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Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Civil Engineering

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Name
Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam
Position(s)
Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Civil Engineering
Discipline *
Civil Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 2513
Fax
+61 7 3138 1170
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Engineers Australia (MIEAust)

Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (AMIE, SL)

The International Association for Fire Safety Science  (IAFSS, UK)

 

Keywords

Fire safety, Light gauge Steel Framed (LSF) walls, Realistic design fires, Bushfire resistant buildings, Finite element analyses (FEA), Fire design, Fire protective boards, Cold-formed steel structures, Full scale fire tests, Structural fire engineering

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Anthony’s research focuses on Structural Fire Engineering. His research is addressing the Fire Resistant and Lightweight Wall Systems using innovative stud sections and cement blocks, enhanced gypsum plasterboards and insulations with a view of improving the Fire Resistance Rating of wall systems.

Anthony is a DECRA Fellow in School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment. His project aims to develop fire safe building solutions with lightweight wall block and enhanced fire resistance characteristics for use in wall systems in the emerging mid-rise cold-formed steel buildings and in bushfire safe rooms. It will use material and thermal characterization studies, thermal and structural numerical models and fire tests of wall panels and compartment. This project will generate new knowledge on lightweight blocks and fire safety.

Anthony is part of a productive research team “Wind and Fire Engineering Lab” at QUT, lead by Professor Mahen MahendranDr Keerthan Poologanathan (Postdoctoral Research Fellow – DECRA and Lecturer), Dr Kesawan Sivakumar (Research Fellow) and 12 Higher Degree Students (PhDs and Masters).

Anthony’s PhD was titled “Fire Performance and Design of Light Gauge Steel Frame Wall Systems Exposed to Realistic Design Fires“. This study investigated the fire performance and design of cold-formed steel frame walls under realistic fires which occur in modern building environment. This novel research has improved the understanding of fire severity in modern buildings and developed valuable design tools for the fire design of cold-formed steel walls. Anthony has presented his work at various international and national conferences and published research articles in referred journals (QUT eprints / ResearchGate / Google Scholar).

Research Interests

  • Real building fire performances of Wall Panels
  • Bushfire performance of Structural Members
  • Fire safety of Cold-formed Steel Wall Panels
  • Thermal Properties of  Wall Linings (Gypsum Plasterboard, Calcium Silicate Board and Magnesium Oxide Board) and Insulation Materials
  • Structural and Thermal Finite Element Modelling of Structural Members under Fire Conditions
  • Structural behaviour of Cold-formed Steel Members

Academic Qualifications

  • August 2013 – PhD in Structural Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Australia.
  • August 2006 – Bachelor of the Science of Engineering (First Class Honours), University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sri Lanka.

Awards and Achievements

  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) – 2017.
  • Vice Chancellor’s Performance Awards – 2014 and 2017.
  • Nominated for the QUT Outstanding Thesis Award, August 2013.
  • Outstanding Higher Degree Research Student (HDR) Award, QUT – July 2012.
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) for PhD studies at QUT.
This information has been contributed by Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam.

Teaching

Teaching Areas:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Design and Construction of Steel Structures
Subjects involved in teaching / tutoring at QUT :
  • EGB 376 – Design of Steel Structures
  • EGB 476 – Advanced Steel Design
  • BEB 801, BEB 802, EGH408 and EGH400-1, EGH400-2  – Undergraduate thesis project units
This information has been contributed by Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam.

Experience

Professional Experience

  • Mar 2014 – To date : Post Doctoral Research Fellow, QUT.
  • Mar 2010 – To date : Sessional Academic Staff, QUT.
  • Mar 2010 – Aug 2013 : PhD Researcher, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
  • April 2009 – Feb 2010: Civil Engineer, Architectural and Engineering Consultancy Limited (AECA), Sri Lanka.
  • Aug 2006 – Mar 2009 : Civil Engineer, Design Consortium Limited (DCL), Sri Lanka.

Skills and Experience Research

  • Having knowledge and experience in full scale fire tests on light gauge steel frame (LSF) walls
  • Familiar with the full scale fire testing and furnace operational procedures
  • Experience on finite element analysis software packages (ABAQUS, PATRAN and SAFIR)
  • Creation of unique approaches and generation of ideas
  • Competent in analytical skills
  • Development of assessment and evaluation of results

   Civil Engineering Design (Structural)

  • Competent in problem solving and analytical skills
  • Responsibility and evaluation of job tasks
  • Experiences with structural analysis and design software computer packages Spacegass, SAP2000, ETABS,  PROKON and GRASP, and project planning MS Project and Primavera P3
  • Proficient in general purpose computer application software packages Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

   Teaching

  • Experience on Australian standard code of practice for structural loading and design of steel structures
  • Providing performance feedback for groups and individuals
  • Anthony worked as a tutor for 2nd and 3rd year structural engineering subjects in the Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT.
  • Conducted tutorial classes for Structural Engineering-2, Design and Construction of Steel Structures and Civil Materials subjects.
This information has been contributed by Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Vice Chancellor's Performance Award - 2017
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Vice Chancellor's Performance Award - 2014
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Outstanding Higher Degree Research Student - HDR Award, QUT - July 2012

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Fire Resistant and Lightweight Wall Systems Using Innovative Blocks
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE180101598
Start year
2018
Keywords

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Fire Performance of Complex Light Gauge Steel Framed Wall Systems
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Mahen Mahendran
  • Cold-formed Steel Frame Wall Systems with Improved Fire and Energy Performance
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Mahen Mahendran, Dr Keerthan Poologanathan
  • COLD-FORMED STEEL COMPRESSION MEMBERS EXPOSED TO EXTREME TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Mahen Mahendran
  • Cold-formed stiffened channel section columns subjected to Local and distortional interaction buckling effects
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Mahen Mahendran

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)