Dr Chao Hou

Associate Lecturer in Structural Engineering
School of Civil Engineering

Member of China Studies Centre

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5193
Fax +61 2 9351 3343

Website School of Civil Engineering

Research interests

Composite steel-concrete structures have been attracting worldwide attention for their ability to combine the advantages of two essential construction materials and enable them to function cooperatively. Dr Chao Hou's research focuses on how to optimise the design and performance of these unique structures.

"Within the past few decades, composite steel-concrete structures have become kind of 'irresistible' for investors and designers, because they encompass the superiorities of both steel and concrete and greatly enhance their efficiency in material use. Basically, composite structures can deliver better structural performance at lower cost.

"A large proportion of the world's recent modern infrastructure has been designed and constructed with composite elements. However, our understanding of composite structures - particularly under the combined effects of multiple loading conditions, natural hazards and corrosive environments - is not yet as mature as our understanding of traditional concrete or steel structures, and this is hindering their further application. This is what motivates me to advance our knowledge in this area.

"I'm fascinated by composite structures. I have contributed to the construction of the world's highest composite tubular power transmission tower, one of the world's longest composite truss bridges, and the highest super-high-rise building currently under construction in Beijing. My research has also informed several design standards in China.

"I joined the University of Sydney at 2015, and since then I have been enjoying the fantastic working environment. The superior facilities and - more importantly - the enthusiastic and supportive people here have allowed and motivated me to pursue high-quality research and also to expand my lines of research. Since being here I have extended my research field to include pre-fabricated construction, reliability analysis and green construction, as part of the emerging trend towards a circular economy. I have also been fortunate to be able to incorporate much of my research experience into my teaching."

Teaching and supervision

CIVL3235/9235 - Structural Analysis

CIVL6264 Composite Steel-Concrete Structures

Current research students

Project title Research student
Performance of demountable tubular connections formed by composite chord and hollow braces Jin JIN
Use of Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames in Australian Practice Sina KAZEMZADEH AZAD
Demountable Bolted Shear-key Vertical Connections in Modular Precast Concrete Structures Meredith XU

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Engineering and IT Teaching Commendation, 2017.
  • Faculty of Engineering and IT Teaching Commendation, 2016.
  • Outstanding PhD Graduate of Tsinghua University, 2014.
  • Outstanding PhD Graduate of Beijing City, 2014.
  • Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation of Tsinghua University, 2014.
  • National Scholarship of China for PhD students, 2013.
  • National Scholarship of China for Undergraduate students, 2008.

International collaboration


    Domestic collaboration

      Selected publications

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      Journals

      • Hou, C., Han, L. (2017). Analytical behaviour of CFDST chord to CHS brace composite K-joints. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 128, 618-632. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Mu, T., He, S. (2017). Analytical behaviour of CFST chord to CHS brace truss under flexural loading. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 134, 66-79. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Mu, T. (2017). Behaviour of CFDST chord to CHS brace composite K-joints: Experiments. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 135, 97-109. [More Information]
      • Han, L., Hua, Y., Hou, C., Wang, Q. (2017). Circular Concrete-Filled Steel Tubes Subjected to Coupled Tension and Chloride Corrosion. Journal of Structural Engineering, 143(10), 04017134-1-04017134-13. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Han, L., Hou, C., Tao, Z., Li, S. (2017). Concrete-encased CFST columns under combined compression and torsion: Experimental investigation. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 138, 729-741. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Han, L., Hou, C., Hua, Y. (2017). Experimental behaviour of tapered CFST columns under combined compression and bending. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 128, 39-52. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C. (2017). Performance of partially compressed CFST columns through dissimilarly shaped bearing plates under axial load. Thin-Walled Structures, 120, 333-354. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Wang, Q., Hou, C. (2016). Flexural behavior of circular concrete filled steel tubes (CFST) under sustained load and chloride corrosion. Thin-Walled Structures, 107, 182-196. [More Information]
      • Hua, Y., Hou, C., Han, L. (2015). Behavior of cfst tensile members subjected to chloride corrosion. Gong Cheng Li Xue (Engineering mechanics), 32, 149-158. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C. (2015). Behaviour and design calculations of recycled aggregate concrete-filled steel tube (RACFST) members. Magazine of Concrete Research, 67(11), 611-620. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2015). Behaviour of circular concrete filled double skin tubes subjected to local bearing force. Thin-Walled Structures, 93, 36-53. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C., Meng, C., Han, L. (2015). Investigation on square concrete filled double-skin steel tube (CFDST) subjected to local bearing force: Experiments. Thin-Walled Structures, 94, 394-409. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2014). Concrete-filled circular steel tubes subjected to local bearing force: Finite element analysis. Thin-Walled Structures, 77, 109-119. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C., Wen, Z., Han, L. (2014). Experimental behaviour of square CFST under local bearing forces. Thin-Walled Structures, 74, 166-183. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Han, L., Lam, D., Hou, C. (2014). Experiments on special-shaped CFST stub columns under axial compression. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 98, 123-133. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Hou, C., Lam, D., Han, L. (2014). Experiments on the bearing capacity of tapered concrete filled double skin steel tubular (CFDST) stub columns. Steel & Composite Structures: an international journal, 17(5), 667-686. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2013). Concrete-filled circular steel tubes subjected to local bearing force: Experiments. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 83, 90-104. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2013). Full-range analysis on square CFST stub columns and beams under loading and chloride corrosion. Thin-Walled Structures, 68, 50-64. [More Information]
      • Han, L., Hou, C., Wang, Q. (2012). Square concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members under loading and chloride corrosion: Experiments. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 71, 11-25. [More Information]

