RESEARCH CENTRE FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

Department of Civil Engineering is approved Research Centre under Anna University, Chennai.

            The Civil Engineering faculty are actively involved in several multi-faceted R&D and consulting activities with high relevance to industry and society. The Department is seeking resilient solutions to societal grand challenges, by combining global leadership in education with innovative research to create change.

 

Infrastructure facilities available in the R&D centre

Structural Engineering Laboratory

Loading frames of 200T and 50 T capacity to test structural elements,

Gantry girders and rails of 30m bay,

Data acquisition system and transducers for measuring load displacement, strain etc.,

Electro Dynamic Vibration system (100 kgf) with signal controller

Accelerometer

5T x 12 m. span SG Hot Crane with 6 m. lift height

Demountable mechanical strain gauge

Load Cell- 50T and 100T

Digital load and strain Indicators

Double acting Hydraulic Jacks with different capacities

LVDT - Range 50 and 100mm

Proving rings capacity: 5kN to 50kN

Hydraulic power pack 70 litres capacity

Crack detection microscope

Longitudinal Compressometer

Strength of Material Laboratory

Computarized Universal testing machine-100 T

Digital Compression testing machine-200 T

Impact testing machine

Spring testing machine

Hardness tester (Rockwell, Brinell and Vicker’s)

Extensometer

Proving rings (250 & 1000 KN)

Wood testing machine-50 KN (Digital)

Electronic weighing machine

Fatigue testing machine

Concrete Laboratory

Concrete Mixer machine

Concrete flow measuring devices

Digital Ultrasonic Concrete tester

Air permeability apparatus Blain's

Rebound Hammer

Accelerated curing tank

Corrosion monitoring equipment

Strain gauges

Computer & Internet Facilities

72 Terminals & 100 Mbps upstream and downstream uncompressed bandwidth from RelianceInfo. Com

AutoCAD, Primavera, ANSYS, STAAD PRO, SCAADS Design & Drafting Suite, SCAADS Building Estimator, STRAP, STRUDS, Mathcad,  AUTOCIVIL,  NISA & NISA-Civil and ADT 2.0.

FACULTY MEMBERS WITH PH.D. QUALIFICATION IN OUR R&D CENTRE

  1. Dr. S. Prabavathy
  2. Dr.P.Vincent @ Venkatesan
  3. Dr.P.Oliver Jayaprakash

SCHOLARS COMPLETED THEIR Ph.D IN OUR DEPARTMENT

1. Dr. S.Prabavathy, on the title “Behaviour of laterally loaded R.C frames with reinforced infills”

2. Dr.R.Kumutha, on the title “Behaviour of composite concrete columns”

3. Dr.L.Andal, on the title “Strength and durability of polymer and fly ash modified Ferro cement elements/StructuralEngg.”

4.Dr. L.Muthuramu, on the title “Flexural behavior of FRP concrete beams”

5. Dr. S.Rajagopal, on the title “Investigation on the effect of reinforcement in exterior beam column joints under reversal loadings”

6. Dr.M.Beenamol, on the title “Wavelet based seimic analysis of structures”

7.Dr.Jerlin Regin, on the title “A study on the behaviour of coconut shell in light weight concrete”

8. Dr. N.Nalanth, on the title “Study of behaviour of high performance concrete in beam column joints”

ON GOING DOCTORAL RESEARCH

Supervisor Name

Name of Scholars with Date / Month of Registration

Dr.S.Prabavathy

Mr.M.John Paul             

Part Time 

Jan 2011

Mr.A.Ravi      

Part Time 

July 2011

Ms.C.Chella Gifta

Part Time

July 2011

Mr.C.Ramesh Babu

Part Time

Dec 2012

Mrs.N.Chella Kavitha

Part Time

July 2015

Mrs.Sofia Rajesh

Part Time

Feb 2016

Ms.N.Anuja

Full Time

July 2014

Dr.P.Vincent

Mr. D. Thanagar

Part Time

July 2010

Mr. K. Letchem

Part Time

July 2012

Mrs. J.Jeyanthi

Part Time

July 2012

Mr. R.Theenathayalan

Part Time

June 2017

Mr. M.Thiruvannamalai

Part Time

June 2017

Ms. Muthumari

Part Time

June 2017

 

SPONSORED RESEARCH:

No. of projects from the inception : 19

Sanctioned amount : Rs. 97.5 lakhs

No. of projects in the last three years : 5

Sanctioned amount : Rs. 43.56 lakhs

SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS

DEVELOPMENT OF AUTOCLAVED FLY ASH BASED GEOPOLYMER CONCRETE FOR PRECAST AND PRESTRESSED STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

Geopolymer concrete is a concrete without cement with replacing cement by industrial waste pozzolanicmaterials such as fly ash, rice husk ash etc. Strength is attained not by hydration process but by polymerization process. It is the green concrete with minimized carbon emotion, less global warming, more durable concrete than conventional cement concrete. In this AICTE sponsored project, attempts are made to utilize high calcium content ASTM class C type fly ash and rice husk ash and partially replacing low calcium content ASTM class F type fly ash.Further, work is in  progress for applying the geopolymer concrete concept in pre-stressing system.

