The public lecture on innovative composite structures for sustainable civil infrastructure was held via Zoom on 10th of March 2022 by Professor Thiru Aravinthan


The application of composites in infrastructure has substantially increased around the world in the last three decades. Breakthrough research and developments on composite materials and structures over the years have paved way to increased civil infrastructure applications and acceptance of composites among engineers and assest owners. In Australia, the pioneering work was initiated at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) within the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) resulting in the first Australian fibre composite bridge in 2022. 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. These include bridge structures, pile systems, railway sleepers, rehabilitation of structures, and other innovative applications of FRP composites in civil infrastructure. The development and progress of the innovative technology in civil infrastructure will be discussed including the need for appropriate education and training students and engineers.

The Speaker:

Professor Thiru Aravinthan is a proffer of structural Engineering within the School of Engineering and Centre for Future Materials (CFM) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Prof Aravinthan is a Charted Professional Engineer and fellow of Engineers Australia and a registered Professional Engineer at Oregon State, USA his expertise includes fibre composites structures, prestressed concrete technology, structural rehabilitation and engineering education. He 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 30 years of engineering experience in the industry, research and academia and involved in several industry funded projects.

He is a graduate from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and holder of Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering from Saitama University, Japan.


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