Solid mechanics, Mechanical vibration, Smart materials and structures, Signal processing, Meta-materials design, Load path analysis.


Damage detection, Energy harvesting, Structural enhancement.


Dr. Nan Wu obtained his B.Eng and M.Sc from Northeastern University China in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and received his Ph.D. degree in 2012 from the University of Manitoba. Currently, Dr. Wu is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – at the University of Manitoba with teaching and research interests in the fields of Mechanical Vibration, Smart Materials and Structures, Metamaterials, Nano-technology, and their applications to Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Enhancement and Energy Harvesting.
Dr. Wu has published more than 90 journal papers in high-quality international journals, such as Journal Sound and Vibration, International Journal of Engineering Science, Smart Materials and Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Composites Part B, and Carbon. He has 3 patents in the field of energy harvesting, structural health monitoring, and enhancement by using smart materials.
Dr. Wu has served on the editorial boards of 4 international journals and as a reviewer for more than 50 high-quality international journals, such as Applied Mathematical Modeling, ASME, Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, Composites Part B, Journal of Sound and Vibration and Smart Materials and Structures.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Dr. Wu does not have any graduate student opportunities available at this time.

Selected Publications

Recent Journal Papers: (†: student or advisee under my supervision, *: corresponding author(s))

V. Rabbani, N. Wu*, P. Maghoul, Effects of Electrode Size and Configuration on Sound
Transmission Loss in Piezo-laminated Thick Shell, Wave Motion, accepted, 2022.

S. Cui, P. Maghoul, X. Liang, N. Wu*, Q. Wang*, Structural fatigue crack localization based on spatially distributed entropy and wavelet transform, Engineering Structures, Accepted, 2022. (IF: 4.47)

R. Hamzehei†, A, Serjouei, N. Wu, A. Zolfagharian, M. Bodaghi*, 4D Metamaterials with Zero Poisson’s Ratio, Shape Recovery and Energy Absorption Features, Advanced Engineering Materials, Accepted, 2022. (IF: 3.86)

X. Yu, Q. Ji, S. Karnaoukh, C. Wang, N. Wu*, Design and analysis of a d33 mode piezoelectric energy generator for vehicle braking system, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 31, 065027, 2022. (IF: 3.54)

S. Zhao†, N. Wu*, S. Karnaoukh, A new expression of internal stiffness for load path analysis in structures, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, Accepted, 2022. (IF: 3.22)

P. Wang†, Y. Xiao†, N. Wu*, Z. Sun*, H. Luo, Friction induced vibration and energy generation study of two-degree-of-freedom piezoelectric coupled system, European Journal of Mechanics / A Solids, Vol. 95, 104619, 2022. (IF: 4.22)

S. Zhao†, D. Song, N. Wu*, F. Wu, Design of lattice structures based on U* load path analysis, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 2022. (IF: 5.44)

P. Wang†, N. Wu*, Z. Sun*, H. Luo, Vibration and Reliability Analysis of Non-uniform Composite Beam Under Random Load, Applied Sciences, Accepted, 2022. (IF:2.67)

S. Zhao†, L. Mao†, N. Wu*, S. Karnaoukh, Load path visualization using U* index and principal load path determination in thin-walled structures, Facta Universitatis Series Mechanical Engineering, accepted, 2022. (IF:3.32)

M. Varnosfaderani†, P. Maghoul*, N. Wu, Modelling the penetration of subsonic rigid projectile probes into granular materials using the cavity expansion theory Computers and Geotechnics, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol. 141, 104546, 2022. (IF: 4.95)

M. Hodaei, P. Maghoul*, N. Wu, Three-Dimensional Biomechanical Modeling of Cylindrical Bone-Like Porous Materials Subject to Acoustic Waves, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 213, 106835, 2022. (IF: 5.32)