Professor Priyan Mendis

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 416
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Fire behaviour of structures
  • High-strength concrete
  • Modelling and durability of Infrastructure, New Construction and Defence Materials, Sustainable Infrastructure (Tall Buildings, Bridges, Disaster Management)
  • Nanotechnology in Construction, Structural BioEngineering
  • Protective Technology of Structures (Blast effects)
  • Testing and Assessment of infrastructure (Non destructive testing)
  • Wind effects on Tall buildings

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Priyan Mendis is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology of Engineering Structures Group. He was also the Convener of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) from 2004 -2011.
Prof Mendis obtained his  PhD from Monash University, Australia.

He is also the Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing Research interests
- Protective technology of structures
-Smart Infrastructure, design, assessment and monitoring
-High-strength/High-performance concrete
- Seismic design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
- Design of tall buildings and bridges
- Disaster mitigation and management
- Sustainable infrastructure

He is also a member of several institutions including: Institution of Engineering, Concrete Institute of Australia and American Concrete Institute.

Recent publications

  1. Herath, N.; Mendis, P. Assessment Method for Inelastic Higher Mode Effects in Outrigger Braced Tall Building Under Seismic Loads. International Journal of Applied Mechanics. Imperial College Press. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1142/S1758825119500248
  2. Alajarmeh, OS.; Manalo, AC.; Benmokrane, B.; Karunasena, W.; Mendis, P. Axial performance of hollow concrete columns reinforced with GFRP composite bars with different reinforcement ratios. Composite Structures. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2019, Vol. 213, pp. 153-164. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2019.01.096
  3. Ganadhiepan, G.; Miramini, S.; Patel, M.; Mendis, P.; Zhang, L. Bone fracture healing under Ilizarov fixator: Influence of fixator configuration, fracture geometry, and loading. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. WILEY. 2019, Vol. 35, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1002/cnm.3199
  4. Alajarmeh, OS.; Manalo, AC.; Benmokrane, B.; Karunasena, W.; Mendis, P.; Nguyen, KTQ. Compressive behavior of axially loaded circular hollow concrete columns reinforced with GFRP bars and spirals. Construction and Building Materials. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2019, Vol. 194, pp. 12-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.11.016
  5. Sofi, M.; Oktavianus, Y.; Lumantarna, E.; Rajabifard, A.; Duffield, C.; Mendis, P. Condition assessment of concrete by hybrid non-destructive tests. Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring. SPRINGER HEIDELBERG. 2019, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 339-351. DOI: 10.1007/s13349-019-00336-9
  6. Samarasinghe, T.; Gunawardena, T.; Mendis, P.; Sofi, M.; Aye, L. Dependency Structure Matrix and Hierarchical Clustering based algorithm for optimum module identification in MEP systems. Automation in Construction. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 104, pp. 153-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2019.03.021
  7. Peng, H.; Zhang, J.; Zhou, Z.; Mendis, P.; Han, F.; Li, Z.; Zhang, D. Design and construction of the new library at China Agricultural University. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering. ICE PUBLISHING. 2019, Vol. 172, Issue 5, pp. 29-36. DOI: 10.1680/jcien.18.00033
  8. Remennikov, A.; Kalubadanage, D.; Ngo, T.; Mendis, P.; Alici, G.; Whittaker, A. Development and performance evaluation of large-scale auxetic protective systems for localised impulsive loads. International Journal of Protective Structures. Multi-Science Publishing. 2019, pp. 204141961985808-204141961985808. DOI: 10.1177/2041419619858087
  9. 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
  10. Ghimire, S.; Miramini, S.; Richardson, M.; Mendis, P.; Zhang, L. Effects of dynamic loading on fracture healing under different locking compression plate configurations: A finite element study. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 94, pp. 74-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.03.004
  11. Maranan, GB.; Manalo, AC.; Benmokrane, B.; Karunasena, W.; Mendis, P.; Nguyen, TQ. Flexural behavior of geopolymer-concrete beams longitudinally reinforced with GFRP and steel hybrid reinforcements. Engineering Structures. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2019, Vol. 182, pp. 141-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.12.073
  12. Huen, WY.; Lee, H.; Vimonsatit, V.; Mendis, P.; Lee, H-S. Nanomechanical properties of thermal arc sprayed coating using continuous stiffness measurement and artificial neural network. Surface and Coatings Technology. ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA. 2019, Vol. 366, pp. 266-276. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2019.03.041
  13. Ferdous, W.; Bai, Y.; Tuan, DN.; Manalo, A.; Mendis, P. New advancements, challenges and opportunities of multi-storey modular buildings - A state-of-the-art review. Engineering Structures. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2019, Vol. 183, pp. 883-893. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.01.061
  14. 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
  15. Nguyen, KTQ.; Mendis, P.; Fernando, S. Novel modelling approach for evacuation strategies of tall towers - A case study of Lotus Tower. Journal of Building Engineering. ELSEVIER. 2019, Vol. 25. DOI: 10.1016/j.jobe.2019.100763
  16. 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
  17. Ganadhiepan, G.; Zhang, L.; Miramini, S.; Mendis, P.; Patel, M.; Ebeling, P.; Wang, Y. The Effects of Dynamic Loading on Bone Fracture Healing Under Ilizarov Circular Fixators. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. ASME. 2019, Vol. 141, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1115/1.4043037
  18. Kashani, A.; Ngo, TD.; Mendis, P. The effects of precursors on rheology and self-compactness of geopolymer concrete. Magazine of Concrete Research. ICE PUBLISHING. 2019, Vol. 71, Issue 11, pp. 557-566. DOI: 10.1680/jmacr.17.00495
  19. Sofi, M.; Lumantarna, E.; Mendis, P.; Zhong, A. Thermal Stresses of Concrete at Early Ages. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2019, Vol. 31, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002684
  20. Sofi, M.; Sabri, Y.; Zhou, Z.; Mendis, P. Transforming Municipal Solid Waste into Construction Materials. Sustainability. MDPI AG. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 9. DOI: 10.3390/su11092661

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