • Modal analysis/testing
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Digital signal processing
  • Laser Doppler vibrometry
  • Digital image correlation

Research Grants

Collaborative Research: Three-Dimensional Continuously Scanning Laser Vibrometry with Application to Structural Damage Detection

  • Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
  • Start and End Dates:09/01/2018 – 08/31/2021


We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students with coursework or research experience related to structural dynamics and vibration, digital signal processing, structural health monitoring, computer vision or other relevant subjects. Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are available now. Financial supports for the tuition and stipend will be provided. Applicants can send their full curriculum vitae, research statement and copies of transcripts via email to Dr. Yongfeng Xu ( Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled.


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Yongfeng Xu

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

635 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Yongfeng Xu is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he has been since 2017. He received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Xu's research is centered around structural dynamics and vibrations, metamaterials, non-destructive evaluation, modal analysis, computer vision, finite element modeling, structural health monitoring, and digital signal processing.

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