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)


(2014). An ISPH simulation of coupled structure interaction with free surface flows. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 48 (12), pp. 46-61.
(2014). Simulation of the free surface and flow velocity in depth-limited lows over rough beds. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2014 (pp. 327-333), Abstract: It has been observed that the pattern of free surface in depth-limited flows in gravel bed rivers changes with the stage and channel geometry. It is hypothesised that these patterns are a reflection of the flow structure within the turbulent flow. This paper will report on the use of a mesh-free...
(2014). Numerical and experimental turbulence studies on shallow open channel flows. Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 8 (1), pp. 9-19.
Tan SK, Cheng NS, Xie Y, Shao S, Shao S (2014). Incompressible SPH simulation of open channel flow over smooth bed. Journal of Hydro-Environment Research, Abstract: ¸ 2015 International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research, Asia Pacific Division. The Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) modelling techniques are used in a variety of coastal hydrodynamic applications, but only limited works have been documented in the open channel flows...
(2013). EVALUATIONS OF SWEs AND SPH NUMERICAL MODELLING TECHNIQUES FOR DAM BREAK FLOWS. Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, 7 (4), pp. 544-563.
(2013). Smoothed particle simulation of gravity waves in a multifluid system. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 166 (1), pp. 32-39. (Full Text)., Abstract: The generation and propagation of gravity waves in a multi-fluid system have significant environmental impacts. This paper presents an incompressible smoothed particle hydrodynamics model to simulate this process. The method is a mesh-free particle modelling approach that can treat the free...
(2013). SPH Simulation of Flow over Vegetated Rough Bed with Submerged Cylindrical Rod. In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 35TH IAHR WORLD CONGRESS, VOLS III AND IV.
(2013). Incompressible SPH Simulations of Bed Scour under Dam Break Flow. In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 35TH IAHR WORLD CONGRESS, VOLS I AND II (pp. 5005-5015).
(2013). Non-Uniform Open Channel Flows Study Using Three-Dimensional Turbulence Measurements. In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 35TH IAHR WORLD CONGRESS, VOLS I AND II (pp. 2186-2195).