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“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,

bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Shenghan ZHANG


I am an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Welcome to our Structural Sensing and Mechanics lab. We leverage monitoring data from advanced sensing technologies with physical models to achieve self-aware infrastructures and enhance the resilience of engineering systems.

Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Fiber Optic Sensing
  • Structural Analysis.


  • Ph D École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • M.ETongji University
  • B.EChongqing University


Tile delamination detection on building façades using drone infrared thermography

Strain Transfer Mechanism of Fiber Optic Sensors

Intelligent Building Monitoring with Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing


Join the Team

Postgraduate student positions (PhD or MPhil) and postdoctoral researcher positions are available.

Meet the Team

Postdoc Fellow

Sudao HE





Graduate Student



Xuanyi LU

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Featured Publications

  • Shenghan Zhang, Han Liu, Sanjay Govindjee, and Matthew DeJong. (2022). Strain Transfer Mechanisms and Mechanical Properties of Optical Fiber Cables. Sensors, 22(24), 9966.
  • Shenghan Zhang, Han Liu, Esam Darwish, Khalid Mosalam, and Matthew DeJong. (2022). Distributed fiber-optic strain sensing of an innovative reinforced concrete beam–column connection. Sensors, 22(10), 3957.
  • Peter Hubbard, James Xu, Shenghan Zhang, Matthew Dejong, Linqing Luo, Kenichi Soga, Carlo Papa et al. (2021). Dynamic structural health monitoring of a model wind turbine tower using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, 11(3), 833-849.
  • Tsubasa Sasaki, Shenghan Zhang, Kenichi Soga, Linqing Luo, Barry Freifeld, Yoki Kitayama, Kyojiro Kawaguchi, and Hitoshi Sugiyama. (2021). Distributed fiber optic strain sensing of bending deformation of a well mockup in the laboratory. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 96, 104309.
  • Shenghan Zhang, Han Liu, Jeffery Cheng, and Matthew DeJong. (2021). A mechanical model to interpret distributed fiber optic strain measurement at displacement discontinuities. Structural Health Monitoring, 20(5), 2584-2603.
  • Han Liu, Shenghan Zhang, Abdoul Coulibaly, Jeffrey Cheng, and Matthew DeJong. (2021). Monitoring reinforced concrete cracking behavior under uniaxial tension using distributed fiber-optic sensing technology. Journal of Structural Engineering, 147(12), 04021212.
  • Shenghan Zhang, Han Liu, Abdoul Coulibaly, and Matthew DeJong. (2021). Fiber optic sensing of concrete cracking and rebar deformation using several types of cable. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 28(2), e2664.
  • Michele Godio, Francesco Vanin, Shenghan Zhang, and Katrin Beyer. (2019). Quasi-static shear-compression tests on stone masonry walls with plaster: Influence of load history and axial load ratio. Engineering Structures, 192, 264-278.
  • Shenghan Zhang, and Katrin Beyer. (2019). Numerical investigation of the role of masonry typology on shear strength. Engineering Structures, 192, 86–102.
  • Shenghan Zhang, Martin Hofmann, and Katrin Beyer. (2018). A 2D typology generator for historical masonry elements. Construction and Building Materials, 184, 440–453.

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