Faculty Directory

Zhang, Yunfeng

Zhang, Yunfeng

Civil and Environmental Engineering
1178 Glenn. L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, 2001

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structures), Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), 1996

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering (Structures), Tongji University (Shanghai, China), 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Research Board Award, University of Maryland, 2008

  • Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 2006

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2006


  • Machine learning modeling of highway datasets including geotechnical drilling datasets and landslide risk assessment
  • Regional resilience modeling of building/bridge structures equipped with self-centering modular panels and dampers
  • Structural condition assessment and condition deterioration modeling
  • Fatigue of welded steel structures and numerical modeling of metal fatigue life and ultra-low-cycle fatigue induced fracture
  • Digital twins of highway infrastructures

Dr. Zhang research program has received external funding support totaling $6.24 million from diverse sources including the National Science Foundation (11 competitively awarded NSF grants in total), U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, MD State Highway Adminstration and other sponsoring agencies. 

  • ENES220 Mechanics of Materials
  • ENCE201 Information Processing II
  • ENCE353 Introduction to Structural Analysis
  • ENCE444 Experimental Methods in Geotechnical and Structural EngineeringENCE613 Structural Dynamics
  • ENCE710 Steel Structures Design
  • ENCE715 Earthquake Engineering
  • ENCE688A Sensing and Systems Control
  • ENCE688W Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering

Selected recent publications (see my google scholar page for more publications): 

