Johnson Zhang
Johnson Zhang

Prof Johnson Zhang

Professor

Biography

Professor Zhang is a Professor in Structural Engineering and Head of International for the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University. Before joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2004, he worked on his PhD project at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology investigating structural performance and developing novel finite elements for transfer plate structures in tall buildings. Prior to his PhD study, he also practised as a structural engineer in China and became a chartered engineer in China in 1999.

Professor Zhang's research focuses on engineered bamboo-timber composite in construction, laminate glass structures, pre-stressed concrete and steel-reinforced concrete structures in complex loading conditions. Currently, he is devoting himself to developing bamboo-timber composite materials for long span and tall building structures with a patent filed in 2020. and his research is featured as a case study by the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has extensive experiences in photogrammetry technology, software development and multiple sensor systems in civil engineering studies. In one of his research projects with the advantages of tailored photogrammetry system, he has been able to give several convincing recommendations on the torsion test method for timber beams which have been adopted by the European standard: EN 408. (EN 408:2010 currently under review and revision). He is also an experienced computer programmer who developed several analyse and design software packages for trusses and scaffolding structures.

Professor Zhang has led several research and knowledge transfer projects funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Scottish Founding Council, Innovation UK, British Council, etc. His research has been published widely in both highly ranked civil engineering journals and conference proceedings. He is a member of CEN/TC 124/WG-1 committee for European Standard: EN408 review and revision. He also frequently organised and chaired special sessions, gave keynote speeches and guest lectures in international conferences and other universities.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of CEN/TC 124/WG 1-Test methods committee for European Standard: EN 408 review and revision

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Invited International Conference Special Session Organiser: "Analysis, Design and Modelling of Structures Using Unconventional Construction Materials", 2020
  • Invited International Conference Special Session Organiser: "Analysis, Modelling and Design of Timber Structures", 2019
  • Invited International Conference Special Session Organiser: "Analysis, Modelling and Design of Timber Structures", 2015
  • Co-organised International Telford-UKIERI Workshop with The University of Edinburgh, 2013
  • Invited International Conference Special Session Organiser: "Analysis, Modelling and Design of Timber Structures", 2013

 

Editorial Activity

  • International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research - Member of Editorial Board (2021-present)
  • Member of Editorial Board - The Fourteenth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Palma, Mallorca, Spain, 2020
  • Member of Editorial Board - The Sixteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Riva del Garda, Italy, 2019
  • Journal of Architectural Research and Development - Member of Editorial Board (2018-2022)
  • American Journal of Civil Engineering - Editorial Panel (2018-2020)
  • Member of Editorial Board - The Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Prague, Czech Republic, 2015
  • Member of Editorial Board - The Fourteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Cagliari, Italy, 2013

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Panel Member for MSc Programme Re-Validation: The University of West London, 2019
  • External Panel Member for MSc Programme Validation: The University of West London, 2014
  • External Examiner for BSc Civil Engineering Programme in University of Abertay Dundee, 2013 - 2017

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Academic Champion for Royal Academy of Engineering - Visiting Professor in Integrated Civil Engineering Design 2020-2023
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - Industrial Fellowship 2019 - 2020
  • Best Paper award 2017 - 19th International Conference on Wood Science and Engineering, Japan, 2017
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize 2015, Innovation in Timber Engineering and Wood Science.
  • Project shortlisted for Scottish KTP Award 2012 - KTP Action Scaffolding (KTP007069)
  • Project shortlisted for Scottish KTP Award 2012 - KTP Diageo Plc (KTP006209)

 

Invited Speaker

  • Keynote speaker at Civil and Infrastructure World Forum (CivilEnggInfra-2022)
  • Keynote Talk at Global Summit on Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (GSCAEE-2021)
  • Invited Speaker: The Natural Materials Association(NMA) Lunchtime Seminars: Focus on Natural Materials: Bamboo, organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (2021)
  • Invited Speaker at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 2019

 

Media Activity

  • Research project featured on the website of the Royal Academy of Engineering - Bamboo-Timber composites for construction 2021

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examining 2021 - University of West London, UK
  • PhD External Examining 2019 - Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India
  • PhD External Examining 2019 - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • PhD External Examining 2017 - The University of West London

