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

More prizes and awards


Modelling rock fracture induced by hydraulic pulses
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong, McDermott Christopher I, Shipton Zoe K, Fraser-Harris Andrew, Edlmann Katriona
Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Vol 54, pp. 3977-3994 (2021)
Using artificial neural network to predict the fracture properties of the interfacial transition zone of concrete at the meso-scale
Xi Xun, Yin Ziqing, Yang Shangtong, Li Chun-Qing
Engineering Fracture Mechanics Vol 242 (2021)
Molecular dynamics simulation of mechanical properties of intercalated GO/C-S-H nanocomposites
Fan Ding, Yang Shangtong, Saafi Mohamed
Computational Materials Science Vol 186 (2021)
Influence of particle morphology of ground fly ash on the fluidity and strength of cement paste
Ma Juntao, Wang Daguang, Zhao Shunbo, Duan Ping, Yang Shangtong
Materials Vol 14 (2021)
A new method to determine elasto-plastic j-integral for steel pipes with longitudinal semi-elliptical surface cracks
Wang Weigang, Yang Wei, Li Chun-Qing, Yang Shangtong
Engineering Failure Analysis Vol 118 (2020)
Computational determination of interface fracture properties for concrete by inverse analysis
Xi Xun, Yang Shangtong, Hu Xiaofei, Li Chun Qing
ACI Materials Journal Vol 117, pp. 43-53 (2020)

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


Novel Utilization of Mining Wastes in Construction Materials
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2019
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)
Prosperity Partnership: Predictive pumping
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | shafaei, Davood
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-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)
Reuse of mining waste into innovative geopolymeric-based structural panels, precast, ready mixes and insitu applications
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

More projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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