Academic Profile

Prof Tan Kang Hai is Director of Protective Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in CEE School. Prof Tan’s research work formed the technical basis of the circular from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on “Fire Safety Design of Multi-storey steel-framed buildings with composite slabs”. In 2014, he secured an MND fund to develop a safe and cost-effective design for Singapore’s mega underground cavern developments. The research resulted in an innovative design concept for underground life safety and technical disclosures for fire protection coating and cementitious concrete composites. With a strong support from MHA, he is involved in drafting of a Singapore design guide to mitigate progressive collapse of structures.

Prof Tan has authored/co-authored close to 230 SCI top-tier international journal publications. From Google Scholar, he has 7209 citations with an H-index of 47. He won the “Certificate for Highly Cited Research" in Engineering Structures. Out of 31 PhD students he graduated, about one-third are in academia. Prof Tan has given about 60 keynotes and invited seminars, and 90 professional short courses to engineering fraternity.

A registered Professional Engineer in Singapore since 1996, he is also a Specialist PE (Protective Security) from 2019 from his many research projects with DSTA. He sits in the HDB Civil & Structural Engineering Advisory Panel and serves as one of the two external panel members for HDB Engineering Awards. He is Deputy-Chair of Institution of Engineer Singapore (IES) for Technical Committee of Infrastructure Cluster and serves as a member in the National Scientific Review Panel for MND for City of Tomorrow grant call. He is in the technical committee (Building Structure & Sub-structure) 17th Standards Council Term and represents IES in the Selection Panel for certifying Fire Safety Engineers since 2005. Currently, he is Chairman of the Appeals Advisory Board for Infrastructure Protection (IPA) Act. He has been a member of Fire Safety Appeals Board Committee from 2005 to 2016.

His engineering consultancies often involved performance-based approach to fire scenarios or progressive collapse resistance analysis. He is a specialist consultant to HDB on a PPVC project and Changi Airport Group on Terminal 5. His motto is that research through laboratory testing of structures and mechanical models should translate into practical design guides and influence engineering practice.
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Prof Tan Kang Hai
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Protective Technology Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Prof Tan's research interests include fire effects on steel, concrete and composite steel structures, strut and tie modelling of RC structures, beam-column joint behaviour, progressive collapse resistance testing and nonlinear finite element analysis.
  • Active Solution For Sustainability

  • Collapse mechanisms arising from man-made events (blast, fire)

  • Engineering Software For Eurocode Element Design And Detailing Of Industrial Precast Components

  • Future Of Construction And Underground

  • Holistic Management of HDB Flats against Spalling Concrete

  • Intelligent Urban Solutions

  • Life Safety And Structural Fire Safety Of Mega Underground Caverns In Singapore

  • Precast Static Testing

  • SJ-NTU Corporate Lab - Common Activities

  • Structural behaviour of concrete and composite steel structures

  • The Behaviour And Design Of Innovative Composite Concrete-Steel Structural System

  • The Development Of Additive Manufacturing Technology For Construction
  • Zhang D., Zhang Y., Dasari A., Tan K.H., Weng Y (2021). Effect of spatial distribution of polymer fibers on preventing spalling of UHPC at high temperatures. Cement and Concrete Research, 140, 106281.

  • Li Y., Zhang D. and Tan K.H. (2020). On measuring techniques of pore pressure in concrete at elevated temperature. Cement and Concrete Composites, 114, 103737.

  • Yu J. and Tan KH (2013). Experimental and numerical investigation on progressive collapse resistance of reinforced concrete beam column sub-assemblages. Engineering Structures, 55, 90-106.

  • Yang B. and Tan K.H. (2013). Experimental tests of different types of bolted steel beam–column joints under a central-column-removal scenario. Engineering Structures, 54, 112-130.

  • Yu J. and Tan K.H. (2013). Structural behavior of RC beam-column subassemblages under a middle column removal scenario. Journal of Structural Engineering, 139 (2), 233-250.

  • Yang B. and Tan K.H. (2012). Numerical analyses of steel beam–column joints subjected to catenary action. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 70, 1-11.

  • Zhang N. and Tan K.H. (2007). Size effect in RC deep beams: Experimental investigation and STM verification. Engineering Structures, 29 (12), 3241-3254.

  • Tan K.H., Toh W.S., Huang Z.F. and Phng G.H. (2007). Structural responses of restrained steel columns at elevated temperatures. Part 1: Experiments. Engineering structures, 29 (8), 1641-1652.

  • Tan K.H., Kong F.K., Teng S, Weng L.W. (1997). Effect of web reinforcement on high-strength concrete deep beams. American Concrete Institute Structural Journal, 94 (5), 572-582.

  • Tan K.H., Kong F.K. and Guan L.W. (1995). High-strength concrete deep beams with effective span and shear span variations. American Concrete Institute Structural Journal, 92 (4), 395-405.