Dr Luming Shen
BE, Building Engineering, ME, Structural Engineering (Tongji University, China), Ph.D. Civil Engineering (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)
Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering
J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney
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Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering
School of Civil Engineering
Dr Luming Shen received his Bachelor's degree in Building Engineering and Master's degree in Structural Engineering from Tongji University, China. He worked as Structural Engineer in Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences, China, specializing in building structure design, from April 1997 to August 1999. After he received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA in July 2004, he worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri-Columbia until January 2006. Prior to joining the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney as Senior Lecturer in July 2008, he was a Lecturer in Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University.
Clean water is a global issue: its availability is essential to human and other forms of life. One of Dr Luming Shen's current research projects involves working at nano-scale to develop a carbon nanotubes membrane to filter small particles from water in order to purify it. This will have implications for people around the world, enabling clean water to be derived from otherwise unsafe sources.
"My work involves researching the mechanics and behaviours of materials, including brittle materials such as concrete, rock and glass as well as ductile materials such as aluminium, titanium and other metals.
"Two of my current focuses are on nano-mechanics and materials, which relates to the water purification example, and the behaviour of novel composite materials under impact and other extreme loading conditions, which has safety applications within such contexts as the design of blast-resistant structures and vehicle impact studies.
"A lot of my work is carried out using a high-performance supercomputer, including modelling and simulation at molecular level as well as macro-level analyses. I also work in a laboratory, where I conduct physical tests on materials such as rock, metals and composites under high-speed impact.
"My research is mainly fundamental. I'm trying to develop our understanding of the physics behind these phenomena. This knowledge will then be able to be used in real-world applications such as desalinating water, improving vehicle safety and controlling rock fragmentation in mining.
"I've been working in this field for about 10 years, and joined the University of Sydney about four years ago. The School of Civil Engineering in particular has been very supportive of my research, especially in terms of facilities and equipment. My research takes space, and the equipment I use is quite large. The University has provided me with the space and facilities I need to pursue my research."
Teaching and supervision
CIVL4022 - Honours Thesis A
CIVL4023 - Honours Thesis B
CIVL4024 - Engineering Project A
CIVL4025 - Engineering Project B
ENGG1802 - Engineering Mechanics
ENGG5802 - Foundations of Engineering Mechanics
Awards and honours
PhD and master's project opportunities
- Structural Engineering
- Developing a New Glass Window Panel for Security Against Projectile and Small Explosion Threats at Close Proximity
- A Multiscale Simulation Study of the Size Effect on the Failure Response of Hierarchical Structures
- Multiscale modelling and simulation for clean water
- Damage, fracture and fragmentation of concrete at high strain rates
- Dynamic deformation of polycrystalline metals under impact
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