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Professor Karu Karunasena

Name Karu Karunasena
Position Professor (Engineering Fibre Composites)
Section School of Engineering
Office B417
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4315
Extension 4315
Email
Qualifications BScEng Peradeniya , MEng Asian IT , PhD Manitoba
Homepage https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_iuEP5AAAAAJ&hl=en
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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 )
  • Dynamics ( 401702 )
  • Solid Mechanics ( 401707 )
  • Composite And Hybrid Materials ( 401602 )
  • Structural Engineering ( 400510 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Polymers And Plastics ( 401609 )
  • Numerical Modelling And Mechanical Characterisation ( 401706 )
  • Construction Materials ( 400505 )
  • Mechanical Engineering ( 401700 )
  • Civil Engineering ( 400500 )

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
Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia - FIEAust
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)
NER (National engineering register, Australia
APEC Engineer
IntPE(Aus)

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
Member , Structural Engineering Institute, USA

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 and Construction

Research most recent
Visit
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Warna_Karunasena
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_iuEP5AAAAAJ&hl=en
https://www.linkedin.com/in/karu-karunasena-463aba22/?originalSubdomain=au

As of Feb 2021, Karu has over 175 refereed journal and conference papers (with over 95 journal papers) published to his credit. Most of his journal papers have been published in Q1 (top quartile) journals. Google Scholar: H index 28, i10 index 57, citations 3350. Researchgate: RG Score 34 (top 8% in the world), 173 research items, 30,200 reads. Elsevier Mendeley (Scopus) : 87,000 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

Mai-Duy, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3191-7850 and Strunin, D. and Karunasena, W.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3636-3068 (2022) A new high-order nine-point stencil, based on integrated-RBF approximations, for the first biharmonic equation. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 143. pp. 687-699. ISSN 0955-7997

Mai-Duy, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3191-7850 and Strunin, D. and Karunasena, W.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3636-3068 (2022) Computing high-order derivatives in compact integrated-RBF stencils. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 135. pp. 369-381. ISSN 0955-7997

Otoom, Omar F. and Lokuge, WeenaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1370-1976 and Karunasena, WarnaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3636-3068 and Manalo, Allan C.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0493-433X and Ozbakkaloglu, Togay and Ehsani, Mohammad R. (2022) Flexural behaviour of circular reinforced concrete columns strengthened by glass fibre reinforced polymer wrapping system. Structures, 38. pp. 1326-1348.

Otoom, Omar F. and Lokuge, WeenaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1370-1976 and Karunasena, WarnaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3636-3068 and Manalo, Allan C.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0493-433X and Ozbakkaloglu, Togay and Ehsani, Mohammad R. (2022) Flexural behaviour of circular timber columns strengthened by glass fibre reinforced polymer wrapping system. Structures, 38. pp. 1349-1367.

Eyni Kangavar, Mohammad and Lokuge, WeenaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1370-1976 and Manalo, AllanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0493-433X and Karunasena, WarnaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3636-3068 and Frigione, Mariaenrica (2022) Investigation on the properties of concrete with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) granules as fine aggregate replacement. Case Studies in Construction Materials, 16:e00934. pp. 1-14.

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • 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 )
  • Dynamics ( 401702 )
  • Solid Mechanics ( 401707 )
  • Composite And Hybrid Materials ( 401602 )
  • Structural Engineering ( 400510 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Polymers And Plastics ( 401609 )
  • Numerical Modelling And Mechanical Characterisation ( 401706 )
  • Construction Materials ( 400505 )
  • Mechanical Engineering ( 401700 )
  • Civil Engineering ( 400500 )


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