Seminar - Infrastructure Innovations in Australia using Composites by Professor Thiru Aravinthan
Date: 18 December 2015 (Friday)
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The application of composites in infrastructure has substantially increased around the world in the last two decades. Breakthrough research and developments on composite materials and structures over the years have paved way to increased infrastructure applications and acceptance of composites among engineers and asset owners. In Australia, the pioneering work was initiated at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) within the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) resulting in the first Australian fibre composite bridge in 2002. Since then, projects involving new and innovative design and structural concepts to make engineered composites a suitable solution in civil infrastructure have emerged in Australia. This presentation will highlight some of the innovative applications on composites in civil infrastructure in Australia. The challenges faced in applying this emerging technology in civil infrastructure will be discussed including the need for appropriate education and training of students and young engineers.
Professor Thiru Aravinthan is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) at University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He is a Charted Professional Engineer in Australia and a registered Professional Engineer at Oregon State, USA. His expertise includes fibre composites structures, prestressed concrete technology, structural rehabilitation and engineering education. Prof Aravinthan is actively involved in national and international organisations including Engineers Australia, Composite Australia and Council Member of International Institute for FRP in Construction. He has over 25 years of engineering experience in the industry, research and academia and involved in several industry funded projects. He was awarded the USQ Award for Excellence in Research in 2003 (Early Career) and 2009 (Open Category) and several other teaching excellence awards. He was part of the team that was awarded the prestigious JEC Europe 2014 Innovation Award in the oil and gas category for the development of a novel composite clamp for pipeline repair.