Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Ruizhi Zuo

PhD Student


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


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

Research project(s)


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...