Xuanyi Zhang | Structural reliability | Best Researcher Award

Prof. Xuanyi Zhang | Structural reliability | Best Researcher Award

Beijing University of Technology, Germany

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Xuan-Yi Zhang embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Central South University, China, from 2009 to 2013. Her undergraduate education laid the groundwork for her future pursuits in structural engineering and reliability analysis.

Professional Endeavors

Following her undergraduate studies, Zhang pursued a Master's degree in Civil Engineering at Central South University from 2013 to 2016. During this time, she began delving into research topics related to failure mode identification and uncertainty modeling, setting the stage for her future doctoral studies.

Contributions and Research Focus

Zhang's passion for structural engineering led her to pursue a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering at Central South University from 2016 to 2019. Her doctoral research focused on important failure mode identification and the construction of system limit state functions. She developed expertise in uncertainty modeling techniques, particularly based on the first four moments, and contributed novel methodologies for outcrossing rate methods in reliability analysis. Her research not only addressed theoretical challenges but also provided practical solutions for efficient time-dependent and space-time dependent reliability analysis, including finite element models.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout her academic and research journey, Zhang's contributions were recognized with various accolades and honors. In 2018, she was awarded the National Scholarship for Doctoral Students, acknowledging her outstanding academic achievements and research contributions. Furthermore, her research excellence was acknowledged with the Excellent Paper Award at the 6th International Engineering Mechanics Forum in 2021, further cementing her status as a promising researcher in her field.

Impact and Influence

Zhang's work has had a significant impact on the field of structural engineering and reliability analysis. Her innovative methodologies for uncertainty modeling and reliability analysis have provided valuable insights for engineers and researchers alike. By addressing critical challenges in failure mode identification and maintenance strategies, Zhang's research has contributed to the advancement of structural safety and reliability.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As an associate professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Zhang continues to inspire future generations of researchers and engineers. Her legacy lies in her dedication to pushing the boundaries of structural engineering knowledge and her commitment to finding practical solutions to real-world challenges. With her expertise and passion, Zhang is poised to make further contributions to the field, shaping the future of structural engineering and reliability analysis.


A total of 309 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations         309
  • h-index           8
  • i10-index        8

Notable Publications 

Complete monotonic expression of the fourth-moment normal transformation for structural reliability

YG Zhao, XY Zhang, ZH Lu
Computers & Structures
A flexible distribution and its application in reliability engineering

YG Zhao, XY Zhang, ZH Lu
Reliability Engineering & System Safety
An efficient method for time-variant reliability including finite element analysis

XY Zhang, ZH Lu, SY Wu, YG Zhao
Reliability Engineering & System Safety
Simulating stationary non-Gaussian processes based on unified Hermite polynomial model

ZH Lu, Z Zhao, XY Zhang, CQ Li, XW Ji, YG Zhao
Journal of Engineering Mechanics
Reliability analysis of CRTS II track slab considering multiple failure modes

XY Zhang, ZH Lu, YG Zhao, CQ Li
Engineering Structures