Dr Shan-Shan Huang
Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5727
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
By understanding what happens to structures in the event of a fire, we can design to improve fire engineering practices, in terms of safety, efficiency, sustainability.
Dr Shan-shan huang
Shan-Shan’s research into structural fire engineering aims to explore and understand how fire affects structures. This understanding can inform the design process to improve safety, and make construction practices economical and more sustainable.
Her current research focuses are:
- Sustainable concrete in fire, e.g. the use of recycled waste products (such as tyre fibres) added to concrete as a way of controlling shrinkage cracking and explosive fire-induced spalling. This aims to make concrete infrastructure safer, more sustainable and more economical.
- Fire resistance of greener building systems - e.g. the behaviour of engineered timber in fire.
- Robustness and the prevention of disproportionate progressive collapse of high-rise building structures in fire – e.g. steel beam-to-columns connection and composite slabs.
Shan-Shan obtained her MSc (Distinction) degree in Steel Construction in 2005 and completed her PhD ‘The Effects of Transient Strain on the Strength of Concrete-Filled Columns in Fire’ in 2009, both in the Department. She then worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the European collaborative project COMPFIRE (Design of Joints to Composite Columns for Improved Fire Robustness) before taking up a post lecturing.
Fellow of the HEA, PhD, MSc, BEng
- Member of RILEM Technical Committee 256-SPF: Spalling of concrete due to fire: testing and modelling
- Principle investigator (PI) of research project “FIRECRACKER - Reuse of Waste Polymer Fibres for Crack-Resistant and Fire-Spalling-Proof Sustainable Concrete” (funded by Horizon 2020, £185,798)
- Co-investigator of research project “Smoke Control and Structural Resilience of Tunnels in Fire” (funded by The Royal Society, £34,442)
- UoS PI of research project “Re-Use of Waste Tyre Fibres in Concrete Construction” (funded by Innovate UK, £544,186)
- PI of research project “Sustainable Fire-Spalling-Resistant Concrete” (funded by EPSRC, £124,760)
- PI of research project “IGNIS - Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete” (funded by Horizon 2020, £158,323)
- PI of research project “Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering & Robustness of Structures subject to Multiple Hazards” (funded by Chinese Government, £77,881)
- Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
- Huang S, Davison B & Burgess IW (2013) Experiments on reverse-channel connections at elevated temperatures. Engineering Structures, 49, 973-982. View this article in WRRO
- Huang SS, Davison B & Burgess IW (2013) High-temperature tests on joints to steel and partially-encased H-section columns. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 80, 243-251. View this article in WRRO
- Huang SS & Burgess IW (2012) Effect of transient strain on strength of concrete and CFT columns in fire - Part 1: Elevated-temperature analysis on a Shanley-like column model. Engineering Structures, 44, 379-388. View this article in WRRO
- Burgess I, Davison JB, Dong G & Huang SS (2012) The role of connections in the response of steel frames to fire. Structural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 22(4), 449-461. View this article in WRRO
- Huang S & Burgess IW (2012) Effect of transient strain on strength of concrete and CFT columns in fire – Part 2: Simplified and numerical modelling. Engineering Structures, 44, 389-399. View this article in WRRO
- Huang SS, Burgess I, Huang Z & Plank R (2011) The mechanics of inelastic buckling using a Shanley-like model. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 164(2), 103-119. View this article in WRRO