Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Shan-Shan Huang

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering

Contact

s.huang@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 (0) 114 222 5727

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
Sheffield,
S1 3JD

Profile

Shan-Shan Huang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering of the University of Sheffield. Apart from teaching Structural Engineering, she conducts research on Structural Fire Engineering - Trying to answer questions like "What happens to structures in fire?" "How can we improve the current fire engineering practices, in terms of safety, efficiency, sustainability, etc.?"

Her current research focuses are:

  • Sustainable concrete in fire, e.g. prevent explosive spalling using recycled tyre fibres;
  • Fire resistance of greener building systems - e.g. engineered timber in fire.
  • Robustness and the prevention of disproportionate progressive collapse of high-rise building structures in fire – e.g. steel beam-to-columns connection and composite slabs.

She obtained her MSc (Distinction) degree in Steel Construction in 2005 and completed her PhD "The Effects of Transient Strain on the Strength of Concrete-Filled Columns in Fire" in 2009, both from the University of Sheffield. She then carried on working as a Post Doctoral Research Associate on the European collaborative project COMPFIRE (Design of Joints to Composite Columns for Improved Fire Robustness) before taking up a Lecturer post.

Recent activities and achievements

  • Member of RILEM Technical Committee 256-SPF: Spalling of concrete due to fire: testing and modelling

  • Principle investigator (PI) of research project “FIRECRACKER - Reuse of Waste Polymer Fibres for Crack-Resistant and Fire-Spalling-Proof Sustainable Concrete” (funded by Horizon 2020, £185,798)
  • Co-investigator of research project “Smoke Control and Structural Resilience of Tunnels in Fire” (funded by The Royal Society, £34,442)
  • UoS PI of research project “Re-Use of Waste Tyre Fibres in Concrete Construction” (funded by Innovate UK, £544,186)
  • PI of research project “Sustainable Fire-Spalling-Resistant Concrete” (funded by EPSRC, £124,760)
  • PI of research project “IGNIS - Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete” (funded by Horizon 2020, £158,323)
  • PI of research project “Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering & Robustness of Structures subject to Multiple Hazards” (funded by Chinese Government, £77,881)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Qualifications

Fellow of the HEA, PhD, MSc, BEng

Research project(s)

Anagennisi

Innovative Use of all Tyre Components in Concrete
Anagennisi: Innovative Use of all Tyre Components in Concrete An estimated one billion tyres are discarded each year. Post-Consumer tyre arisings for EU countries (2010) are 3.4M tonnes per year. At the moment nearly 50% of all recycled tyres/components still end up as fuel, in low grade applications or in...

Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete (IGNIS)

Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete (IGNIS) is a research project funded by H2020 through the Marie Slodovska Curie Programme. Fire-induced explosive spalling (violent peeling-off of concrete surface) is a major drawback of modern high-performance and high-strength concrete. Tunnels and buildings have been seen to experience catastrophic failure due...

Publication(s)

(2015). An analytical approach to modelling shear panels in steel beams at elevated temperatures. Engineering Structures, 85 (9), pp. 73-82. (Full Text)., Abstract: Abstract Shear buckling of beam webs in the vicinity of beam-to-column connections has been observed in many full-scale fire tests. This phenomenon can lead to force redistribution within the adjacent connections, and even influence the performance-based analysis of full-scale structures in fire...
(2015). A Parametric Investigation of the Transition Between Beam-Web Shear Buckling and Bottom- Flange Buckling at Elevated Temperatures. In Proc. CONFAB 2015 - International Conference on Structural Safety under Fire and Blast, Glasgow, UK (Full Text).
(2015). Tensile Membrane Action and the Performance of Composite Slabs in Fire. In RESPONSE OF STRUCTURES UNDER EXTREME LOADING (pp. 755-763).
(2015). Reused Tyre Polymer Fibre for Fire-Spalling Mitigation. In Proc. 4th International Conference on Applications of Structural Fire Engineering, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
(2015). Reuse of Tyre Polymer Fibers to Mitigate Fire-Induced Spalling of Concrete - A Preliminary Study. In Proc 4th International Workshop on Concrete Spalling Due to Fire Exposure, Leipzig, Germany..
(2015). The Mechanics of Tensile Membrane Action in Composite Slabs at High Temperatures. In Proc. 4th International Conference on Applications of Structural Fire Engineering, Dubrovnik, Croatia..
(2014). Notched Strip Tensile Tests to Determine Yield Characteristics of Stainless Steel. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 140 (4).
(2014). A Re-Examination of the Mechanics of Tensile Membrane Action in Composite Floor Slabs in Fire. In Proc International Conference on Structures in Fire, Shanghai.

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