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Research interests

My research interests mainly span from computational mechanics and structural optimisation to their applications in biomedical engineering such as tissue scaffolds, vascular stents, dental implants and drug delivery systems, particularly in optimally designing the microstructures of  biomedical devices in order to achieve desired mechanical and biochemical requirements. My research is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of engineering, materials science and biomedicine.

•    Design of microstructural porous materials for biomedical engineering

•    Solid and fluidic characterizations for porous microstructures of cellular materials

•    Release mechanism and microstructural modeling/design of biodegradable systems

•    Meta-properties and their design optimization in engineering materials

•    Structural optimization: size, shape and topology

•    Mechanobiology; Cell mechanics; Computational tissue engineering


Yuhang Chen received his B.Eng. in Mechanics (2007) from Tongji University, China and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney (USyd) (2011). He then completed a Postdoctoral Research  Fellowship at USyd during 2011-2012 and also worked as a visiting scholar in civil engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2012. Yuhang joined the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-watt University, UK as a Lecturer in Computational Mechanics since March 2012. [Find more...]

Research Group Contact Details


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Engineering & Product Design
  • Human Health
  • Functional Materials
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Bioengineering

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Yuhang Chen is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Palpation Medicine & Life Sciences
Prostatic Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Tissue engineering Engineering & Materials Science
Bone Engineering & Materials Science
Biomedical engineering Engineering & Materials Science
Structural optimization Engineering & Materials Science
Scaffolds (biology) Engineering & Materials Science
global ocean Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2017

  • 20 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Literature review

A Novel Method for Rapid and Quantitative Mechanical Assessment of Soft Tissue for Diagnostic Purposes: A Computational Study

Palacio Torralba, J., Good, D. W., Stewart, G. D., McNeilly, A. S., Reuben, R. L. & Chen, Y., 23 Aug 2017, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sample Size

Computational Design for Scaffold Tissue Engineering

Chang, C-C., Chen, Y., Zhou, S. & Li, Q., 2017, Biomaterials for Implants and Scaffolds. Li, Q. & Mai, Y-W. (eds.). Springer, p. 349-369 21 p. (Springer Series in Biomaterials Science and Engineering; vol. 8).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Scaffolds (biology)
Tissue engineering
Tissue regeneration
3D printers
Open Access
Strain rate

Histology-based homogenization analysis of soft tissue: application to prostate cancer

Palacio Torralba, J., Good, D. W., McNeilly, A. S., Reuben, R. L. & Chen, Y., 12 Apr 2017, In : Interface. 14, 129, 20170088.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Prostatic Neoplasms
Statistical Distributions
Elasticity Imaging Techniques
Digital Rectal Examination

Quantitative mechanical assessment of the whole prostate gland ex vivo using dynamic instrumented palpation

Hammer, S. J., Good, D. W., Scanlan, P. C., Palacio Torralba, J., Phipps, S., Stewart, G. D., Shu, W., Chen, Y., McNeill, S. A. & Reuben, R. L., Dec 2017, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine. 231, 12, p. 1081-1100 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Prostatic Hyperplasia
Equipment and Supplies
Prostatic Neoplasms