Dr Shanshan Cheng

Dr Shanshan Cheng

Lecturer in Civil Engineering

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Dr Shanshan Cheng obtained her PhD in Structural Engineering in 2015. She has been extensively working in the field of structural analysis and design of steel and steel-concrete composite structures over the past decade, which has led to over 20 peer-reviewed journal paper publications. Since joining Plymouth University as a lecturer, she has extended her research interests to marine structures, focusing on composite material charactersations, durability and survivability of offshore floating platforms. She has worked on several projects funded by EPSRC, EU, industrial partners and international funding bodies. Currently she is the PI of an EU funded H2020-RISE project – TRAC (Tailor-made Recycled Aggregate Concretes) investigating recycling solutions for demolished concrete materials, in particular marine concretes.


 2017 - present  Plymouth University, UK  Lecturer
 2015 - 2016  The University of Sheffield, UK  Postdoc
 2011 - 2015 Plymouth University, UK    PhD
 2009 - 2011  Harbin Institute of Technology, China MEng
 2005 - 2009  Central South University, China BEng 

Teaching interests

STAD117 - Structural Analysis and Design I

STAD215 - Structural Analysis and Design II

MATH511 - Advanced Engineering Analysis

Research interests

  • Buckling of thin-walled structures
  • Structural fire safety
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Fibre reinforced concretes
  • Recycled aggregate concretes
  • Composite material characterisations
  • Survivability of offshore floating structures

Grants & contracts

1) FlexWave - Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy, EPSRC, £1m, 2021-2024 (Co-I)
2) Offshore Floating Foundations Using Self-sensing Carbon Fibre Textile-reinforced Concretes, EPSRC Supergen ORE ECR fund, £5k, 2020 (PI)
3) TRAC – Tailor-made Recycled Aggregate Concrete, European H2020-RISE project, €450k, 2018-2022 (Coordinator)
4) RESET - REliability and Safety Engineering and Technology for large maritime engineering systems, European H2020-RISE project, €1.42m, 2017-2021 (participant)
5) Durability of textile reinforced concrete in marine environment, Plymouth University funded phd studentship, £43.5k, 2017-2021. (1st Supervisor)
6) Structural performance of floating offshore structures, Plymouth University funded phd studentship, £43.5k, 2017-2021. (1st Supervisor)

