University of Maryland

  Baltimore county  


mechanical engineering



4306 Alan drive apt. d

Baltimore, Maryland 21229  


Phone: 410 - 455 - 3395 (Lab)

              410 - 737-  6825   (H)



Guangyao xu



Feb.  2001– present,     Ph. D. Student (Research and Teaching Assistant), Mechanical Engineering,
              University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, Advisor: Dr. Weidong Zhu

Sep. 1998 – Jan. 2001, Graduate Research Assistant, Applied Mechanics and Engineering,
               Zhongshan (SUN YAT-SEN) University, Guangzhou, P. R. China, Advisor: Dr. Shuhui Chen

Sep. 1994 – Jul. 1998,  B. S., Applied Mechanics and Engineering

                                          Zhongshan (SUN YAT-SEN) University, Guangzhou, P. R. China   




Dynamics, Linear and Nonlinear Vibration, Structural Damage Detection




  1. W.D. Zhu, G.Y. Xu, Vibration of Elevator Cables with Small Bending Stiffness, Journal of sound and vibration, Vol. 263, pp. 679-699, 2003.

  2. C. N. Wong, W.D. Zhu and G.Y. Xu, On an Iterative, General Order Perturbation Method for Multiple Structural Damage Detection, Journal of sound and vibration, Vol. 273, pp. 363-386, 2004.

  3. S.H. Chen, W.J. Lin, G.Y. Xu and J.L. Huang, The Dynamic Relaxation Method for Static Analysis of Cable Nets, Chinese Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 2, pp. 34-38, 2002.

  4. S.H. Chen and G.Y. Xu, A New Perturbation Procedure for Strongly Nonlinear Oscillators, presented at the ICAVP2000 (International Conference on Advanced Vibration Progress) and published in the conference proceedings, Xi’an, P. R. China, June 2000.

  5. W. J. Lin, S.H. Chen and G.Y. Xu, A Farther Discussion on the Initial Conditions for Applying L-P Method, presented at the MMM-III (Modern Mathematics and Mechanics) and published in the conference proceedings, Guangzhou, P. R. China, Nov. 1999.

  6. G.Y. Xu, W.D. Zhu and B.H. Emory, Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Structural Damage Detection Using Changes in natural Frequencies, to be Presented at the 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, California; also Experimental Mechanics, to be Submitted.

  7. G.Y. Xu, W.D. Zhu and B.H. Emory, Vibration-Based Healthy Monitoring of Lightning Masts Using an Iterative Algorithm, to be Presented at the XXIII International Modal Analysis Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2005.




Excellent Graduate Student Award, first prize, 2000

Guanghua Foundation Scholarship, 1999

Excellent Graduate of Zhongshan University, 1998

Excellent Student Awards, first prize, 1996, 1997 and 1998

Excellent Student Leadership of Guangdong province, P. R. China, 1998

Excellent Student leadership of Zhongshan University, P. R. China, 1997

Sumitomo Mitsui banking Corporation Global Foundation Scholarship, 1997

City Bank Global Foundation Scholarship, 1996

Excellent Student Awards, third prize, 1995

Excellent Student Leadership of Putian city, Fujian, P. R. China, 1994  




Weidong Zhu, Guangyao Xu, Chun-Nam Wong, Nengan Zheng and Benjamin Emory, System and Method for Detecting Structural Damage, US utility patent filed, 2004 (This application includes disclosure on an iterative method for detecting structural damage using changes in natural frequencies and/or mode shapes and a random impact series method for modal testing of structures and is likely to support as many as 3 or more separate patents.)




President of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Association, 1999

President of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student Association, 1998

Assistant Organizer for the MMM-III (Modern Mathematics and Mechanics Conference, Guangzhou), 1999




At University of Maryland:

Linear Vibrations (A)                                                                      Advanced Dynamics (A)                        

Random Vibrations of Structural Systems (A)                              Advanced Systems Control (A)

Systems Optimization (A)                                                             Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (A)

Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (A)                            Applied Elasticity (A)

Introduction to Dynamical Systems (A)

At Zhongshan University:

Nonlinear Vibration (A)                                                                   Reliability Analysis of Structure (A)                       

Computational mechanics and Program Design (A)                    Modern High Building Structures (A)

Variational principle and General Finite Element Methods (A)      Introduction to Modern Solid Mechanics (A)   



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