Shen Wenai


     Associate Professor

       Phone: (+86) 15972133146


     Academic Areas: Structural Engineering

     Research Interests:Structural vibration control, Advanced seismic-resistant structures, Structural dynamics

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, 2014, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
M.S. in Structural Engineering, 2008, Xiamen University, China
BEng in Civil Engineering, 2005, Hunan University, China

Professional Experience

Associate Professor (2018-present); Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Assistant Professor (2015-2018); Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Research Associate, (2013 –2014); Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Selected Publications

[1] Li Y., Shen W.*, and Zhu H.P. (2019) “Vibration mitigation of stay cables using electromagnetic inertial mass dampers: Full-scale experiment and analysis,” Engineering Structures, 200,109693. (Corresponding author)
[2] Shen W., Niyitangamahoro A., Feng Z. and Zhu H.P. (2019) “Tuned inerter dampers for civil structures subjected to earthquake ground motions: optimum design and seismic performance,” Engineering Structures, 198: 109470.
[3] Zhu H.P., Li Y., Shen W.* and Zhu S.(2019) “Mechanical and energy-harvesting model for electromagnetic inertial mass dampers,” Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 120: 203-220. (Corresponding author)
[4] Shen W., Zhu S. and Zhu H.P.(2018) “Unify energy harvesting and vibration control functions in randomly excited structures with electromagnetic devices,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics-ASCE, 145(1): 04018115.
[5] Shen W., Zhu S., Xu Y.L. and Zhu H.P. (2018). “Energy regenerative tuned mass dampers in high-rise buildings,” Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 2018. 25(2): 1-18.
[6]. Feng Z., Shen W.* and Chen Z.Q. (2017). “Consistent Multilevel RDT-ERA for Output-Only Ambient Modal Identification of Structures,” International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, 17(9): 1750106-1-20. (Corresponding author)
[7]. Shen W., Zhu S. and Zhu H.P. (2016). “Experimental study on using electromagnetic devices on bridge stay cables for simultaneous energy harvesting and vibration damping,” Smart Materials and Structures, 25(6): 65011-65027.
[8]. Shen W., Zhu S., Zhu H.P. and Xu Y.L. (2016). “Electromagnetic energy harvesting from structural vibrations during earthquakes,” Smart Structures and Systems, 18(3): 449-470.
[9]. Shen W. and Zhu S. (2015). “Harvesting Energy via Electromagnetic Damper: Application to Bridge Stay Cables," Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 26(1): 3-19. 
[10]. Zhu S., Shen W. and Qian X. (2013). “Dynamic analogy between an electromagnetic shunt damper and a tuned mass damper,” Smart Materials and Structures, 22(11): 115018. 
[11]. Zhu S., Shen W. and Xu Y.L. (2012). “Linear electromagnetic devices for vibration damping and energy harvesting: Modeling and testing," Engineering Structures, 34: 198-212. 
[12]. Shen W., Zhu S. and Xu Y.L. (2012). “An experimental study on self-powered vibration control and monitoring system using electromagnetic TMD and wireless sensors,” Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 180: 166-176. 

Courses Taught

Structural Dynamics and Stability (2018-present), Bachelor course
Design of Concrete Structures (2016-present), Bachelor course
Selection of Structural Systems (2015-present), Bachelor course
Fundamentals of Structural Engineering (2015-2017), Bachelor course


1.“Self-powered semi-active control for bridge stay cables using electromagnetic dampers”, Principal investigator, National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51508217), 01/2016-12/2018. ¥220,000.
2.“Theoretical and experimental study on tuned inertial mass electromagnetic dampers for building structures”, Principal investigator, Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province (Grant No.: 2018CFB429), 01/2018-12/2019. ¥50,000.
3.“Cargo pendulation reduction of ship-mounted cranes subjected to ocean wave loading”, Principal investigator, CCCC Second Harbour Engineering Company Ltd 11/2017-01/2019. ¥400,000.
4.“Control performance of seismic responses of two series-connected cable-stayed bridges at soft soil sites”, Principal investigator, China Railway Major Bridge Recon- naissance & Design Institute Co., Ltd, 09/2017-12/2019. ¥680,000.
5.“A self-powered nano magnetorheological fluid damper and its seismic response control performance”, Principal investigator, Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (HUST: 2018KFYYXJJ007), 01/2018 – 12/2020. ¥88,000.
6. “A self-powered semi-active electromagnetic damper for bridge stay cables vibration mitigation”, Principal investigator, Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (HUST: 2015QN137), 3/2015 – 3/2017. ¥50,000.


Second Class Prize of the Technological Invention Award of Hubei Province, 2018, China.
Finalist – R&D Award of Structural Excellence Award 2017, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
First Prize of Elsevier’s Engineering AudioSlides Challenge, 2013, Elsevier.
Student and Young Researcher Award, 2011, International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure.