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Professor Arul Arulrajah

Professor (Geotechnical Engineering)
PhD, Curtin University of Technology, Australia; MEngSc, University of Malaya, Malaysia; BSc, Purdue University, United States

Biography

Professor Arul Arulrajah leads the Geotechnical Engineering group at Swinburne University of Technology. He has been involved as a Chief Investigator in 25 research projects totaling AUD$10.2 Million to date, inclusive of Australian Research Council, state government and industry funded grants. He is the first-named investigator and project leader in projects totalling AUD$1.9 Million.

He is involved in geotechnical engineering research topics such as recycled materials, ground improvement, pavement geotechnics, in-situ testing, field instrumentation, land reclamation, dredging and deep compaction works. He has supervised a number of PhD students to completion in this area of geotechnical and sustainability research. He is presently the Deputy Training Centre Director and Technical Program Coordinator for the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure. 

Professor Arulrajah is the author of 2 books, 3 book chapters, 180 journal publications and 90 conference publications to date. His research has been recognised by international and Australian awards. This includes the Telford Premium Award from the ICE (UK) in 2009, Australian Pavement and Recycling Association Highly Commended Award for Excellence in Research (2012) and the Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering (2010). He is also the recipient of 4 Swinburne Vice Chancellor Awards for his research activities.

He has extensive experience in the geotechnical engineering design, site implementation and project management of numerous large civil engineering infrastructure projects in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, based on his 14 years of industry experience prior to joining Swinburne in 2006.

Research interests

Geotechnical Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering - 090501

Teaching areas

Geotechnical Engineering

Awards

  • 2014, International, Outstanding Researcher Award, Changi Consulting Engineers, Singapore
  • 2014, National, Finalist for the Australian Innovation Challenge - Manufacturing, Construction and Infrastructure category; for "Green roads and footpaths using recycled materials"., The Australian (newspaper)
  • 2014, International, Best Paper Award, 9th International Conference on Lowland Technologies, Japan
  • 2012, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Industry Engagement Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2012, International, Research Collaboration Award, DST Consulting Engineers, Canada
  • 2012, International, Outstanding Reviewer Award, Computers and Geotechnics (journal), Elsevier
  • 2012, National, Highly Commended Award - for Excellence in Research and Education in stabilisation of recycled waste materials., Australian Pavement and Recycling Association (Auststab)
  • 2010, International, Telford Premium Prize - For one of the best papers published in ICE's journals. Lead and corresponding author., Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom
  • 2010, International, Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering, Shamsher Prakash Foundation
  • 2009, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Research Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2008, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Sustainability Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2007, Swinburne, Vice Chancelor's Early Career Research Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2007, National, Certificate of Recognition - For innovative biosolids management initiative on the usage of biosolids in geotechnical engineering applications., Smart Water Fund (Wastewater Authorities in Victoria)

Publications

Also published as: Arulrajah, Arul; Arulrajah, A.; Arulrajah, Atputharajah
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Environmental & geotechnical evaluation for potential use of recycled surplus/waste gypsum and Rapidwall offcuts *; Rapid Building Systems
  • 2016: Development of deep soil mixing technology utilising industrial by-products *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2016: Glass fines in cement treated crushed rock for unbound pavements *; Sustainability Victoria
  • 2016: Recycled Plastics and Glass Fines in Concrete Footpaths *; Polytrade Recycling
  • 2015: Tyre Derived aggregrate as a supplementary materal in pavement subbases *; Tyre Stewardship Australia - Research Contract
  • 2014: Geotechnical characterisation of biosolids for use as stabilised fill *; City West Water
  • 2014: National Facility for Cyclic Testing of High-speed Rail (FCTHSR) *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2014: Sustainability Victoria - Crushed glass as a supplementary material in cement treated crushed concrete pavement applications. *; Sustainability Fund
  • 2013: Crushed brick as a supplementary material in cement treated crushed concrete pavement application *; Sustainability Victoria
  • 2013: Demolition Wastes for Stone Columns *; Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry & Regional Development
  • 2013: End-of-life options for waste paint in Australia *; Sustainability Victoria
  • 2013: Resilient Modulus and Permanent Deformation Response of Waste Dolerite as Wearing Course Material for Haul Roads *; HATCH
  • 2013: X-ray Microscope Facility for Imaging Geo-materials (XMFIG) *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: Development of an advanced laboratory testing method for the measurement of soil suction under a range of overburden pressures *; IPC Global
  • 2012: Effect of geopolymer cement stabilisation on the fatigue life of pavement sub-bases with recycled demolition aggregates *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2011: Geotechnical characteristics of recycled asphalt *; Municipal Association of Victoria
  • 2011: Hybrid Testing Facility for Structures under Extreme Loads *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2010: Development of specifications for reclaimed demolition materials in footpaths and shared paths *; Municipal Association of Victoria
  • 2010: Field trials of recycled crushed glass in footpaths and shared paths *; Municipal Association of Victoria
  • 2010: Laboratory testing of biosolids for lagoon embankments *; Geotesta
  • 2009: Field testing and field monitoring of recycled crushed glass in trial road pavements *; Recycling Industries
  • 2009: Laboratory testing of reclaimed demolition materials in footpaths and shared paths *; Municipal Association of Victoria
  • 2009: Laboratory testing of recycled crushed glass for road construction applications *; Sustainability Victoria
  • 2009: Sustainable usage of dredged clay materials as land reclamation fills *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2009: The use of recycled crushed glass in trial road pavements with crushed rock and crushed concrete (VISY) *; Visy Industries

* Chief Investigator


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