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Professor Karu Karunasena

Professor Karu Karunasena
Name Karu Karunasena
Position Professor (Engineering Fibre Composites)
Section School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Office B417
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4315
Extension 4315
Qualifications BScEng Peradeniya , MEng Asian IT , PhD Manitoba
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Materials Engineering ( 091200 )
  • Structural Engineering ( 090506 )
  • Construction Materials ( 090503 )
  • Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation ( 091307 )
  • Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control ( 091304 )
  • Polymers and Plastics ( 091209 )
  • Solid Mechanics ( 091308 )
  • Composite and Hybrid Materials ( 091202 )

Research interests
Graphene use for improvement of properties in Civil/Structural/Mechanical components
Composite materials
Modelling and analysis of structures
Rehabilitation of concrete, steel and timber structures
Structural health monitoring
Wave propagation in composite materials
Steel, concrete and timber materials
Resilience of road structures

Professional memberships
Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia - MIEAust
Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers - MASCE
Member of Structural Engineering Institute, USA
Charted Professional Engineer - CPEng
Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ)

Industry affiliations
Member of the Australian Composite Structures Society
Member of the Australasian Association for Computational Mechanics
Member of the Australian Association for Engineering Education

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
As Examiner (ie. Course Leader)
CIV3505 Structural Analysis
ENG8411 Masters Engineering Research Project A
ENG8414 Masters Engineering Research Project D

As Assistant Examiner:
ENG8412 Masters Engineering Research Project B

As Moderator :
CIV2503 Structural Design 1
CIV8801 Code Based Structural Design
CIV8804 Advanced Design Practice using Finite Element Analysis

As Project Supervisor:
ENG4111 Research Project Part 1
ENG4112 Research Project Part 2
ENG8411 Masters Engineering Research Project A
ENG8412 Masters Engineering Research Project B

Previous Teaching Involvement at USQ:

As Examiner (ie. Course Leader)
ENG3902 Professional Practice 1
ENG4903 Professional Practice 2
ENG8002 Masters Dissertation
ENG8412 Masters Dissertation C

As Assistant Examiner:
CIV1501 Statics
CIV3907 Civil Systems Practice
CIV4508 Structural Design II
ENG4104 Engineering Problem Solving 4
ENG8801 Code Based Structural Design
ENG8804 Advanced Design Practice using Finite Element Analysis

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
25 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Discipline Leader in Civil Engineering

Research most recent

As of Aug 2019, Karu has over 165 refereed journal and conference papers (with over 80 journal papers) published to his credit. Most of his journal papers have been published in Q1 (top quartile) journals. Google Scholar: H index 21, i10 index 44, citations 2115. Researchgate: RG Score 33 (top 8% in the world), 160 research items, 19,530 reads, 1565 citations. Elsevier Mendeley (Scopus) : 75000 views of my research articles.

Research Quality Indicators:
In the recent (2018) Australian government’s Excellence in Research (ERA) publication assessment, I have contributed publications to following four digit research clusters with very high assessment ranking outcomes : At well above world standard - Materials Engineering, Numerical and Computational Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering ; At world standard - Civil Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

Research most notable
Free vibration of functionally graded-GPL reinforced composite plates with different boundary conditions
RMR Reddy, W Karunasena, W Lokuge
Aerospace Science and Technology 78, 147-156

A review on the degradability of polymeric composites based on natural fibres
ZN Azwa, BF Yousif, AC Manalo, W Karunasena
Materials & Design 47, 424-442

Flexural behavior of geopolymer-concrete beams longitudinally reinforced with GFRP and steel hybrid reinforcements
GB Maranan, AC Manalo, B Benmokrane, W Karunasena, P Mendis, ...
Engineering Structures 182, 141-152

Out-of-grade sawn pine: A state-of-the-art review on challenges and new opportunities in cross laminated timber (CLT)
R Cherry, A Manalo, W Karunasena, G Stringer
Construction and Building Materials 211, 858-868

Modelling the load–deformation response of deep foundations under oblique loading
K Johnson, P Lemcke, W Karunasena, N Sivakugan
Environmental Modelling & Software 21 (9), 1375-1380

Karunasena, W., Shah, A.H., and Datta, S.K. (1991). Plane-Strain-Wave Scattering by Cracks in Laminated Composite Plates. ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 117, No. 8, pp. 1738-1754.

Karunasena, W., Shah, A.H., and Datta, S.K. (1992). Wave Propagation in a Multilayered Laminated Cross-ply Composite Plate. ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 58, pp. 1028-1032.

Karunasena, W., Liew, K.M., and Kitipornchai, S. (1995). Reflection of Plate Waves at the Fixed Edge of a Composite Plate. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 98, No. 1, pp. 644-651.

Publications in ePrints

Alajarmeh, O. S. and Manalo, A. C. and Benmokrane, B. and Karunasena, W. and Ferdous, W.ORCID: and Mendis, P. (2020) A New Design-Oriented Model of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Reinforced Hollow Concrete Columns. ACI Structural Journal, 117 (2):117-S36. pp. 141-156. ISSN 0889-3241

Alajarmeh, Omar S. and Manalo, Allan C. and Benmokrane, Brahim and Karunasena, Warna and Mendis, Priyan (2020) Effect of spiral spacing and concrete strength on behavior of GFRP-reinforced hollow concrete columns. Journal of Composites for Construction, 24 (1 - Article 04019054). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1090-0268

Rasappagari, M.R.R. and Karunasena, W. and Lokuge, W. (2020) Flexural Behavior of Functionally Graded-Graphene Reinforced Composite Plates. In: 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), 4-7 Dec, 2018, Brisbane, Australia.

Greene, I. and Lokuge, W. and Karunasena, W. (2020) Floodway Design Process Revisted. In: 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), 4–7 Dec, 2018, Brisbane, Australia.

Alajarmeh, O. S. and Manalo, A. C. and Benmokrane, B. and Karunasena, K. and Ferdous, W.ORCID: and Mendis, P. (2020) Hollow concrete columns: review of structural behavior and new designs using GFRP reinforcement. Engineering Structures, 203 (Article 109829). ISSN 0141-0296

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