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Personal details

Name
Dr Keerthan Poologanathan
Discipline *
Civil Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 5327
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Keywords

Fire Resistance Materials (Enhanced Plasterboard), Fire Safety of Buildings, Hollow Flange Beams, Innovative Steel Products and Systems, Steel Structures (Cold-formed and Hot-rolled), Thin-walled Structures, Fibre Composites for Retrofitting and Rehabilitation of Structures, Energy Efficiency (Building Materials)

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

Biography

Dr Keerthan Poologanathan is a lecturer and an active researcher in fire safety and steel structures. He is part of a productive research team (structural, fire and wind and engineering) at QUT, along with Professor Mahen MahendranDr Anthony Ariyanayagam, Dr Kesawan Sivakumar, Dr Mayooran Sivapathasundaram and 10 PhD students, who have been working on a variety of research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, QUT and industry.

His research team uses full-scale structural, wind and fire testing facilities at QUT’s Banyo Pilot Plant Precinct and Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) in their experimental investigations of buildings subjected to wind and fire, and QUT’s high performance computing facilities for advanced numerical simulations of the tested building components.

Research interests

Dr Keerthan’s research focus is on structural and fire engineering. He is particularly interested in:

  • Steel structures (cold-formed and hot-rolled)
  • Thin-walled structures
  • Hollow flange beams
  • Innovative steel products and systems
  • Fire safety of buildings
  • LSF wall and floor system
  • Fire resistance materials (enhanced plasterboard)
  • Fibre composites for retrofitting and rehabilitation of structures
  • Modular building system
  • Energy efficiency (building materials)

Publications

Dr Keerthan has published more than 100 research papers (38 A*/A journal papers, 49 conference papers and 17 research reports) in a short period. His full list of publications can be found at: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Poologanathan,_Keerthan.html

Research grants

Dr Keerthan and his team have received over $1M in research funding since 2012.

  • 2015 – 2018: DECRA Project: Novel Shelters Using Sheathed Cold–formed Steel Framing Systems, $335,845
  • 2014 – 2017: ARC Linkage Project: Understanding Performance of Cold-Formed Steel Frame Wall Systems in Fires to Design for Superior Fire Resistance, $337,568
  • 2012 – 2016: ARC Discovery Project: A Study of Pull-Through Failures of Thin Steel Battens to Improve Building Safety and Resilience During Extreme Wind Events, $343,562

Industry experience

Dr Keerthan’s current research projects have strong connections with the Australian steel industry. He has worked closely with many industry partners, including:

Special awards and achievements

  • Prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • Prestigious QUT’s Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship 2013 – 2015
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award 2014
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award 2012
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award 2011
  • Dean’s Excellence Award for Outstanding HDR Student, QUT 2010
  • Outstanding Higher Degree Research Award, QUT October, 2009
  • Best Undergraduate Project Award (Holcim Award) 2006
  • Building and Structural Engineering Award for the Civil Engineering Student 2006
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Teaching

 
Dr Keerthan Poologanathan has been a lecturer in civil engineering at QUT. His subjects are Advanced Steel Design and Structural Engineering. Dr Keerthan Poologanathan has a particular interest in developing innovative steel products. Having completed his PhD on steel structures, He is passionate about educating his students in the field related to steel structures.

  • Advanced Steel Design
  • Structural Engineering
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Experience

July 2015 – : Lecturer and ARC Research Fellow (DECRA)

Jan 2013 – June 2015: Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Feb 2010 – Dec 2012: Research Associate, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Feb 2007 – Oct 2009: PhD Researcher, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Feb 2007 – : Sessional Academic Staff (Tutor), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Oct 2006 – Feb 2007: Tutor in Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

This information has been contributed by Dr Keerthan Poologanathan.

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
2014
Details
Prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
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
2013
Details
Prestigious QUT¿s Vice Chancellor¿s Research Fellowship 2013 ¿ 2015
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Vice-Chancellor¿s Performance Award 2012
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Vice-Chancellor¿s Performance Award 2011
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Dean¿s Excellence Award for Outstanding HDR Student, QUT 2010
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Outstanding Higher Degree Research Award, QUT October, 2009

Research projects

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

Title
Novel Shelters Using Sheathed Cold-formed Steel Framing Systems
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE150101104
Start year
2015
Keywords
Cold-formed steel structures ; Fire and wind resistance; Rivet fastened hollow flange steel sections
Title
Understanding the performance of cold-formed steel frame wall systems in fires to design for superior fire resistance
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP130101043
Start year
2014
Keywords
Cold-formed steel structures; Fire tests and numerical studies; Buckling behaviour of light gauge steel walls
Title
A Study of Pull-through Failures of Thin Steel Battens to Improve Building Safety and Resilience During Extreme Wind Events
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP120103366
Start year
2012
Keywords
Cold Formed Steel Structures; Cyclone/Storm Resistant Buildings; Innovative Steel Batten Systems

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