Sze, K.Y.

BSc(Eng) (HK), PhD (HK), FHKIE, FIMechE, RPE, CEng

Professor K.Y. Sze graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Hong Kong with First Class Honours and as the Williamson Prizeman of the year. He continued his studies in the same Department and earned his PhD three years later. Before returning to his alma mater, he had taken up faculty positions in Singapore and a sister institute in Hong Kong. He serves in the editorial boards of Finite Elements in Analysis & Design and a couple more journals.

Teaching/Research Interests: Computational Mechanics, finite element methods, biomechanics, fabric mechanics, vibrations, mechanics of fracture & fatigue, failures of mechanical systems/components.


Wang K, Mak CK, Ho JDL, Liu Z, Sze KY (2021). Large-scale surface shape sensing with learning-based computational mechanics. Advanced Intelligent Systems. DOI: 10.1002/aisy.202100089

Hu YC, Zhou YX, Kwok KW, Sze KY (2021). Simulating flexible origami structures by finite element method. Inter. J. of Mechanics & Materials in Design.

Cheung JPY, Zhang T, Bow HYC, Kwan KYH, Sze KY, Cheung KMC (2020). The Crooked Rod Sign: A new radiological sign to detect deformed threads in the distraction mechanism of magnetically controlled growing rods and a mode of distraction failure. Spine 45 (6), E346-E351.

Fu HC, Ho JDL, Lee KH, Hu YC, Au SKW, Cho KY, Sze KY, Kwok KW (2020). Interfacing soft and hard: a spring reinforced actuator. Soft Robotics 7: 44-58.

Jin YG, Zhang T, Lui YF, Sze KY, Lu WWJ (2020). The measured mechanical properties of osteoporotic trabecular bone decline with the increment of deformation volume during micro-indentation. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 103 103546.

Jin YG, Zhang T, Cheung JPY, Wong TM, Feng XR, Sun TH, Zu HY, Sze KY, Lu WWJ (2020). A novel mechanical parameter to quantify the microarchitecture effect on apparent modulus of trabecular Bone: a computational analysis of ineffective bone mass. Bone 135: 115314.

Sze KY, Yuan WC, Zhou YX (2020). Four-node tetrahedral elements for gradient-elasticity analysis. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 121: 3660¨C3679.

Zhang T, Sze KY, Peng ZW, Cheung KMC, Kui YF, Wong YW, Kwan KYH, Cheung JPY (2020). Systematic investigation of metallosis associated with magnetically controlled growing rod implantation for early-onset scoliosis. Bone & Joint Journal 102-B(10): 1376-1383

Le T, Lun T, Wang K, Ho JDL, Lee KH, Sze KY, Kwok KW (2019). Real-time surface shape sensing for soft and flexible structures using Fiber Bragg Gratings. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 4: 1454-1461.

Sun HT, Sze KY, Tang AYS, Tsang ACO, Yu ACH, Chow KW (2019) Effects of aspect ratio, wall thickness and hypertension in the patient specific computational modeling of cerebral aneurysms using fluid-structure interaction analysis. Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics 13: 229-244.

Sze KY, Wu ZH (2019). 24 DOFs four©\node quadrilateral elements for gradient elasticity. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 119: 128-149.

Xie Q, Zhou YX, Zhan Y, Sze KY, Han WS (2019). A comparative study on the beam and continuum finite element models for the rail-wheel vibration. International Journal of Structural Stability & Dynamics 19: 1950076 (28 pages).

Chen ZP, Zhang X, Sze KY, Kan L, Qiu XM (2018). v-p material point method for weakly compressible problems. Computers & Fluids 176: 170-181. 

Kulper SA, Sze KY, Fang CX, Ren XD, Guo M, Schneider K, Leung F, Lu W, Ngan A (2018). A novel fracture mechanics model explaining the axial penetration of bone-like porous, compressible solids by various orthopaedic implant tips. Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 80: 128-136.

Kulper SA, Fang CX, Ren XD, Guo M, Sze KY, Leung FKL, Lu WW (2018). Development and initial validation of a novel smoothed-particle hydrodynamics-based simulation model of trabecular bone penetration by metallic implants. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 36: 1114-1123.

