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Dr. Keerthan Poologanathan

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

 Keerthan Poologanathan

Dr Keerthan Poologanathan is currently a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Northumbria University. Dr Poologanathan has more than 10 years of experience in R & D in steel structures (Cold-formed and Hot-rolled), thin-walled structures, optimization of steel sections, hollow flange beams, innovative steel products and systems, fire safety of buildings, light gauge steel frames, stainless steel, aluminium structures, lightweight concrete, enhanced plasterboard, phase change materials, thermal and mechanical properties at elevated temperature, modular building systems, advanced numerical modelling, genetic algorithm, energy performance of buildings, fibre composites for retrofitting and rehabilitation of structures. He has published more than 150 research papers. Since 2010 Dr Poologanathan have been working as a principal or an associate supervisor of 15 higher degree research students (12 PhD Students and 3 Masters Students). Dr Poologanathan’s current research projects have strong connections with the steel and concrete industry. He has worked closely with many industry partners, including: MMC Engineers, Intelligent Steel, EOS Facade, Etex, Promat, Cemex, Knauf Plasterboards, OneSteel Tube Mills, Henrob UK and Australia - Self Piercing Rivet Solutions for Manufacturers, etc. He is also BSI’s B/525/9 structural use of aluminium subcommittee member. His research on cold-formed steel beams now features in Australian codes of practice (AS/NZS 4600, 2018). Since 2012 He has secured 3 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants (More than one million AUD). He also secured number of research grants from industry partners (ERDF Industrial Intensive Innovation Programme (IIIP) with Lynx Precast, Collaborative PhD Project with MMC Engineers).

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Campus Address

Ellison Building ELB117
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

+44 (0) 191 227 3077

Qualifications

Ph.D.

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

Steel structures (Cold-formed and Hot-rolled), thin-walled structures, optimization of steel sections, hollow flange beams, innovative steel products and systems, fire safety of buildings, light gauge steel frames, stainless steel, aluminium structures, lightweight concrete, enhanced plasterboard, phase change materials, thermal and mechanical properties at elevated temperature, modular building systems, advanced numerical modelling, genetic algorithm, energy performance of buildings, fibre composites for retrofitting and rehabilitation of structures.

Professional Activity

Jul 2015  –  2017: Lecturer, QUT, Australia

Jan 2013  – Jul 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow, QUT, Australia

Feb 2010  – Dec 2012: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, QUT, Australia

Feb 2007 – Oct 2009: PhD Researcher, QUT, Australia

Feb 2007  – Jul 2015: Sessional Academic Staff (Tutor), QUT, Australia

Sponsors and Collaborators

Lynx Precast Concrete, Ashington, Northumberland, UK

Intelligent Steel, Peterlee, Durham, UK

MMC Engineers ltd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

EOS Façade, Newton Aycliffe, Durham, UK

Etex, Bristol, UK

Cemex, Newcastle, UK

Current/Recent Projects

ERDF Industrial Intensive Innovation Programme (IIIP) with Lynx Precast, Ashington – September 2018

Collaborative PhD Projects with MMC Engineers – September 2018

Key Publications/Outputs

Keerthan, P. and Mahendran, M. (2010), Experimental Studies on the Shear Behaviour and Strength of LiteSteel Beams, Engineering Structures, Vol. 32, pp. 3235-3247.

Keerthan, P. and Mahendran, M. (2012), Numerical Studies of Gypsum Plasterboards under Fire Conditions, Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 53, pp. 105-119. 

Keerthan, P. and Mahendran, M. (2012), Numerical Modelling of Non-Load Bearing Light Gauge Cold-formed Steel Frame Walls under Fire Conditions, Journal of Fire Science, Vol. 30, pp.375-403.

Keerthan, P. and Mahendran, M. (2015), Improved Shear Design Rules of Cold-formed Steel Beams, Engineering Structures, pp.603–615.

Sundararajah, L., Mahendran, M., and Keerthan, P. (2017), Web Crippling Studies of SupaCee Sections under Two Flange Load Cases, Engineering Structures, Vol.153, pp. 582-597.

Imran, M., Mahendran, M., and Keerthan, P. (2017), Mechanical Properties of Cold-formed Steel Tubular Sections at Elevated Temperatures, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 143, pp. 131-147.

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Current Projects

  • Mechanical Performance of precast steel fibre reinforced concrete
  • Integration of 3D printing and topology optimization for load bearing masonry blocks with enhanced fire and energy performance
  • Structural Behaviour of Stainless Steel Beams Subject to Shear and “Combined Bending and Shear” Actions
  • Optimisation of Cold Form Steel Beams for Modular Building Applications
  • Life Cycle Analysis of Various Supplementary Cementitious Materials


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