Prof. S.R. De S. Chandrakeerthy

B.Sc.Eng.(Hons.) Cey., Ph.D.(Sheffield), C.Eng., F.I.E (Sri Lanka)

Senior Professor , Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Moratuwa
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Contact Information:
 
Address:
Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Moratuwa,
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
 
E-mail:   raghu@civil.mrt.ac.lk
Telephone: +94-11-2650567-8(Ext.2108)
Fax:           + 94-11-2651216


       Specialization
       Profile
       Refereed Publications
          International Publications
          Local Publications

Specialization

It is Structural Engineering, which is

"The art of using materials

that have properties which can only be estimated

To build real structures

that can only be approximately analyzed

To withstand forces

that are not accurately known

So that our responsibility with respect to

public safety is satisfied"


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Profile

Born at Galle on 19-12-1945, he graduated in 1967 from University of Peradeniya with an honours degree in Civil Engineering. He obtained his doctorate from University of Sheffield in 1973, and his design office experience from T.Harley Heddow and Partness,Edinburgh,UK in 1981.

His career commenced at Ceylon College of Higher Technology, Katubedda in 1968, and became an Assistant Lecturer of Katubedda Campus in 1970. He obtained successive promotions to Lecturer (1973), Senior Lecturer (1979), Associate Professor (1985), Professor (1990), and Senior Professor (1995). During this period he has also taught and researched at University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh, Loughborough University of Technology, Drexel University and University of Manitoba. Presently he is the Senior Professor of Civil Engineering specializing in Structural Engineering at University of Moratuwa, and is also a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, and a past Vice-President of the Society of Structural Engineers, Sri Lanka.

He is a founder member of the University of Moratuwa, and was the first to obtain merit promotions to the grades of Associate Professor, and Professor at this University. He was a Fulbright Fellow, Commonwealth Fellow, ILO Fellow, and a UN Fellow. In addition, he won the E.O.E. Pereira Prize, and the S.D. & C.C. prize of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,twice and three times respectively. The Sri Lanka Standards Institution also awarded him a gold medal for his contributions to standardization, and he also won five awards for outstanding research performances from University of Moratuwa. He was also awarded the prestigious CVCD award for Most Outstanding Researches in Technology and Allied Sciences at a Sri Lankan University in 2006.

He is married to Nirmali and has two daughters, Chirani and Thushari. As a hobby, he collects pictures of various types of structures and sustains a deep interest on Management and Buddhism.

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Research Publications
 
  International Publications
  (01) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., and Hendry, A.W., " Behavior of Wall-floor Slab Joints in Single Leaf and Cavity Walls", p10-13, The International Journal of Masonry Construction, Volume 3, No. 1, 1983.
  (02) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " A Design Chart for Non-loadbearing Masonry Wall Panels under Wind Loads", p17-22, Masonry International, No. 3, November 1984.
  (03) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., and Mohottige, N.S., " Determination of Crushing Strength of Low Strength High Water Absorption Bricks", p1-5, Masonry International, No. 4, March 1985.
  (04) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Jayawardena, D.S., and Pannila, S.D., "Feasibility of Reinforced Brickwork Beams using Low Strength High Water Absorption Bricks", p1-7, Masonry International, No.8, July 1986.
  (05) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Improvements to 1:2:4 Volume Batched Grade 20 Nominal Concrete in Sri Lanka", p124-134 and 138, Indian Concrete Journal, Vol.61, No.5, May 1987.
  (06) Chandrakeerthy, S., and Hamid, A.A., " Partially Reinforced Concrete Masonry as an Alternative Building Material in Developing Countries", p1-10, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Structural Masonry in Developing Countries", Mauritius, July 1990.
  (07) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Compressive Strength Test for Low-strength Cement Blocks", p883-895, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol.117, No.3, March 1991.
  (08) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Reinforced Brickwork Beams Using Low Strength High Water Absorption Bricks in Exposed Situations", p65-68, Masonry International, Vol.5, No.3, 1992.
  (09) Hamid, A.A., and Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Compressive Strength of Partially Grouted Concrete Masonry Using Small Scale Wall Elements", p75-85, The Masonry Society Journal, Vol.11, No.1, August 1992.
  (10) Hamid,A.A., Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., and Elnawavy, O.A., "Flexural Tensile Strength of Partially Grouted Concrete Masonry", p3377-3393, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol.118, No.12, December 1992.
  (11) Ungkurapinan,N., Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Rajapakse, R.K.N.D., and Yue, S.B., "Joint Slip in Steel Electric Transmission Towers", p779-788,Engineering Structures, Vol.25, March 2003.)
     
