Dr Shangtong Yang

Senior Lecturer

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 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.



Has expertise in:

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

Prizes and awards

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

more prizes and awards


Multiscale pore structure analysis of nano titanium dioxide cement mortar composite
Shafaei Davood, Yang Shangtong, Berlouis Leonard, Minto James
Materials Today Communications Vol 22 (2020)
Investigating the spatial development of corrosion of corner-located steel bar in concrete by X-ray computed tomography
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong
Construction and Building Materials Vol 221, pp. 177-189 (2019)
Performance of steel frames with new lightweight composite infill walls under curvature ground deformation
Xie Wei, Xia Junwu, Zheng Yuying, Wang Qiufen, Chang Hongfei, Yang Shangtong
Journal of Building Engineering Vol 25 (2019)
Modelling progressive failure in multi-phase materials using a phase field method
Zhang Peng, Hu Xiaofei, Yang Shangtong, Yao Weian
Engineering Fracture Mechanics Vol 209, pp. 105-124 (2019)
Mechanical performance of hexagonal multi-cell concrete-filled steel tubular (CFST) stub columns under axial compression
Zhang Yong-Bo, Han Lin-Hai, Zhou Kan, Yang Shangtong
Thin-Walled Structures Vol 134, pp. 71-83 (2019)
Accurate cover crack modelling of reinforced concrete structures subjected to non-uniform corrosion
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong, Li Chun-Qing
Structure and Infrastructure Engineering Vol 14, pp. 1628-1640 (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


Smart pumping for Subsurface Engineering (Prosperity Partnership)
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Corney, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Dempster, William (Co-investigator) Perry, Marcus (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Lina (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Vladimir (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator) Fan, Ding (Researcher) Parastatidis, Emmanouil (Researcher) Rizzuto, Francesco (Researcher) Xi, Xun (Researcher)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | shafaei, Davood
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) shafaei, Davood (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021
KTP - Inex
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Hernandez, Jose Luis (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
Reuse of mining waste into innovative geopolymeric-based structural panels, precast, ready mixes and insitu applications (REMINE) (H2020 MCSA RISE)
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2018
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Romaniuk, Amy
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) Lue, Leo (Co-investigator) Romaniuk, Amy (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 17-Jan-2019
Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories (DISTINCTIVE)
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator) Saafi, Mohamed (Co-investigator) Tarantino, Alessandro (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 09-Jan-2019

more projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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