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Professor Xiangming Zhou

Professor Xiangming Zhou
Head of Department - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Howell Building 214/215

Research area(s)

  • Low carbon cementitious materials (geopolymer/alkali-activated cement, magnesium-based cement etc.)
  • Concrete materials, mechanics (including rheology & fracture), and structures
  • Concrete technology, such as extrusion, 3D printing, additive manufacturing etc.
  • Smart and functional materials for infrastructure
  • Valorisation of construction and demolition waste (CDW) and mining waste for construction
  • Energy efficient cement-based materials and buildings
  • Nanotechnolgy in construction materials
  • Steel-concrete composite/hybrid structures
  • Precast concrete segmental bridges
  • Performance-based design of building structures under earthquakes & strong winds

Research Interests

  • Sustainable concrete technology, such as extrusion / numerical modelling of extrusion systems for cement-based materials & products and development of elliptical ring test method for assessing cracking tendency of concrete and other cement-based materials
  • Testing and modelling of fracture and shrinkage cracking of concrete and other cement-based materials at early ages
  • Constitutive modelling of rheology of fiber-reinforced cement-based semi-solid materials at very early ages
  • Computation mechanics in civil engineering structures and materials, multi-scale (nano-, micro-, meso- and macro-) modelling of fracture and structural behavior of cement-based materials and structures
  • Sustainable low carbon cement materials such as geopolymer/alkali-activated cement and magnesium oxychloride (MOC) cement
  • Energy efficient cementitious materials with phase-change materials (PCMs)
  • Supplementary cementitious materials, such as aluminosilicate rich mining waste, GGBS, PFA and metakaolin, in concrete and other cement-based materials
  • Applications of nanotechnology in cement and concrete
  • Natural fiber reinforced cement-based materials: formulation, engineering properties & structural performance
  • Performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of building structures under extreme loadings like earthquakes and strong winds
  • Steel-concrete composite structures, earthquake engineering & seismic design
  • Structural test, both static and dynamic, and numerical modelling of structures and structural components in test
  • Precast concrete segmental bridges

Research grants and projects

Research Projects

Grants

Green INtegrated STRUCTural elements for retrofitting and new construction of buildings (GREEN INSTRUCT)
Funder: European Commission
Duration: October 2016 - March 2020

Funded by European Commission under NMBP - Energy Efficient Builings (EeB 04-2016) call

Integrated Structural Health Monitoring and Damage and Integrity Assessment System with Model Updating from Field Measurement for Critical Civil Infrastructure
Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering
Duration: September 2016 - October 2016

Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

A Novel Method for Assessing Cracking Tendency of Concrete at Early Ages
Funder: EPSRC
Duration: August 2011 - February 2014
WOODRUB - Utilisation of recovered wood and rubber for alternative composite products
Funder: European Commission
Duration: September 2010 - August 2013

Project details

  • Horizon 2020, MSCA Individual Fellowship, "Nano-engineered aluminosilicate cementitious materials," i.e. NEASCMs, project no.: 893469, Principal Investigator, 02/08/2021 ~ 01/08/2023, project value € 224,934.
  • British Council Researcher Links Workshop grant, "Valorization of Construction and Demolition Waste for Sustainable Infrastructure Development," project no. 2019-RLWK11-10130, Principal Investigator, 01/01/2020 ~ 31/12/2021, project value £24,000. https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Projects/Project?id=bfdde5f7-d2f4-4c54-ba82-3b51d8cfea4a&language=en-GB
  • British Council, UKIERI-DST, "A New Framework of High-value Added Zero-waste Recycling of Concrete from Construction and Demolition Waste," project no. IND/CONT/GA/18-19/24, Principal Investigator, 01/04/2019 ~ 30/09/2021, project value £64,002. https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Projects/Recycling-of-concrete-from-construction-and-demolition-waste
  • Horizon 2020, Energy Efficient Buildings (call EeB 04-2016) – “Green INSTRUCT – Green INtegrated STRUCTural Elements for Retrofitting and New Construction of Buildings”, project no. 723825, Coordinator, 01/10/2016 ~ 30/09/2020, project value €4,996,626 (EC contribution) with Brunel share of €783,800 (EC contribution), & Principal Investigator at Brunel

