Professor Pingsha Dong

Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Welded Structures Laboratory
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.S., Welding Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology
B.S., Welding Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology

Dr. Dong’s teaching and research interests include:

  • Advanced design and analysis methods for fabricated structures, particularly for dealing with some of the unique issues associated with welded structures, such as material heterogeneity, geometric discontinuity, and residual stresses, such mesh-insenstiive finite element method for fatigue evaluation
  • Fracture mechanics based Engineering Critical Assessment (FFS) methodologies for life extension of aging structures through Fitness-for-Service (FFS) based, inspection, assessment, repair, and monitoring
  • Advanced computational computational procedures for integrated evaluation of material characteristics, manufacturing process effects, and structural performance
  • Novel analysis methods for characterizing residual stresses and distortions in welded structures and effective mitigation techniques

He has developed numerous unique and effective computational and analysis methods, some of which have been adopted by International and National Codes and Standards. These include the mesh-insensitive structural stress method for fatigue design and life prediction of welded structures adopted by the 2007 ASME Div 2 International Code, the Joint 2007 API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, and most recently, by Bureau Verita’s (BV) NT 3199 Guidance on fatigue evaluation of welded plates of ship and offshore structures.

He has received numerous prestigious national and international awards, including:

  • SNAME Elmer L. Hann Award (2012,2007)
  • IIW (International Institute of Welding) 2008 Evgeny Paton Prize
  • R&D Magazine’s 2006 R&D 100 Award
  • TIME Magazine’s Math Innovator (2005)
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine’s Aerospace Laurels 2004 Award
  • AWS 2004 R. D. Thomas Memorial Award (2004)
  • SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering, 2003
  • ASME G.E.O Widera Literature Award (2002), …

Dr. P. Dong also serves as:

  • Editorial Board Member, Int. J. of Science and Technology of Welding and Joining (2002-2010)
  • Associate Editor, ASME Transaction Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (2003-Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Pressure Vessel and Piping (2006-Present)
  • Major Automotive Companies (Caterpillar, Chrysler, GM, Ford, …)
  • Major Oil Companies (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, TOTAL, …)
  • Power and Utility Companies (GE, Shaw Nuclear, British Energy, Tokyo Electric Power, …)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Depart of Energy
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • National Shipbuilding Research Programs (NSRP)
  • Shipbuilders (HII Ingalls, DSME, HHI, …)
  • Residual Stresses and Distortions in Modern Manufacturing (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Fatigue of Structures (Graduate)
  • Finite Element Procedures for Marine Structures (Graduate)
  • Ship Production (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Ship Strength Analysis (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Dong has published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed archive journals and major conference proceedings and provided over a dozen Keynote Lectures at major international conferences. Some of the recent keynote lectures at major international conferences include:

Keynote Speaker: “Fitness-for-Service Based Weld Quality Definition, Inspection and Structural Health Monitoring,” The 1st Australasian International Welding, Inspection and NDT (IWIN2013) Conference, March 10-13, 2013, Perth, Australia

Plenary Lecture: “Advanced Assessment Methods for Ensuring Safety and Durability of High-Speed Rail Vehicles,” The 1st International Workshop on High-Speed and Intercity Railways (IWHIR 2011), July 19-22, 2011, Hong Kong, China

Plenary Lecture: “Fitness for Service of Underwater Welds in Offshore Structures,” Proceedings of The 3rd International Workshop on State of the Art, Science and Technology of Underwater Welding and Inspection Technology, November 17-19, 2010, Houston, Texas, USA.

Keynote Speaker: “Computational Modeling: Length Scale Considerations from Micro-Joining to Heavy Manufacturing,” Materials Science & Technology 2010 Conference and Exhibition (MS&T 2010), Oct 17-21, Houston, Texas, USA.

Keynote Speaker: “Recent Advances in Residual Stress Estimate for Fitness for Service applications”, The 63rd International Institute of Welding Annual Assembly & International Conference on Advances in Welding Science and Technology for Construction, Energy and Transportation Systems (AWST -2010), July 15-17, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey

Plenary Lecture: “Recent Trends in in Welded Structures Research and Industrial Applications,” China Weld 2009 International Conference, June 24-30, Dalian, China

Keynote Speaker: “Computational Weld Modeling: A Enabler for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Solutions,” The 5th IIW International Congress, Sydney, Australia, March 7-9, 2007

Plenary Lecture: “A FITNET Procedure for FFS-Based Fatigue Evaluation Using the Master S-N Curve Approach,” The1st FITNET International Conference on Fitness for Service (FITNET 2006), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 17-19, 2006

Keynote Speaker: Dong, P., “Analysis and Treatment of Secondary Stresses in Fracture Assessment,” The 2005 UK-TAGSI International Symposium, Cambridge, United Kingdom, April 27-28, 2005

Keynote Speaker: “Math-Based Integrated Design and Manufacturing for High Performance Welded Structures,” IIW International Conference on Welded Structures in Modern Transportation Systems, Osaka, Japan, July 15-17, 2004

Keynote Speaker: “Weld Residual Stresses and Effects on Structural Integrity in High-Temperature Service,” The 2nd International Conference on Integrity of High Temperature Welds, Nov. 10-12, 2003, London, United Kingdom.

Keynote Speaker: “Master S-N Curve Approach for Fatigue Evaluation of Welded Components”, ASME/PVRC/WRC Conference on New Approaches to Fatigue Design and Life Prediction,” Atlanta, Georgia, March 12-14, 2003

Plenary Lecture: “Residual Stress and Distortions in Welded Structures: What We Know Today and Beyond,” The 6th International Conference on Trends in Welding Research, April 15-19, 2002, Pine Mountain, Georgia, U.S.A.

Plenary Lecture: “Advanced Computational Modeling techniques for Residual Stresses and Distortions in Welded Structures,” The Sixth International Conference on Residual Stresses (ICRS-6), Oxford, United Kingdom, July, 2000.

Keynote Lecture: “Advanced Computational Modeling Techniques for Aerospace Structures: From Fabrication Process Simulation to Structural Performance Evaluation,” The 5th International Conference on Numerical Analysis of Weldability, Graz, Austria, October, 1999