- Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, 2021
- M.S., Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University, 2014
- B.S., Civil Engineering, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, China, 2009
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Dr. Chen has an interdisciplinary background in structural mechanics and fluid mechanics, focusing on fluid-structure interaction analysis in the marine environment using analytical, experimental, and computational (Finite Element Analysis: FEA and Finite Volume Method: FVM) methods. Specifically, he specializes in wave mechanics, hydrodynamics and hydroelastic behavior of floating and submerged bodies, mooring systems, and offshore renewable energy.
Dr. Chen's expertise utilizes field measurements and data analysis, dynamic responses and failure analysis of marine and coastal structures, and physical prototype build/test. Through his skills and knowledge, Dr. Chen could serve clients from multiple industries including manufacturing, energy, maritime industry, and coastal construction.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Chen worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University and as a research associate at Pacific Marine Energy Center. In this position, he led projects including wave energy converters (WEC) system numerical modeling, validation, and performance analysis, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) docking lab experiment design and tests, and development of a framework for investigating and analyzing AUV recharging using wave energy.
Dr. Chen's doctoral research focused on fluid-structure interaction analysis using computational methods and their offshore and coastal applications. Dr. Chen developed a nonlinear mooring line and umbilical dynamics code and incorporated the code into WEC-Sim software to improve its mooring and power cable calculation capability. In addition, he modeled, analyzed, and demonstrated a novel concept of free-floating longline binary species macroalgae farming system using OrcaFlex, and five potential failure modes were determined. Furthermore, breaking waves impact an elastic elevated wood coastal structure was modeled using both laboratory experimental tests and computational simulations, the specimen damages were characterized, and the computational results were used to develop an uplift pressure distribution equation which proposed to improve the current design manuals such as the CCM and ASCE 7-16.