  Local Publications
  (1) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Rajalingam, R., and Murugesu, J., " Basic Stresses for Structural Design of Low Strength Brick Walls using Local Materials", p30-35, Engineer, September 1977.
  (2) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Sooriyarachchi, C.J.D., and Wijesundera, W.L.S., " Further Work on Development of Basic Stresses for Local Timber Species", p32-40, Engineer, June 1980-1981.
  (3) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Vipulanandan, V., and Gowripalan, N., " A Preliminary Assessment of Shrinkage and Creep Losses in Pretensioned Concrete Used in Sri Lanka", p26-35, Engineer, Vol.II, 1981-1982.
  (4) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Hettiarachchi, S.S.L., and Guruge, D.C.G., "Some Tests on Brickwork Panels Using Local Bricks and Masonry Cement", p36-40, Engineer, Vol.II, 1981-1982.
  (5) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Mahendran, M., and Sivakumar, M., "Design Recommendation for Bolted Joints Using Local Timber", p30-36, Engineer, June 1983.
  (6) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Kumarasena, T., and Walloppillai, A., "Production of Hand-cast Solid Cement-sand Blocks", p25-34, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1983.
  (7) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Jayawardena, A.K.W., and Siriwardena, L.S., " Further Work on Development of Design Recommendations for Bolted Joints Made with Local Species of Timber", p3-10, Engineer, March 1985.
  (8) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Perera, A.A.D.A.J., and Premachandra, P.A.N., " Design of Concrete Flat Roofs to Local Conditions", p31-40, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1984.
  (9) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Structural Use of Local Timber with the Available Limited Design Information", p106-117, Proceedings of the International Conference on Timber Technology, University of Moratuwa, October 1984.
  (10) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Sivaprakasapillai, P., Cooray, M.L.N., and Dewasurendra, K.W., " Roof Attachments for Cyclone Proof Buildings", p16-26, Engineer, December 1984.
  (11) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Fonseka, M.C.M., Kodikara, G.W., and Jayawardena, S.J.K.L.L., " Production of Blocks for Multi-storey Loadbearing Masonry Structures", p58-67, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1985.
  (12) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., De Silva, P.R., Jayasuriya, J.A.S.D., and Weerasinghe, C.S., " Design Recommendation for Wire Nailed Timber Joints", p33-42, Engineer, March 1986.
  (13) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Production Information on Hand Cast Cement-sand Hollow Blocks", p14-22, Engineer, June 1986.
  (14) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Wanigadeva, G.H.U.A., Tissera, P.K.D., and Wijeratne, A.S., " Influence on Compaction on 1:2:4 Volume Batched Concrete", p87-99, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1986.
  (15) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., and Warnakulasinghe, J., " Design of Steel Structures for Overhead Line Supports - A Review", p32-46, Engineer, June 1987.
  (16) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Influence of Some Current Bricklaying Practices on Structural Behavior of Brickwork", p90-102, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1987.
  (17) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " An Assessment of Long Term Shrinkage and Creep Losses in Pre-tensioned Concrete of Sri Lanka", p3-11, Engineer, Vol.15, No.3, September 1987.
  (18) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Behavior of Nailed Joints in a Non-durable Timber Used for Formwork", p80-92, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1988.
  (19) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Detailing of Simple Reinforced Concrete Structural Elements - A Review", p3-23, Engineer, June 1989.
  (20) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " CINVA Ram as a Manually Operated Cement-sand Blockmaking Machine for Low Cement Mixes", p37-52, Engineer, September 1989.
  (21) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Durability of Reinforcement in Reinforced Brickwork Made with Local Materials", p15-30, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1989.
  (22) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Design Information for Preliminary Selection of Blocks and Mortars for Loadbearing Walls", p27-39, Engineer, December 1988.
  (23) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Detailing of Some Widely Used Joints in Reinforced Concrete Structures", p17-36, Engineer, March 1990.
  (24) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Detailing of Joints Subjected to Concentrated Forces and Joints in Shells Made of Reinforced Concrete", p35-50, Engineer, Vol.18, No.2, June 1990.
  (25) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., and Hamid, A.A., " Selection of Shapes of Cement Blocks Better Suited to Sri Lankan Conditions", p55-72, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, October 1990.
