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Professor James Yang

Professor of Sustainable Construction Engineering

My Research Vision

I strive to get better understanding of how construction materials and structures respond to loadings across multiple scales (micro, meso, macro) by a combination of experimental and computational methods in a view to optimise their performances for practical design in terms of structural integrity, reliability, durability and sustainability.


Professor Yang has over 18 years of teaching and research experience in a few UK and overseas universities. He has secured over £1m research grants as the Principal Investigator from EPSRC, Royal Society and US Air Force etc since 2007. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, including over 60 SCI-indexed high-impact journal papers. He has served on scientific/advisory committees of over 25 international conferences and delivered many keynote/plenary lectures. He is a member of EPSRC Peer Review College and has reviewed proposals for many EU national research councils. He has been invited as an external examiner for PhDs worldwide and has graduated (as the first supervisor) 5 PhDs and supervised 2 postdoctoral researchers.

Selected Outputs

  • Wang X. F., Yang Z. J. and Jivkov A. P. (2015). Monte Carlo simulations of mesoscale fracture of concrete with random aggregates and pores: a size effect study, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 80, 262-272.
  • Ren W. Y., Yang Z. J., Sharma R., Zhang C. H. and Withers P. J. (2015). “Two-dimensional X-ray CT image based meso-scale fracture modelling of concrete”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Vol. 133, 24-39.
  • Huang Y. J., Yang Z. J., Ren W. Y., Liu G. H. and Zhang C. H. (2015). 3D Meso-scale fracture modelling and validation of concrete based on in-situ X-ray computed tomography images using damage plasticity model, Int. J. of Solids and Structures, Vol. 67-68: 340-352.
  • Mahmud G. H., Yang Z. J. and Hassan A. (2013). “Experimental and numerical studies of size effects of Ultra High Performance Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) beams”, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 48, 1027-1034.  
  • Yang Z. J., Zhang Z. H., Liu G. H. and Ooi E. T. (2011). “An h-hierarchical adaptive scaled boundary finite element method for elastodynamic problems”, Computers and Structures, Vol. 89, No. 13-14, 1417-1429.
  • Ooi E. T. and Yang Z. J. (2011). “Modelling dynamic crack propagation using the scaled boundary finite element method”, International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 88, No. 4, 329-349.
  • Ooi E. T. and Yang Z. J. (2010). “Modelling crack propagation in reinforced concrete using a hybrid finite element-scaled boundary finite element method”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 78, No. 2, 252-273.
  • Su X. T., Yang Z. J. and Liu G. H. (2010). “Monte Carlo simulation of complex cohesive fracture in random heterogeneous quasi-brittle materials: a 3D study”. Int. J. of Solids and Structures, Vol. 47, No. 17, 2336-2345.
  • Ren F. F., Yang Z. J., Chen W. W. and Chen J. F. (2010). “Analytical solution to the full-range behaviour of grouted rockbolts based on a tri-linear bond-slip model”, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 24, No. 3, 361-370.
  • Yang Z. J., Su X. T., Chen J. F. and Liu G. H. (2009). “Monte Carlo simulation of complex cohesive fracture in random heterogeneous quasi-brittle materials”, Int. J. of Solids and Structures, Vol. 46, No. 17, 3222-3234. 

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Professor of Sustainable Construction Engineering

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