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)


(2009). Incompressible SPH simulation of water entry of a free-falling object. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 59 (1), pp. 91-115.
(2008). Corrected Incompressible SPH method for accurate water-surface tracking in breaking waves. Coastal Engineering, 55 (3), pp. 236-250, Abstract: A Corrected Incompressible SPH (CISPH) method is proposed for accurate tracking of water surface in breaking waves. Corrective terms are derived based on a variational approach to ensure the angular momentum preservation of Incompressible SPH (ISPH) formulations. The proposed CISPH method is...
(2007). Development of CISPH Method for Accurate Water-Surface Tracking in Plunging Breaker. PROCEEDINGS OF COASTAL ENGINEERING, JSCE, 54 (2), pp. 16-20.
(2006). Numerical simulation of wave overtopping using an incompressible sph method. Coastal Dynamics 2005 - Proceedings of the Fifth Coastal Dynamics International Conference, Abstract: In this paper an incompressible Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method combined with a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model is used to investigate wave overtopping. SPH is a pure Lagrangian approach which can handle large deformations of the free surface with high accuracy. Two different cases...
(2006). SPH computation of plunging waves using a 2-D sub-particle scale (SPS) turbulence model. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 51 (8), pp. 913-936.
(2006). Simulation of breaking wave by SPH method coupled with k-epsilon model. Journal of Hydraulic Research/De Recherches Hydrauliques, 44 (3), pp. 338-349.
(2006). Incompressible SPH simulation of wave breaking and overtopping with turbulence modelling. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 50 (5), pp. 597-621.
(2006). Simulation of wave overtopping by an incompressible SPH model. Coastal Engineering, 53 (9), pp. 723-735.
(2005). SPH simulation of solitary wave interaction with a curtain-type breakwater. Journal of Hydraulic Research/De Recherches Hydrauliques, 43 (4), pp. 366-375.