Yaning Li

Yaning Li

Assistant Professor

Credentials

Ph. D. – Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007
Dual M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006
M.S. Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2003
B.S. Ocean Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University, China, 2000

Prof. Li joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in Fall 2012. Before joining the department, Before joining the department, Prof. Li worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Prof. Li’s research interests are in mechanics of materials, bio-inspired engineering and additive manufacturing (3D printing). Her research focuses on solid and structure mechanics, fracture mechanics, and mechanical behaviors of metals, polymers and composites across all length scales. In particular, she is interested in unveiling physical principles in biological systems and therefore developing novel micro-structured composite materials.

Professor Li is teaching ME627-Mechanics III: Dynamics and special topics courses in her areas of research.

For more information see Professor Li's CV.

Research Areas

  • Bio-Inspired Engineering
  • Composite Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structure Mechanics
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Instability
  • 3D Printing
  • Interfaces & Interphases

Publications

Papers in refereed journals

2015     Steffen Reichert, Katia Zolotovsky, Swati Varshney, Juha Song, Yaning Li, Neri Oxman, Mary C. Boyce, and Christine Ortiz, Design, fabrication, and mechanical behavior of a bio-inspired segmented, flexible armor, Nature Materials (in review)

2015     Yunyao Jiang, Lei Liu, Mary C. Boyce, Christine Ortiz, and Yaning Li, Morphological origins of damage tolerance of irregular suture in nature, Physical Reviews (in review)

2015 Juha Song*, Yaning Li*, Erica Lin, Matthew Wund, Sergio Araya, Mary C. Boyce and Christine Ortiz, Functional diversity and dynamic biomechanical mechanisms of the threespine stickleback armor (*: Both authors equally contribute to the paper)Nature Materials (in review).

2014      Erica Lin, Yaning Li, James C. Weaver, Christine Ortiz and Mary C. Boyce, Tunability and enhancement of mechanical behavior with additively manufactured bio-inspired hierarchical suture interfaces, Journal of Materials Research 9(17), 1867-1875. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2014.175

2014      Erica Lin, Yaning Li, Christine Ortiz and Mary C. Boyce, Mechanics of deformation and failure mechanisms of general trapezoidal interfaces, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids 73, 166- 182. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2014.08.011

2013     Yaning Li, Narges Kaynia, Stephan Rudykh, and Mary C. Boyce, Wrinkling of interfacial layers in stratified composites,Advanced Engineering Materials 15(10), 921-926. (press release in MIT news).

2013     Yaning Li, Christine Ortiz and Mary C. Boyce, A generalized mechanical model for suture interfaces of arbitrary geometry, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids 61(4), 1144-1167. doi

2012     Yaning Li, Christine Ortiz and Mary C. Boyce, A bio-inspired mechanical, deterministic fractal model for hierarchical suture joints, Physical Review E 85, 031901. (highlighted in Physics Synopsis of APS) doi

2011     Yaning Li, Christine Ortiz and Mary C. Boyce, Stiffness and strength of suture joints in nature, Physical Review E 84, 062904. doi

2011     Yaning Li, Anthony M. Waas and Ellen M. Arruda, A closed-form, hierarchical, multi- interphase model for composites -- derivation, verification and application to nanocomposites,  Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids 59, 43-63. doi

2011     Yaning Li, Anthony M. Waas and Ellen M. Arruda, The effect of interphase and strain gradients on the elasticity of LBL polymer/clay nanocomposites, International Journal of Solids and Structures 48, 1044-1053. doi

2010     Yaning Li, Michael A. Sutton, Tomasz Wierzbicki et al., Mixed mode stable tearing of thin sheet Al 6061-T6 specimens: experimental measurements and finite element simulations using a modified Mohr-Coulomb fracture criterion, International Journal of Fracture 168(1), 53-71. doi

2010     Yaning Li and Tomasz Wierzbicki, Prediction of plane strain fracture of AHSS sheets and post- failure softening,International Journal of Solids and Structures 47, 2316-2327. doi

2010     Yaning Li, Meng Luo, Joerg Gelarch and Tomasz Wierzbicki, Prediction of shear-induced fracture in sheet metal forming, Journal of Material Processing Technology 210(14), 1858-1869. doi

2010     Allison Beese, Meng Luo, Yaning Li, Yuanli Bai and Tomasz Wierzbicki, Partially coupled anisotropic model for sheets,Engineering Fracture Mechanics 77(7), 1128-1152. doi

2009     Yaning Li and Dale G. Karr, Prediction of ductile fracture in tension by bifurcation, localization, and imperfection analysis, International Journal of Plasticity 25(6), 1128-1153. doi

