Research and expertise

My research interests focus on the application of innovative fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) in infrastructure construction to resist the static and extreme dynamic loads. My specific research areas include: (i) FRP composites for concrete construction; (ii) static and dynamic behaviours of UHPC; (iii) dynamic behaviours of concrete structures against extreme impact and blast loads; and (iv) nonlinear dynamic finite element analysis. Until now, I have published almost 30 articles including many of those in top-ranking international journals and fully refereed conference proceedings. I was a PI for a research project on the hybrid FRP-UHPC structures. I am also a regular reviewer for more than 10 prestigious international journals. Embracing research in different civil engineering fields helps me to acquire broad spectrum of knowledge and become a rounded researcher who is prepared to take on new research challenges.

I am currently working under the supervisions of Professor Richard Buswell, Professor Simon Austin and Dr Sergio Cavalaro on the structural design and modelling of unreinforced/reinforced 3D printing concrete structures that is supported by two UK EPSRC projects. Prior to this, I did postdoctoral research on the protective design of hybrid FRP-UHPC structures at the University of Technology Sydney (2017-2019), and obtained the PhD on hybrid FRP-concrete composite members at the University of Wollongong's International Centre for Composites in Infrastructure (2013-2016).

Recent publications

Selected journal publications 

  • Wang, W., Wu, C., Li, J., Liu, Z., and Zhi, X. (2019). Lateral impact behavior of double-skin steel tubular (DST) members with ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC). Thin-Walled Structures, 144, 106351. 
  • Wang, W., Wu, C., Li, J., Liu, Z., and Lv, Y. (2019). Behavior of ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) filled steel tubular members under lateral impact loading. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 132, 103314. 
  • Yu, Y., Li, J., Li, Y., Li, S., Li, H., and Wang, W. (2019). Comparative investigation of phenomenological modelling for hysteresis responses of magnetorheological elastomer devices. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(13). 
  • Wang, W., Wu, C., and Liu, Z. (2019). Compressive behavior of hybrid double-skin tubular columns with ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC). Engineering Structures, 180, 419-441. 
  • Wang, W., Wu, C., Liu, Z., and Si, H. (2018). Compressive behavior of ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) confined with FRP. Composite Structures, 204, 419-437. 
  • Wang, W., Wu, C., and Li, J. (2018). Numerical simulation of hybrid FRP-concrete-steel double-skin tubular columns under close-range blast loading. ASCE’s Journal of Composites for Construction, 22(5), 04018036.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., Al-Baali, A. Q., and Hadi, M. N. S. (2018). Compressive behaviour of partially FRP confined concrete: Experimental observations and assessment of stress-strain models. Construction and Building Materials, 192, 785-797.
  • Wang, W., Martin, P. R., Sheikh, M. N., and Hadi, M. N. S. (2018). Eccentrically loaded FRP confined concrete with different wrapping schemes. ASCE’s Journal of Composites for Construction, 22(6), 04018056.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., Hadi, M. N. S., Gao, D., and Chen, G. (2017). Behaviour of concrete-encased concrete-filled FRP tube (CCFT) columns under axial compression. Engineering Structures, 147, 256-268.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., and Hadi, M. N. S. (2016). Experimental study on FRP tube reinforced concrete (FTRC) columns under different loading conditions. ASCE’s Journal of Composites for Construction, 20(5), 04016034.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., and Hadi, M. N. S. (2016). Axial compressive behaviour of concrete confined with polymer grid. Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions, 49(9), 3893-3908.
  • Gao, D., Chen, G., Hadi, M.N.S., Wang, W. (2016). Mechanical properties and calculation method for ultimate tensile load of corroded steel fibres. Journal of Building Materials, 19, 436-41.
  • Hadi, M. N. S., Wang, W., and Sheikh, M. N. (2015). Axial compressive behaviour of GFRP tube reinforced concrete columns. Construction and Building Materials, 81, 198-207.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., and Hadi, M. N. S. (2015). Behaviour of perforated GFRP tubes under axial compression. Thin-Walled Structures, 95, 88-100.
  • Gao, D., Chen, G., Hadi, M.N.S., Zhao, L., Wang, W., Li, C. (2015). Bond-slip behavior and constitutive model between rebar and steel fibre reinforced concrete. Journal of Building Structures, 36, 132-139. 

Book Chapter

  • Wang, W., Wu, C. (2020). Numerical Simulation of FRP-Concrete-Steel Double-Skin Tubular Column Under Lateral Impact Loading. In: Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering 37. Springer. ISBN 978-981-13-7602-3.

Presentations

  • Wang, W., and Wu, C. (2019). Behavior of double-skin steel tubular (DST) members with ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) under lateral impact loading. International Symposium on Impact Engineering 2019 (ISIE 2019), 2nd-5th July, Gmunden, Austria.
  • Wang, W., and Wu, C. (2018). Numerical simulation of FRP-concrete-steel double-skin tubular column under lateral impact loading. The 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), 5th-7th December, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 
  • Wang, W., and Wu, C. (2018). Behaviour of ultra-high performance fibre-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) filled steel tubular members subjected to lateral impact loading. The 5th International Conference on Protective Structures (ICPS5), 20th-24th August, Poznan, Poland.
  • Wang, W., and Wu, C. (2018). Axial compressive behaviour of CFRP confined ultra-high performance fibre-reinforced concrete. The 11th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM-11), 29th July-1st August, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
  • Wang, W., and Wu, C. (2017). Numerical modelling of hybrid FRP-concrete-steel double-skin tubular columns under close-range blast loading. The 16th International Symposium on Tubular Structures, 4th-6th December, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 
  • Wang, W., Martin, P. R., Mai, A. D., Sheikh, M. N., and Hadi, M. N. S. (2017). Eccentric axial load capacity of FRP confined concrete with different wrapping configurations. The 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2017), 19th-21st July, Singapore.
  • Wang, W., Al-Baali, A. Q., Sheikh, M. N., Hadi, M. N. S. (2015). Behaviour of GFRP tube reinforced concrete columns under eccentric loading. The 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures & The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures Joint conference (FRPRCS-12/APFIS-2015), 14th-16th December, Nanjing, China.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., Hadi, M. N. S. (2015). Confining concrete cover of GFRP tube reinforced concrete columns with polymer grids. The 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures & The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures Joint conference (FRPRCS-12/APFIS-2015), 14th-16th December, Nanjing, China.
  • Wang, W., Sheikh, M. N., Hadi, M. N. S., Lyons, B. (2014). Behaviour of GFRP tube reinforced concrete columns under axial compression. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on FRP in Civil Engineering, 20th-22nd August, Vancouver, Canada.

Teaching

Subjects

  • Mechanics of Structures
  • Mechanics of Solids

Profile

I am a postdoctoral research associate in structural engineering within the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University.

Professional affiliations

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC)
  • Member, International Association of Protective Structures (IAPS) 

Awards

  • 2016.12 – Special Commendation for PhD thesis from the University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2015.05 – Peter Schmidt Memorial Scholarship for the Best Performance Postgraduate Research in Civil Engineering. University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2013.03 – International Postgraduate Award (IPA). University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2013.03 – China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship. China Scholarship Council, China