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Professor Thiru Aravinthan

Professor Thiru Aravinthan
Name Thiru Aravinthan
Position Associate Dean (Research and Research Training)
Section Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Office T421
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1385
Extension 1385
Qualifications BEng Peradeniya , MEng Saitama , PhD Saitama
Languages Japanese (accredited translator)
Tamil (accredited translator)

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Construction Materials ( 090503 )
  • Structural Engineering ( 090506 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 091200 )
  • Composite and Hybrid Materials ( 091202 )
  • Polymers and Plastics ( 091209 )
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering ( 091500 )

Research interests
Engineered fibre composites in civil engineering structures
Strengthening and repair of existing structures
External post-tensioned bridges and structures
Application of high performance concrete and geopolymer concrete
Development of innovative bridges and related design issues
Engineering Education – innovative learning and teaching using web technologies

Professional memberships
Chartered Professional Engineer (Civil & Structural Engineering) and Fellow of Engineers Australia
Registered Professional Engineer (Civil Engineering), Oregon State, USA

Industry affiliations
Member of Council, International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC)
Fellow, Engineers Australia (EA)
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member, Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA)
Member, Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AaeE)
Member of Board of Directors, Composite Australia (CA) (2009-2012)

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Current courses:
Examiner, CIV3506 - Concrete Structures
Moderator, CIV8803 - Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites
Examiner, ENG8802 - Advanced Prestressed Concrete

Past involvement:
Examiner, ENG8411/2 - Research Project and Dissertation (Part A & B)
Examiner/Asst Examiner, CIV2605 - Construction Engineering
Asst Examiner, CIV4508 - Structural Design II
Examiner/Facilitator, ENG2102 - Engineering Problem Solving 2
Asst Examiner, CIV2503, Structural Design I
Examiner, CIV3906, Civil Materials Practice
Asst Examiner, CIV3907, Civil System Practice
Asst Examiner, CIV4908, Civil Design Practice

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
18 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
9 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Dean (Research and Research Training) (July 2013 -)
Director, Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (July 2014 - Oct 2016)
Associate Dean (Academic) (Mar 2013- July 2013)
Deputy Associate Dean (Research) (Jun 2011- July 2013)
Head of Agricultural, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Dec 2009-Jun 2011)
Acting Associate Dean (Research) (Jul 2009-Dec 2009)
Deputy Director, Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (Apr 2007-Oct 2007)

Research most recent
Guades, E, Aravinthan, T & Islam, MM (2014) Characterisation of the mechanical properties of pultruded fibre-reinforced polymer tube. Materials and Design, 63. pp. 305-315. ISSN 0261-3069

Manalo, AC., Aravinthan, T & Karunasena, W (2013) Shear behaviour of glued structural fibre composite sandwich beams. Journal of Construction and Building Materials. 47. pp. 1317-1327. ISSN 0950-0618.

Lokuge, W & Aravinthan, T (2013) Effect of fly ash on the behaviour of polymer concrete with different types of resin. Materials and Design, 51. pp. 175-181. ISSN 0264-1275.

Research most notable
Aravinthan, T., Heldt, T and VanErp, G. (2005). A Strengthening System, international patent for innovative structural strengthening using externally prestressed fibre wraps. (PCT/AU2005/0011581).

Aravinthan, T, Karunasena, W and Wang, H, eds. (2008) Futures in mechanics of structures and materials., Proc. of 20th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM20), Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), London, Great Britain. 914 pages.

Aravinthan, T & Suntharavadivel TG (2007), Effect of Existing Shear Damage on Externally Post Tensioned Repair of bent Caps ASCE Structural Journal, vol. 133 no. 11, pp. 1662-1669.

Aravinthan, T., Mutsuyoshi, H. and Witchukreangkrai, E., (2005). Flexural Behavior of Two-Span Continuous Prestressed Concrete Girders with Large Eccentric External Tendons, ACI Structural Journal. Vol. 102, No. 3 pp 402-411.

Aravinthan, T. (2004). An Overview of Prestressed Concrete Technology in Australia, Journal of Prestressed Concrete, Japan, JPCEA. Vol. 46, No.1. pp. 34-41. (Invited paper).

Mutsuyoshi, H., Aravinthan, T., Hamada, Y. and Watanabe, M. (2002). Flexural Behavior of PC Girders with Large Eccentric External Tendons, Journal of Materials, Concrete Structures and Pavements, JSCE. Vol. 711, Part 5-56, pp. 15-26.

Publications in ePrints

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Van Erp, Gerard and Aravinthan, Thiru and Ghabraie, Kazem (2018) Evaluation of an innovative composite railway sleeper for a narrow-gauge track under static load. Journal of Composites for Construction, 22 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1090-0268

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Fam, Amir (2018) Flexural and shear behaviour of layered sandwich beams. Construction and Building Materials, 173. pp. 429-442. ISSN 0950-0618

Al-saadi, Ali Umran and Aravinthan, Thiru and Lokuge, Weena (2018) Structural applications of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite tubes: a review of columns members. Composite Structures, 204. pp. 513-524. ISSN 0263-8223

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru (2017) Behaviour of composite sandwich beams with different shear span-to-depth ratios. In: 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges (ACMSM24), 6-9 Dec 2016, Perth, Australia.

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru (2017) Bond behaviour of composite sandwich panel and epoxy polymer matrix: Taguchi design of experiments and theoretical predictions. Construction and Building Materials, 145. pp. 76-87. ISSN 0950-0618

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