Dep. of Aircratft Design

Xu Wu

Post:Associate Professor

Office Phone:+86 21 34207963

Office Address:800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai Jiao Tong University,  School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Room A435,   Shanghai, China, 200240.



Time Office Units Post
2019.07-Today School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Associate Professor
2016.04–2019.06 School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Assistant Professor
2012.11-2015.09 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Postdoctoral researcher fellow

Research interests

  • Fracture mechanics;
  • Composite structural mechanics;
  • Finite element theory and practical application for engineering problems;
  • Development, implementation and validation of material models for analyzing material and structural in manufacturing process and service.
  • Residual strength & fatigue crack growth prediction;


  • Solid and Structural Mechanics (elasticity and elementary beam theory) for junior student;
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics (elasticity, fracture mechanics and fatigue crack growth) for master students.

Research Projects

  • Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. Damage tolerance analysis and validation of widespread fatigue damage in civil aircraft structures. 2017/01-2021/12, PI.
  • Aeronautical Science Foundation of China. Novel theory and method for measuring the interlaminar fracture toughness of composites. 2018/05-2020/05, PI.
  • Shanghai Sailing Program. Failure mechanism and residual strength prediction of composite laminates. 2017/05-2020/04, PI.
  • Sinoma Science & Technology Co., Ltd. Fracture toughness determination and analysis of three-dimensional woven textile composites. 2018/10-2019/10, PI.


Selected journal paper (* corresponding author)

  1. W Xu*, DY Rao, XR Wu, DH Tong, XC Zhao. Wide-range and accurate mixed-mode weight functions and stress intensity factors for cracked discs. Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures 2020;43:1022-1037
  2. Wu Xu*, ZZ Guo, Y Yu, A combined strain and compliance method for improving ASTM D6671 to measure the mixed modes I/II interlaminar fracture toughness. Composite structures 2019; 221:110867
  3. ZX Liu, W Xu*, Y Yin, XR Wu. Weight functions and stress intensity factors for two unequal-length collinear cracks in an infinite sheet. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2019; 209:173-186.
  4. W Xu*, ZZ Guo, Y Yu, J Xiong, Y Gao. Experimental and analytical characterizations of finite interlaminar crack growth of 2D woven textile composites. Composite Structures 2018; 206: 713–721.
  5. XR Wu*, DH Tong, XC Zhao, W Xu. Review and evaluation of weight functions and stress intensity factors for edge-cracked finite-width plate. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2018; 195:200-221.
  6. W Xu*, ZZ Guo. A simple method for determining the mode I interlaminar fracture toughness of composites without measuring the growing crack length. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2018; 191: 476-485.
  7. W Xu*, XR Wu, Y Yu, ZH Li. A weight function method for mixed modes hole-edge cracks. Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures 2018; 41(1):223-234.
  8. Y Shen*, J Wang, W Xu. Nonlinear features of guided wave scattering from rivet hole nucleated fatigue cracks considering the rough contact surface condition. Smart Materials and Structures 2018; 27:105044.
  9. XR Wu*, XC Zhao, W Xu, DH Tong. Discussions on weight functions and stress intensity factors for radial crack(s) emanating from a circular hole in an infinite plate. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2018; 192: 192-204.
  10. W Xu*, XR Wu, Y Yu. Weight function, stress intensity factor and crack opening displacement solutions to periodic hole-edge cracks. Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures 2017; 40: 2068–2079.
  11. W Xu*, AM Waas*. Multiple solutions in cohesive zone models of fracture. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2017; 177: 104-122.
  12. W Xu, AM Waas*. Fracture toughness of woven textile composites. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2017; 169: 184-188.
  13. W Xu, AM Waas*. Modeling damage growth using the crack band model; effect of different strain measures. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2016; 152: 126-138.
  14. W Xu, SI Thorsson, AM Waas*. Experimental and numerical study on cross-ply woven textile composite with notches and cracks. Composite Structures 2015; 132: 816-824. 
  15. W Xu, AM Waas*. Modeling the axial splitting and curling of metal tubes under crush loads. Computers, Materials & Continua 2015; 46(3): 165-194
  16. W Xu, AM Waas*. A novel shell element for quasi-static and natural frequency analysis of textile composite structures. Journal of Applied Mechanics 2014; 81(8)
  17. W Xu, H Wang*, XR Wu, X Zhang, G Bai, X Huang. A novel method for residual strength prediction for sheets with multiple site damage: Methodology and experimental validation. International Journal of Solids and Structures 2014; 51 (3), 551-565
  18. W Xu, Wu XR*. Weight functions and strip-yield model analysis for three collinear cracks. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2012; 85:73-87
  19. W Xu, Wu XR*, Wang H. Weight functions and strip yield solution for two equal-length collinear cracks in an infinite sheet. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2011; 78(11): 2356-2368
  20. XR Wu*, W Xu. Strip yield crack analysis for multiple site damage in infinite and finite panels – A weight function approach. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2011; 78(14): 2585-2596.


  1. XR Wu, DH Tong, W Xu, XC Zhao. Weight function methods in fracture mechanics: theory and applications. AVIC Press 2019, in press. In Chinese 702 pages. This book was supported by the National Press Fund of China.

Honors and Awards

  1. Shanghai Sailing Program for outstanding young talent in science and technology, supported by the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, 2017.
  2. First prize, Young faculty teaching competition at school of aeronautics and astronautics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2018.

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