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Staff Profile: Prof B L Karihaloo


Prof Bhushan L Karihaloo
BSc MTech PhD DEng DSc (hc) FLSW ForMemRAE FICE



Professor of Engineering


Teaching Discipline:

Architectural, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Research Theme:

Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing


Research Group:

Advanced Materials and Computational Mechanics Group



Room S/G.07 Newport Road



+44 (0)29 2087 4934 (direct line)





Bhushan Lal Karihaloo received his Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) degree with First Class Honours and Gold Medal from the University of Ranchi, Master of Technology in Structural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Doctor of Philosophy from Moscow State Civil Engineering University, and Doctor of Engineering from the University of Sydney. His higher doctorate was awarded for the significant and lasting contribution made by his published work on Fracture Mechanics.

Major Research Interests:
1. High-performance fibre-reinforced cement-based materials
2. Computational Fracture Mechanics
3. Nanomechanics
4. Flow simulation of self-compacting concrete

Prior to his present appointment, he has held chairs at the University of Newcastle, NSW, the University of Sydney, and Aalborg University, Denmark, besides visiting appointments at Northwestern University, Illinois, Oxford University, Essen University, Germany, The Technical University of Denmark and The EC Center of Excellence on Advanced Materials in Warsaw.

He has presented numerous keynote lectures at International Conferences and lectured extensively at Universities and Research Institutions in the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Australia, China and India.

He has held on average two substantial research grants per annum from the Royal Society, EC or EPSRC for projects dealing with the fracture and damage in metallic and non-metallic (especially cementitious and ceramic) materials.

He has supervised 50 Master of Science (research) and 26 PhD theses. He is the owner of a British patent on CARDIFRC (GB2391010), has authored two books on fracture mechanics of concrete and ceramics, co-edited 11 books on structural optimisation and integrity, and written more than 235 technical papers in refereed SCI journals.
These papers have been cited over 3950 times (according to WoK/SCI), 4200 (according to SCOPUS) and over 7200 times (according to Google Scholar) . He has an h-index of 33 (according to WoK/SCI and SCOPUS) and 44 (according to Google Scholar).
He has advised widely on the development of high performance cementitious composites and ceramics and has participated in several International Standardisation Committees. His chair was sponsored by Laing O'Rourke Plc for 5 years.

Major Research Contributions and their Impact

1.Optimum design of structures made from traditional and advanced composite materials. Some early papers are regarded as classics.
2.Theoretical fracture mechanics, especially non-planar crack growth which has had the most scientific impact.
3.Fracture of quasi-brittle materials, in particular of concrete and fibre-reinforced cementitious composites.
4.Micro-mechanics of transformation toughening of zirconia-based ceramics which have helped in the development of tough advanced engineering ceramics.
5.Development of nano-structured materials with unusual mechanical and physical properties.


Professional Activities and Recognition:

Honours and Awards

1.Honorary Fellow of Czech Society of Mechanics of The Czech Academy of Sciences (1989) for contributions to Structural Optimization and Fracture Mechanics.
2.Honorary Fellow of International Congress on Fracture (2001) for lasting contributions to Fracture Mechanics.
3.Griffith Medal of The European Structural Integrity Society (2006) for outstanding contributions to Theoretical Fracture Mechanics and Fracture of quasi-brittle materials
4.DSc (Honoris Causa) St Petersburg University, Russia (2007) for lasting contributions to Solid and Nano Mechanics
5.Industrial sponsorship of chair by Laing O’Rourke Plc (September 2007- August 2012)
6.Fellow Learned Society of Wales (2012)
7.Foreign Member Russian Academy of Engineering (2013)

Evidence of International Esteem

•Editor-in-Chief (together with Professor R O Ritchie, UC Berkeley and Dr I Milne), 10-Volume Comprehensive Reference Work on Structural Integrity, Elsevier, 2003. Awarded the Best Reference Prize in 2004 by the American Society for Engineering Education.
•Core partner and Member of Executive Board of The EC Network of Excellence KMM (2004-2006)
•Vice-President, International Congress on Fracture, ICF (1997 – 2001, 2005 - 2009)
•Member, Executive Committee ICF (2001 - 2009)
•Co-chair, Awards Committee ICF (2001 - 2005)
•Treasurer and Member of 6-Strong Executive Committee, International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, ISSMO (1995 - 1999)
•Member of 8-Strong Advisory Board, International Association for Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Structures, IAFRamCoS (1998 – 2001, 2004 - 2008 )
•Chair, The Royal Society UK National Panel of IUTAM (2005-2008); Secretary (2000-2004)
•Member Congress Committee, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, IUTAM (1994 - 96, 2000-2008) (only 36 members worldwide)
•Chairman Technical Committee 9 on “Fracture of Concrete” of the European Structural Integrity Society, ESIS (2000-2006)
•Chairman and/or Member Scientific Committees of many International Congresses/Conferences/ Symposia (On average 5 per annum)
•Keynote/Invited Speaker at numerous International Congress/Conferences/Symposia (On average 4 per annum)
•Member, International Expert Panel for assessing PhD programmes in The Technical University of Milan (2001)
•Member, International Expert Panel for assessing research in Mechanics in The Netherlands (2002)
•Member, International Expert Panel for assessing research in Mechanics in Italy for the Italian Research Council (2005, 2012)
•Member, International Expert Panel for assessing applications for Clusters of Excellence in Materials Science and Engineering for the German Science Foundation, DFG (2005/2006)
•Assessor of Research Proposals for the Australian, Canadian, Czech, Danish, Finish German, Israeli and Italian Research Councils, and for UK EPSRC
•Examiner of PhD Theses for the: Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland; Technical Universities of Denmark, Delft, Stockholm, Luleå (Sweden), Istanbul; ETH (Zurich), IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
•Extensive international collaborations with colleagues in Europe, USA, China, Australia and India.
•Reviewer of papers for many reputable Journals.
•Member, Editorial Board of 9 International Journals. Associate Editor of the International Journal of Fracture.