Yixin Shao

Title: 
Professor
Academic title(s): 

P.Eng., Ph.D.

Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-6674
Email address: 
yixin.shao [at] mcgill.ca
Biography: 

Professor Shao’s expertise is in the area of civil engineering materials and their structural applications. His research is involved with fibre-reinforced cement composites, fibre-reinforced polymer composites, low energy cement, carbon dioxide utilization in concrete, use of industry wastes for sustainable development and environment friendly building products.

Unit: 
Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Degree(s): 

B.S. (Tongji University, 1982)
M.S. (Tongji University, 1984)
Ph.D. (Northwestern University, 1995)

Area of expertise: 

Civil engineering materials and their structural applications

Courses: 
  • CIVE 205 Statics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 207 Solid Mechanics 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 512 Advanced Civil Engrg Materials 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 614 Composites for Construction 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Engineering Class of 44 Award for Outstanding Teaching, Faculty of Engineering, McGill University, 2000.
  • Construction Institute (CI)/ASCE Honorable Mention Basic Research Paper 2003: “Flexural and Shear Rigidity of Composite Sheet Piles”, ASCE Journal for Composites for Construction, 7(4), 348-355, 2003.
  • Foreign Researcher Fellowship, awarded by Japan Ministry of Education, as a visiting professor at Ibaraki University, Japan, 2005.
  • Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI), awarded by American Concrete Institute, November 1, 2010.
  • Best presentation award to the paper: "Steel Slag-Bonded Wallboard via Carbonation Activation", presented at 8th Global Slag Conference & Exhibition, 12-13 November 2012 - Las Vegas, USA.
  • "Slag bonded wallboard - Product of the year" award, at 8th Global Slag Conference & Exhibition, 12-13 November 2012 - Las Vegas, USA. (Steel slag bonded wallboard developed at McGill lab is awarded as the Product of the Year by 8th Global slag Conference.)
  • William and Rhea Seath (WRS) Award in Engineering Innovation, “Green, carbon-negative construction materials”, Faculty of Engineering, McGill University, April, 2016.
Selected publications: 

2015

  • Yang, H., He, Z. and Shao, Y. (2015), “Early carbonation behaviour of high volume dolomite powder-cement based materials”, Journal of Wuhan University of Technology, 30(3), 541-549.

  • Mofidi, A., Chaallal, O., Cheng, L., and Shao, Y. (2015). Investigation of Near-Surface Mounted Method for Shear Rehabilitation of Reinforced Concrete T-Beams using CFRP Rods. ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction. 04015048.

  • Ghouleh, Z., Guthrie, R. and Shao, Y. (2015), “High-Strength KOBM Steel Slag Binder Activated by Carbonation”, Construction and Building Materials, September, 99, 175-183.

  • Wang, Y., Shao, Y., Matovic, M. D. and Whalen, J. K. (2015), “Exploring switchgrass and hardwood combustion on excess air and ash fouling/slagging potential: laboratory combustion test and thermogravimetric kinetic analysis", Energy Conversion and Management, 97, 409-419.

  • Wang, Y., Shao, Y., Matovic, M. D. and Whalen, J. K. (2015), "Optimization of switchgrass combustion for simultaneous production of energy and pozzolan", ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 27(12), 04015040.

  • El-Hassan, H. and Shao, Y. (2015), Carbonation curing of concrete with Portland limestone cement, Cement and Concrete Composites, 62, 168-177.

  • Shao, Y. Zhou, A and Mahoutian, M. (2015), “Pseudo-dynamic carbonation for concrete curing and carbon storage”, International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity, 9(1), 21-38.

  • Mahoutian, M., Shao, Y., Mucci, A and Fournier, B (2015), “Carbonation and hydration behavior of EAF and BOF steel slag binders”, Materials and Structures, 48(9), 3075-3085.

  • Shao, Y., El-Baghdadi, A., He, Z., Mucci, A. and Forney, B. (2015) "Carbon dioxide activated steel slag for slag-bonded wallboard application", Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 27, 04014119-1 – 04014119-9.

  • Morshed, A., Azar, A. and Shao, Y. (2015) “Characterizing cement carbonation curing using non-contact electrical resistivity measurement”, Advances in Cement Research, 27(4), 214-224.

  • Shao, Y. and Morshed, A. Z., (2015), "Early carbonation for hollow-core concrete slab curing and carbon dioxide recycling", Materials and Structures, 48(1-2), 307-319.

2016

  • Mahoutian, M., and Shao, Y. (2016), “Production of cement-free construction blocks from industry wastes”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 137, 1339-1346.
  • Zhang, D. and Shao, Y. (2016), “Effect of early carbonation curing on chloride penetration and weathering carbonation in concrete”, Construction and Building Materials, 123, 516-526.

