Xu Nie, Ph.D.

Xu Nie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Office Location: Embrey 301EB

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  • Ph.D in Materials Engineering, Purdue University

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China


Dr. Xu Nie’s current research is primarily focused on the dynamic behavior and multi-scale impact damage characterization/evolution in heterogeneous cementitious composites, advanced diagnostic techniques for Kolsky bars, and high-rate mechanical property and microstructural characterization for advanced metallic alloys. He has authored / coauthored over 50 journal articles and book chapters in the broad area of Impact Mechanics and Dynamic Behavior of Materials. Up to date, he has received over $4.8 million in research funding as PI and Co-PI from multiple Department of Defense and Department of Energy agencies. Dr. Nie was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by the ASME North Texas Section in 2016, and has been serving as the technical editor for Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials since 2020.

Honors and Awards

  • Technical Editor, Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials - 2020 to present

  • ASME North Texas Section Young Engineer of the Year, 2016

  • Summer Visiting Professor, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB 2014 – 2018 

  • Engineering Magoon Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2007 


  • Dynamic behavior of advanced materials and structures.
  • High-rate experimental mechanics and techniques.
  • Microstructure and damage evolution in engineering materials under dynamic loading.
  • Characterization and modeling of metal plasticity under extreme environment.
  • Damage diagnosis using X-ray micro tomography.

Recent Publications

  • Q. Sun, B. Martin, B. William, W. Heard, D. Frew, X. Nie, “Comparative Study on the Impact-Induced Microstructural Damage in Concrete Using X-ray Computed Micro-tomography”, Mechanics of Materials, 168, 104277, 2022 (Impact Factor: 4.137)
  • D. Cao, S. Malakooti, V. Kulkarni, Y. Ren, Y. Liu, X. Nie, D. Qian, D. Griffith, H. Lu, “The Effect of Resin Uptake on the Flexural Properties of Compression Molded Sandwich Composites”, Wind Energy, 25 (1), 71-93, 2022 (Impact Factor: 3.71)
  • B. William, A. Madra, W. Heard, S. Graham, M. Grotke, M. Hillman, X. Nie, “Characterizing Damage Modes and Size Effects in High-Strength Concrete under Hydrostatic and Triaxial Stress States Using X-Ray Microtomography”, Construction and Building Materials, 311, 125338, 2021 (Impact Factor: 7.693)
  • Q. Sun, B. William, C. Loeffler, B. Martin, W. Heard, D. Frew, X. Nie, “Comparative Study of Damage Evolution in Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) and Conventional Concrete (CC)”, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 155, 103893, 2021 (Impact Factor: 4.592)
  • B. William, Q. Sun, W. Heard, C. Loeffler, S. Graham, G. Vankirk, X. Nie, “Investigation of Strain Rate and Pressure Effects for High-Strength Concrete Using A Novel Large-Diameter Triaxial Kolsky Bar Technique”, Cement and Concrete Composites, 121, 104085, 2021 (Impact Factor: 9.93)