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Personal Statement

Shangtong’s research interests focus on the deterioration of building materials and its effects on the structure/infrastructure. Understanding the materials properties and the deterioration mechanisms at different scales is key to determining the performance of civil structures in terms of both safety and serviceability. Specifically his research looks into three main areas:

  • Corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and its effects on the structures, e.g., cracking of concrete, bond degradation etc. His strength in this area is modelling the cracking process and crack width of concrete under both reinforcement corrosion and applied load. A combination of analytical, numerical and experimental approaches has been adopted.
  • Whole life assessment and management of infrastructure. His interest in this area lies in assessing current state of pipelines by appropriate monitoring approaches and developing rational tools for risk classification. A variety of materials are examined, e.g., cast iron, concrete. Applicaitons include structural intregrity of burried water/sewer pipes and offshore pipelines. 
  • Multi-scales investigation of cementitious materials and application of nanotechnology in the context of increasing the durability of structures. This is his recently established interest and expertise is being developed. His research in this area is concerned with how cementitious materials are behaved at different scales under various conditions and how the engineering properties are influenced by the changes at nano/micro scale in a quantitative manner.


Expertise & Capabilities

  • Fracture mechanics
  • Cementitious materials
  • Durability of civil engineering structures 
  • Failure prediction and whole-life management of infrastructure

Teaching Interests

  • Structural analysis
  • Building materials
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Finite element method

I currently teach:

  • CL207 Structural Mechanics and Materials
  • CL313 Structural Engineering

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Projects 2012 2023

Research Output 2011 2019

X rays

Mechanical performance of hexagonal multi-cell concrete-filled steel tubular (CFST) stub columns under axial compression

Zhang, Y-B., Han, L-H., Zhou, K. & Yang, S., 31 Jan 2019, In : Thin-Walled Structures. 134, p. 71-83 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Axial compression
Loads (forces)
Bearings (structural)


A molecular dynamics study on cementitious materials and nanocomposites

Author: Fan, D., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Yang, S. (Supervisor) & (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Modelling the nanoscale properties of calcium silicate hydrate and ice

Author: Romaniuk, A., 1 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Yang, S. (Supervisor) & Lue, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Best Staff Poster - £2k International Travel Award

Shangtong Yang (Recipient), 7 Jun 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Outstanding Reviewer for Cement and Concrete Research

Shangtong Yang (Recipient), Aug 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2012 2013

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Membership of committee

Invited seminar to School of Civil, Environmenal and Chemical Engineering

Shangtong Yang (Invited speaker)
16 Aug 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International Conference on Infrastructure Failures and Consequences (Event)

Shangtong Yang (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee