Dr. Y. Qian

Assistant Professor (Structural Engineering)
Dr. Y. Qian

BEng Huazhong University of Sci & Tech, China
MSc Hokkaido University, Japan
PhD Columbia University in The City of New York, USA



Office: HW 6-08
Phone: +852 2859 1966
Fax: +852 2559 5337
E-mail: yjqian@hku.hk
Homepage: https://sites.google.com/view/3dp-hku


Teaching Activities
  • CIVL1113 Engineering Mechanics and Materials (Undergraduate Core course)
  • CIVL6603 Advances in Concrete Construction (Postgrad course)
  • ENGG1320 Engineers in the modern world
  • CIVL4102 Capstone Design Project
  • CIVL4101 Final Year Project
  • CIVL7009 Dissertation


Research Interests
  • Construction-scale 3D concrete printing
  • Concrete rheology & smart processing
  • Cement-based systems modified with nanomaterials
  • * Fully-funded PhD and Postdoc positions are available in Prof. Qian's group. Please send your C.V. to yjqian@hku.hk


Representative Research / Consultancy Projects
  • Modifying the rheological properties of fiber-reinforced concrete for extrusion-based 3D printing, Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2020-2023.
  • Enhancing the rheological and hardened-state properties of Ultra-High Performance Strain Hardening Cementitious Composites for extrusion-based 3D printing, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2022-2025.


Professional Activities
  • Member, American Concrete Institute
  • Member, RILEM (The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures)


10 Selected Representative Publications
  • Nuoyan Xu, Ye Qian*. "Effects of fiber volume fraction, fiber length, water-binder ratio, and nanoclay addition on the 3D printability of Strain-Hardening Cementitious Composites (SHCC)." Cement and Concrete Composites (2023):105066.
  • Nuoyan Xu, Ye Qian*, Jing Yu*, & Christopher K.Y. Leung. "Tensile performance of 3D-printed Strain-Hardening Cementitious Composites (SHCC) considering material parameters, nozzle size and printing pattern." Cement and Concrete Composites (2022):104601
  • Y.W.D. Tay, Y. Qian* and M.J. Tan. “Printability region for 3D concrte printing using slump and slump flow test.” Composites Part B: Engineering (2019): 106968
  • Ye Qian*, Siwei Ma, Shiho Kawashima and Geert De Schutter. “Rheological characterization of the viscoelastic solid-like properties of fresh cement pastes with nanoclay addition.” Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics (2019): 102262
  • Ye Qian* and Geert De Schutter. “Enhancing thixotropy of fresh cement pastes with nanoclay in presence of polycarboxylate ether superplasticizer (PCE)”. Cement and Concrete Research. 111 (2018): 15-22
  • Ye Qian*, Karel Lesage, Khadija El Cheikh and Geert De Schutter. “Effect of polycarboxylate ether superplasticizer (PCE) on dynamic yield stress, thixotropy and flocculation state of cement pastes in consideration of the Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC)”. Cement and Concrete Research. 107 (2018): 75-84
  • Ye Qian and Shiho Kawashima*. "Distinguishing dynamic and static yield stress of fresh cement mortars through thixotropy". Cement and Concrete Composites. 86 (2018): 288-296
  • Siwei Ma, Ye Qian and Shiho Kawashima*. “Non-linear structural build-up of fresh cement pastes incorporating viscosity modifying admixtures”. Cement and Concrete Research. 108 (2018): 1-9
  • Ye Qian and Shiho Kawashima*. "Use of creep recovery protocol to measure static yield stress and structural rebuilding of fresh cement pastes". Cement and Concrete Research. 90 (2016): 73-79
  • Ye Qian and Shiho Kawashima*. "Flow onset of fresh mortars in rheometers: contributions of paste deflocculation and sand particle migration". Cement and Concrete Research. 90 (2016): 97-103


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