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)


(2012). Source term treatment of SWEs using surface gradient upwind method. Journal of Hydraulic Research/De Recherches Hydrauliques, 50 (2), pp. 145-153.
(2012). SPH modeling of solitary wave fissions over uneven bottoms. Coastal Engineering, 60 (2), pp. 261-275.
(2012). Staggered Meshless Solid-Fluid Coupling. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 31 (6).
(2012). Incompressible smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulation of multifluid flows. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 69 (11), pp. 1715-1735.
(2012). Scaling of Velocity Profiles for Depth-Limited Open Channel Flows over Simulated Rigid Vegetation. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 138 (8), pp. 673-683.
(2011). Simulation of solitary wave impact on coastal structures using weakly compressible and incompressible SPH methods. Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, pp. 711-717, Abstract: In this paper, we engage a Lagrangian, particle-based CFD method, named Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamic (SPH) to study the solitary wave motion and its impact on coastal structures. Two-dimensional weakly compressible and incompressible SPH models were applied to simulate wave impacting on seawall...
(2010). Revisiting a flood simulation model based on PIC techniques. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 163 (4), pp. 235-242, Abstract: A simple and effective two-dimensional flood simulation model based on particle-in-cell (PIC) techniques is revisited. The model solves shallow water equations using a combination of fixed grids and moving particles. In the computation, each fluid particle follows the law of motion induced by...
(2010). Incompressible SPH flow model for wave interactions with porous media. Coastal Engineering, 57 (3), pp. 304-316.