AUTOCLAVE AERATED CONCRETE

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is a non-combustible, lime-based cementitious building material that is expanding into new worldwide markets. The prominent advantage of aerated concrete is its lightweight, which economizes the design of supporting structures and inherent properties that include thermal insulation, acoustical insulation, and excellent fire protection ratings. In this research specimens of AAC for varying mix propositions of fly ash, cement, lime, aluminum powder and silica fume / GGPS were tested for density and compressive strength. The maximum compressive strength attained was 5.36N/mm2 with density of 957 kg/m3.

MODERNIZATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY

This project gave the opportunity to establish the modern testing facilities to analyze the Water and Air in environmental engineering lab. Testing on ambient gases by gas sample analyzers was acquired in the project budget. The instrument AAS-7000 series was purchased under project gave a wide scope in heavy metal analysis in the water. The pollution level of water and gases can be analyzed by using above instruments. By this project the environmental engineering lab facilities have been enhanced in the field of water and air analyzing.

Research work carried out:

Better incinerator practices have been developed for effective Bio-medical waste disposal

MODERNIZATION OF REMOTE SENSING AND GIS LABORATORY

This project gave the opportunity to establish the modern software facilities to establish and update the GIS lab. This lab has ARC GIS package and ENVI-Image processing software in addition to the top sheets and satellite imageries. By this project the GIS lab enhanced in the field of Geo special analysis of resources.

Research work carried out:

Water resources management for Virudhunagar District using Remote sensing and GIS

GIS based 3D noise pollution modeling for Virudhunagar Municipality

Coastal vulnerability analysis using remote sensing and GIS

OPTIMAL RESERVOIR OPERATION RULES FOR PILAVAKKAL SCHEME (VAIPPAR BASIN TAMIL NADU) USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BASED TECHNIQUES

The research project was proposed with an objective of developing optimal operation rules for pilavakkalscheme located in the Vaippar Basin of Virudhunagar District. The Objectives were achieved through application of Artificial Intelligence techniques like Neural Network, Genetic Programming and Genetic Algorithm. Based on the above techniques a user based Decision support system was developed and submitted to the PWD, virudhunagar for efficient operation of the above mentioned reservoir system.

Research works carried out:

Combined ANN and GP techniques for inflow prediction into a reservoir system with short and noisy time series data

FLY ASH TREATED BLACK COTTON SOIL BRICKS FOR VIRUDHUNAGAR DISTRICT

This project aimed at developing a technology for optimum mix of black cotton soil and fly ash with appropriate water content. Fly ash treated black cotton soil bricks was made using the block making machine with various proportions of fly ash and tested to arrive at the blocks with optimum strength.

THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES FOR JOINTS IN STRUCTURES

This project aimed at developing a model to analyze the T joints theoretically and verify the same using experimental procedure on the proto type made in steel. After repetitive tests, relationship between the variables were estimated and the model was built.

DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF IMPACT RESISTANCE STRUCTURES

Design and Analysis of Impact Resistance Structures was done by establishing the drop mass setup at structural engineering laboratory. The outcome of the study has a impact on accident vulnerability analysis of aircraft structures.

DYNAMIC TESTING FACILITIES FOR BLAST PRONE FIREWORKS INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURES IN THE RURAL TAMILNADU

Dynamic Testing Facilities for Blast Prone Fireworks Industrial Structures was setup in Structural Engg. Lab. It is capable of testing the prototypes of composite materials to test their capacity to with stand the dynamic load. It is the unique facility available in the structures laboratory sponsored by AICTE

ANALYSIS OF COLLAPSE MECHANISM OF THIN WALLED METALLIC SHELLS

Analysis of collapse mechanism of thin walled metallic shells used in fuselage construction of aircrafts. The outcomes are used in aircraft sheet metalling works and accident prevention due to impact reduction.

ESTABLISHMENT OF COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

Establishment of Computer aided Instructional resources production centre (CAIRPC) was established with latest state of the art hardware and software. The CAIRPC was used to produce compact disc on computer aided teaching materials on various elements of Civil Engg. to focus on Structural Engg. This project has a commended status.

 

Thrust Areas in Research

The department has excellent laboratory and computing facilities to support frontier research in the diverse specializations of Civil Engineering. Some of the thrust areas in research that can be carried out in this research centre in different specializations are listed below.

  • Special concrete
  • Durability characteristics of concrete
  • Model analysis of structures
  • Performance of Reinforced and prestressed concrete elements
  • Steel and steel-concrete composite structures
  • Structural and computational mechanics
  • Deterministic and probabilistic structural dynamics
  • Earthquake resistant design, retrofitting and testing
  • Fracture mechanics
  • FRP composite structures
  • Structural reliability and optimization
  • Reinforcement corrosion
  • Non- linear analysis of structures
  • Finite element applications in structural analysis and Design
  • Ground water modelling, Contaminant transport in porous media
  • Environmental & water resource systems analysis & design
  • Irrigation water management, Integrated water quality modelling
  • Hydraulic modelling and Environmental hydraulics
  • Climate change, Flood and drought assessment
  • Air and water pollution monitoring
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Water Conservation Techniques
  • Soft computing Techniques in Water Management