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Dr Keerthan Poologanathan

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr Keerthan Poologanathan is an Associate Professor and the Head of Structural Engineering at Northumbria University. Dr Poologanathan has more than 12 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 200 research papers.  

 

Since 2010 Dr Poologanathan has been working as a principal or an associate supervisor of more than 30 PhD students. His research is strongly supported by the UK and Australian steel industry. His work on cold-formed steel beams is already featured in Australian codes of practice (AS/NZS 4600, 2018) and he is also part of BSI’s B/525/9 “Structural use of Aluminium” subcommittee member and Eurocode 3. His research has been funded by the Innovative UK, European Union, Industry partners, Australian Research Council (ARC). He has secured ERDF IIIP PhD projects, collaborative PhD projects and KTP projects. 

 

Selected Grants 

1) Principal Investigator - Knowledge Transfer Partnership with ESS Modular Construction, Ireland on Innovative Modular Building Connections (2020 to 2022).  

2) Principal Supervisor - Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Redbrooks/Northumbria University) Development of Composite Structures - Long Span Flooring Systems”. (2020) 

3)  Principal Investigator - ERDF Industrial Intensive Innovation Programme, James Christopher Consulting Ltd, Newcastle (2019 to 2022) 

4) Principal Investigator - ERDF Industrial Intensive Innovation Programme (IIIP) (NU/The Home Engineers) (2020 to 2023) 

5) Principal Investigator - Collaborative PhD Project, James Christopher Consulting Ltd, Newcastle (2019 to 2022) 

6) Principal Investigator - Collaborative PhD Project, Northumbria University – Extraspace Solutions Ltd (2019 to 2022)  

7) Principal Investigator - Collaborative PhD Project, James Christopher Consulting Ltd, Newcastle (2022 to 2025) 

8) Principal Investigator - Collaborative PhD Project, James Christopher Consulting Ltd, Newcastle (2022 to 2025) 

9) Co-Investigator - European Regional Development Fund NU/Lynx Precast on Self Compacting Concrete Floor Slabs Containing Fibres (2019 to 2022) 

10) Co-Investigator - European Regional Development Fund NU/Bespoke Concrete on Ultra High-Performance Concrete Thin Slabs (2020 to 2023) 

Research Supervision

1) 10/2020–09/2023 (exp. completion). Elilarasi Kanthasamy. Development of innovative modular construction beam. (ERDF – Home Designers) Principal Supervisor  

2) 10/2018–09/2021 (Completed) Gatheeshgar Perampalam. Optimum design of cold-formed steel beams for modular building applications. Principal Supervisor 

3) 10/2019–09/2022 (exp. completion). Kurugamage Dilini Nuwanthika Perera. Fire Performance of Affordable and High-Quality Modular Building Systems (Collaborative PhD-Extraspace Solutions Ltd). Principal Supervisor 

4) 10/2018-9/2021 (Completed): DM Madhushan Priyankara Dissanayake. Structural Behaviour of Stainless-Steel Beams Subjected to Shear, Bending, and Combined Bending and Shear Actions. Principal Supervisor 

5) 10/2019-9/2022(exp. completion): Deighton Widdowfield Small. Development of Innovative Timber Panels and Connections for Non-Standard Arrangement (ERDF- James Christopher Consulting Ltd). Principal Supervisor 

6) 10/2019-9/2022(exp. completion): Alex McIntosh. Web Crippling Design of Optimised Cold-Formed Channel Beams (Collaborative PhD- James Christopher Consulting Ltd). Principal Supervisor 

7) 10/2021-9/2024 (exp. completion): Sareh Akbarpoor, Sustainable structural strengthening for improving the service-life of concrete structures. Co-Supervisor 

8) 01/2021-01/2024 (exp. completion): Fitsum Haile, Reinforcement of Masonry and Timber Structures with Advanced Materials. Co-Supervisor 

9) 10/2020-9/2023 (exp. completion): Muhamad Sifan, Durability of Ultra High Performance Concrete. (ERDF-Bespoke Concrete Funded) Co-Supervisor 

10) 01/2021-01/2024 (exp. completion): Heshachanaa Rajanayagam. Development of Innovative Modular Bracing and Connections. Co-Supervisor 

11) 2018-2022 (expected completion): Jeffri Ramli, Experimental and Numerical Studies of Steel Fibre Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete Walls. (ERDF-Lynx Funded) Co-Supervisor 

12) 10/2018-9/2021 (completed): Thadshajini Suntharalingam. 3D Printed Concrete Structures with increased Structural Performance: Experimental and Numerical Study. (RDF Funded) Co-Supervisor

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member of Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures
  • Member of Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures
  • Editorial Board Members: Buildings
  • – Journal Reviewer:
    • Structures
    • Thin-Walled Structures
    • Journal of Constructional Steel Research
    • Journal of Building Engineering
    • Engineering Structures
    • Fire Safety Journal
    • Fire and Material
  • MERcon 2020 Conference co-chair, the 7th International Multidisciplinary Engineering Research Conference organized by University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Special Awards and Achievements