Sze KY, Hu YC (2017). Assumed natural strain and stabilized quadrilateral Lobatto spectral elements for C0 plate/shell analysis. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 111: 403-446.

Lee KH, Fu DK, Leong MC, Chow M, Fu HC, Althoefer K, Sze KY, Yeung CK, Kwok KW (2017). Nonparametric Online Learning Control for Soft Continuum Robot: An Enabling Technique for Effective Endoscopic Navigation. Soft Robotics 4: 324-337.

Zhang F, Zhang X, Sze KY, Lian YP, Liu Y (2017). Incompressible material point method for free surface flow. J.Comput.Physics 330: 92-110.

Li DH, Zhang X, Sze KY, Liu Y. (2016) Extended layerwise method for laminated composite plates with multiple delaminations and transverse cracks. Computational Mechanics 58: 657-679. 

Sze KY, Hu YC (2016). Assumed natural strain and stabilized quadrilateral Lobatto spectral elements for C0 plate/shell analysis. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg.

Sze KY, Zhou YX (2016). An efficient rotation-free triangle for drape/cloth simulations - Part I: model improvement, dynamic simulation and adaptive remeshing. Inter J Comput. Methods. 13(3): 1650021 (27 pages). Link to MP4 file

Pang GF, Chen W, Sze KY (2016). A comparative study of finite element and finite difference methods for two-dimensional space-fractional advection-dispersion equation. Advances in Appl.Math.&Mech. 8: 166-186.

Xie Q, Sze KY, Zhou YX (2016). Modified and Trefftz unsymmetric finite element models. Inter.J.Mechanics & Materials in Design 12: 53-70.



Zhou YZ, Sze KY (2012). A geometric nonlinear rotation-free triangle and its application to drape simulation. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 89: 509-536.

Liu XH, Sze KY (Feb 2009). A corotational interpolatory model for fabric drape simulation. Inter.J.Numer. Methods Engrg. 77: 799-823.

Chen SH, Huang JL, Sze KY (2007). Multidimensional Lindstedt-Poincar¨¦ method for nonlinear vibration of axially moving beams. J.Sound & Vibration 306: 1-11.

Zhang X, Sze KY, Ma S (2006). An explicit material point finite element method for hyper-velocity impact. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 66: 689-706.

Sze KY, Sheng N (2005). Polygonal finite element method for nonlinear constitutive modeling of polycrystalline ferroelectrics. Finite Elements in Analysis & Design 42: 107-129.

Sze KY, Chen SH, Huang JL (2005). The incremental harmonic balance method for nonlinear vibration of axially moving beams. J.Sound & Vibration 281: 611-626.

Sze KY, Liu XH, Lo SH (2004). Popular benchmark problems for geometric nonlinear analysis of shells. Finite Elements in Analysis & Design 40: 1551-1569. Link to Abaqus .inp files of the benchmark problems

Kim CH, Sze KY, Kim YH (2003). Curved quadratic triangular degenerated- and solid-shell elements for geometric nonlinear analysis. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 57: 2077-2097.

Sze KY, Chan WK, Pian THH (2002). An eight-node hybrid-stress solid-shell element for geometric nonlinear analysis of elastic shells. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 55: 853-878.

Sze KY, Yao LQ (2000). A hybrid-stress ANS solid-shell element and its generalization for smart structure modelling - part I : solid-shell element formulation. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 48: 545-564.

Sze KY, Yao LQ, Yi S (2000). A hybrid-stress ANS solid-shell element and its generalization for smart structure modelling ¨C part II : smart structure modeling. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 48: 565-582.

Sze KY, Zhu D (1999). A quadratic assumed natural strain curved triangular shell element. Computer Methods Applied Mechanics & Engineering 174: 57-71.

Sze KY, Yi S, Tay MH (1997). An explicit hybrid-stabilized eighteen-node solid element for thin shell analysis. Inter.J.Numer.Methods Engrg. 40: 1839-1856.

Sze KY (1994). An explicit hybrid-stabilized 9-node Lagrangian shell element. Computer Methods Applied Mechanics & Engrg. 117: 361-379.

Sze KY, Ghali A (1993). Hybrid hexahedral element for solids, plates, shells and beams by selective scaling. Inter.J. Numerical Methods Engrg. 36: 1519-1540.