    http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/205463_en.html

    Project webpage: www.greeninstruct.eu
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme – “Integrated Structural Health Monitoring and Damage and Integrity Assessment System with Model Updating from Field Measurement for Critical Civil Infrastructure,” Principal Investigator, 15 Sept 2016 ~ 14 Oct 2016, £6,000.
  • Pera Technology, Consultancy, £2,400, PI, Jan 2016.
  • European Commission Horizon2020, MARIE SkÅ‚odowska-CURIE Actions, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), - “REMINE – Reuse of Mining Waste into Innovative Geopolymeric-based Structural Panels, Precast, Ready Mixes and Insitu Applications”, project no. 645696, Principal Investigator (at Brunel), 01/01/2015 ~ 31/12/2018, project value €567,000 (EC contribution) with Brunel share of €108,000 (EC contribution). https://reminemsca.wordpress.com/
  • http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194364_en.html
  • European Commission 7th Framework Programme - “Nanotechnology Enhanced Extruded Fiber Reinforced Foam Cement Based Environmental Friendly Sandwich Material for Building Applications (FIBCEM),” FP7-NMP-2010-SMALL-4-262954, http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/101041_en.html, Scientific Manager (http://www.fibcem.com/Contact-28878.aspx) of the whole project and Work Package Leader. The project value is €3,780,608 (with European Commission contribution €2,747,570). PI at Brunel with the share of €784,571 (European Commission contribution ), 01 Dec 2011 ~ 30 Nov 2014. The project involves 10 partners from 5 EU member state countries http://www.fibcem.com/.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow Scheme, “Graphene-based Smart Skin Material/Sensors for Structure Health Monitoring”, project value £6,000, PI, 2014.
  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council – “A Novel Method for Assessing Cracking Tendency of Concrete at Early Ages,” EP/I031952/1, project value £130,796 (with EPSRC contribution £102,136), PI, 01 Sept 2011 ~ 28 Feb 2014. http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/I031952/1.
  • European Commission LIFE + Environment Policy & Governance, “Utilisation of Recovered Wood and Rubber for Alternative Composite Products (WOODRUB),” LIFE09 ENV/ES/000454, Co-I. The whole project value is €1,838,968 (with European Commission contribution €918,192) with €98,362 (£79,969) allocated to Brunel, 01 Sept 2010 ~ 31 Aug 2013 http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.dspPage&n_proj_id=3650.
  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Summer Vacation Research Projects for Derrick Gordon – “Monitoring and Interpretation of Hydration Process and Strength Development of Low Carbon Geoement/Geopolymer Materials at Early Ages using Non-Contacting Resistivity Measurement,” PI, project value £2,565, 17 Jun 2012 ~ 16 Aug 2012.
  • Brunel Research Initiative & Enterprise Fund - “A New Method for Investigating Shrinkage Cracking of Hardening Concrete: Experimental and Numerical Modeling”, LBK909(904/2009), PI, project value £15,000, 01 Nov 2009 ~ 30 Oct 2010.
  • UK Royal Academy of Engineering International Travel Grant, PI, project value £900, May 2010.
  • UK Royal Academy of Engineering International Travel Grant, PI, project value £500, May 2009.
  • University of Greenwich Research and Development Fund - “A New Method for Investigating Restrained Shrinkage of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete,” PI, project value £5,000, 01 Aug 2007 ~ 31 Jul 2008.
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University Area of Strategic Development Fund - “Performance-based Design and Analysis of Smart Hybrid Building Structures in Moderate Seismic and Strong Wind Regions,” project Fellow, project value HK$736,000 (equivalent to around £60,000).