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT (2011)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT (2012)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT (2014)
  • Dean’s Excellence Award for Outstanding HDR Student, QUT (2010)
  • Outstanding Higher Degree Research Award, QUT (2009)
  • Holcim Award for Best Undergraduate Project  (2006)
  • Building and Structural Engineering Award for Civil Engineering Student    (2006)

 

Keerthan Poologanathan

Campus Address

Ellison Building ELB117
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Design of roll-formed aluminium lipped channel sections with web opening subjected to web crippling under end-two-flange load case, Alsanat, H., Gunalan, S., Gatheeshgar, P., Poologanathan, K., Thabet, A. 1 May 2022, In: Journal of Building Engineering
  • Evaluation of inter-modular connection behaviour under lateral loads: An experimental and numerical study, Rajanayagam, H., Gunawardena, T., Mendis, P., Poologanathan, K., Gatheeshgar, P., Dissanayake, M., Corradi, M. 1 Jul 2022, In: Journal of Constructional Steel Research
  • Experimental investigation of roll-formed aluminium lipped channel beams subjected to combined bending and web crippling, Nguyen, A., Gunalan, S., Keerthan, P., Guan, H., Aghdamy, S. 1 Feb 2022, In: Thin-Walled Structures
  • Experimental investigation of timber samples under triaxial compression conditions, Thamboo, J., Navaratnam, S., Poologanathan, K., Corradi, M. 28 Jun 2022, In: Journal of Building Engineering
  • Finite element analysis of lightweight concrete-filled LSF walls exposed to realistic design fire, Upasiri, I., Konthesingha, C., Nanayakkara, A., Poologanathan, K., Perampalam, G., Perera, D. 17 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Structural Fire Engineering
  • Finite Element Modelling to predict the Fire performance of Bio-inspired 3D Printed Concrete wall panels exposed to realistic fire, Suntharalingam, T., Upasiri, I., Nagaratnam, B., Poologanathan, K., Gatheeshgar, P., Tsavdaridis, K., Perera, D. 24 Jan 2022, In: Buildings
  • Fire Performance Analyses of Modular Wall Panel Designs with Loadbearing SHS Columns, Perera, D., Upasiri, I., Poologanathan, K., Gatheeshgar, P., O'Grady, K., Rezazadeh, M., Rajanayagam, H., Hewavitharana, T. 21 May 2022, In: Case Studies in Construction Materials
  • Fire performance of lightweight concrete-filled LSF wall panels, Upasiri, I., Konthesigha, K., Nanayakkara, S., Poologanathan, K., Gatheeshgar, P., Perera, D. 1 Jun 2022, In: Structures
  • Flexural behaviour and design of hollow flange cold-formed steel beam filled with lightweight normal and lightweight high strength concrete, Sifan, M., Gatheeshgar, P., Navaratnam, S., Nagaratnam, B., Poologanathan, K., Thamboo, J., Suntharalingam, T. 1 May 2022, In: Journal of Building Engineering
  • Novel conventional and modular LSF wall panels with improved fire performance, Perera, D., Poologanathan, K., Gillie, M., Gatheeshgar, P., Sherlock, P., Upasiri, I., Rajanayagam, H. 1 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Building Engineering

  • Elilarasi Kanthasamy DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE MODULAR CONSTRUCTION BEAMS Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Alex McIntosh Web Crippling Design of Optimised Cold-Formed Channel Beams Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Deighton Widdowfield Small Development of Innovative Timber Panels and Connections for Non-Standard Arrangements Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Kurugamage Perera Fire Performance of Affordable and High Quality Modular Building Systems Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Madhushan Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Structural Behaviour of Stainless Steel Beams Subject to Shear, Bending, and Combined Bending and Shear Actions Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 02/03/2022
  • Gatheeshgar Perampalam Optimum Design of Cold-Formed Steel Beams for Structural and Modular Building Applications Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 26/10/2021

Engineering PhD June 30 2010

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.

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

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

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

Collaborative PhD Projects with MMC Engineers – September 2018

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.

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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Flexural behaviour of hardwood and softwood beams with mechanically connected GFRP plates. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Design of SupaCee Sections Subject to Web Crippling under One-Flange Load Cases. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Experimental and numerical investigations of CFRP strengthened short SHS steel columns. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Heat transfer modelling of CFRP strengthened and insulated steel tubular columns. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • State-space Levy solution for size-dependent static, free vibration and buckling behaviours of functionally graded sandwich plates. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Predicting the fire performance of LSF walls made of web stiffened channel sections. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Section moment capacity design rules for rivet fastened rectangular hollow flange channel beams. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Lateral distortional buckling of rivet fastened rectangular hollow flange channel beams. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Experimental Shear Study of Rivet-Fastened Rectangular Hollow Flange Channel Beams with Web Openings. Publication Status: Published 2018
  • Mechanical properties of cold-formed steel tubular sections at elevated temperatures. Publication Status: Published 2018

Engineering PhD June 30 2010


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