Former group members

Dr. Alistair Bradley (PhD 2012-2015)

Alistair has a First Class Degree from Newcastle University, he started his PhD since April 2012, and is expected to complete his PhD in Mid 2015. The project he was working on is “Flood resilience of timber framed construction”. He is now working for Barclays Investment Bank as TA Analyst.

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His publications include:

  • Bradley AC, Chang WS & Harris R. The effect of simulated flooding on the structural performance of light frame timber shear walls – An experimental approach. Engineering Structures, 106, 288-298.
  • Bradley A, Chang W-S & Harris R. The effect of drying on timber frame connections post flooding. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Construction Materials, 168(3), 144-157.
  • Bradley A, Chang W-S & Harris R. 2014. The effect of drying condition on post flooding mechanical properties of timber shear walls. World Conference on Timber Engineering 2014. Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Puxi Huang (PhD 2012-2017)

Puxi completed his MSc in Environmental Design at the University of Bath with dissertation supervised by Dr. Wen-Shao Chang. He then started his PhD research in October 2012 and completed in March 2017. The project he worked on is “Optimisation of thermal performance of bamboo”. He is currently a Post-doc Research Associate at Cardiff University.

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His publications include:

  • Huang P, Chew Y, Chang W-S, Ansell M, Lawrence M, Latif E, Shea A, Ormondroyd G & Du H. Heat and moisture transfer behaviour in Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) based panels. Construction and Building Materials. 166:35-49
  • Huang P, Chang W-S, Ansell MP, Bowen CR, Chew JYM & Adamaki V. Thermal and hygroscopic expansion characteristics of bamboo. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Structures and Buildings.
  • Huang P, Latif E, Chang W-S, Ansell MP & Lawrence M. Water vapour diffusion resistance factor of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo). Construction and Building Materials, 141, 216-221.
  • Huang P, Pickering SG, Chang W-S, Ansell MP, Chew JYM & Shea A. Thermal diffusivity measurement of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by the flash method. Holzforschung, 71(4), 349-354.
  • Huang P, Chang W-S, Ansell MP, John CYM & Shea A. Porosity estimation of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by computed tomography and backscattered electron imaging. Wood Science and Technology, 51(1), 11-27.
  • Huang P, Zeidler A, Chang W-S, Ansell MP, Chew YMJ & Shea A. Specific heat capacity measurement of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by differential scanning calorimetry. Construction and Building Materials, 125, 821-831.
  • Huang P, Chang W-S, Ansell MP, Chew YMJ & Shea A. Density distribution profile for internodes and nodes of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by computer tomography scanning. Construction and Building Materials, 93, 197-204.
  • Huang P, Chang W-S, Ansell M, Chew J, Shea A, Zeidler A & Pickering S. 2014. Heat transfer simulation and experimental studies of bamboo in radial direction. World Conference on Timber Engineering 2014. Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Haoyu Huang (PhD 2013-2017)

Haoyu was awarded a BSc degree from Beijing University of Technology in 2013, he registered with a MPhil students at the University of Bath in October 2013, and was transferred to PhD study since 2014. His thesis was titled “Developing tuned mass damper with shape memory alloy”, and he completed his PhD in May 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Beijing University of Technology. His personal website is [here] and he can be contacted through this [email].

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His publications include:

  • Guo H, Liu Y, Meng Y, Huang H, Sun C & Shao Y. 2017. A Comparison of the Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction Performance between Reinforced Concrete and Cross-Laminated Timber Structures in Residential Buildings in the Severe Cold Region of China. Sustainability, 9 (8), 1426-1440.
  • Huang H & Chang W-S. Seismic resilience timber connection-adoption of shape memory alloy tubes as dowels. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 24(10), e1980-e1980
  • Huang H, Chang W-S & Mosalam KM. Feasibility of shape memory alloy in a tuneable mass damper to reduce excessive in-service vibration. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 24(2).
  • Huang H & Chang W-S. Reducing Footfall Induced Vibration in the Timber Floor System Using a Pre-Stressed Shape Memory Alloy-Based Tuned Mass Damper. 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering, Seoul, Korea.
  • Huang H & Chang W-S. A novel timber dowel-type connection using shape memory alloy. The World Conference on Timber Engineering 2016. Vienna, Austria.
  • Feldmann A, Huang H, Hein C & Chang W-S. Dynamic properties of tall Timber Structures under wind-induced Vibration. The World Conference on Timber Engineering 2016. Vienna, Austria.
  • Chang W-S, Huang H & Harris R. Design of timber floor for vibration: some design and test questions. The International Network on Timber Engineering Research. Graz, Austria.
  • Huang H, Xie W & Chang W-S. Materials characterisation of NiTi and CuAIMn shape memory alloy bars under dynamic bending. International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies. Oxford, UK.

