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Department of Civil Engineering

Dr Kunal Kansara

Dr Kunal Kansara

Telephone: 0151 231 2773

Biography

Dr Kansara is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer with over 16 years of experience in professional practice and research in civil and structural engineering, with a major focus on bridges and industrial infrastructure. His research aims at broadening the understanding of structural systems, mechanics, materials and design processes through analytical, computational and lab- and field-based experimental investigations. His current research interests include:

1. Forensic investigation, Health monitoring and Non-destructive testing of structures;
2. Service-life performance evaluation and residual strength and remaining service life estimations;
3. Epistemic and aleatory uncertainties and risk quantification and management in structural design and assessments;
4. Development of holistic structural design processes by integrating the concepts of structural resiliency and robustness with reliability; and
5. Use of advanced composite materials for structural rehabilitation and retrofitting.

Dr Kansara is a technical member of the American Concrete Institute's committee ACI440 and the International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib) Commission 3, where he contributes towards the development of standards for the use of FRP composites for construction and Structural intervention upon existing structures. He is also a Technical Reviewer for the ACI's Structural and Materials Journals, and a PhD Examiner.

Prior to joining LJMU, Dr Kansara has worked as a Principal Engineer, Divisional Manager and Team Leader at multinational consulting companies in the UK and as an Engineering Scientist and a Specialist Consultant at the Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), India. He has also been a Visiting Researcher at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and at the ILEK-University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Dr Kansara is accepting candidates for PhD in the field of Structural Engineering.

Languages

English
Hindi
Gujarati

Degrees

University of Bath, UK, PhD
Gujarat University, India, MS
Gujarat University, India, BEng
TEB Gujarat State, India, DEng

Academic appointments

Sessional Lecturer, University of West of England-KIC, 2013 - 2014
Visiting Research Fellow, Hong Kong Poly University, 2010 - 2010
Researcher and Tutor, University of Bath, 2009 - 2013
Visiting Research Scientist, University of Stuttgart, 2007 - 2007
Engineering Scientist, Structural Engineering Research Centre, 2004 - 2009
Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, Nirma University, 2003 - 2004
Visiting Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Government Engineering College, 2002 - 2003

Publications

Chapters

Kansara KD, Ibell T. 2020. Design for FRP-Based Structural Strengthening: How Safe Is Safe Enough? Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering 38 :229-238 >DOI

Conference publication

Kansara KD, Ibell TJ, Darby AP, Evernden MC, Teng JG. 2011. Conservativeness in FRP-based structural strengthening design process Advanced Composites in Construction 2011, ACIC 2011 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference, :168-179

Kansara KD, Ramanajaneyulu K. Influence of the geometric nonlinearities on the response of the suspension bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Fuzzy logic based analytical load rating of existing bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanajaneyulu K. Service life performance evaluation of reinforced concrete structures under environmental actions

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Performance evaluation based methodology for efficient service life estimation of bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Durability perspective for concrete structures in codes of practice

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Probabilistic limit-state of depassovaion for the deteriorating concrete structures under environmental actions

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. AASHTO and IRC strength evaluation procedures for reinforced concrete bridges

Kansara KD, Ibell T, Darby A, Evernden M. Important issues towards calibration of FRP-based flexural strengthening design criteria

Kansara KD, Ibell T, Darby A, Evernden M. Evaluation of FRP-based strengthening design criteria for concrete structures

Kansara KD, Ibell T, Darby A, Evernden M. Quantifying safety in structural strengthening design guidelines

Kansara KD, Ibell T, Darby A, Evernden M. Philosophy of conservativeness in FRP-based structural strengthening design

Kansara KD. Design for re-engineering of a century old movable railway bridge

Kansara KD, Ibell T, Darby A, Evernden M. Limitations of the safety formats used in design of FRP-based strengthening of concrete structures

Journal article

Kansara KD, Ibell TJ, Darby AP, Evernden M. 2010. Interpreting Conservativeness in Design Criteria for Flexural Strengthening of RC Structures Using Externally Bonded FRP International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, 4 :25-36 >DOI

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. 2008. Service-life-performance evaluation of rc bridges under environmental actions Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India): Civil Engineering Division, 89 :55-62

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. 2006. Influence of geometric non-linearities on the response of suspension bridges Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India): Civil Engineering Division, 87 :47-53

Kansara K, Ramanjaneyulu K. Fuzzy logic based analytical load rating of existing bridges Structural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE),

Design

Kansara KD. Structural design of the limpet dam at Avonmouth Docks for the Port of Bristol

Kansara KD. Structural design of concrete viaduct for the Dartmouth Steam Railways

Kansara KD. Structural design of concrete culverts along M27 Junction 5 for the Highways England

Kansara KD. Structural design of Aruba Restaurant on the Bournemouth Pier for the Bournemouth Borough Council

Kansara KD. Nonlienar analysis and assessment of the 100 year old Tuckton Bridge near Bournemouth

Kansara KD. Structural design of the grade separator at the Rangarajpuram Level Crossing for Chennai Metro Corporation

Kansara KD. Design for structural rectification of defectively part-constructed concrete chimney shell at RVUNL Giral Thermal Power Station

Kansara KD. Design of comprehensive rectification scheme for the distressed abutment, return and retaining walls of the New Amaravaty Bridge at Karur

Kansara KD. Finite element analysis of twin flue chimney and proof checking of design

Kansara KD. Analysis and design of the navigational span of the Pamban Railway Bridge over the Indian Ocean

Kansara KD. Structural design of a bow-and-string girder type bridge superstructure and pile foundation across CFL effluent channel at Visakhapattanam Port Trust

Report

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Full-scale field testing of Bridge No. 42 at Tiruttani

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Load rating of concrete bridges using fuzzy mathematics

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Condition assessment and rating of bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Strut and tie models for design of reinforced concrete elements

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Performance evaluation of Bridge No. 85 near Nagri under increased axle load of fright wagons

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Longitudinal force measurement in railway tracks based on full-scale field testing

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Service life performance evaluation of concrete bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K. Time-dependent strength limit-states for service life estimation of concrete bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanjaneyulu K, Novak B. Evaluation of durability criteria towards service life estimation of concrete bridges

Kansara KD, Ramanjanayelu K. Reliability based condition rating of existing bridges

Kansara KD. Evaluation of conservativeness in design for flexural strengthening of concrete structures

Kansara KD. Evaluation of conservativeness in design for shear strengthening of concrete structures

Thesis/Dissertation

Kansara KD. Assessment of conservativeness in design of FRP-based structural strengthening systems Ibell T.

Kansara KD. Study of the geometrically nonlinear dynamic behaviour of suspension bridges Manvar PRM.

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Sir Arthor Cotton Award and Institutional Gold Medal, Institution of Engineers India

International Research Fellowship, Hong Kong SAR through Hong kong Polytechnic University

University Research Fellowship (URS) Award, University of Bath

Overseas Research Fellowship (ORS) Award, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Construction and Building Materials Award, Elsevier Cambridge

Editorial boards:

ACI Structures and Materials Journals, Technical Reviewer

External committees:

Commission 3 Intervention upon Existing Structures, international Federation of Structural Concrete (fib) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) UK, Technical Member

ACI440 Use of FRP Composites in Construction, American Concrete Institute, Technical Member

Membership of professional bodies:

MDRS, Design Research Society UK

SrMIRED, Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors

MACI, American Concrete Institute USA

MCS, Concrete Society UK

MIScT, Institute of Science and Technology UK

GICE, Institution of Civil Engineers UK

MIGS, Indian Geotechnical Society

MInstNDT, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

MCIHT, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation UK

CEng MIE, Institution of Engineers India