Haiyan Li

Haiyan Li

Academic Title

Research Assistant Professor
Division of Biomaterials
Department of Restorative Sciences
Member: Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics


Mechanical Engineering, BSc, Shijiazhuang Railway Institute (China), 1996
Mechanical Engineering, MSc, Southwest Jiaotong University (China), 1999
Jet Propulsion, Ph.D., Beijing University of Aeronoutics and Astronautics (China), 2002

Contact Info




Office Address

16-212 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Li obtained her BSc and MSc in the field of Mechanical Engineering. In 2002 she obtained her PhD at Beijing University of Aeronoutics and Astronautics with a focus on the development of a viscoplastic damage constitutive model to evaluate the fatigue/creep damage of crystal alloys. After that she worked at Tsinghua University for two years and then University of Manchester for four years as Research Associate. Since 2008, she joined the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB), University of Minnesota.

Dr. Li has expertise in stress analysis and failure analysis using finite element analysis. She has strong background in structural mechanics, mechanics of materials, fracture mechanics, and damage mechanics. Her research areas include dental biomechanics, dental biomaterials, nuclear graphite, and industrial polymers.


Research Interests

Fracture modeling of brittle and ductile materials

Structural/stress analysis of structure with special material behaviors

Dynamic analysis of structure under impact/seismic load

Characterization of material properties using inverse method

Shape optimization


First prize of HUAWEI scholarship, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2001.
Second prize of China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling (CUMCM), 1994.
Several first and second class scholarships of Shijiazhuang Railway Institute, 1992-1996.


H Li, J Li, X Yun, X Liu and A Fok, Non-destructive Examination of Interfacial Debonding in Composite Restorations using Acoustic Emission and Micro-CT. Dental Materials, 27 (2011) 964-971.

H Li, J Li, Z Zou, ASL Fok, Fracture Simulation of Restored Teeth using a Continuum Damage Mechanics Failure Model, Dental Materials. 27 (2011) e125-e133.

H Li, X Yun, J Li, L Shi, ASL Fok, MJ Madden, JF Labuz, Strengthening of a Model Composite Restoration Using Shape Optimization: A Numerical and Experimental Study. Dental Materials, Vol.26, No.2, 2010, P126-134.

H Li, ASL Fok, An Analytical Study on the Effects of Strain Gradient on the Fracture Statistics of Quasi-brittle Materials. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 394, No.2-3, 2009, p136-143.

J Li, H Li, ASL Fok and DC Watts, Multiple correlations of material parameters of light-cured composites, Dental Materials, 25(7), 2009, 829-836.

L Lin, H Li, ASL Fok, M Joyce, J Marrow, Characterization of heterogeneity and nonlinearity in material properties of nuclear graphite using an inverse method, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 381(1-2), 2008, 158-164.

H Li, ASL Fok, BJ Marsden, An analytical study on the irradiation-induced stresses in nuclear graphite moderator bricks, Journal of Nuclear materials, Vol.372, No.2-3, 2008, p164-170.

J Li, H Li and SL Fok, A mathematical analysis of shrinkage stress development in dental composite restorations during resin polymerization, Dental Materials, 24(7), 2008, 923-931.

L Shi, H Li, Z Zou, ASL Fok, BJ Marsden, A Hodgkins, PM Mummery, J Marrow, Analysis of Crack Propagation in Nuclear Graphite Using Three-Point Bending of Sandwiched Specimens, Journal of Nuclear materials, Vol. 372, No.2-3, 2008, p141-151.

J Li, H Li, L Shi, SL Fok, C Ucer, H Devlin, K Horner and N Silikas, A mathematical model for simulating the bone remodeling process under mechanical stimulus, Dental Materials, 23(9), 2007, 1073-1078.

W He, H Li, SL Fok, D Jackson, JR Wright, Double cracking in brittle cylindrical specimens subjected to quenching, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol.237, No.12-13, 2007, p1437-1444.

L Shi, H Li, ASL Fok, C Ucer, H Devlin, K Horner, Shape Optimization of Dental Implants, The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants 2007; 22(6):911-920.

L Lin, H Li, ASL Fok, M Joyce and J Marrow, Characterization of Material Properties using Inverse Engineering, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol.5-6, 2006, p107-114.

S Yu, H Li, C Wang and Z Zhang, Probability Assessment of Graphite Brick in the HTR-10, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol.227, No.2, 2004, p133-142.


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