Meini Su

Meini Su


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Meini SU is Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at University of Manchester. She is engaged in teaching at undergraduate level and working in the Structural and Extreme Environments group.

She joined the university in November 2017. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in Shenzhen University, China. She obtained her Bachelor degree from The University of Hong Kong in the year of 2010, PhD degree from Imperial College London and The University of Hong Kong in the year of 2014.

Her principal research interests, in respect of which she has co-authored one textbook and some 40 papers, lie in the areas of structural testing, numerical modelling and the development of design guidance for FRP strengthened RC structures in marine environment as well as steel and aluminium alloy structures. In particular, through her involvement in the research projects, she has proposed the continuous strength method (CSM) for aluminium alloy structures, a dual-functional intervention method – the impressed current cathodic protection & structural strengthening (ICCP-SS) technique and a green recylcing method for FRP composites.

She is a Chartered engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. She is also an editor of the Technical Specification of Electrochemical Technology for Durability of Concrete Structures and the FIB Model Code 2020. She is also serving as a committee member of Task Groups 2.6 and 3.4 in FIB, in the technical committee in RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures) and the Northwest committee of the Concrete Society. 

Research interests

Research Interests:

  • Aluminium alloy structures
  • Durability of RC structures
  • C-FRCM composite
  • Graphene modified construction materials
  • FRP recycling methods
  • Continuous strength method (CSM)
  • Impressed current cathodic protection - structural strengthening (ICCP-SS) Method


Other awarded research projects:

  • ISCF Transforming Foundation Industry - Small Scale R&D Strand 2, (£240,865), “High-Performance Graphene Enhanced Cement: A Revolutionary Innovation in Low Carbon Manufacturing Process (GR-LCM)”, 10008538, Innovate UK, 2022, Co-I. 
  • Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) Programme, Innovate UK, ( £25,228 (Stage 1) + £10,930 (Stage 2)), “Graphene Green Concrete: Recycled aggregate concrete reinforced with graphene” I-H-08, Innovate UK, 2021, PI.
  • Research, Impact & Collaboration Enrichment (RICE) scheme (GBP £1,400), "Prefabricated Modular Systems for Rapid Urbanization and Post-disaster Housing Settlement in China",  The Confucius Institute, The University of Manchester, 2018, PI. 
  • National Science Foundation for Young Scientists of China (GBP £27, 175), ,"Investigation on the durability of reinforced concrete continuous beams strengthened by ICCP-SS technique", NSFC, China, 2016, PI.
  • The State Key Program of National Natural Science of China (GBP £340,000), "Investigation on the smart control and improvement system of costal reinforced concrete structures’ life-cycle behaviours", NSFC, China, 2016, Co-I.
  • University Research Grants - Small Project Funding (GBP £4, 724), "Structural behaviour of aluminum alloy beams on circular hollow sections", Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong, China 2015, PI.
  • University Research Grants - Small Project Funding (GBP £4, 724), "Experimental investigation of cold-formed ferritic stainless steel tubular T-joints", Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong, China 2015, Co-I.
  • University Research Grants – General Research Funding (GBP £48, 760), "Cold-formed steel members of very high steel grades subjected to combined axial load and bending", Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong, China 2015, Co-I.



Undergraduate Level

  • MACE 20012 (Design 2)
  • MACE 20322 (Steel & Concrete Structures)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • British Standard Institution (BSI) B/525/9 - Structural use of aluminium, UK input for Eurocode 1999 Design of aluminium structures.
  • Task Group 2.6 and 3.4 of The International Federation for Structural Concrete (FIB)
  • SHE Committee of International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM)
  • Northwest region committee of Concrete Society.

My group

Post-doctoral research fellow:
  • Behzad Abdi - Green recycling and remanufacturing of carbon fibre composites for a circular economy
  • Dung Ngeyun - Dual-functional graphene-modified fibre reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) for simultaneous corrosion protection and structural strengthening
Graduated PhD students:
  • Mutiu Alabi-Bello - DSM for thin-walled steel beams and beam-columns under buckling at elevated temperatures
  • Iziengbe Inerhunwa - Safety and Reliability of Intumescent Coating Protected Steel Structures
  • Janis Cakstins - Effect of a pressurised CO2 environment on deformation and failure behaviour of type 316H steel under creep conditions
  • Nayden Matev - Investigation of elastic follow-up under high temperature creeping conditions

On-going PhD students:

  • Xiaoming Zhang - Static, impact and fire resistance of beetle elytra inspired 3-D printed trabecular-honeycomb sandwich plate (beetle elytron plate) structures
  • Xiaoming Zhu - Mechanical behaviour of RC beams under simultaneous corrosion protection and structural strengthening by Graphene-modified Fibre Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (Gr-FRCM)
  • Zhaohua Wang - Multi-scale modelling of bond behaviour between carbon fibre mesh and graphene modified cementitious matrix
  • Yongcong Zhao - Design and characterization of graphene enhanced alkali activated concrete
  • Ziming Deng - Image-based multiscale modelling of the mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC)
  • Yang Li - A study of the effectiveness of 3-sided fireproofing protection for structural beams in hydrocarbon fires
  • Yusi Cheng - Optimization design of a dechargeable concrete battery

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), The Higher Education Academy

13 Jan 2020 → …

Award Date: 1 Jan 2020

Chartered Engineer, Institution of Civil Engineers

May 2019 → …

Award Date: 31 May 2019

Doctor of Philosophy, Behaviour and Design of Aluminium Alloy Structural Elements, Imperial College London

1 Jan 201130 Sept 2014

Award Date: 30 Nov 2014

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 200730 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Nov 2010

External positions

Associate editor, Structures Journal

27 Mar 2024 → …

Member of the Challenge Panel, Health and Safety Executive

Sept 2022Nov 2022

Safer Infrastructure Theme Lead, Thomas Ashton Institute

15 Feb 2022 → …

CPD Course Tutor, Institution of Structural Engineers

May 2021 → …

ICE Academic Mentor, Institution of Civil Engineers

Mar 2021 → …

Scientific advisory committee, Transforming Foundation Industries Network+

1 Nov 2020 → …

Full College Member, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Sept 2020 → …

Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Oct 2016 → …

Areas of expertise

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • structural engineering
  • Materials; Composites
  • Electrochemistry
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • aluminium alloys
  • Steel structures
  • Fibre reinforced plastics
  • Concrete structures
  • Durability of structures

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Thomas Ashton Institute


  • Structural design
  • Fire engineering
  • Cathodic protection
  • Graphene modified construction materials
  • FRP recycling
  • Aluminium alloys
  • steel structures
  • reinforced concrete structures
  • Durability of structures


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