  (26) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Assessment of some Losses in Pre-tensioned Concrete Used in Sri Lanka", p82-89, ICTAD Journal, Vol.2, No.1, June 1990.
  (27) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Control of Rain Penetration of Masonry with Special Reference to Sri Lankan Conditions", p29-38, Engineer, Vol. XIX, No.1, March 1991.
  (28) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Detailing and Other Important Considerations in Blockwork", p3-19, Engineer, Vol.XIX, No.3, September 1991.
  (29) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Madurapriya, M.M.D., and Dias, A.A.V., " The Effect of Grading of Local Crushed Stone Aggregates on Strength of Concrete", p83-98, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1992.
  (30) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Design Recommendations for Nails Driven into "Ginisapu" Timber to Make Structural Connections", p85-94, Engineer, Vol.XX, Nos.1-4, 1992.
  (31) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Some Desirable Modifications to the Sri Lanka Standard on Cement", p152-167, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1993.
  (32) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Hand Cast Blocks for Three-storey Loadbearing Structures", p32-44 and 48-50, Engineer, Vol.XXI, No.2, December 1993.
  (33) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Suitability of Sea Sand as a Fine Aggregate for Concrete Production", p93-114, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1994.
  (34) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Structural Optimization of a Masonry Water Tank and Tower Structure", p117-137, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1995.
  (35) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " The Effect of Washers on Bolted Joints in Timber", p46-62, Engineer, Vol.XXIII, No.2, December 1995.
  (36) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Deterioration of Untreated Bamboo and Coir Yarn in Exposed Structures", p67-80, Engineer, Vol.XXIII, No.2, December 1995.
  (37) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Design Recommendations for Bamboo Elements in Exposed Temporary Structures", p101-109, Engineer, Vol.XXIII, No.2, December 1995.
  (38) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Guidelines for Proportioning Asbestos Sheeted Timber Roof Structures", p143-165, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1996.
  (39) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " Development of Guidelines for Proportioning Calicut Tiled Timber Roof Structures", p5-31, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1997.
  (40) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " A Study of Random Rubble Masonry Construction in Sri Lanka", p124-149, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1998.
  (41) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., " A Study of Random Rubble Masonry with Architectural Features", p107-131, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.1, October 1999.
  (42) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., and Fernando, H.Y., "Analysis of Masonry Arch Bridges", p 41-55, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol. 1-Part B, October 2001.
  (43) Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., "Design Information on Bamboo Joints in Scaffolding Structures", p 32-50, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol. I-Part B, October 2002.
 
(44)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., "Influence of Curing on Grade 20 Volume Batched Concrete", p54-61, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2003.
 
(45)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., "Formwork Striking Times for Grade 20 Volume Batched Concrete", p8-12, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2004.
 
(46)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Tharenponie, B.G.N., "Feasibility of Single-storey Blockwork Columns for House Construction", p13-20, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2004.
 
(47)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Wimalasena, B.D.S., "Brickwork Columns to Canary Upper Floor Loads of Two storeyed Houses", p21-29, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2004.
 
(48)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., "Design Guidelines for Timber Ceiling Structures with Asbestos-cement sheets on light timber planks", p1-8, Paper 1, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2005.
 
(49)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., Karunakaran, K., "Quality of Mixing Water for Production of Concrete in Sri Lanka", p1-8, Paper 2, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2005.
 
(50)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., "Desirable Characteristics of a Young Civil Engineer",p1-8, Paper 16, Transactions of The Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol.I - Part B, October 2005.
 
(51)
Chandrakeerthy, S.R.De S., "Feasibility of Single-Storey Brickwork Columns for Houses Construction", p13-18, Engineer, Vol.XXXIX, No.4, October 2006.
 
 

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