An Overview of Concrete Research at Brunel University London: Concrete Science, Technology and Structures:
Speaker: Dr Xiangming Zhou (周向明)
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Design
Brunel University London
Abstract: In this talk, Dr Zhou will present an overview of his research and also his team’s recent development in a broad range of topics on concrete science, technology and structures at Brunel University London. The presentation will cover rheology testing, constitutive modelling and extrusion process modelling of semi-solid, dough-like cementitious materials tailored for extrusion, and cement-based building products development via extrusion at both laboratory and factory scales; development of elliptical ring test method for assessing cracking potential of concrete and other cement-based materials and numerical modelling of concrete ring specimens in restrained ring test; and nanotechnology enhanced functional cement-based materials for infrastructure condition sensing and monitoring.
Bio： Dr Zhou is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Design at Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London, the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Brunel in October 2008, he was a lecturer and then senior lecturer at University of Greenwich, UK. Before moving to the UK, he did post-doctoral research at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, respectively. He received his BEng in Civil & Structural Engineering and MEng in Structural Engineering both from Tongji University, and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests include low carbon and energy efficient cementitious materials, advanced concrete technology such as extrusion, testing and modelling restrained shrinkage cracking of concrete, application of nanotechnology for concrete, seismic testing, analysis and design of steel-concrete composite high-rise building, performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of building structures under extreme loadings, precast concrete segmental bridges etc. He has been Principal Investigator of research projects funded by UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, European Commission 7th Framework Programme, European Commission Horizon2020, UK Royal Academy of Engineering etc. He has authored/co-authored 90 technical papers in conferences and journals such as Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering ASCE, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Journal of Bridge Engineering ASCE, ACI Structural Journal, ACI Materials Journal, Cement & Concrete Research, Cement & Concrete Composites, Construction and Building Materials, Engineering Structures, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, RILEM Materials and Structures, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Smart Materials and Structures etc. He received the 1st class Natural Sciences Award by Ministry of Education, China in 2006.