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Professor Xiangming Zhou

Professor Xiangming Zhou
Head of Department - Civil & Environmental Engineering

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

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

Research project(s) and grant(s)

  • 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 ~ 28/02/2021, project value £64,002.
  • 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 ~ 31/03/2020, 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,” invited fellow Prof Zhimin Wu from Dalian University of Technology, 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 of the share of €495,024 (with European Commission contribution €377,836 equivalent to £320,214), 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”, invited fellow Prof Zongjin Li from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 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).