      Conferences

      • Wang, T., Hou, C., Li, W., Han, L., Rasmussen, K. (2016). Analytical Behaviour of Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular K-Joint Using Stainless Steel. 8th International Conference on Steel And Aluminium Structures, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
      • Jin, D., Hou, C. (2016). Discussions on the design rules for thin-walled steel and composite K-joints. 7th International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures (CIMS 2016), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University.
      • Hua, Y., Hou, C., Wang, Q., Han, L. (2015). Behaviour of circular concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) beam-columns subjected to long-term loading and chloride corrosion. 11th International Conference on Advances in Steel and Concrete Composite Structures, Beijing, China: Assoc for International Cooperation and Research in Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (ASCCS).
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2012). Behaviour of concrete-filled steel tube (CFST) subjected to lateral partial compression. 10th International Conference on Advances in Steel Concrete Composite and Hybrid Structures, Chennai: Research Publishing. [More Information]
      • Han, L., Hou, C., Wang, Q. (2010). Concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members subjected to long-term sustained loading and chloride corrosion. 12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs & Maintenance of Structures, China.

      2017

      • Hou, C., Han, L. (2017). Analytical behaviour of CFDST chord to CHS brace composite K-joints. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 128, 618-632. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Mu, T., He, S. (2017). Analytical behaviour of CFST chord to CHS brace truss under flexural loading. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 134, 66-79. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Mu, T. (2017). Behaviour of CFDST chord to CHS brace composite K-joints: Experiments. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 135, 97-109. [More Information]
      • Han, L., Hua, Y., Hou, C., Wang, Q. (2017). Circular Concrete-Filled Steel Tubes Subjected to Coupled Tension and Chloride Corrosion. Journal of Structural Engineering, 143(10), 04017134-1-04017134-13. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Han, L., Hou, C., Tao, Z., Li, S. (2017). Concrete-encased CFST columns under combined compression and torsion: Experimental investigation. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 138, 729-741. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Han, L., Hou, C., Hua, Y. (2017). Experimental behaviour of tapered CFST columns under combined compression and bending. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 128, 39-52. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C. (2017). Performance of partially compressed CFST columns through dissimilarly shaped bearing plates under axial load. Thin-Walled Structures, 120, 333-354. [More Information]

      2016

      • Wang, T., Hou, C., Li, W., Han, L., Rasmussen, K. (2016). Analytical Behaviour of Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular K-Joint Using Stainless Steel. 8th International Conference on Steel And Aluminium Structures, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
      • Jin, D., Hou, C. (2016). Discussions on the design rules for thin-walled steel and composite K-joints. 7th International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures (CIMS 2016), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University.
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Wang, Q., Hou, C. (2016). Flexural behavior of circular concrete filled steel tubes (CFST) under sustained load and chloride corrosion. Thin-Walled Structures, 107, 182-196. [More Information]

      2015

      • Hua, Y., Hou, C., Han, L. (2015). Behavior of cfst tensile members subjected to chloride corrosion. Gong Cheng Li Xue (Engineering mechanics), 32, 149-158. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C. (2015). Behaviour and design calculations of recycled aggregate concrete-filled steel tube (RACFST) members. Magazine of Concrete Research, 67(11), 611-620. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2015). Behaviour of circular concrete filled double skin tubes subjected to local bearing force. Thin-Walled Structures, 93, 36-53. [More Information]
      • Hua, Y., Hou, C., Wang, Q., Han, L. (2015). Behaviour of circular concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) beam-columns subjected to long-term loading and chloride corrosion. 11th International Conference on Advances in Steel and Concrete Composite Structures, Beijing, China: Assoc for International Cooperation and Research in Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (ASCCS).
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C., Meng, C., Han, L. (2015). Investigation on square concrete filled double-skin steel tube (CFDST) subjected to local bearing force: Experiments. Thin-Walled Structures, 94, 394-409. [More Information]

      2014

      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2014). Concrete-filled circular steel tubes subjected to local bearing force: Finite element analysis. Thin-Walled Structures, 77, 109-119. [More Information]
      • Yang, Y., Hou, C., Wen, Z., Han, L. (2014). Experimental behaviour of square CFST under local bearing forces. Thin-Walled Structures, 74, 166-183. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Han, L., Lam, D., Hou, C. (2014). Experiments on special-shaped CFST stub columns under axial compression. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 98, 123-133. [More Information]
      • Ren, Q., Hou, C., Lam, D., Han, L. (2014). Experiments on the bearing capacity of tapered concrete filled double skin steel tubular (CFDST) stub columns. Steel & Composite Structures: an international journal, 17(5), 667-686. [More Information]

      2013

      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2013). Concrete-filled circular steel tubes subjected to local bearing force: Experiments. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 83, 90-104. [More Information]
      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2013). Full-range analysis on square CFST stub columns and beams under loading and chloride corrosion. Thin-Walled Structures, 68, 50-64. [More Information]

      2012

      • Hou, C., Han, L., Zhao, X. (2012). Behaviour of concrete-filled steel tube (CFST) subjected to lateral partial compression. 10th International Conference on Advances in Steel Concrete Composite and Hybrid Structures, Chennai: Research Publishing. [More Information]
      • Han, L., Hou, C., Wang, Q. (2012). Square concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members under loading and chloride corrosion: Experiments. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 71, 11-25. [More Information]

      2010

      • Han, L., Hou, C., Wang, Q. (2010). Concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members subjected to long-term sustained loading and chloride corrosion. 12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs & Maintenance of Structures, China.

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