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Dr Kai Tai Wan

Dr Kai Tai Wan
Lecturer/MSc Project Coordinator & Level 1 Tutor


Kai Tai is a lecturer in Civil Engineering specialised in building and construction materials as well as advanced sensor technologies and structural health monitoring.

He is a chartered material engineer. Before joining Brunel, he worked in the group of Construction and Building Materials of the R&D Division in Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) in Hong Kong. He was the principle investigator of more than £800k research projects and the leader of a multidisciplinary research team to develop various kinds of advanced construction and building materials, such as lightweight to ultra-lightweight low shrinkage high strength water-repelling foamed concrete, pseudo ductile cementitious composite with discrete recycled polymer fibre, super-hydrophobic coating for concrete, 2-in-1 hydrophobic waterproofing and pore-liner polymeric paint for concrete and fabric reinforced cementitious matrix with high performance manmade as well as natural fibre.

Kai Tai has developed various kinds of advanced sensors for structural health monitoring such as distributed optical fibre crack sensor, optical fibre corrosion sensor, tuneable polymer optical fibre integral strain sensor, Mach-Zehnder interferometric vibration sensor, distributed wind pressure sensor and two-dimensional crack sensor. The first two sensors were developed from laboratory prototype to field trial.

Academic / Research Career

Lecturer in Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University, UK, September 2014 -- Recent

Technical Manager, Group of Construction and Building Materials, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI), Hong Kong, September 2012 – August 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong, September 2008 – August 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, October 2005 – August 2008


PhD in Civil Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2005

BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering with Minor in Mathematics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2001

Professional Qualifications

Member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Member of Hong Kong Concrete Institute

Member of RILEM

Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) Technical Assessor of ISO/IEC 17025 Compliant Organisations

Industrial Activities

Drafting committee of Product Conformity Certificate Scheme of Construction Standard 3 of Aggregates for Concrete

Director of the Board of Directon of American Society of Civil Engineers Hong Kong Section

Member of executive board of Hong Kong Concrete Institute

Journal reviewer of

  • Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE
  • Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE
  • Structures and Buildings, ICE
  • Composite Science and Technology
  • Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
  • Sensors
  • Structural Health Monitoring – International Journal
  • Mechanical System and Signal Processing
  • International Journal of Solids and Structures
  • Materials
  • Optics and Laser in Engineering
  • Advances in Civil Engineering
  • Advances in Structural Engineering

Newest selected publications

Wan, K., Zhu, ZH., Yuen, T., Leung, C., Kuang, JS., Hu, CL. and et al. (2018) 'Development of low drying shrinkage foamed concrete and hygro-mechanical finite element model for prefabricated building fasçade applications'. Construction and Building Materials, 165. pp. 939 - 957. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wan, KT. and Parris, J. (2016) 'Investigation of Natural Fibre Reinforced Cementitious Composite for Structural Retrofitting of Building Structures'.IABSE Guangzhou 2016. Guangzhou, China. 11 - 11 MayOpen Access Link

Conference paper

Wan, KT. (2015) 'Development of a Low Cost 3x3 Coupler Mach-Zehnder Interferometric Optical Fibre Vibration Sensor'. HKIE Transactions Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, 22 (4). pp. 247 - 251. ISSN: 1023-697X Open Access Link

Journal article

Leung, CKY., Wan, KT., Inaudi, D., Bao, X., Habel, W., Zhou, Z., et al. (2015) 'Review: optical fiber sensors for civil engineering applications'. Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions, 48 (4). pp. 871 - 906. ISSN: 1359-5997 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wan, KT. (2014) 'Quantitative sensitivity analysis of surface attached optical fiber strain sensor'. IEEE Sensors Journal, 14 (6). pp. 1805 - 1812. ISSN: 1530-437X Open Access Link

Journal article
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