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Dr. Gobithas Tharmarajah

Senior Lecturer (HG) & Executive Director/Value Engineering Cell

Faculty of Engineering | Civil Engineering

Career Summary

Gobithas Tharmarajah is an engineer by training and an academic by profession. After completing his first degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2007, he completed his doctoral studies in the area of Structural Engineering at the Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom in 2011. His doctoral study was on the application of FRP bars in in-plane restrained slabs. This research and other previous studies on in-plane restrained slabs have facilitated construction of the first BFRP reinforced bridge decks in the UK. 

He then joined Athlon Institute of Technolgy in the Republic of Ireland to work on a project that focused on optimizing underground service chambers. At the completion of this project, he returned to Sri Lanka in 2013 and joined SLIIT as a Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade) in the Department of Civil Engineering. He currently holds the same position at SLIIT and engaged in teaching and research in the area of structural engineering. His research interests and teaching interests are listed below.

Research Interests

  • Application of natural, steel and plastic fibres in advanced concrete such as Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC)
  • Application of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement in civil infrastructure to enhance sustainability
  • Nonlinear analysis of Composite Structures
  • Modular Structures
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete Structures for Corrosion

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Engineering Mechanics

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, 2011
  • B.Sc. Engineering (1st Honours) in Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2007 

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • ORSAS Fellowship, Queen’s University Belfast (2007 - 2010)
  • Best Civil Engineering Comprehensive Design Project, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2007)
  • Deans List honor for outstanding GPA, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2004 - 2006)

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Application of natural, steel and plastic fibres in advanced concrete such as Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC)
  • Application of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement in civil infrastructure to enhance sustainability
  • Nonlinear analysis of Composite Structures
  • Modular Structures
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete Structures for Corrosion

Memberships

  • Member, Institution of Engineers, Australia
  • Member, American Concrete Institute, Michigan, USA
  • Associate Member, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
  • Associate Member, ACI 440 Committee for FRP Reinforcement

Ongoing Research

  • Natural fibres in cement-based composites
  • Development of Bridge Health Monitoring System
  • Numerical evaluation of FRP Reinforced Flexural Members.

My Publications

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