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Makul N 2020 'Advanced smart concrete - A review of current progress, benefits and challenges' Journal of Cleaner Production 274, 122899-122899 , DOI
Le H-B & Bui Q-B 2020 'Recycled aggregate concretes – A state-of-the-art from the microstructure to the structural performance' Construction and Building Materials 257, 119522-119522 , DOI
Makul N 2020 'Modern sustainable cement and concrete composites: Review of current status, challenges and guidelines' Sustainable Materials and Technologies 25, e00155-e00155 , DOI
Cheng S, Ji J & Meng M 2020 'Interfacial response of fibre-to-matrix in textile reinforced concrete between two cracks: Analytical solution' Composite Structures 245, 112380-112380 , DOI
Makul N 2020 'A review on methods to improve the quality of recycled concrete aggregates' Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials 10, (2) 65-91 , DOI
Pham TM, Chen W, Khan AM, Hao H, Elchalakani M & Tran TM 2020 'Dynamic compressive properties of lightweight rubberized concrete' Construction and Building Materials 238, 117705-117705 , DOI
Yuan W-B, Ge P-J, Shen Y-T, Cheng S-S & Yu N-T 2020 'Buckling Analysis of Steel H Column with Thermal Gradient Along the Flanges' International Journal of Steel Structures 20, (2) 677-691 , DOI
Sua-iam G, Makul N, Cheng S & Sokrai P 2019 'Workability and compressive strength development of self-consolidating concrete incorporating rice husk ash and foundry sand waste – A preliminary experimental study' Construction and Building Materials 228, 116813-116813 , DOI Open access
Ding Q-W, Li C, Cheng S-S, Hao W-X, Huang Z-Q & Yu W 2019 'Study on TMD Control on Stability Improvement of Barge-Supported Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Based on the Multi-Island Genetic Algorithm' China Ocean Engineering 33, (3) 309-321 , DOI
Hu X, Lu Q & Cheng S 2019 'Uniaxial Damaged Plastic Constitutive Relation of Recycled Aggregate Concrete' Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 2019, 1-16 , DOI
Hu X, Lu Q, Xu Z, Zhang W & Cheng S 2018 'Compressive stress-strain relation of recycled aggregate concrete under cyclic loading' Construction and Building Materials , DOI Open access
Ding FX, Li Z, Cheng SS & Yu ZW 2018 'Stress redistribution of simply supported reinforced concrete beams under fire conditions' Journal of Central South University 25, (9) 2093-2106 , DOI
Ding FX, Luo L, Wang L, Cheng S & Yu ZW 2018 'Pseudo-static tests of terminal stirrup-confined concrete-filled rectangular steel tubular columns' Journal of Constructional Steel Research 144, 135-152 , DOI Open access
Ding FX, Zhu J, Cheng SS & Liu X 2017 'Comparative study of stirrup-confined circular concrete-filled steel tubular stub columns under axial loading' Thin-Walled Structures 123, 294-304 , DOI Open access
Becque J & Cheng S 2016 'Sidewall Buckling of Equal-Width RHS Truss X-Joints' Journal of Structural Engineering 143, (2) 04016179-04016179 , DOI Open access
Cheng S & Becque J 2016 'A design methodology for side wall failure of RHS truss X-joints accounting for compressive chord pre-load' Engineering Structures 126, 689-702 , DOI Open access
Ding F-X, Li Z, Cheng S & Yu Z-W 2016 'Composite action of hexagonal concrete-filled steel tubular stub columns under axial loading' Thin-Walled Structures 107, 502-513 , DOI
Ding F-X, Li Z, Cheng S & Yu Z-W 2016 'Composite action of octagonal concrete-filled steel tubular stub columns under axial loading' Thin-Walled Structures 107, 453-461 , DOI
Gu J-Z & Cheng S 2016 'Shear effect on buckling of cellular columns subjected to axially compressed load' Thin-Walled Structures 98, 416-420 , DOI
Cheng S, Yan Q-W, Li L-Y & Kim B 2015 'Thermal Buckling Analysis of Axially Loaded Columns of Thin-Walled Open Section with Nonuniform Sectional Properties' International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics 15, (6) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Cheng S, Li L-Y & Kim B 2015 'Buckling analysis of partially protected cold-formed steel channel-section columns at elevated temperatures' Fire Safety Journal 72, 7-15 , DOI Open access
Cheng S, Li L-Y & Kim B 2015 'Buckling analysis of cold-formed steel channel-section beams at elevated temperatures' Journal of Constructional Steel Research 104, 74-80 , DOI Open access
Yuan W-B, Cheng S, Li L-Y & Kim B 2014 'Web-flange distortional buckling of partially restrained cold-formed steel purlins under uplift loading' International Journal of Mechanical Sciences 89, 476-481 , DOI Open access
Zha XX, Wang HY & Cheng SS 2013 'Finite Element Analysis of the Subsidence of Cap Rocks during Underground Coal Gasification Process' Advanced Materials Research 859, 91-94 , DOI
Cheng SS, Kim B & Li LY 2013 'Lateral–torsional buckling of cold-formed channel sections subject to combined compression and bending' Journal of Constructional Steel Research 80, 174-180
Zha XX & Cheng SS 2011 'Numerical Simulation of Natural and Super-Critical Carbonation on Concrete Porous Brick' Advanced Materials Research 343-344, 112-115 , DOI
Zha XX & Cheng SS 2011 'Study of Transverse Section Temperature Distribution in Underground Coal Gasification' Applied Mechanics and Materials 71-78, 2513-2517 , DOI
Conference Papers
Ye Q, Cheng S, Kim B, Collins KM & Iglesias G 2019 'Structure Design and Assessment of a Floating Foundation for Offshore Wind Turbines' 2nd International Offshore Wind Technical Conference , DOI Open access
Cheng S & Becque J 2016 'Design of equal-width RHS truss X-Joints for side wall buckling in the presence of chord pre-load' 927-934
Meza F, Cheng S, Becque J & Hajirasouliha I 2016 'Experimental investigation of the cross-sectional stability of cold-formed steel built-up columns' 353-360