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)


(2015). ISPH wave simulation by using an internal wave maker. Coastal Engineering, 95 (11), pp. 160-170. (Full Text).
(2015). SPH modeling of tidal bore scenarios. Natural Hazards, 75 (2), pp. 1247-1270. (Full Text).
(2015). Numerical study of PPE source term errors in the incompressible SPH models. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 77 (6), pp. 358-379. (Full Text).
(2015). Water–sediment flow modeling for field case studies in Southwest China. Natural Hazards, 78 (2), pp. 1197-1224. (Full Text).
(2015). Incompressible SPH scour model for movable bed dam break flows. Advances in Water Resources, 82 (3), pp. 39-50. (Full Text).
(2015). Applications of Shallow Water SPH Model in Mountainous Rivers. Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, 8 (4), pp. 863-870. (Full Text).
(2015). Incompressible SPH simulation of open channel flow over smooth bed. Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 9 (3), pp. 340-353. (Full Text).
(2014). Wave Impact Simulations by an Improved ISPH Model. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 140 (3).
(2014). Shallow sediment transport flow computation using time-varying sediment adaptation length. International Journal of Sediment Research, 29 (2), pp. 171-183.