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Tan Kang Hai


  • Director Protective Technology Research Centre (PTRC)
  • Co-Director Transport Research Centre TRC@NTU





Professor

BSc(Eng), Ph.D. Manchester, PEng, MACI, MIES
Office: N1-01a-27 / N1-01c-97
Tel: (65) 6790-4104P / 5297
Email: ckhtan@ntu.edu.sg



Education:

  • BSc (Hons) Class I with Distinction, University of Manchester July 1986
  • PhD, University of Manchester 1989

Career details:

  • Professor of Structural Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (1 Sep 2011)
  • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University (1 Jan 1999 – 31 August 2011)
  • Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University (1 Jan 1994 – 31 Dec 1998)
  • Lecturer, Nanyang Technological Institute (21 Oct 1990 – 31 Dec 1993)
  • Graduate Engineer, Ove Arup & Partners, Manchester, UK (Sep 89 – 20 Oct 1990)

Official Appointments

  • Director of Transport Research Centre: 1 Apr 2016 - present
  • Director of Protective Technology Research Centre: 1 Oct 2011 - present
  • Director of Office of Global and Education Mobility: 17 Oct 2011 - 30 Sep 2014

Member of Professional Societies

  • Professorial Engineer, Singapore


Main research interest

  • Shear behaviour in concrete beam-column joints and deep beams
  • Behaviour of structures in fire and progressive collapse scenarios
  • Development of finite element code for structures under progressive collapse scenarios

Current research project

  • DSTA project – effects of Catenary and Membrane Actions on the Collapse Mechanisms of RC Buildings – Behaviours of Structural Elements: Principle Investigator
  • ASTAR project – Explore Concept of Membrane Actions to Reduce Fire Protection for Beams: Principle Investigator
  • MHA project – Structural Resilience Study of Concrete Pre-cast and Composite Steel Joints subject to Missing Column Scenarios: Principle Investigator
  • JTC project – Integrated Structures and Materials Design for Precast Concrete 66kV Substation against Progressive Collapse: Principle Investigator


  • Tan, K.H., Yuan, W. (2009). Inelastic buckling of pin-ended steel columns under longitudinal non-uniform temperature distribution. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 65(1), 132-141.
  • Tan, K.H., Cheng, G.H., Zhang, N. (2008). Experiment to mitigate size effect on deep beams. Magazine of Concrete Research, 60(10), 709-723.
  • Tan K.H., Qian Z.H., Experimental behaviour of thermally restrained plate girder loaded in shear at elevated temperature, (2008) Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 64, No. 5, pp. 596-606.
  • Tan, K.H., Yuan, W. (2008). Buckling of Elastically Restrained Steel Columns under Longitudinal Non-Uniform Temperature Distribution. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 64(1), 51-61.


Prize received

  • Discover Engineering @ NTU - “Evacuation Modelling in Smoke-Filled Cabin” won Silver Award (Most Popular Undergraduate Project), Jan 09 to Apr 09
  • Discover Engineering @ NTU – “Modelling of Evacuation using Cellular Automata” won the Most Popular Graduate Project Bronze Award, Jan 08 to Apr 08
  • Best Teacher’s award for 2000/01
  • Henry Adam’s award from the UK Institution of Structural Engineers for PhD research work on structural sandwich panels subjected to lateral loading in May 1989.
  • Overseas Research Scholarship 1987 -1989 from UK SERC
  • Phillips Noel Bedson Award 1987 - 1989 from University of Manchester
  • Taylor Woodrow Prize 1986 from University of Manchester
  • Gilbert Cook Bequest 1986 from University of Manchester
  • Ashbury Scholarship 1984 from University of Manchester

Other information

  • HDB Civil & Structural Engineering Advisory Panel
  • International Panel of Experts (IPE) on Construction Productivity and Prefabrication Technology
  • Invitation to Construction Productivity and SkillsFuture Tripartite Committee (CPSTC)
  • Board member of Temasek Laboratories