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Vision Statement

I strive to get better understanding of how construction materials and structures respond to loadings across multiple scales (micro, meso, macro) by a combination of experimental and computational methods in a view to optimise their performances for practical design in terms of structural integrity, reliability, durability and sustainability.



I have about 20 years of teaching and research experience in a few UK and overseas universities. I have secured over £1m research grants as the Principal Investigator from EPSRC, Royal Society and US Air Force etc since 2007, and has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers, including over 70 SCI-indexed high-impact journal papers (cited 1200 times by SCI with H=22 and 2100 by GoogleScholar with H=27). I have served on scientific/advisory committees of over 30 international conferences and delivered many keynote/plenary lectures. I am a member of EPSRC Peer Review College and have reviewed proposals for many EU national research councils. I have been invited as an external examiner for PhDs worldwide and have graduated (as the first supervisor) 8 PhDs and supervised 3 postdoctoral researchers.

I am a Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers UK (FIStructE) and a Chartered Engineer.

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Research Output 2014 2017

A universal model for predicting the effective shear modulus of two-dimensional porous materials

Guo, Z., Wang, L., Chen, Y., Zheng, L., Yang, Z. & Dong, L. 1 Jul 2017 In : Mechanics of Materials. 110, p. 59-67 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Porous materials
Elastic moduli
Poisson ratio
4 Citations

In-situ X-ray computed tomography characterisation of 3D fracture evolution and image-based numerical homogenisation of concrete

Yang, Z., Ren, W., Sharma, R., McDonald, S., Mostafavi, M., Vertyagina, Y. & Marrow, T. J. 15 Jan 2017 In : Cement and Concrete Composites. 75, January, p. 74-83 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
X rays
Elastic moduli
4 Citations

Micro X-ray computed tomography image-based two-scale homogenisation of ultra high performance fibre reinforced concrete

Qsymah, A., Sharma, R., Yang, Z., Margetts, L. & Mummery, P. 15 Jan 2017 In : Construction and Building Materials. 130, p. 230-240 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reinforced concrete
X rays

Spiral strand cables subjected to high velocity fragment impact

Judge, R., Yang, Z., Jones, S. W., Beattie, G. & Horsfall, I. 1 Sep 2017 In : International Journal of Impact Engineering. 107, p. 58-79 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

High strength steel

Activities 2016 2017

Multiscale characterisation and modelling of quasi-brittle materials

Yang, Z. (Invited speaker)
23 Feb 2017

Activity: Invited talk

External examiner of a PhD thesis

Yang, Z. (Examiner)
17 Jul 2017

Activity: Examination

Z M Wang

Yang, Z. (Host)
Jul 2017Jan 2018

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

The 8th International Conference on Computational Methods

Yang, Z. (Scientific Committee Member)
25 Jul 201729 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

The 8th International Conference on Computational Methods

Yang, Z. (Session Chair)
25 Jul 201729 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference