An Chen

  • Assistant Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

426 Town Engr
Ames, IA 50011-3232
Phone: 515-294-3460
Fax: 515-294-8216


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), West Virginia University, 2004
  • M.S. Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), Dalian University of Technology, China, 1998
  • B.E. Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China, 1995

Interest Areas

  • Energy-efficient structures
  • Recycled material utilization
  • Bridge rehabilitation with advanced materials
  • FRP bridge deck
  • Solid mechanics

Brief Biography

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Selected Publications

  1. Chen, A., and Yossef, M. (2015). "An Analytical Model for Deck-on-Girder Composite Beam with Partial Composite Action," accepted by Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE.
  2. Chen, A., Norris, T., Hopkins, P., and Yossef, M. (2015). "Experimental Investigation and Finite Element Analysis of Flexural Behavior of Insulated Concrete Sandwich Panels with FRP Plate Shear Connectors," Engineering Structures, 98, pp. 95-108.
  3. Petersen, M.R., Chen, A., Roll, M., Jung, S.J. and Yossef, Y. (2015). “Mechanical properties of fire-retardant glass fiber-reinforced polymer materials with alumina tri-hydrate filler,” Composites Part B: Engineering, 78, pp. 109-121.
  4. Chen, A., Davalos, J.F., Jiao, P., and McGraw, B. (2013). "Buckling Behavior of Sinusoidal Web for Composite Wood I-Joist with Elastically Restrained Loaded Edges under Compression," Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 139(8), pp. 1065-1672.
  5. Chen, A., and Davalos, J.F. (2012). "Development of Facesheet for Honeycomb FRP Sandwich Panels," Journal of Composite Materials, 46(26), pp. 3277-3295.
  6. Davalos, J.F., Chen, A., and Zou, B. (2012). "Experimental Investigation of a Scaled FRP Deck-on-Steel Girder Bridge Model with Partial Degree of Composite Action," Engineering Structures, 40, pp. 51-63.
  7. Zou, B., Chen A., Davalos, J.F., and Hani A. Salim (2011), “Evaluation of Effective Flange Width by Shear Lag Model for Orthotropic FRP Bridge Decks,” Composite Structures, 93, pp. 474-482.
  8. Chen, A. and Davalos, J.F. (2010). "Strength Evaluations of Sinusoidal Core for FRP Sandwich Bridge Deck Panels," Composite Structures, 92(7), pp. 1561-1573.
  9. Li, C.S., Lam, S.S.E., Chen, A., and Wong, Y.L. (2008). "Seismic performance of a transfer plate structure", Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 134(11), pp. 1705-1716.
  10. Chen, A. and Davalos, J.F. (2007). "Transverse Shear with Skin Effect for Composite Sandwich with Honeycomb Sinusoidal Core", Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 133(3), pp. 247-256.
  11. Chen, A. and Davalos, J.F. (2005). "A Solution including Skin Effect for Stiffness and Stress Field of Sandwich Honeycomb Core", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 42(9-10), pp. 2711-2739.
  12. Davalos, J.F. and Chen, A. (2005). "Buckling Behavior of Honeycomb FRP Core with Partially Restrained Loaded Edges under Out-of-plane Compression", Journal of Composite Materials, 39(16), pp. 1465-1485.