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Dr. N. (Ravi) Ravichandran

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Research Website

Areas of Interest:
Statics and Dynamics of Saturated and Unsaturated Soils
Centrifuge Testing
Finite Element Modeling of Multiphase Porous Media
Computational Modeling of Tire-Pavement Interaction
Dynamics of Retaining Walls Backfilled with Light Weight Materials
High Performance Computing
Constitutive Modeling of Multiphase Porous Media

B.S.C.E, 1997, University of Peradeniya
M.Eng., Civil Engineering, 2000, University of Tokyo
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2005, University of Oklahoma

Classes typically taught:
Finite Element Analysis
Geotechnical Engineering Design
Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
Geotechnical Engineering
Soil Structure Interaction Modeling
Mechanics of Materials

Professional Society Membership:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Geo-Institute (GI)
Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

Sample Publications:

Refereed Journal Publications

Ravichandran, N., and Krishnapillai, N., “Effect of Suction in Deformation Behavior of Unsaturated Fine-Grained Soils Using Simplified Finite Element Model with Bishop’s Effective Stress Equation,” ASCE-International Journal of Geomechanics (2012).(Accepted)

Pei, B., Pang, W., Testik, F. Y., and Ravichandran, N., “Error Quantification for Hurricane Storm Surge Simulations along the Coast of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia,” Natural Hazards Review (2012).(Accepted)

Johnson, E., Testik, F. Y., Ravichandran, N., and Schooler, J., “Levee Scour from Overtopping Storm Waves and Scour Counter Measures,” Ocean Engineering, (2012).

Wang, L., Ravichandran, N., and Juang, C. H, “Bayesian Calibration of Model Uncertainty for Prediction of Maximum Ground Settlement in Braced Excavations Using Centrifuge Test,” Computers and Geotechnics, 4, pp. 1-8(2012).

Krishnapillai, H., and Ravichandran, N., “New Soil-Water Characteristic Curve and Its Performance in the Finite Element Simulation of Unsaturated Soils,” ASCE-International Journal of Geomechanics, 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000132(2011)..

Krishnapillai, H., and Ravichandran, N., "Improving Predictive Capability of Popular SWCCs by Incorporating Maximum Possible Suction," Journal of Geosciences, v2, n4(2011).

Ravichandran, N., and Krishnapillai, H., “A Statistical Model for the Relative Hydraulic Conductivity of Water Phase in Unsaturated Soils,” Journal of Geosciences, v2, n4 (2011)..

Ravichandran, N., and Krishnapillai, H., “A Flexible Model for Moisture-Suction Relationship for Unsaturated Soils and Its Application,” Journal of Geosciences, v 2, n3 (2011).

Ravichandran, N., Machmer, B., Krishnapillai, H., and Meguro, K.,  “Micro-scale modeling of saturated sandy soil behavior subjected to cyclic loading,” Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, v30, p 1212-1225 (2010).

Ravichandran, N., “Fully Coupled Finite Element Model for Partially Saturated Soils”, Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, v 29, n 9, p 1294-1304 (2009).

Ravichandran, N and Muraleetharan, K.K., “Dynamics of Unsaturated Soils Using Various Finite Element Formulations”, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, v 33, n 5, p 611-31 (2009).

Ravichandran, (Ravi) N.
Contact Information:
Office: 202 Lowry Hall
Phone: (864) 656-2818
FAX: (864) 656-2670
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