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Dr Brabha Nagaratnam

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Brabha Nagaratnam 

Dr. Brabha Nagaratnam is a Senior Lecturer and Year Tutor (Level 4) in the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University.  She is a structural engineer with a sustainable and value engineering background. Her career commenced in the construction industry working in structural design firms in large value construction projects, mostly in Kuala Lumpur and Dublin, for 5 years prior to joining academia. Previously, at Curtin University and Dublin Institute of Technology, she lectured in the area of Construction Materials and Structural Analysis and Design for 15 years. Her research focus is in innovative and sustainable construction materials, green asphaltic concrete, analysis and design of structures, fire safety and structural investigations, repair and strengthening. She believes that all future build should have as little impact on the environment as possible and use as many natural materials as possible in order to keep wastage at a minimum. She has developed several new construction materials such as high-performance concrete including quarry dust and self-consolidating concrete with agricultural and industrial wastes. She is also an active researcher with numerous publication in Q1 Journals ad is currently a reviewer for International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials.


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Campus Address

Ellison Building ELB117
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

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  • A-State-Of-The-Art review on modular building connections, Rajanayagam, H., Poologanathan, K., Perampalam, G., Varelis, G., Sherlock, P., Nagaratnam, B., Hackney, P. 1 Dec 2021, In: Structures
  • A whole life cycle performance-based ECOnomic and ECOlogical assessment framework (ECO2) for concrete sustainability, Hafez, H., Kurda, R., Al-Ayish, N., Garcia-Segura, T., Cheung, W., Nagaratnam, B. 10 Apr 2021, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Behaviour of Lightweight Concrete Wall Panel under Axial Loading: Experimental and Numerical Investigation toward Sustainability in Construction Industry, Rahman, M., Ting, T., Lau, H., Nagaratnam, B., Poologanathan, K. 6 Dec 2021, In: Buildings
  • Bending-shear interaction of cold-formed stainless steel lipped channel sections, Dissanayake Mudiyanselage, M., Poologanathan, K., Gunalan, S., Tsavdaridis, K., Wanniarachchi, S., Nagaratnam, B. 1 Apr 2021, In: Structures
  • Crack Detection and Localisation in Steel-Fibre-Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete Using Triaxial Accelerometers, Ramli, J., Coulson, J., Martin, J., Nagaratnam, B., Poologanathan, K., Cheung, W. 14 Mar 2021, In: Sensors
  • Development of affordable steel-framed modular buildings for emergency situations (Covid-19), Gatheeshgar, P., Poologanathan, K., Gunalan, S., Shyha, I., Sherlock, P., Rajanayagam, H., Nagaratnam, B. 1 Jun 2021, In: Structures
  • Effect of Polypropylene fibres on the Workability parameters of Extrudable Cementitious Material, Suntharalingam, T., Poologanathan, K., Nagaratnam, B., Hackney, P., Ramli, J. 2021, ICSECM 2019, Singapore, Springer
  • Energy Performance of 3D-Printed Concrete Walls: A Numerical Study, Suntharalingam, T., Upasiri, I., Perampalam, G., Poologanathan, K., Nagaratnam, B., Santos, P., Rajanayagam, H. 25 Sep 2021, In: Buildings
  • Evaluation of fire performance of lightweight concrete wall panels using finite element analysis, Upasiri, I., Konthesingha, C., Nanayakkara, A., Poologanathan, K., Nagaratnam, B., Perampalam, G. 14 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Structural Fire Engineering
  • Fire performance of innovative 3D printed concrete composite wall panels – A Numerical Study, Suntharalingam, T., Perampalam, G., Upasiri, I., Poologanathan, K., Nagaratnam, B., Corradi, M., Nuwanthikaa, D. 1 Dec 2021, In: Case Studies in Construction Materials

PGR Supervision

  • Heshachanaa Rajanayagam Development of Innovative Modular Bracing and Connections Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • Sifan Mohamed Muhamad Ibrahim Development of Lightweight Ultra High Performance Green Concrete Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Thadshajini Suntharalingam 3D Printed Concrete Structures with increased Structural, Fire and Energy Performance: Experimental and Numerical Study Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Jeffri Ramli Strengthening of shear walls using fibre-reinforced self-compacting concrete Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Ross Dobson Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 08/01/2020


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