Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate







City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Zhutao Shao is an Enterprise Fellow sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering and a research academic in the Research Group of Metal Forming and Materials Modelling. He has played key technical and management roles in EPSRC, Innovate UK and industrial research projects, particularly to manage the impact acceleration activities for the research group. He has extensive industrial collaborators and strong national and international partner network.  

Dr Shao’s research focuses on the development of lightweighting techniques for the transportation industry, including the materials formability evaluation, hot stamping techniques for steel and alloys, materials modelling, fast heating, creep age forming, innovative extrusion technique, microstructural behaviour of alloys, etc. He is the inventor of the world's first multi-axial materials testing technique for materials formability evaluation at high temperature. The research outcomes have been patented and reported globally and he has been invited to present in industries and universities for over 10 times.

Dr Shao obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2016 and MSc in Engineering Mechanics at Dalian University of Technology in 2012. He is also holding a degree in Economics.  

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Shao Z, Lee J, Wang J, et al., 2020, A study of various heating effects on the microstructure and mechanical properties of AA6082 using EBSD and CPFE, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol:5 nov 2019, ISSN:0925-8388, Pages:1-13

Shao Z, Jiang J, Lin J, 2018, Feasibility study on direct flame impingement heating applied for the solution heat treatment, forming and cold die quenching technique, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Vol:36, ISSN:1526-6125, Pages:398-404

Shao Z, Li N, Lin J, et al., 2018, Strain measurement and error analysis in thermo-mechanical tensile tests of sheet metals for hot stamping applications, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C - Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol:232, ISSN:0954-4062, Pages:1944-2008

Shao Z, Li N, 2017, A Novel Biaxial Testing Apparatus for the Determination of Forming Limit under Hot Stamping Conditions, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Vol:122, ISSN:1940-087X

Shao Z, Li N, Lin J, et al., 2017, Formability evaluation for sheet metals under hot stamping conditions by a novel biaxial testing system and a new materials model, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol:120, ISSN:0020-7403, Pages:149-158

Shao Z, Li N, Lin J, et al., 2016, Development of a new biaxial testing system for generating forming limit diagrams for sheet metals under hot stamping conditions, Experimental Mechanics, Vol:56, ISSN:0014-4851, Pages:1489-1500

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