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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:


Time to surface cracking and crack width of reinforced concrete structures under corrosion of multiple rebars
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong
Construction and Building Materials Vol 155, pp. 114-125, (2017)
Molecular dynamics study of interfacial stress transfer in graphene-oxide cementitious composites
Fan Ding, Lue Leo, Yang Shangtong
Computational Materials Science Vol 139, pp. 56–64, (2017)
A novel size independent symplectic analytical singular element for inclined crack terminating at bimaterial interface
Hu X.F., Shen Q.S., Wang J.N., Yao W.A., Yang S.T.
Applied Mathematical Modelling Vol 50, pp. 361-379, (2017)
Numerical determination of concrete crack width for corrosion-affected concrete structures
Yang S.T., Li K.F., Li C.Q.
Computers and Structures, pp. 1-8, (2017)
Analytical model for non-uniform corrosion-induced concrete cracking
Yang Shangtong, Li Kefei , Li Chun-Qing
Magazine of Concrete Research, (2017)
Derivation of elastic fracture toughness for ductile metal pipes with circumfrential external cracks under combined tension and bending
Li Chun-Qing, Fu Guoyang, Yang Wei, Yang Shangtong
Engineering Fracture Mechanics, (2017)

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


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
GRPE: Corrosion-induced concrete deterioration and fracture of concrete
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator)
Period 25-Jun-2012 - 31-Dec-2012

more projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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