  • Wang, Y., Shao, Y., Matovic, M. D. and Whalen, J (2016), Recycling Combustion Ash for Sustainable Cement Production: A Critical Review with Data-Mining and Time-Series Predictive Models, Construction & Building Materials, 123, 673-689.

  • Mahoutian, M. and Shao, Y. (2016) “Low temperature synthesis of cement from ladle slag and fly ash”, Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, 5(4), 247-258.  

  • Zhang, D. and Shao, Y. (2016), “Early age carbonation curing for precast reinforced concretes”, Construction and Building Materials, 113, 134-143

  • Zhang, D., Cai, X and Shao, Y. (2016), “Carbonation curing of precast fly ash concrete”, ASCE J of Materials in Civil Engineering, 04016127. 

  • Mahoutian, M., Ghouleh, Z. and Shao, Y. (2016), “Synthesis of waste-based carbonation cement”, Materials and Structures, 49(11), 4679-4690.

  • Cai, X., He, Z., Shao, Y. and Sun, H. (2016), Macro- and Micro- Characteristics of Cement Mixtures Containing High Volume Fly Ash Based on Electrochemical Accelerated Leaching Test, Construction & Building Materials, 116, 25-35.

2017

  • Zhang, D., Ghouleh, Z. and Shao, Y. (2017) “Review on carbonation curing of cement-based materials”, Journal of CO2 Utilization, 21, 119-131.

  • He, Z., Li, Z. and Shao, Y. (2017), “Effect of Carbonation Mixing on CO₂ Uptake and Strength Gain in Concrete”, J of Materials in Civil Engineering, 29(10), 04017176.

  • He, Z., Li, Y. and Shao, Y. (2017), “Low-temperature synthesis of C4AF by self-propagating combustion reaction”, Advances in Cement Research, 29(1), 33-43

  • Ghouleh, Z., Guthrie, R. and Shao, Y. (2017), “Production of Carbonate Aggregates using Steel Slag and Carbon Dioxide for Carbon-negative Concrete”, Journal of CO2 Utilization, 18, 125-138.

2018

  • Ghouleh, Z and Shao, Y. (2018), “Turning municipal solid waste incineration into a cleaner cement production”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 195, 268-279.

  • Ghouleh, Z., Celikin, M., Guthrie, R. and Shao, Y. (2018) “Microstructure of Carbonation-Activated Steel Slag Binder”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, accepted March

  • Li, Z., He, Z. and Shao, Y. (2018), " Early Age Carbonation Heat and Products of Tricalcium Silicate Paste Subject to Carbon Dioxide Curing”, Materials, 11, 730; doi:10.3390 /ma11050730

  • Khoshnazar, R. and Shao, Y. (2018), “Characterization of carbonation-cured cement paste using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy”, Construction and Building Materials, 168, April, 598-605.

  • Yang, H, He, Z., Shao, Y. and Li, L. (2018), “Improving freeze-thaw resistance and strength gain of roller compacted fly ash concretes with modified absorbent polymer”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30(3), 04018010.

  • Mahoutian, M., Chaallal, O. and Shao, Y. (2018), “Pilot production of steel slag masonry blocks”, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, accepted Jan 16, DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2017-0603

 

 

    Areas of interest: 
    • Carbon dioxide utilization in concrete production

    • Carbon dioxide activation of steel slag for structural applications

    • Durability of carbonation-cured cement and concrete products

    • Carbon dioxide sequestration in calcium silicate materials

    • Cement bonded wood products

    • Slag bonded wood products

    • Extrusion process of fibre-cement thin sheets, structural shapes and honeycomb panels

    • Utilization of industry wastes in concrete

    • FRP composite as the stay-in-place formwork for concrete

    • Design and durability of pultruded FRP structural shapes

    Professional activities: 
    • Consultant to Emerald EFW Inc. ON.   
    • Consultant to Arcelor Mittal Dofasco, Hamilton, ON.
    • Consultant to 3H Company, Lexington, KY, USA.
    • Consultant to Canadian Concrete Masonry Producer Association (CCMPA), Toronto.  
    • Consultant to Boehmers Hargest Blocks Ltd, Kitchener, ON.
    • Consultant to Green House Inc. Montreal, QC.  
    • Consultant to Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT), Sorel-Tracy, QC.  
    • Consultant to St-Lawrence Cement (now Holcim Canada), St-Lawrence, QC.
    • Consultant to Bartolite, Montreal, QC.
    • Consultant to IBP Corp., Edmonton, AB.