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Dr Shangtong Yang


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 buried pipelines by appropriate monitoring approaches and developing rational tools for risk classification. A variety of materials are examined, e.g., cast iron, concrete.
  • Multi-scales investigation of fracture of cementitious materials. This is his recently established interest and expertise is being developed. His research in this area is concerned with how cementitious materials are cracked at different scales under various conditions and how the engineering properties are influenced by the changes at nano/micro scale in a quantitative manner.

Research Group website:


Has expertise in:

    • Fracture mechanics
    • Durability of reinforced concrete
    • Failure prediction of infrastructure

Prizes and awards

Outstanding Reviewer for Cement and Concrete Research
Outstanding Reviewer for Construction and Building Materials
Outstanding Reviewer for Engineering Fracture Mechanics
Outstanding Reviewer for Engineering Failure Analysis
Best Staff Poster - £2k International Travel Award
UKCCSC Travel Grant

more prizes and awards


Numerical modelling of non-uniform corrosion induced concrete crack width
Yang Shangtong, Xi Xun, Li Kefei , Li Chun-Qing
Journal of Structural Engineering (United States) Vol 144, (2018)
Meso-scale mixed-mode fracture modelling of reinforced concrete structures subjected to non-uniform corrosion
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong, Li Chun Qing, Cai Meifeng, Hu Xiaofei, Shipton Zoe K.
Engineering Fracture Mechanics Vol 199, pp. 114-130, (2018)
Mechanical properties of C-S-H globules and interfaces by molecular dynamics simulation
Fan Ding, Yang Shangtong
Construction and Building Materials Vol 176, pp. 573-582, (2018)
J-Integral solution for elastic fracture toughness for plates with inclined cracks under biaxial loading
Li Chun-Qing, Fu Guoyang, Yang Wei, Yang Shangtong
Journal of Engineering Mechanics Vol 144, (2018)
A non-uniform corrosion model and meso-scale fracture modelling of concrete
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong, Li Chun-Qing
Cement and Concrete Research Vol 108, pp. 87-102, (2018)
A symplectic analytical singular element for steady-state thermal conduction with singularities in anisotropic material
Hu Xiaofei, Yao Wei An, Yang Shangtong
Journal of Heat Transfer, (2018)

more publications


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

I currently teach:

  • CL207 Structural Mechanics and Materials
  • CL313 Structural Engineering

Professional activities

Invited seminar to School of Civil, Environmenal and Chemical Engineering
Invited speaker
International Conference on Infrastructure Failures and Consequences (Event)
Invited presentation at the School Research Seminars, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

more professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | shafaei, Davood
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) White, Christopher (Co-investigator) shafaei, Davood (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 01-Mar-2021
KTP - Inex
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Hernandez, Jose Luis (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 31-May-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Romaniuk, Amy
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) Lue, Leo (Co-investigator) Romaniuk, Amy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Apr-2018
Reuse of mining waste into innovative geopolymeric-based structural panels, precast, ready mixes and insitu applications (REMINE) (H2020 MCSA RISE)
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2015 - 31-Dec-2018
Investigation of Environmental Deterioration and Reliability Analysis of Offshore Infrastructure
Yang, Shangtong (Academic)
Period 14-Jan-2013 - 30-Jun-2015
GREAT: Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Sentenac, Phillippe (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2014 - 31-Dec-2017

more projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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