Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Ruizhi graduated with a BEng in Civil Engineering from Chongqing University in 2012. He joined University of Sheffield since 2013 as a master student in Structural and concrete Engineering. After having obtained his MSc degree in 2014, he successfully finished his PhD in 2019. His primary research interest lies in the constitutive modelling of concrete.
Recent activities and achievements
Project title: Structural Applications of Rubberized Concrete
Objectives: Constitutive model of rubberised concrete
Tasks and methodology: Confined rubberised concrete is being developed by the supervisors via an EU project to enable large structural deformations at key locations. This project will investigate analytically and numerically (using FEA), possible applications for rubberised concrete. It will start by developing constitutive models, based on experimental work done by others in the group. Applications for seismic design, base isolation and bridge bearings will be examined. The outcomes of this work will be of use to contractors, infrastructure owners and will help reduce waste materials and at the same time increase the safety and decrease the cost of our infrastructure.
Expected results: Design guideline of confined rubberised concrete
Supervisor: Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas