Water Engineering Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Songdong Shao

Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering
Songdong Shao


+44 (0) 114 222 5783

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


Dr. Shao joined the University of Sheffield on 1st September 2013 after serving as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Bradford. Before he joined University of Bradford in 2006, he had worked at the University of Hong Kong, University of Plymouth, Kyoto University, Nanyang Technological University and Beijing Forestry University as a postdoctoral research fellow since 1998. During this time, he has also got an associate professorship at the North China Electric Power University. Dr. Shao obtained his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University. His major research interests are river hydraulics and coastal hydrodynamics as well as mesh free numerical modelling techniques such as Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).

Recent activities and achievements

  • Visiting Professor, State Key Laboratory of Hydro-Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University
  • Total citations of 500 in Web of Science and 600 in Scopus with H index 11
  • Thomson Reuters High Cite Researchers 2013
  • Editorial Board, Coastal Engineering Journal, JSCE & World Scientific Publishing Co


  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Exchanges with China/India, Short Awards 2010, Principal Investigator
  • Royal Society, Research Grant 2008/R2, No. RG080561, Principal Investigator
  • Royal Society, International Travel Grant 2010/R4, No. TG102591, Principal Investigator
  • Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering FY2012, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Principal Investigator
  • Sichuan University Open Fund, 2012, Principal Investigator
  • FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2008, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development, PARTS, Co-Investigator (PI: Prof. Simon Tait)
  • Consultancy with Ocean Engineering Limited at Isle of Man, Tidal Power Scheme CANUTE 2008, Co-Investigator (PI: Prof. Simon Tait)
  • Nazarbayev University Research Council Seed Grant, 2012, Kazakhstan, Co-Investigator (PI: Dr. Jaan Hui Pu)
  • Major State Basic Research Development Program (973 program) of China, 2013, Co-Investigator (PI: Prof. Yuefei Huang, Tsinghua University)
  • FP7 PEOPLE-2012-1TW, 314546, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for People, HYTECH, Co-Investigator (PI: Prof. Simon Tait)


Ph.D. (Tsinghua University)
M.Sc. (Tsinghua University)
B.Eng (Tsinghua University)


(2017). SPH modelling of depth-limited turbulent open channel flows over rough boundaries. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 83 (1), pp. 3-27. (Full Text).
(2016). Two-phase SPH Simulation of Fluid-Structure Interactions. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 65 (4), pp. 155-179. (Full Text).
(2016). Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulations of Dam-Break Flows Around Movable Structures. International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, 26 (1), pp. 33-40.
(2016). 2D Numerical ISPH Wave Tank for Complex Fluid-Structure Coupling Problems. International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, (Full Text)., Abstract: In this paper, we provide a hybrid incompressible Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (ISPH) model for fluid-structure interactions. The numerical algorithms include the mirroring treatment of solid boundary, free surface tracking, wave damping using sponge layer and fluid-solid coupling model. The...
(2016). Potential application of mesh-free SPH method in turbulent river flows. GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences, (Full Text).
(2016). Three-Gorges Dam fine sediment pollutant transport: Turbulence SPH model simulation of multi-fluid flows. Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, 9 (1), pp. 1-10, Abstract: The Three Gorges Dam (TGD) constructed at the Yangtze River, China represents a revolutionary project to battle against the mage-scale flooding problems while improving the local economy at the same time. However, the large-scale fine-size sediment and pollutant material transport caused by the TGD...
(2016). Potential Application of Mesh-Free SPH Method in Turbulent River Flows. In Rowi?ski PM, Marion A (Ed.), Hydrodynamic and Mass Transport at Freshwater Aquatic Interfaces 34th International School of Hydraulics pp. 11-22. (Full Text)., Abstract: This book presents selected contributions of the 34th International School of Hydraulics that was held in May 2015 in Zelechów, Poland. It gives an overview about the state of the art in environmental hydraulics.
(2015). Water–sediment flow modeling for field case studies in Southwest China. Natural Hazards, 78 (2), pp. 1197-1224. (Full Text).