Steel Structures

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Shan-Shan Huang

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 5727

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Shan-Shan Huang obtained her MSc (Distinction) degree in Steel Construction from the University of Sheffield in 2005. She then joined the Structural Fire Engineering Research Group at Sheffield and completed her PhD The Effects of Transient Strain on the Strength of Concrete-Filled Columns in Fire in 2009. She worked as a Research Assistant on the European collaborative project Design of Joints to Composite Columns for Improved Fire Robustness (COMPFIRE), before taking up the post of Lecturer in Structural Engineering in January 2012.

Her research interests are in the behaviour of buildings in fire, focusing on two main themes which are Robustness and Concrete in Fire.


  • Behaviour of connections and their influence on frame response
  • Progressive collapse of steel/composite buildings in fire

Concrete in Fire

  • Transient strain / load-induced thermal strain of concrete
  • High-temperature concrete spalling
  • Edge cracking of composite slabs

Recent activities and achievements

  • EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award which funded Shan‑Shan’s PhD, 2005-2008
  • University Excellent Graduate Prize for outstanding undergraduate performance, 2003
  • Excellent Final-Year Design Project Prize for the undergr dissertation project, 2003


PhD, MSc, BEng.


(2017). Mitigation of concrete spalling in fire using recycled fibres from waste tyres. In IFireSS 2017 – 2nd International Fire Safety Symposium (pp. 589-594).
(2017). Post-fire residual mechanical properties of steel butt weld — Experimental study. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 129 (3), pp. 156-162. (Full Text).
(2017). The behaviour and effects of beam-end buckling in fire using a component-based method. Engineering Structures, 139 (7), pp. 15-30. (Full Text)., Abstract: © 2017 Elsevier LtdA combination of beam-web shear buckling and flange buckling at the ends of steel beams is very commonly observed during full-scale fire tests. This can affect the behaviour of the steel beams, as well as on their adjacent connections, under fire conditions. This phenomenon has...
(2016). Parametric studies on the component-based approach to modelling beam bottom flange buckling at elevated temperatures. Acta Polytechnica, 56 (2), pp. 132-137. (Full Text)., Abstract: © Czech Technical University in Prague, 2016. In this study, an analytical model of the combination of beam-web shear buckling and bottom-flange buckling at elevated temperatures has been introduced. This analytical model is able to track the force-deflection path during post-buckling. A range of...
(2016). Component-based model of buckling panels of steel beams at elevated temperatures. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 118 (7), pp. 91-104. (Full Text).
(2016). Behaviour of Restrained Steel Beam with Reduced Beam Section Exposed to Fire. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 122 (5), pp. 434-444. (Full Text).
(2016). Reuse of Waste Tyre Fibres in Concrete - Fire-Spalling Mitigation. In Proc. of International Conference on Structures in Fire, Princeton.
(2016). Component-Based Element of Beam Local Buckling Adjacent to Connections in Fire. In Proc. International Conference on Structures in Fire, Princeton (Full Text)., Abstract: An analytical model based on the yield line mechanism [1] has been proposed by the authors to predict the beam-web shear buckling and bottom-flange buckling in fire. This paper described the development of a component-based element considering both buckling phenomena at the beam-ends, based on this...