Professor David Thambiratnam

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Role in the Centre

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

“Mitigation of track buckling in transition zones of steel bridges by geotextile reinforcement of the ballast layer.” Miri, A., Zakeri, J. A., Thambiratnam, D. P., & Chan, T. H. T. (2022). Geotextiles and Geomembranes50(2), 282-292.

“Performance of CFRP strengthened full-scale SHS connections subjected to cyclic loading”. Tafsirojjaman, T., Thambiratnam, D. P., Sulong, N. R., & Fawzia, S. (2022).  Thin-Walled Structures175, 109211.

“Recent advances in auxetics: Applications in cementitious composites.” Gan, Z., Zhuge, Y., Thambiratnam, D. P., Chan, T. H., Zahra, T., & Asad, M. (2022). International Journal of Protective Structures, 20414196211062620.

“Geometrically modified auxetic polyurethane foams and their potential application in impact mitigation of masonry structures”. Asad, M., Zahra, T., Thambiratnam, D. P., Chan, T. H., & Zhuge, Y. (2021). Construction and Building Materials311, 125170.

“Experimental testing of novel hybrid rubberised concrete double skin tubular columns with filament wound CFRP tube under axial compressive loading” Khusru, S., Thambiratnam, D. P., Elchalakani, M., & Fawzia, S. (2021). Composite Structures276, 114568.