Professor Tsai's research interest is in the development of design methodology of composite materials and structures. As an emerging technology, composite materials offer unique performances for structures that combine light weight with durability. Keys to the successful utilization of composite materials are predictability in performance and cost effective design of anisotropic, laminated structures. Current emphasis is placed on the understanding of failure modes, and computer simulation for design and cost estimation.

Academic Appointments

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (1995 - Present)

All Publications

  • Smart cure of thick composite filament wound structures to minimize the development of residual stresses EUROMECH 453 Colloquium on Internal Stresses in Polymer Composite Processing and Service Life Lee, D. H., Kim, S. K., Lee, W. I., Ha, S. K., Tsai, S. W. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2006: 530–37
  • Three decades of composites activities at US Air Force Materials Laboratory COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Tsai, S. W. 2005; 65 (15-16): 2295-2299
  • Time- and temperature-dependent failures of a metal-to-composites bonded joint with PMMA adhesive material JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS Sihn, S., Miyano, Y., Nakada, M., Tsai, S. W. 2003; 37 (1): 35-54
  • A progressive quadratic failure criterion, part B COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Kuraishi, A., Tsai, S. W., Liu, K. K. 2002; 62 (12-13): 1683-1695
  • PECVD silicon carbide as a chemically resistant material for micromachined transducers 9th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators Flannery, A. F., Mourlas, N. J., Storment, C. W., Tsai, S., Tan, S. H., Heck, J., Monk, D., Kim, T., Gogoi, B., Kovacs, G. T. ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA. 1998: 48–55
  • A progressive quadratic failure criterion for a laminate COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Liu, K. S., Tsai, S. W. 1998; 58 (7): 1023-1032
  • Obituary: Late Professor Tsuyoshi Hayashi ADVANCED COMPOSITE MATERIALS Hoff, R., Springer, G. S., Tsai, S. W. 1998; 7 (3): 217-218
  • Analysis and behavior of grid structures COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Huybrechts, S., Tsai, S. W. 1996; 56 (9): 1001-1015
  • SCHOOLING TAIWAN WOMEN - EDUCATIONAL-ATTAINMENT IN THE MID-20TH CENTURY Meeting of the Research-Committee-on-Social-Stratification of the International-Sociological-Association Tsai, S. L., Gates, H., Chiu, H. Y. AMER SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOC. 1994: 243–63