Dr. Chen’s research is focused on advanced materials, including Fiber-reinforced Polymer (FRP), concrete, and timber for green buildings and sustainable infrastructure, in terms of a combination of analytical solutions using Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, etc.; Finite Element analyses; and experimental investigations on coupon and large-scale specimens. His research topics cover:
- Energy efficient structures and building energy modeling;
- Recycled materials utilization, including high-volume fly ash concrete and geopolymer concrete; and reconstituted structural wood composite products from residue and waste materials;
- Bridge engineering, including FRP strips or plates for rehabilitation and repair of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges; pre-manufactured FRP decks for fast-construction bridges; and high performance concrete for bridge decks and overlays.
- Durability of civil infrastructure, including FRP-concrete interface; reinforced concrete beams with FRP repair based on accelerated corrosion of the rebar using impressed current method; and electro-chemical chloride extraction technique for reinforced concrete beams.
Dr. Chen is a practicing and licensed Professional Engineer and had four years of industrial experience on structural design. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP), and familiar with LEED Rating SystemTM and green building design.