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Dr Zhaohui Huang
HP Lecturer - Civil Engineering


Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • BEng., Fujian Forestry College, China, 1982.
  • PhD., University of Central Lancashire, UK, 1995.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning for University Lecturers, University of Sheffield, UK, 2003.
  • Full membership of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2007.

Academic Career

  • Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Fujian Forestry College, 1982-1990.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Silsoe Research Institute, AFRC, 1990-1991.
  • Research Fellow, University of Sheffield, 1996-2004.
  • Lecturer, University of Sheffield, 2004-2011.
  • Reader, Brunel University London, 2011-now.


Peer esteem

  • Visiting Professor, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, since 2008.
  • Editorial board member of “The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal”.
  • Guest Editor of Special Issue on “Buildings’ Behaviour in Fire” for the Open Construction and Building Technology Journal (Volume 4, 2010).
  • Invited expert to review the research proposals for EPSRC, “Swiss National Science Foundation”, “The Qatar National Research Fund” and “The Georgia National Science Foundation”.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for international conferences.
  • Invited peer reviewer for numerous high quality international journals.


  • Recipient of 2005 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the best paper published on Journal of Structural Engineering, 2003.
  • As one of the main developers of the designer's version of Vulcan, the software won two of the “British Computer Society's Annual Awards: the Technology: Applications category and the BT Innovation Flagship Award for Technology”, 2005.
  • Recipient of Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship by Nanyang Technological University, 2005.


  • Ahearne Fire Engineering Consultants Ltd (Ireland), Korean Institute of Construction Technology (South Korea), Corus (UK), Locke Carey (UK),  Arup (UK), Buro Happold (UK).

Newest selected publications

Wang, Y., Ren, Z., Huang, Z., Gao, W., Zhong, B., Bu, Y., et al. (2021) 'Experimental and numerical studies of six small-scale continuous concrete slabs subjected to travelling fires'. Engineering Structures, 236. pp. 112069 - 112069. ISSN: 0141-0296

Journal article

Wang, Y., Wang, G., Huang, Z., Li, L., Bu, Y., Zhong, B., et al. (2021) 'Numerical modelling of in-plane restrained concrete two-way slabs subjected to fire'. Fire Safety Journal, 121. pp. 103307 - 103307. ISSN: 0379-7112

Journal article

Wang, Y., Jiang, Y., Huang, Z., Li, L., Huang, Y., Zhang, Y., et al. (2021) 'Post-fire behaviour of continuous reinforced concrete slabs under different fire conditions'. Engineering Structures, 226. pp. 111342 - 111342. ISSN: 0141-0296

Journal article

Zhu, YF., Chen, CH., Huang, Y., Huang, ZH., Yao, Y. and Keer, LM. (2020) 'Dynamic progressive collapse of steel moment frames under different fire scenarios'. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 173. pp. 106256 - 106256. ISSN: 0143-974X

Journal article

Kadhim, M. and Huang, Z. (2020) 'The influence of steel connection on fire resistance of composite steel-framed buildings'. International Review of Civil Engineering, 11 (3). pp. 106 - 113. ISSN: 2036-9913

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