Dr Shanaka Kristombu Baduge

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 316
  • Building: Engineering Block C
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Construction Materials (high-strength concrete; high performance concrete; lightweight structural systems;low-carbon building materials)
  • Nano Technology for Construction Material (nanomaterial; nanoindentation; nano-scratch; multi-scale modelling)
  • Structural Engineering (Prefabricated timber buildings; prefabricated footing systems; structural optimisation; Tall-Buildings)


Dr. Shanaka Kristombu Baduge is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. He is working at CAMP.H (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing) funded by ARC and industry partners. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Melboune and he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) Eng. degree at University of Moratuwa. His Ph.D. focused on developing new mix-design methods for very-high strength concrete (VHSC) (100-150 MPa) and developing theoretical methods for ductility design of VHSC columns for tall-buildings.

Currently, he is the project leader for two projects involving industrial partners, Timber Building Systems and Australian Reinforcement Company. The recent change to the National Construction Code (NCC) allows timber buildings to increase in height to 25 m or 8 stories. He is working with TBS to develop a cost-effective and sustainable prefabricated panelised timber wall system for mid-rise buildings which can be deployed in a short duration. In the second project, he is working with ARC to develop a new waffle foundation system and also to develop a prefabricated foundation system for residential buildings. His skills and expertise include advanced structural analysis and design using finite element software such as ABAQUS, high performance materials, and structural optimisation.

His research interests include prefabricated building, prefabricated footing systems, high-strength and high performance concrete, light-weight structural systems, nanomaterial and nanoscale testing for construction material, multiscale modelling of concrete, low-carbon building material and generative design approach for structural optimization.

Recent publications

  1. Kristombu Baduge, S.; Mendis, P.; Ngo, TD.; Sofi, M. Ductility Design of Reinforced Very-High Strength Concrete Columns (100–150 MPa) Using Curvature and Energy-Based Ductility Indices. International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1186/s40069-019-0347-y
  2. Kristombu Baduge, S.; Mendis, P. Novel energy-based rational for nominal ductility design of very-high strength concrete columns (>100 MPa). Engineering Structures. Elsevier Ltd. 2019, Vol. 198. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.109497
  3. Kristombu Baduge, S.; Mendis, P.; San Nicolas, R.; Nguyen, K.; Hajimohammadi, A. Performance of lightweight hemp concrete with alkali-activated cenosphere binders exposed to elevated temperature. Construction and Building Materials. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 224, pp. 158-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.07.069
  4. Kristombu Baduge, KS.; Bourke, R. Void Former (AU 2019900795). . 2019.
  5. Orlowski, K.; Shanaka, K.; Mendis, P. Design and Development of Weatherproof Seals for Prefabricated Construction: A Methodological Approach. Buildings. MDPI. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 9. DOI: 10.3390/buildings8090117
  6. Nguyen, QT.; Ngo, T.; Tran, P.; Mendis, P.; Aye, L.; Baduge, SK. Fire resistance of a prefabricated bushfire bunker using aerated concrete panels. Construction and Building Materials. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2018, Vol. 174, pp. 410-420. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.04.065
  7. Orlowski, K.; Shanaka, K.; Mendis, P. Manufacturing, Modeling, Implementation and Evaluation of a Weatherproof Seal for Prefabricated Construction. Buildings. MDPI. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 9. DOI: 10.3390/buildings8090120
  8. Lee, H.; Vimonsatit, V.; Kristombu Baduge, K.; Mendis, P.; Ngo, D. Properties of Matrix, Aggregate and Interfacial Transition Zone in Very High Strength Concrete ( > 100 MPa) Using Nanoindentation Techniques. . International Federation for Concrete Structures. 2018.
  9. Teodosio, B.; Kristombu Baduge, K.; Mendis, P.; Heath, D. Soil-structure interaction for residential structures on reactive soils. . ASEC. 2018.
  10. Baduge, SK.; Mendis, P.; Tuan, N. Stress-strain relationship for very-high strength concrete (> 100 MPa) confined by lateral reinforcement. Engineering Structures. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2018, Vol. 177, pp. 795-808. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.08.008
  11. Oktavianus, Y.; Kristombu Baduge, KS.; Orlowski, K.; Mendis, P. Structural behaviour of prefabricated load bearing braced composite timber wall system. Engineering Structures. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 176, pp. 555-568. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.09.037
  12. Baduge, SK.; Mendis, P.; Tuan, N.; Portella, J.; Nguyen, K. Understanding failure and stress-strain behavior of very-high strength concrete (> 100 MPa) confined by lateral reinforcement. Construction and Building Materials. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2018, Vol. 189, pp. 62-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.08.192
  13. Kristombu Baduge, KS.; Mendis, PA.; Ngo, T.; Fernando, WJBS.; Waduge, B. Structural Feasibility of Very-High Strength Concrete (100 – 150 MPa) for Tall Buildings. . ICSECM. 2015.
  14. Kristombu Baduge, KS.; Mendis, PA.; Ngo, TD. Ductility Design of High-Strength Reinforced Concrete Columns for Super-Tall Buildings. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management. University of Peradeniya. 2013.