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Area of academic expertise - outline

My main research interests are in technology and properties of self-compacting concrete and special concretes, use of waste and recycled materials in construction, nanotechnology in construction, nano-modification of cementitious materials, and particularly micromechanical characterisation of natural and engineering materials.  I pioneered the application of nanoindentation technique to cementitious materials over 20 years ago. My research activities have been funded by EU, government, industry, research council and charities, with a large number of UK and international collaborators.

Current research activities

My current research activities are mainly in the use of waste and recycled materials in concrete and grout, green connstuction materials, innovative cement-based materials, durability of construction materials, and nanoindentation study of natural and engineering materials (including, cement, sea shells, metallic joints, composites, bones, and thin films/coatings, etc).

Desired research direction

Nano-modification and engineering of cement-based materials, Green construction materials, Special concretes, multi-functional materials, nanotechnology application in construction, and advanced nano-scale characterisation of materials.

Target collaborative companies

Scottish SMEs, BASF, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC)

Target collaborative organisations

Current teaching activities and interests

Module coodinator for the following modules: Civil Engineering Materials (level 8), Advanced Construction Materials (Level 10), Individual Project and Interact (Level 10), Adv Materials for Sustainable Construction (Level 11).

Constribute to the following modules: Applied Engineering Science (level 7), Engineering Mechanics (level 7), and a number of GA modules.

Supervising large number of MSc and Honours degree projects (11 in 2018).

Coordinating teaching in two joint BEng Civil and BEng Mechanical Engineering programmes in Changchun Institute of Technology in China.

External positions

Visiting Professor, Changchun Institute of Technology

14 Oct 2019 → …

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Research Output

Permeation properties of self-compaction concrete

Zhu, W., 20 Nov 2019, Self-Compacting Concrete: Materials, Properties and Applications. Siddique, R. (ed.). Woodhead Publishing Limited, p. 117-130 14 p. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • On nano/micro-mechanical characterisation of early aged cement paste

    Zhu, W., Howind, T., Guriyanova, S., Kummerling, B. & Seufert, S., 2 Dec 2018. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Study of micro-mechanical properties of sea-shell and cement paste using express nanoindentation mapping

    Zhu, W., Cusack, M., Chung, P., D. Zea-Garcia, J., Santacruz, I., de la Torre, A. G. & Londono-Zuluaga, D., 2 Dec 2018. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Tuning of calcite crystallographic orientation to support Brachiopod Lophophore

    Cusack, M., Chung, P., Zhu, W. & Endo, K., 29 May 2018, In : Advanced Engineering Materials. 6 p., 1800191.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Enhanced erosion performance of cold spray co-deposited AISI316 MMCs modified by friction stir processing

    Peat, T., Galloway, A., Toumpis, A., Steel, R., Zhu, W. & Iqbal, N., 15 Apr 2017, In : Materials & Design. 120, p. 22-35

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 27 Citations (Scopus)
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