Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Shan-Shan Huang

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 5727

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


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


Fellow of the HEA, PhD, MSc, BEng

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...

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...


(2012). The role of connections in the response of steel frames to fire. Structural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 22 (4), pp. 449-461. (Full Text)., Abstract: Connections are critical structural elements of building frames, and in a fire are subject to forces very different from those at the ambient temperature for which they are designed. The fracture of a connection can cause the collapse of the connected beam, which may lead to a progressive collapse...
(2012). Robustness of joints to composite columns in fire. In 11th International Conference on Steel, Space and Composite Structures (SS12).
(2011). A structural fire engineering prediction for the Veseli fire tests, 2011. In Proc. Applications of Structural Fire Engineering (pp. 411-416).
(2011). Elevated temperature tests on joints to composite columns. In Proc. 6th European Conference on Steel Structures (pp. 1593-1598).
(2011). The mechanics of inelastic buckling using a Shanley-like model. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 164 (2), pp. 103-119. (Full Text).