 

Reviewing

  • Materials
  • Computers and Concrete, An International Journal
  • Book review - Elsevier: Engineered Bamboo: Glubam Structures
  • International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • Advances in Concrete Construction
  • Materials
  • International Journal of Wind and Structures
  • International Journal of Wood Products
  • Structures
  • Engineering Structures
  • Computers and Structures
  • International Journal of Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Structures
  • Structures
  • Materials and Structures
  • Proceedings Of The Institution Of Civil Engineers - Structures And Buildings
  • International Journal of Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law

 

Date


78 results

A stiffened plate analogy for plate-and -beam structures

Conference Proceeding
Kuang, J. S., & Zhang, J. H. (2006)
A stiffened plate analogy for plate-and -beam structures. In Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering
The current design practice of plate-and-grid structures in buildings, such as waffle slabs and ribbed plates, is relied largely on code-specified approximate methods, and the...

Analysis of Stiffened Plates: An Effective Semi-Analytical Method

Conference Proceeding
Kuang, J., & Zhang, H. (2003)
Analysis of Stiffened Plates: An Effective Semi-Analytical Method. In B. Topping (Ed.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing
During the past three decades, a large amount of research results on the analysis and design of stiffened plates has been reported. Most of the methods used in the analyses in...

Unconventional Hamilton-type variational principle in phase space and symplectic algorithm.

Journal Article
Luo, E., Huang, W. & Zhang, J. (2003)
Unconventional Hamilton-type variational principle in phase space and symplectic algorithm. SCIENCE CHINA Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy. 46, 248-258. doi:10.1360/03yg9033. ISSN 1674-7348
By a novel approach proposed by Luo, the unconventional Hamilton-type variational principle in phase space for elastodynamics of multidegree-of-freedom system is established i...

Evaluate equivalent-sectional shear modulus for laminated glass beams using in torsion tests and photogrammetry method

Working Paper
Uheida, K., Deng, Y., Zhang, H., Galuppi, L., Gao, J., Xie, L., …Mohamed, A. (2021)
Evaluate equivalent-sectional shear modulus for laminated glass beams using in torsion tests and photogrammetry method
This paper proposes a concise concept for quantifying the shear/torsional stiffness of the laminated glass beams experimentally by introducing the Equivalent-Sectional Shear M...

The Impact and Modelling of Concentrated Butt-Joints on Vertically Laminated Bamboo-Timber Hybrid Bio-Flitch Beams

Working Paper
Zhang, H., Gharavi, N., Wong, S. H., Deng, Y., Bahadori-Jahromi, A., Limkatanyu, S., …Kuang, J. (2021)
The Impact and Modelling of Concentrated Butt-Joints on Vertically Laminated Bamboo-Timber Hybrid Bio-Flitch Beams
This paper presents the experimental and analytical studies to investigate the impact of concentrated laminated bamboo butt-joints on the flexural properties of vertically lam...

A form finding method for post formed timber grid shell structures.

Conference Proceeding
D'Amico, B., Kermani, A. & Zhang, H. (2013)
A form finding method for post formed timber grid shell structures. doi:10.13140/2.1.3949.8888
Timber grid shells provide efficient ways of covering large openings with relatively small amount of materials. With three-dimensional CAD software, it is now possible to mode...

Timber Plate Dynamics with Space-Time Finite Element

Journal Article
Zhang, H., Ridley-Ellis, D. & Hapca, A. I. (2006)
Timber Plate Dynamics with Space-Time Finite Element. Timber Engineering
A new space-time finite element formulation for dynamic analysis of timber plates is presented. The method is based on an unconventional Hamilton variational principle and a s...

Determination of shear strength of timber joists by torsion testing.

Conference Proceeding
Khokhar, A. M., Zhang, H. & Ridley-Ellis, D. (2009)
Determination of shear strength of timber joists by torsion testing. In Santos, J. A. (Ed.). Proceedings of COST E53 conference "Economic and Technical aspects of quality control for wood and wood products"ISBN 978-989-96428-1-2
This paper presents an experimental investigation in which the torsion testing approach was employed to evaluate the shear strength of Sitka spruce and Norway spruce joists. R...

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