Sunday, January 19, 2014

Professor P Paramasivam

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Professor P Paramasivam is well known locally and internationally in the field of ferrocement and fibre-reinforced cement composites. He initiated the research at the National University of Singapore in the early 1970's on the mechanical behavior of ferrocement under different types of loadings. Since there were no formal design codes on ferrocement, the construction industry was reluctant to accept the material. He therefore had to demonstrate the viability and durability of the material by testing prototype structural elements. Ferrocement was used mostly in developing countries as labour intensive and low level technology material. In 1980s, the research and development have been directed towards using the mechanised method of construction and proper choice of reinforcement to popularise the ferrocement as a more durable and economical material in the developed countries like Singapore. In the mid-eighties, the R & D efforts finally resulted in various structural applications such as sunscreens, secondary roofing slabs and water tanks for public housing estates in Singapore. Also, through co-operation with the International Development Research can be of Canada, ferrocement technology has been introduced to construct tanks for rain water collection at Capiz Island in the Philippines. A few thousand tanks were fabricated on a self-help community basis.

Professor Paramasivam has published more than 250 papers in the International Journals and Conferences. He was a co-receipient of the Maurice P van Buren Structural Engineering Award of the American Concrete Institute in 1989, for the innovative use of ferrocement for sunscreen in public housing. He also received an ACI award from American Concrete Institute 1997 for his outstanding and sustained contribution in Concrete Technology. In 1988, NUS honoured him with Outstanding University Research Award. He was invited to the Fifth and Sixth International Symposium on Ferrocement held at UMIST in Manchester, UK and University of Michigan USA respectively to deliver keynote address on applications of ferrocement through research and development. He also served as an international advisor on ferrocement project at the University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia and has collaborated in 20 research projects receiving funds from the National University of Singapore, Ministry of Science & Technology and Research and Development Assistance Scheme

Recently, he has received IFS award from the International Society of Ferrocement for innovative and sustained contribution in ferrocement in 2001. He was also elected as a President of International Society of Ferrocement and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ferrocement.

The twenty years of R & D efforts have resulted in the transfer of technology to the construction industry by the successful implementation of precast ferrocement structural elements such as sunscreens, secondary roofing slabs, water tanks and repair materials for upgrading in public housing estates and also the acceptance of the material by the building authority. The research is also recognized internationally by receiving the awards, keynote presentations and representations in the international society.

B.E (First class) (1964), University of Madras
MSc. Engrg (1966), University of Madras
PhD (1969), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Honours & Awards

Co-recipient, Maurice P Van Buren Structural Engineering Award from American Concrete Institute for the paper describing an innovative use of ferrocement to fabricate Precast Sunscreens retrofitted to 11-storey apartment blocks in three building estates, 1989
Fellow, American Concrete Institute for outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures in the areas of education research, development, design, construction or management, 1994
ACI award, American Concrete Institute for the outstanding and sustained contribution in Concrete Technology in Singapore, 1997
Outstanding University Researcher Award, 1998
IFS Award, International Society of Ferrocement for the innovative and sustained contribution in ferrocement, 2001

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