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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
  • 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. 20 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Crack healing in cementitious materials including test methods, Richardson, A., Nagaratnam, B., Coventry, K., Brandy, D., Amess, L. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Green Building
  • Review on Fire Performance of Cellular Lightweight Concrete, Upasiri, I., Konthesingha, K., Poologanathan, K., Nanayakkara, S., Nagaratnam, B. 2020, ICSBE 2018, Springer
  • Structural behaviour of optimised cold-formed steel beams, Perampalam, G., Poologanathan, K., Gunalan, S., Nagaratnam, B., Tsavdaridis, K., Ye, J. 25 Feb 2020, In: Steel Construction
  • 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
  • A Systematic Review of the Discrepancies in Life Cycle Assessments of Green Concrete, Hafez, H., Kurda, R., Cheung, W., Nagaratnam, B. 10 Nov 2019, In: Applied Sciences
  • Effect of polypropylene fibres on the workability parameters of extrudable cementitious materials, Suntharalingam, T., Nagaratnam, B., Poologanathan, K., Hackney, P., Ramli, J. 15 Nov 2019
  • Finite Element Analyses of Cold-formed Stainless Steel Beams Subject to Shear, Dissanayake Mudiyanselage, M., Poologanathan, K., Gunalan, S., Tsavdaridis, K., Nagaratnam, B. 16 Sep 2019, In: ce/papers: the online collection for conference papers in civil engineering
  • Flexural Behaviour of optimised cold-formed steel beams with sleeve stiffened web openings, Perampalam, G., Poologanathan, K., Gunalan, S., Tsavdaridis, K., Nagaratnam, B. 15 Nov 2019

PGR Supervision

  • Thadshajini Suntharalingam Start: 01/10/2018
  • Jeffri Ramli Start: 01/10/2018
  • Ross Dobson Start: 01/10/2019


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