Dr. Nemkumar Banthia obtained his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1987, and has since actively pursued research in the areas of cement-based and polymer-based fiber reinforced composites, with particular emphasis on testing and standardization, fracture behavior, strain-rate effects, durability and development of sustainable materials. He pioneered the process of structural repair and strengthening using sprayed fiber reinforced polymers. He is credited for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of sprayed concrete including particle and fiber kinematics, rebound modeling, in-situ quality control and performance characterization. In the area of fiber reinforced cementitious composites, he has developed a number of novel fibers for concrete and shotcrete reinforcement, and these fibers that are now being used in numerous large projects around the world. Dr. Banthia has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of his research accomplishments. Of particular note, he was inducted as a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC in 2003 and was appointed as a Senior Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Sustainability in 2006. Dr. Banthia was named Scientific Director of IC-IMPACTS in 2012, which is an innovative partnership between Canadian and Indian institutions to facilitate the effective and rapid mobilization of new technologies to improve water quality, increase the safety and sustainability of critical civil infrastructure, and improve health across both nations.
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Materials engineering; concrete; advanced composite materials; shotcrete, fibre reinforcement, rebound mechanics, kinamatic studies, optimization; supplementary cementing materials in concrete.
Project-Based Learning in Civil Engineering Materials
Some topical problems will be identified and students in groups will carry out experiments to study the materials involved. Site visits, external consultations are an integral requirement
High Performance Materials in Repair
Non-destructive testing, repair, rehabilitation, strengthening, high performance plain and fiber reinforced concrete, shotcrete, fibre reinforced polymer laminates, analysis, case studies.
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