Professor David Thambiratnam

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As a structural engineer, David Thambiratnam uses new materials and sensor technologies along with innovative designs to deliver safe and efficient infrastructure that performs well under normal loads, and withstands under random and extreme events such as vibration, impacts, explosions and earthquakes. The materials used to mitigate the adverse effects during such events have a wide range and serve to either strengthen the structure or absorb energy imparted by the extreme event. His research will require materials testing, structural testing at Banyo and extensive advanced modelling using HPC facilities.
Short Biography

David Thambiratnam is a Professor in the school of Civil and Environmental Engineering and leads the Infrastructure Safety Research Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with First Class Honours, Master of Science in structural engineering and a PhD in structural dynamics. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. David teaches Advanced Structural Analysis, Structural Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis at QUT. He is a foundation member of the Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM) and serves as an advisory board member. His research interests are in structural dynamics with applications in: response of structures and their mitigation under random and extreme loadings; use of new materials technology and innovative designs towards this; and structural health monitoring and use of new sensor technologies. David has carried out several projects, with many of them supported by ARC or Industry Grants. At present he jointly holds 2 ARC Discovery Grants, 2 ARC LIEF Grants and 1 ARC ITTC Grant. He has supervised over 80 PhD students to successful completion and has authored over 450 publications.

Selected Publications

“Structural Performance Evaluation of Innovative Composite Pedestrian Arch Bridge” Ali, S; Thambiratnam, D.P.; Fawzia, S; Nguyen, K.D.; Leung, F.Y. Struct. Infrastruct. Eng. 2020, 1-12.

“A Parametric Study: High Performance Double Skin Tubular Column using Rubberised Concrete” Khusru, S; Fawzia, S; Thambiratnam, D.P.; Elchalakani, M. Compos. Struct. 2020, 235, 111741.

“Performance of Protective Concrete Runway Pavement under Aircraft Impact Loading” Ali, S; Fawzia, S; Thambiratnam, D.P.; Liu, X; Remennikov, A.M. Struct. Infrastruct. Eng. 2020, 1-13.

“Characterisation of Polymer Cement Mortar Composites Containing Carbon Fibre or Auxetic Fabric Overlays and Inserts under Flexure” Asad, M; Dhanasekar, M; Zahra, T; Thambiratnam, D.P. Constr Build Mater. 2019, 224, 863-879.

“Study of the Mechanical Performance of the Improved Multi-layer Composites under Drop Weight Impact Loads” Ali, S; Liu, X; Fawzia, S; Thambiratnam, D.P. Int. J. Struct. Stab. Dyn. 2020, in press.