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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


Civil Engineering PhD June 30 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A pozzolanic supplementary material to reinforce class G cement used for drilling and completion operations, Abid, K., Gholami, R., Tiong, M., Nagaratnam, B., Sarmadivaleh, M., Mostofi, M., Bing, C., Muktadir, G. 1 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
  • A Proposed Performance Based Approach for Life Cycle Assessment of Reinforced Blended Cement Concrete, Hafez, H., Cheung, W., Nagaratnam, B., Kurda, R. 13 Jul 2019, Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5), London, Kingston University London
  • Comparative life cycle assessment between imported and recovered fly ash for blended cement concrete in the UK, Hafez, H., Kurda, R., Cheung, W., Nagaratnam, B. 7 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Review on Fire Performance of Cellular Lightweight Concrete, Upasiri, I., Konthesingha, K., Poologanathan, K., Nanayakkara, S., Nagaratnam, B. 7 Aug 2019, ICSBE 2018, Springer
  • Strength and microstructural characteristics of palm oil fuel ash and fly ash as binary and ternary blends in Self-Compacting concrete, Nagaratnam, B., Mannan, M., Rahman, M., Mirasa, A., Richardson, A., Nabinejad, O. 30 Mar 2019, In: Construction and Building Materials
  • Workability and heat of hydration of self-compacting concrete incorporating agro-industrial waste, Nagaratnam, B., Rahman, M., Mirasa, A., Mannan, M., Lame, S. 20 Jan 2016, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • A review on cement degradation under CO2-rich environment of sequestration projects, Abid, K., Gholami, R., Choate, P., Nagaratnam, B. 1 Nov 2015, In: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Durability Properties of Medium Strength Self-Compacting Concrete with High-Volume Fly Ash and Blended Aggregates, Nagaratnam, B., Faheem, A., Rahman, M., Mannan, M., Leblouba, M. 2015, In: Periodica Polytechnica: Civil Engineering
  • Self compacting concrete from uncontrolled burning of rice husk and blended fine aggregate, Rahman, M., Muntohar, A., Pakrashi, V., Nagaratnam, B., Sujan, D. Mar 2014, In: Materials & Design
  • Workability of Self-Compacting Concrete Using Blended Waste Materials, Nagaratnam, B., Rahman, M., Mirasa, A., Mannan, M. Oct 2014, In: Advanced Materials Research

PGR Supervision

  • Thadshajini Suntharalingam Start: 01/10/2018
  • Jeffri Ramli Start: 01/10/2018


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