Wenjun Xie (PhD 2013-19)
Wenjun is a Bath graduate with MEng degree, she started her PhD in February 2013. The project she is working on is “Using shape memory alloy to enhance dynamic behaviour of oriental temple structures during earthquakes”.

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Her publications include:

  • Xie W, Araki Y & Chang W-S. Enhancing the Seismic Performance of Historic Timber Buildings in Asia by applying Super-Elastic Alloy to a Chinese Complex Bracket System. International Journal of Architectural Heritage: conservation, analysis, and restoration. (Accepted)
  • Xie W & Chang W-S. Employing super-elastic alloy to enhance the damping and re-centering capacity of a single bracket unit in traditional temples in AsiaThe World Conference on Timber Engineering 2016. Vienna, Austria.
  • Huang H, Xie W & Chang W-S. Materials characterisation of NiTi and CuAIMn shape memory alloy bars under dynamic bending. International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies. Oxford, UK. 

Dr. Chee Beng Ong (PhD 2014-2018)
Before Chi Beng joined us on July 2014, he was working in Forest Research Institute in Malaysia (FRIM) as a researcher. He is now working on “Developing structural components using gluelaminated hardwood”. He graduated from the University of Bath in the Mid of 2018.

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His publications include:

  • Ong C, Chang W-S, Ansell M, Brandon D, Sterley M & Walker P. Bench-scale fire tests of Dark Red Meranti and Spruce finger joints in tension. Construction and Building Materials. 168:257-265
  • Ong C, Ansell M, Chang W-S & Walker P. Bending Properties of Finger-jointed Malaysian Dark Red Meranti. Timber 2018. London, UK.
  • Ong C, Chang W-S, Brandon D & Walker P. Fire performance of hardwood finger joints. The World Conference on Timber Engineering 2016. Vienna, Austria.

Cong Zhang (PhD 2014-18)
Cong was awarded his MEng degree from the University of Bath in 2013 and started his PhD study on October 2014. He is currently working on “Stress distribution of screw reinforcement on timber under dynamic loading”.

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His publications include:

  • Zhang C, Guo H, Harris R & Chang W-S. Using self-tapping screw to reinforce dowel-type connection in a timber portal frame. Engineering Structures. 178: 656-664
  • Zhang C, Chang W-S & Harris R. Self-Tapping Screws as Reinforcement on L-Shape Dowel-Type Timber Connection2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering, Seoul, Korea.
  • Zhang C, Chang W-S & Harris R. Investigation of thread configuration of self-tapping screws as reinforcement for dowel-type connection. The World Conference on Timber Engineering 2016. Vienna, Austria. 

Dr. Kiho Jung (Visiting Scholar, Bath University, March 2017 – February 2018)

Dr. Jung is currently Associate Professor at Shizuoka University, Japan. He was visiting scholar at the University of Bath for his sabbatical leave working with Wen-Shao on a number of projects.

Dr. Haibo Guo (Visiting Scholar, Bath University, February 2016 – March 2017)

Dr. Guo is currently Associate Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He was visiting scholar at the University of Bath working with Wen-Shao on a project “Sustainability of timber construction in Northeast China”.

Professor Takeshi Masui (Visiting Scholar, University of Sheffield, April 2018 – October 2018)

Takeshi is Professor in Structural Engineering at Kansai University, Japan. He was visiting scholar from April to October 2018.  Takeshi is specialised in traditional timber structures in Asia and conservation of masonry buildings under dynamic loading. 

Prof. Andrew Waugh (Graham Willis Professor of 2018)

Andrew Waugh is appointed as Graham Willis Professor by the Sheffield School of Architecture at The University of Sheffield from September 2018. As an internationally renowned architect, Andrew is director of Waugh Thistleton Architects,  he is also seen as pioneer in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). Stadthaus designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects is the first tall CLT buildings that sparked tall timber building movement across the whole world, the newly completed Dalston Lane project is the largest CLT building. The Bushey Cemetry has won prestigious RIBA National Award 2018.