2005     Zhiqiang Hu, Yongning Gu, Zhen Gao and Yaning Li, Fast evaluation of ship-bridge collision force based on nonlinear numerical simulation, Journal of Marine Science and Application 4(1), 8-14. doi

2004     Yaning Li, Yunlong Jin, Zhiqiang Hu and Yongning Gu, The collision of ship-bridge pier and its fending calculation,Journal of Shanghai Scientific Research Institute of Shipping 27(1), 9-13. URL

2002     Yaning Li, Zhen Gao and Yongning Gu, Benchmark study of the tensile coupon test and model test of ship grounding,Ship Engineering 6, 13-17. URL

 

Papers in conference proceedings (peer-reviewed)

2015     Lei Liu, Chao Gao, Yaning Li, A Seed-Coat-Inspired In-Plane Load Transmission Mechanism through Suture Interfaces, ASME, IMECE conference, Houston, Nov. 2015. (submitted)

2015     Yunyao Jiang, Yaning Li, The mechanics of Auxetic Chiral Structures, ASME, IMECE conference, Houston, Nov. 2015. (submitted)

2015     Yunyao Jiang, Yaning Li, The Deformation Mechanisms of 3D Printed Soft Sinusoidal Cellular Structures, ASME, IMECE conference, Houston, Nov. 2015. (submitted)

2012     Yaning Li, Narges Kaynia, Mary C. Boyce, Micromechanics governing the undulation pattern of inter-cellular boundaries of plant epidermis cells, International Conference of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2012.

2010     Yaning Li, Anthony M. Waas and Ellen M. Arruda, Strain gradient modification of the Mori- Tanaka model to predict the elastic properties of the layer by layer (LBL) polymer/clay nanocomposites (AIAA 2010-2813), 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, AIAA 2010-2813. doi

2010     Meng Luo, Yaning Li, Joerg Gelarch and Tomasz Wierzbicki, Prediction of shear-induced crack initiation in AHSS deep drawing operation with a phenomenological fracture model, The 10th International Conference on Numerical Methods in Industrial Forming Process (NUMIFORM), 2010 (1252), 464-472. doi

2009 Yaning Li and Tomasz Wierzbicki, Mesh-size study of ductile fracture by non-local plasticity model, Proceedings of SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Paper No. 387, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico, ISBN: 9781615671892, Curran Associates, Inc. URL

2008     Yaning Li, Anthony M. Waas and Ellen M. Arruda, A non-local visco-plastic model with strain gradient effects and interphase effects for simulating the stiffness and yield strength of a class of polymer nanocomposites, Proceeding of 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), 2008. Volume 13: Nano-Manufacturing Technology; and Micro and Nano Systems, ISBN: 978-0-7918-4874-6, Page 1119-1126. doi

2008     Yaning Li, Anthony M. Waas and Ellen M. Arruda, A particle size-shape-dependent three-phase two-step Mori-Tanaka method for studying the interphase of polymer/clay nanocomposites, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Boston, November 2008, Volume 13: Nano-Manufacturing Technology; and Micro and Nano Systems, ISBN: 978-0-7918- 4874-6, Page 225-232. doi

2008     Yaning Li, Amit K. Kaushik, Anthony M. Waas, Paul Podsiadlo, Nicholas A. Kotov and Ellen M. Arruda, Study of enhancement mechanism and synergistic effects of polymer/clay nanocomposite, Paper 43, 6th International Conference on Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials (MTDM), 2008, ISBN 9781605601120, Curran Associates Inc. URL

2007     Yaning Li, Dale G. Karr and George Wang, Mesh Size Effects in Simulating Ductile Fracture of Metals, Proceeding of the 10th International Symposium on Practical Design of Ships and Other Floating Structures (PRADS) Vol.1, 815-822, 2007. (Reprinted as ABS TECHNICAL PAPERS 2007, Page 247-254.) URL

2000     Yaning Li, Yaling Wang, Guoping Miao, Yingzhong Liu, Three Dimensional Numerical Simulation of Fluid Sloshing in Tanks, Proceeding of the 1st Conference on Ship and Ocean Engineering in China, Page 316-322, 2000. URL

 

Patents

  • Yaning Li, Yunyao Jiang, Chiral Structures with Adjustable Auxetic Effects, Provisional Patent, Application serial number 62/210,128, Aug. 26 2015.
  • Mary Boyce, Yaning Li, Narges, Kaynia, Stephan, Rudykh, Controlled Material Interface Transformation U.S. Non-Provisional Patent, Application No. US 13/953,195, grandted, published on Jan. 30th, 2014.
  • Mary Boyce, Yaning Li, Narges, Kaynia, Stephan, Rudykh, Controlled Material Interface Transformation U.S. Provisional Patent, Application No. 61/676,402, Filed July 27, 2012.
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