  • Liu, H. and Zhang, Y. (2019). "Deep learning-based brace damage detection for concentrically braced frame structures under seismic loadings.” Advances in Structural Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1177/1369433219859389.
  • Keivan, A. and Zhang, Y. (2019). “Seismic performance evaluation of self-centering K-type and D-type steel eccentrically braced frame systems,” Engineering Structures, 184: 301-317. 
  • Liu, H. and Zhang, Y. (2019). “Image-driven structural steel damage condition assessment method using deep learning algorithm.” Measurement,133: 168-181.
  • Keivan, A. and Zhang, Y. (2019). “Nonlinear seismic performance of Y-type self-centering steel eccentrically braced frame buildings,” Engineering Structures, 179(15): 448-459. 
  • Tong, L, Zhang, Y, Zhou X, Keivan A, Li R. (2019). “Experimental and analytical investigation of D-type self-centering steel eccentrically braced frames with replaceable hysteretic damper,” ASCE J Structural Engrg, 145(1): 04018229.
  • Zhang, Y. and Liu, H. (2019). “Experimental study of vibration mitigation of mast arm signal structures with particle-thrust damping based tuned mass damper.” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 18(1): 219-231.
  • Zhang, Y., Ayyub, B., & Huang, H. (2018). "Enhancing Civil Infrastructure Resilience with Structural Health Monitoring." Ch.1 in Resilience Engineering for Urban Tunnels, ASCE. 
  • Tong, L., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Liu, H., Zhang, Z., and Li, R. (2018). “Ductility and energy dissipation behavior of G20Mn5QT cast steel shear link beams under cyclic loading.” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 149, 64-77.
  • Wang, Z., Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Du, X. and Yuan, H. (2018). “Numerical study on fatigue behavior of tubular joints for signal support structures,” J. Constructional Steel Research, 143: 1-10.
  • Wang, W., Kong J., Zhang, Y., Chu G. and Chen, Y. (2017). “Seismic behavior of self-centering modular panel with slit steel plate shear walls: experimental testing,” ASCE J. Structural Engrg., 144(1).
  • Wang, W., Du, X., Zhang, Y. and Chen, Y. (2017). “Experimental Investigation of beam-through steel frames with self-centering modular panels,” ASCE J. Structural Engrg., 143(5).
  • Xu, X., Zhang, Y. and Luo, Y. (2016). “Self-centering eccentrically braced frames using shape memory alloy bolts and post-tensioned tendons,” J. Constructional Steel Research, 125: 190–204.
  • Xu, X., Zhang, Y. and Luo, Y. (2016). “Self-centering modularized link beams with post-tensioned shape memory alloy rods,” Engineering Structures, 112: 47–59.
  • Zhang, Y. and Bai, L. (2015). “Rapid structural condition assessment using radio frequency identification (RFID) based wireless strain sensor,” Automation in Construction, 54: 1-11.
  • Zhang, Y., Shi, F., Song, J., Zhang, X., Yu, S. (2015). “Hearing characteristics of Cephalopods: modeling and environmental impact study,” Integrative Zoology, 10: 141-151.
  • Li, R., Zhang, Y. and Tong, L.W. (2014). “Numerical study of the cyclic load behavior of AISI 316l stainless steel shear links for seismic fuse device,” Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, 8(4): 414-426.
  • Li, Z. and Zhang, Y. (2014). “Fatigue life prognosis study of welded tubular joints in signal support structures,” International Journal of Steel Structures, 14(2): 281-292.
  •  Zhou, C. and Zhang, Y. (2014). “Acoustic emission source localization using coupled piezoelectric film strain sensors” J. of Intelligent Material System and Structures, 25(16): 2082-2092.
  • Zhou, C. and Zhang, Y. (2014). “Near-field acoustic emission sensing performance of piezoelectric film strain sensor,” Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, 25(1): 1-19. (DOI:10.1080/09349847.2013.810318)
  •  Li, Z. and Zhang, Y. (2014). “Extreme value theory based structural health prognosis method using reduced sensor data,” Structures and Infrastructure Engineering, 10(8): 988-997. DOI: 10.1080/15732479.2013.774427.
  • Hu, X., and Zhang, Y. (2013). “Ductility demand of partially self-centering structures under seismic loading: SDOF systems,” Journal of Earthquake and Structures, 4(4), 365-381.
  • Moghaddasi B, N.S. and Zhang, Y. (2013). “Seismic analysis of diagrid structural frames with shear-link fuse devices,” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 12(3), 463-472.
  • Bai, L. and Zhang, Y. (2013). “Nonlinear dynamic behavior of steel framed roof structure with self-centering members under transient wind loading,” Engineering Structures, 49(4): 819–830.
  • Hu, X., Zhang, Y. and Moghaddasi, N. (2012). “Seismic performance of reinforced concrete frames retrofitted with self-centering hybrid wall,” Advances in Structural Engineering, 15(12): 2139-2151.
  • Bai, L. and Zhang, Y. (2012). “Collapse fragility assessment of steel roof framings with force limiting devices under transient wind loading,” Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, 6(3): 199-209. DOI: 10.1007/s11709-012-0168-4.
  • Moghaddasi B, N.S., Zhang, Y. and Hu, X. (2012). “Seismic retrofitting of reinforced concrete frame structures using GFRP-tube-confined-concrete composite braces,” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 11(1): 91-105.
  • Mercado, M. and Zhang, Y. (2012). “A hybrid simulation testbed for realistic evaluation and characterization of NDE and sensor technology,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, 17(6): 907-920.
  • Zhou, C. and Zhang, Y. (2012). “Particle filter based noise removal method for acoustic emission signals,” Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 28(1-2): 63–77.
  • Zhang, Y. and Hu, X. (2010). “Self-centering seismic retrofit scheme for reinforced concrete frame structures: SDOF system study,” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 9(2): 271-283.   DOI 10.1007/s11803-010-0012-6.
  • Zhang, Y., Hu, X. and Zhu, S. (2009). “Seismic performance of benchmark base isolated bridges with superelastic Cu-Al-Be wire damper,” Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 16: 668-685.  


Names in bold font indicate the correspondence author of the paper.



Attoh-Okine Named UMD CEE Chair

University of Delaware Professor, ASCE Fellow to lead department.

Five Clark School Students Awarded Summer Research Fellowships

Research fellowships provide support to UMD doctoral students at mid-career (i.e., in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy).

A Picture of Structural Health

CEE uses deep learning to rank the health of a building's earthquake mitigation component from a single photo.

Safer Travels: How Civil Engineers are Working to Improve U.S. Bridges, Roadways

Researchers from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s BEST Center and NTC@Maryland are working to improve traveler safety.

CEE Launches Infrastructure Engineering Laboratories Renovation Initiative

CEE to redesign virtual and physical infrastructure engineering laboratories.

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week

Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response.

Clark School Faculty Promotions Announced

Faculty promoted to full professor, associate professor with tenure.

Drs. Chung Fu and Yunfeng Zhang Awarded $2.67 Million Research Project by RITA

Drs. Zhang and Fu have led a team of researchers from UMD, North Carolina State University and URS Corporation that was awarded a $2.67 million research projects by RITA.  

CEE’s Dr. Yunfeng Zhang Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Yunfeng Zhang’s project receives NSF approval.