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Professor Thiru Aravinthan

Professor Thiru Aravinthan
Name Thiru Aravinthan
Position Head of School (Civil Engineering and Surveying)
Section School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Office Z414
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 )
  • ( 401609 )
  • ( 400505 )
  • ( 401602 )
  • ( 409900 )
  • ( 400510 )
  • ( 401600 )

Research interests
Composites in civil and structural engineering
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
Engineering Executive (EngExec), Engineers Australia
Chartered Professional Engineer (Civil, Structural, Leadership & Management) and Fellow of Engineers Australia
Registered Professional Engineer (Civil Engineering), Oregon State, USA
APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aus) (Civil Engineering, Leadership and Management, Structural Engineering)

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

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Current courses:
Examiner, ENG4110 - Engineering Research Methodology
Examiner, RES9510 - Confirmation of Candidature (Lab)
Asst Examiner, CIV3506 - Concrete Structures
Moderator, CIV8803 - Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites
Moderator, 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)
20 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
9 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Dean (Research and Research Training) (July 2013 - Sept 2019)
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
Al-saadi, A, Aravinthan, T & Lokuge, W (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, W, Manalo, A, Aravinthan, T, & Fam, A (2018) Flexural and shear behaviour of layered sandwich beams. Construction and Building Materials, 173. pp. 429-442. ISSN 0950-0618.

Manalo, A, Aravinthan, T, Fam, A, & Benmokrane, B (2017) State-of-the-art review on FRP sandwich systems for lightweight civil infrastructure. Journal of Composites for Construction, 21 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1090-0268.

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

Alhawamdeh, Mohammad and Alajarmeh, Omar and Aravinthan, Thiru and Shelley, TristanORCID: and Schubel, Peter and Kemp, Michael and Zeng, Xuesen (2021) Modelling hollow pultruded FRP profiles under axial compression: Local buckling and progressive failure. Composite Structures, 262:113650. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0263-8223

Mehrinejad Khotbehsara, Mojdeh and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Benmokrane, Brahim and Nguyen, Kate T. Q. (2021) Synergistic effects of hygrothermal conditions and solar ultraviolet radiation on the properties of structural particulate-filled epoxy polymer coatings. Construction and Building Materials, 277:122336. ISSN 0950-0618

Mehrinejad Khotbehsara, Mojdeh and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Nguyen, Kate T.Q. and Hota, Gangarao (2020) Ageing of particulate-filled epoxy resin under hygrothermal conditions. Construction and Building Materials, 249:118846. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0950-0618

Mehrinejad Khotbehsara, Mojdeh and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Turner, Joanna and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Hota, Gangarao (2020) Effects of ultraviolet solar radiation on the properties of particulate-filled epoxy based polymer coating. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 181:109352. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0141-3910

Al-Saadi, A.U. and Aravinthan, T. and Lokuge, W. (2020) Numerical Investigation on Hollow Pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer Tube Columns. In: 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), 4–7 Dec, 2018, Brisbane, Australia.

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